Sometimes when patients come to us interested in facelift plastic surgery, they want to talk about non-surgical options. That’s understandable enough – why go under the knife if you don’t have to? And there are definitely options for erasing the effects of time, without surgery. However, these techniques also tend to be limited in application and how effective they are.
Let’s talk about your options, and when non-surgical options would be a viable alternative to facelift plastic surgery.
Understanding Types of Non-Surgical Facelifts
The most popular and widely-used option for non-surgical facelifts is Botox injections. These involve injecting special compounds below the skin, which cause facial nerves to relax and, in the process, also relaxes the muscles beneath the skin. With the muscles less tense, wrinkles become far less prominent – or go away entirely.
However, there are downsides to Botox. It will never be as comprehensive as a standard facelift, although it can be quite effective at removing wrinkles such as crows feet around the eyes. Also, Botox is non-permanent. After a few weeks, the injections will wear off, and you’ll have to go back for another round if you want the wrinkles to remain gone.
The other major non-surgical option is Thermage skin-tightening, for removing the effects of fat buildup. This is a relatively new procedure, but one that’s become quite popular among those who need quick results such as movie stars. Thermage involves sending heat waves deep into the skin, causing the collagen below the skin to thicken and tighten. In turn, this causes the skin above the collagen to tighten as well. As with Botox, the results aren’t permanent, but a Thermage treatment can last for six months or longer.
The major downside to Thermage is that the results are relatively subtle. You can see the work in side-by-side pictures, but it will not radically change the look of your face.
To Learn More About Your Options in Facelifts, Contact Dr. O’Neill
When it comes down to it, if you want genuine lasting results that give your face an overhaul, you still need to look at facelift plastic surgery. No non-surgical option offers the same dramatic effects or allows for permanent changes to your facial structure.
Dr. Eric O’Neill has decades of experience helping people look their absolute best! Contact our clinic today to schedule a consultation.