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Hello again, this is Dr. Stephen Prendiville, a facial plastic surgeon located in Ft. Myers, Florida, which is in the southwest portion of Florida. I'd like to discuss a topic with you today, which is commonly asked in my practice, a question that's commonly asked, and that is, “What is a non-surgical facelift?” My answer to it is, basically, non-surgical facelift is simply a term. It's not necessarily something that exists in our lexicon. What a non-surgical facelift is used to describe is essentially achieving facial rejuvenation without surgery. And, fillers can be used; fillers such as Juvederm, Radiesse, and Restylane. Volumizers can be used, like Voluma or Sculptra, to add volume to the face. Toxins, such as Dysport and Botox, can be used to soften the lines in the forehead, in central glabellar area and also, the crow's feet.

But, when you put all of these things together, when you use fillers, when you use toxins, you'll certainly achieve a nice result, but you won't necessarily achieve the same result as you would with a facelift. In other words, what a facelift is going to do is lift the cheek, it’s going to sculpt the jawline, and tighten the neck area. There's really nothing else that does that except for a facelift. So, non-surgical facelift is somewhat of a misnomer. What I prefer to tell patients is we can achieve a minimally invasive rejuvenation with fillers and toxins. Potentially, light based treatments, like intense pulsed light, can also be used for brown spots and broken blood vessels. And, you can also tighten the lower face and neck, especially for patients in their 40s and 50s, with treatments such as all therapy. I hope this has been helpful. Thank you.

Is a Nonsurgical Facelift Possible and What Is Involved?

Dr. Stephen Prendiville explains that the use of fillers and toxins replace scalpels and anesthesia for a facelift effect without surgery.

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