What Would Be the Best Non-invasive Facelift for a 28 Year Old?

I'm 28 and my face has started to sag slightly compared to before 25. I would like a mild facelift treatment to get that youthful look back, but don't feel ready for surgical options. So the options I'm considering are: 1.Radiofrequency treatment to the face 2.Juvederm (or Radiesse) - would injections to the upper cheeks really 'lift' the face as it's advertised? 3.Infrared rays to the face Which would work best for someone my age, in terms of (A) effectiveness, and (B) long-term safety?

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Best Non-invasive Facelift for 28 Year Old is Filler Injection


Thank you for your question.

Facial aging in a 28 year old is caused by fat loss which is loss of volume-not lax skin.

Therefore your best option is to replace facial volume with Fillers such as Restylane, Radiesse, Perlane, Juvederm or others.

Skin tightening machines like Thermage, Ultherapy, Radiofrequency, and Infra red will achieve only 20-25% tightening at best and they do not increase and some can decrease fat volume.

So stick with the fillers.

Boston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Ultherapy for the face

Ultherapy is an excellent modality for non surgical face lifting for the jowls, neck, and lower face. 

Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Best Non-invasive Facelift in the 20's and 30's

If you are beginning to show the signs of aging then there are three factors that can be contributing.  The first could be sun damage which Fraxel would correct.  The second is volume loss, which a filler such as Restylane, Juvederm, Sculptra, or Voluma would correct.  The third sign of aging is skin laxity.  At your age, Thermage is an excellent way to tighten the skin.  Thermage would help to build new collagen and if you combine this treatment with the injectables you will have a fabulous result.

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
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Voluma for non-surgical facelift

Thank you for your question, it would be easier if you if you could post a photo as well. If you are looking for more volume in your face, and make you look younger and fill out any wrinkles than I suggest Voluma. Voluma is a facial filler said to last two years that instantly restores volume. Please consult with your doctor to decide if this is best for you. Good luck!

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At your age Ulthera and fillers are the best option


A combination of therapies may allow you to achieve your desired look. Ulthera combined with fillers can produce a wonderful result. Fillers will add the volume you are looking for in the cheek area and Ulthera will help to tighten the skin while still producing a natural result.

Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Non invasive facelift for 28 y.o.


Hard to really say in your particular case without photos or exam.  Having said that, you are most likely a candidate for filling modalities to give volume to the face.  Fillers add volume and can give pleasant contour.  Facelifts take anatomy and place it back into the proper place.  When done correctly, these modalities are appropriate and effective for that individual.  The other modalities that your describe may be helpful, depending on the individual.  See a few consultants before making your desicions.

Jeffrey Roth, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Lift needed in Younger Face


Younger patients do not require surgical facelifts. That can be said in almost all cases. But there are 2 reasons that can lead to a younger face looking "saggy" or tired. 1.) Loss of volume, especially in the cheeks, 2.) Poor anatomy ("weak" cheeks and/or chins) can lead to the skin appearing loose and saggy. The non-surgical ways to address volume loss are with fillers. Also, procedures that use Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP, like that used in the VampireLift) can help restore volume using growth factors from your own body. Fillers or fat grafting can be useful when significant filling is needed. Skin or muscle-tightening procedures (like Ultherapy) can produce some subtle results, but in younger patients it is more of a method of preventing or slowing the rate of sagging. However, if there is an anatomical reason, cheek or chin implants should be part of the discussion as well. Those are questions that can be answered during a consult and exam with a knowledgeable Facial Plastic Surgeon.

Manu Gujrati, MD
San Jose Facial Plastic Surgeon

Ultherapy or Fillers


Adding volume (i.e. fillers) the face can help maintain or create a more youthful look.  It tends to have very little downtime and can provide a great and immediate result with very little downtime.  If you have some specific concerns such as blunting of the jaw line or neck, then consider something like Ultherapy.  It can provide a gentle lift in the treated areas and can help create a tighter look.  It can also help maintain or hinder the aging process.  Regarding surgery, I would wait until you are older.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Non-invasive facelift


I perform a lot of midface lifts. You're too young. Don't have surgery. Anything from the outside, like lasers, radiofrequency, etc. won't work. Fillers, especially Perlane or Juvederm Ultra Plus are very safe and worth a try. Radiesse works well but not reversible if you don't like it. Check out an honest surgeon in your area for the best advise. Good luck.

Ronald Schuster, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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What Would Be the Best Non-invasive Facelift for a 28 Year Old?


What Would Be the Best Non-invasive Facelift for a 28 Year Old?  At 25, I'd bet that your cheeks are flat in which case fillers or cheek implants to create the proper aesthetic cheek shape would be the primary objective.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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