If sagging skin, lines and wrinkles are hurting your self-esteem and otherwise making you feel poorly about your appearance, you are hardly alone. Luckily taking steps to revitalize your facial skin no longer has to involve invasive surgery that requires anesthesia, incisions and a long, often painful recovery process. If you’ve been researching non-invasive options, consider looking into the non-surgical facelift. This procedure features many of the same benefits of a traditional facelift minus the surgery and complication risks. Let’s find out why more and more people are turning to this option.
What is a Traditional Facelift?
Before we delve into the benefits of the non-surgical facelift, let’s define the traditional facelift. The traditional facelift is a surgical procedure where the face’s skin is pulled back, usually behind the ears, to tighten flesh and smooth out wrinkles. It requires anesthesia and several surgical incisions. Also referred to as a rhytidectomy, the first facelift was performed in 1901 in Berlin by a surgeon named Eugen Holländer. The procedure may also be combined with additional work on the brows, eyes, cheeks, forehead and eyes.
What is a Non-Surgical Facelift?
Unlike the traditional version, the non-surgical facelift generally consists of a series of injections to affected areas of the face. Assorted dermal fillers are used for such injections, including well-known fillers such as Botox, Juvederm and Restylane. Dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm are comprised of hyaluronic acid, while Botox and similar products are referred to as neuromodulators.
Hyaluronic acid is substance found in the body, particularly in the eyes and joints. It is taken to relieve pain associated with joint disorders and is often used in certain eye surgeries, such as cataract removal and detached retina repair. Hyaluronic acid is also particularly popular as a lip injection.
How Long is Recovery From a Non-Surgical Facelift?
Recovery from a non-surgical facelift doesn’t take nearly as long as the traditional facelift. Although recovery time can vary depending on the individual and what dermal filler is used, healing usually takes between one and two weeks. Side effects from a non-liquid facelift are very mild and may include redness, swelling, bruising and tenderness at injection sites. Bumps or lumps under the skin may also form, though such lumps disappear as the filler spreads out. However, it’s still possible to see immediate results, which again separates non-surgical facelift from traditional options.
Who Should Avoid a Non-Surgical Facelift?
While side effects from a non-surgical facelift are mild, it’s still important to do the proper research before booking an appointment. Pregnant and nursing women are not advised to receive such treatment, as are those with a history of severe allergies. If you are allergic to drugs, it is not recommended you undergo a non-surgical facelift. Those with skin issues, such as cysts, infections, blemishes, rashes and hives must wait until said conditions clear before the procedure. Cold sores from the herpes virus are also concerns if seeking injections around the lips. Again, wait until the issue clears up.
For best results, consult your healthcare practitioner or cosmetic surgeon before undergoing this treatment.
Beautiful, fresh, healthy skin can be yours in a matter of days! Interested in learning more about non-surgical facelifts? Visit Khrom Dermatology today to find out more about this and other non-invasive cosmetic procedures.