Non-surgical facelift techniques are associated with less invasive procedures that are faster and have less recovery. Non-Surgical facelift technique are best suited for patients that have only early signs of facial ageing with loss of facial volume and minimal skin laxity.
What is a non-surgical facelift?
A large number of different techniques have been labelled as the ultimate non-surgical facelift in the media. The techniques that Dr. De Silva utilises are based on correcting the three principal causes of facial ageing and restoring tissues to their previous location. The three principle characteristics of facial ageing are loss of facial volume, gravitational descent of soft tissues of the face and changes in the quality and laxity of the skin. Each individual has different components of these three factors, which must be specifically addressed with a non-surgical facelift to give a natural looking and effective result.
Dr. De Silva utilises his understanding of the underlying anatomy of the face to treat patients utilising the boney architecture of the cheek and jaw bones to build up and restore the face to its appearance before facial ageing. Dr. De Silva tailors the use of a range of non-surgical treatments to give the final result, this includes the use of volume enhancement with the use of fillers (Restylane, Juvaderm, Sculptra, Radiesse, Silicone), skin treatments (Botulinum toxin, facial peels & lasers, Cosmeceuticals). Other names for these non-surgical facelift treatments include the ‘Y’ lift, “lunchtime lift’ or ‘rapid recovery lift’.
Other technologies have been heavily marketed include Thermage (radio-frequency) and Ulthera (ultrasound), these work on inducing skin tightening. These techniques have limited duration of effects and are similar in effect to skin resurfacing by laser or mechanical devices.
What are the advantages of Non-Surgical Facelifts?
The advantages of non-surgical facelift treatments include the relative speed of the treatments and low downtime after treatment. The procedures are often available in the clinic or office and do not require visits to the operating room. The treatments are effective in improving facial appearance as have been demonstrated by high profile celebrities including Madonna.
What are the limitations of Non-Surgical Facelifts?
The nature of non-surgical facelift treatments is that their effect is not long-term and many offer rejuvenation for a period of 1-year. Patients need to appreciate that non-surgical treatments are not as long lasting as surgical treatments.
Non-surgical facelifts are not effective for marked skin laxity of the neck or face, marked jowls or vertical platysmal bands in the neck. These signs of facial ageing are likely to require surgical treatments to give the best results. Dr. De Silva offers both non-surgical and surgical treatment options and provides his patients with impartial advice regarding which treatment is best suited to your signs of facial ageing. Dr. De Silva has patients who have had ineffective non-surgical treatments when surgical facial procedures would offer better results.
Dr. De Silva & Non-Surgical Facelift Treatments
Dr. De Silva is highly specialised in only facial cosmetic surgery and performs no other surgery. He trained in London Teaching Hospitals in Surgical Specialities including Anatomy, Emergency Surgery, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmic Micro-Surgery before focusing entirely on Facial Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery. He worked in the cosmetic centres of Beverley Hills and New York with super-specialised Facial Plastic and Oculo-Facial Plastic Surgeons. Dr. De Silva tailors facelift and neck lift surgery to each individual patient. Different facial shapes, ethnicity and individual anatomical changes require different types of facelift, customized to the individual patient to achieve a natural looking and long lasting results.
Non-surgical facelift techniques requires correction of an individual’s facial ageing. Often elevation of the soft tissues of the face results in an excess of skin that requires removal. Dr. De Silva hides such incision in natural creases in the skin and in the inner tragus of the ear to avoid visible scars while giving the best possible results. Elevation of the skin alone in older techniques leaves stretched scars that are the hallmarks of surgery, Dr. De Silva takes meticulous attention to elevating the tissues beneath the skin to enable scars to heal better free of tension. Dr. De Silva presented internationally on Advanced Neck Lifting Techniques at the 43rd Annual ASOPRS Scientific Symposium in Chicago, IL, USA.
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