As we age, our skin loses elasticity and collagen resulting in wrinkles, increased skin laxity and sagging. Although aging is a natural process and it is impossible to completely stop the passage of time, it is now possible to make the skin look rejuvenated and healthier using non-surgical cosmetic techniques.
In the past, the recommended course of action was to have a surgical face lift, with weeks of recovery. Today, there are many non-surgical “facelifts” that can make you appear younger without looking “pulled” or having the risks of traditional surgery.
What is a Non-Surgical Face Lift?
As the name implies, a non-surgical facelift is a procedure which rejuvenates the appearance of the face, using a range of techniques such as Botox, Kybella, Fractional lasers and skin-tightening devices, without the need for surgical intervention.
These cosmetic treatments have become some of the most popular ones performed because of the natural looking results, the ease of the procedure itself and the simplicity of the treatments without any significant “downtime.”
The downside to these treatments is that the results are not permanent and one will need to repeat the treatment annually to maintain the desired effects. Since there are such a range of treatments now available, a formal consultation with Dr. Green would be the first step to discuss the various options and tailor a specific treatment plan designed for your cosmetic needs.
Vampire Facial & Vampire Facelift
One technique that has gained lots of recent popularity, thanks in part to various celebrities is the “Vampire Facelift.” There is almost no downtime for this procedure, it’s not painful and you get natural looking results. This method uses PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) from your own blood which is injected back into your skin, which in turn will infuse your skin back with your own natural growth factors. Find out more about Vampire Facelifts.
Liquid Facelifts & Dermal Fillers
Also known as a “liquid facelift”, a dermal filler is a treatment that can be used to reduce the look of deep lines and wrinkles on the face. Dermal fillers are great at “plumping” out the face, where there are hollow, or sunken areas such as in the cheeks. Common dermal fillers are Juvederm®, and Restylane®.
Some of the key areas that Juvederm is used to treat include moderate facial wrinkles in the cheeks, nasolabial fold lines (“laugh lines”) and Juvederm Volbella can also be used to make the lips appear fuller. Juvederm is also great at treating “marionette lines” around the mouth. Find out more about how Juvederm injections work.
Restylane® & Restylane Lyft®
For treating wrinkles, Restylane or Restylane Lyft may be the right treatment for you. Restylane Lyft is great at improving the appearance of deeper lines, wrinkles, and even facial scaring, while Restylane can help remove more superficial wrinkles. Learn more about Restylane.
Juvederm Voluma™ XC
Juvederm Voluma™ XC is an FDA-approved dermal filler which like Juvederm can be used to help improve the appearance of facial wrinkles. Juvederm Voluma™ XC is great at helping restore the mid-face area and the appearance of facial hollowing, particularly on the cheeks, chins and temples. This volumizer is amazing at restoring lost facial volume and making you appear younger in a very natural way. Find out more about Juvederm Voluma™ XC.
Sculptra is a poly-L-lactic acid based filler that helps stimulate collagen production within the body. Sculptra can be used to treat a wide number of areas such as deep facial wrinkles, cheeks, chin, nasolabial folds, temples, mid-face and jowls. Find out more about Sculptra.
Other Injectable Treatments
Radiesse® is a different type of injectable filler – one that is made from Calcium Hydroxyapatite. This filler helps replenish collagen that has been lost under your skin. Over time this extra volume helps fill in the gaps and to reduce the visible deep lines and wrinkles. Discover how Radiesse® can work for you.
Botox® (Botulinum Toxin Type A), is a treatment that is injected directly into the specific dynamic wrinkles of the face and neck. Botox is great for frown lines, forehead lines and “crow’s feet” around the eyes. Neck bands can also be treated effectively with Botox. As with many of these treatments Botox is a great combination treatment which can be used alongside other techniques listed above to improve several different aspects and problem areas at the same time. Find out what Botox can do for you.
Botox Before & After Photo (used with Juvederm Voluma)
Patient received 2 syringes of Voluma into cheeks and Botox on forehead.
Radiofrequency (RF) Technology
In terms of non-surgical face lifts, “RF technology” can also be used to help improve the overall look of the face and skin. This technology is typically used to heat the inner layers of your skin. This deep heating helps tighten the existing collagen in the skin while simultaneously stimulating new collagen production to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
One example of this is Thermage, a non-surgical procedure that makes the skin appear smoother and softer via a series of treatment sessions. Each treatment uses unique radiofrequency (RF) technology to safely heat the inner layers of your skin, while cooling the surface of your skin simultaneously. This in turn helps tighten existing collagen and stimulates the production of new collagen, thus giving you a more youthful complexion.
Another option for those looking for non-surgical face lifts is laser treatment. This modern approach to treating the signs of aging is highly effective and also popular with many Hollywood celebrities. There are several different types of laser treatments that can be used to treat many different symptoms. For example, the Fraxel® Dual Laser is great at treating the general signs of aging, from sun spots, age spots to fine lines and wrinkles.
Another popular laser option is the Sciton BBL Laser, which also helps get rid of sun damage, fine lines and discoloration, all in one treatment. Find out more about the wide range of different skin rejuvenation techniques using laser technology.
To learn more about which non-surgical face lift option is best suited for you please contact us online today or call 212-535-3088. Dr. Michele S. Green, a board-certified dermatologist based in NYC, practices the latest techniques at the forefront of skin care to give you the look that you deserve.