Non Surgical vs Surgical Facelift

Posted by Dr. Julian De Silva | September 22nd, 2015

Non Surgical vs Surgical Facelift

We consult with many individuals who are interested in correcting signs of aging on their face. When it comes to overall facial rejuvenation, a facelift has long been the gold standard among cosmetic plastic surgeons. Facelifts are able to correct nearly all of the signs of aging on a face and “turn back the hands of time.” Facelifts, however, are invasive surgical procedures that are costly, require a somewhat lengthy recovery period, and carry with them a certain amount of risk. For these reasons, many people are unable to unwilling to undergo a facelift. For those wishing to correct signs of aging on the face without surgery, a nonsurgical facelift may be a good alternative.

“Non-surgical procedures are excellent for diminishing signs of aging and refining natural beauty,” concurs Dr. Sunanda Chugh, a cometic provider in NYC who provides non-surgical procedures.

The aging process causes our skin to lose elasticity, which results in looser skin and increases the number and severity of wrinkles. Volume beneath the skin and muscles tone also decrease with age, which can result in a hollow looking appearance, especially around the eyes and cheeks. Both surgical and nonsurgical facelifts address these signs of aging, but the methods used are dramatically different.
What is a facelift?
A facelift is a type of plastic surgery that involves the tightening and/or removal of facial skin to correct signs of aging on the face. Skilled plastic surgeons like Dr. De Silva are able to create a very natural look that corrects the obvious signs of facial aging. To perform the surgeon, small incisions are first made near the ears. Then the surgeon lifts the skin and fatty tissues off of the underlying musculature and connective tissues and tightens it until the desired effect is achieved. Next, the skin is sutured to its new location and any excess skin is trimmed away. The incisions are then sutured closed and the surgery is considered complete. The recovery period following a facelift lasts about two weeks, during which time the patient must primarily remain at home and rest.
What is a non surgical facelift?
A non surgical facelift is a cosmetic procedure that treats signs of facial aging through methods other than surgery. Dr. De Silva frequently performs non surgical facelifts on patients who do not want to undergo a traditional facelift. He utilizes a number of non-invasive treatments to create the desired effect. Depending on the patient’s unique needs, he may use one or more of the following cosmetic treatments to perform a non surgical facelift:

  • Injectable fillers such as Restylane or Radiesse to add volume, treat wrinkles, and augment the lips and/or cheeks
  • Botox to eliminate lines and wrinkles
  • Ultrasound technology or radiofrequency energy to tighten and tone the skin
  • Laser skin resurfacing to improve tone and texture while minimizing fine lines and wrinkles
  • Other therapies as needed to achieve the desired result

A non surgical facelift can rejuvenate the face and provide results that last between 6 and 18 months, depending on the treatments utilized. Dr. De Silva can also perform touchups to maintain the effects of the non surgical facelift.

How is a non surgical facelift different from a traditional facelift?
The obvious difference between these two procedures is that one involves an invasive surgery while the other utilizes several non-invasive treatments to achieve results. Another major difference is the recovery time following the procedures. While it takes most people a minimum of 2 weeks to recovery from a surgical facelift, individuals who undergo a non surgical facelift can typically resume normal activities within the hour! There is also a significant cost difference between the two surgeries, with a traditional facelift typically costing quite a bit more than a non surgical facelift. The results of a surgical facelift will last between 10 and 15 years, while those who wish to maintain the results of their non surgical facelift will need to undergo regular touchups. As a facial cosmetic surgeon, Dr. De Silva is able to give you advise for both surgical and non surgical options, as no two people have identical needs from treatment.

Which one is better?
It is not possible to state that either procedure is better than the other. The question to ask is, “which type of facelift is a better option for me?” If you would like to rejuvenate your appearance without undergoing surgery, then a non surgical facelift may be a more appropriate choice. If you desire a more dramatic effect with results that will last for quite a while, then a traditional, surgical facelift will be a better solution.

Facelift consultation with Dr. De Silva
If you would like to improve your appearance by treating signs of aging on your face, we encourage you to set up an initial consultation with Dr. De Silva. After taking your goals into consideration, he will be able to advise whether a non surgical or traditional facelift will be more appropriate for you.

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