What Treatments Can Postpone the Need for a Facelift?
While many people undergo a facelift as a way to minimize facial aging, surgery is not for everyone. It is invasive and expensive.
Many patients who wish to avoid surgery have found relief in non-invasive procedures that still restore a fuller and more youthful-looking complexion.
What Is the Goal of a Facelift, Anyway?
Facelift surgery is a comprehensive procedure that manipulates the skin and tissue in the lower two-thirds of the face.
Excess skin is excised, and then the underlying tissues are tightened and sutured back in place.
This surgical procedure provides natural and long-lasting rejuvenation, but it requires a recovery period upwards of a couple of weeks and may result in visible scars around the ears, although this is uncommon as long as the patient tends to heal well.
Injectable treatments are the most common non-invasive cosmetic procedure today, with millions of injections being administered every year.
These treatments offer the temporary reduction of fine lines and wrinkles and the brief return of volume with relatively no pain or downtime.
Injectables like BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and XEOMIN® restore youthful smoothness by relaxing and temporarily paralyzing the muscles that contract to form wrinkles on the upper region of the face.
These treatments target areas that facelift surgery cannot treat since facelift surgery only addresses the lower regions of the face.
These hyaluronic acid fillers create instant volume and stimulate collagen production for lasting fullness.
They are ideal for restoring cheek volume and for filling in the lines and creases around the mouth.
Patients who display mild to moderate fine lines, wrinkles and skin laxity without significant volume loss can benefit from laser treatments like the Laser Genesis by CUTERA® or radiofrequency treatments such as Pellevé®.
Laser Genesis uses micro-pulses of laser energy to stimulate the production of collagen beneath the skin, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Pellevé® similarly relies on collagen; however, this treatment uses radiofrequency energy to cause collagen contraction and tightening.
These laser treatments create smoother surfaces and more youthful complexions without needing anesthesia, knives, or sutures.
Skin Resurfacing Treatment
Despite the extent of benefits that a surgical facelift can provide, it still has its limitations.
While a facelift can address skin firmness, it cannot improve skin quality and tone.
Non-surgical procedures like intense pulsed light (IPL), facials, microdermabrasion, microneedling, and chemical peels can restore skin quality and provide healthier-looking complexions.
These treatments target redness, hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, rosacea, broken capillaries, and acne scars to rejuvenate the face.
If you want to avoid a facelift and are interested in learning more about these non-surgical procedures, contact the Spa at Spring Ridge by calling (610) 880-8265 or by filling out our online contact form.