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Is There Such a Thing As a Non-surgical Face Lift?

What is usually involved in a "non-surgical" face lift?

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A non-surgical facelift is not a facelift at all

A non-surgical facelift is a misnomer. In reality, it is not a facelift at all at least in the conventional sense. It does not involve any skin removal or actual lifting. Rather it is a facial rejuvenation procedure that uses injectable fillers to plump up areas and some mild forms of skin tightening. It is best suited for younger patients who have early signs of facial aging. For patients with more advanced aging that has saggy neck and jowls, more conventional forms of facelifting will produce far better results. Like any procedure(s) that are non-surgical, they are not replacements for what actual surgery can do.

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The needle wins for facial rejuvenation

Injections with Botox (or Dysport) and fillers (hyaluronic acids, Sculptra or Radiesse) can achieve surprisingly natural results  without surgery in facial rejuvenation, especially when combined with nonsurgical tightening treatments such as Thermage.  Softening wrinkles of facial expression with Botox or Dysport combined with filling folds and restoring sagging areas to lift jowls is very achievable by experienced physicians.  Laser resurfacing such as Fraxel and  Active Fx can help dramatically improve skin color, texture, and tone.   It is not possible for every patient, but many people in their 40s-70s can obtain major improvement in their appearance without surgery and its many  risks. 

Margaret Weiss, MD
Baltimore Dermatologist
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Non-surgical facelift is not a Facelift

A "non-surgical Facelift" is not really a Facelift, but a marketing term used to describe facial rejuvenation with fillers and/or Botox.  Fillers and Botox are wonderful tools in addressing specific aging changes, but do not achieve the same results as a Facelift.  The general rule of thumb is that in a patient seeking facial rejuvenation, more extensive aging changes require more aggressive procedures in order to provide a significant result.  Fillers and Botox can certainly be used in such patients, but expectations must be tempered with reality.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Non-surgical facelifts or "liquid facelifts"

A subtle non-surgical facelift can be achieved for the YOUNGER PATIENT WITH EARLY CHANGES by using a combination of Botox and voulme enhancement and wrinkle reduction with injectable fillers. The results are temporary but can by very nice in the properly selected patient. Patients who really need a real facelift but don't want one or who don't think they need one will not get very much from a liquid facelift.

Liquid Face lifts and/or the Non-surgical Face lift

A Liquid face lift or non-surgical face lift are popular names that refer to techniques using botulinum toxin (Dysport, etc), fillers (Restylane, Perlane, Prevelle Silk, Radiesse, Artefill, Aquamid, etc) and resurfacing modalities (IPL, Laser, radiofrequency). Using these interventions are realistic for accomplishing subtle and commonly temporary corrections. However, the mainstay of dramatic and sustainable correction remains surgery.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Non- Surgical Facelift

Two of the causes of facial aging are the loss of facial volume and the loss of skin texture and turgor. Non-surgical rejuvenation includes many techniques to address these problems

Fillers such as Radiesse, Juvederm, or fat are used to increase volume and imrove contour. Skin care by our aesthetician and/or more aggressive treatments such as peels or laser resurfacing are used to improve skin quality. Botox injections help to reduce unwanted lines of animation.


Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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You can get some improvement

"Non-surgical facelift" is a term used to describe a series of treatments designed to improve the appearance of an aged face. It involves skin care, Botox, injectable fillers and volumizers (Restylane, Perlane, Juvaderm, Radiesse, and Sculptra),Lasers for skin tightening (Refirme, Titan, Thermage), and IPL for removal of pigment irregularity.

The key to this is proper evaluation by your physician and understanding about the complexity of facial aging. A non-surgical approach may require multiple treatment sessions because not everything can be done at the same time. A "non-surgical facelift" involves many modalities and cannot be achievedby simply adding a filler.

While the improvement can be dramatic, it will not approach the improvement you will get with a well done surgical facelift -- but, the lower cost and lack of surgical recovery makes it a good option for many people.

It is a trendy term

Non-surgical face lift refers to the use of injectables in key places to lift the jowls and mouth corners, eyebrows, and cheeks, nasolabial folds. It is accomplished with Botox and injectable fillers combined for optimal results. Often, Titan, Thermage, Repair and Active/Deep FX are also added.

While they will not give you the same result as facelift, in the right candidate in need of volume replacement, the effect can be even better.

Mary P. Lupo, MD
New Orleans Dermatologist
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Non surgical facelift

There are many things touted as no surgical procedures that give the same result as a facelift.  Some involve injectables and others involves an expensive laser type machine. I gave yet to see the non surgical lift which is worthwhile.

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Nonsurgical facelift

Nonsurgical facelifts are generally treatments that involve a combination of fillers and Botox or equivalent. It can also refer to treatments using laser skin tightening technologies. All of these attempt to rejuvenate the face without surgical means. 

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