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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“Non-surgical facelift”is a marketing term that usually describes using a combination of non-surgical procedures.

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A facelift is by definition a surgical procedure. “Non-surgical facelift”is a marketing term that usually describes using a combination of non-surgical procedures such as Botox, facial fillers, laser resurfacing, etc to rejuvenate the face without surgery. These procedures can be effective in the right candidate, usually someone younger who is not a candidate for a true facelift yet, but the results will not be as dramatic and will not last as long as a surgical facelift will. I recommend visiting a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who offers both surgical facelift procedures and non-surgical procedures for an in-person consultation to discuss your concerns and come up with the most effective treatment plan for you.

Non-Surgical facelift

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There is no such thing as a non-surgical facelift.  However, there are many procedures that can provide facial rejuvenation without surgery for the right person. Laser skin tightening, Voluma, Juvederm, Botox and skin peels are just a few things that could perhaps be of benefit. 

These procedures can provide beautiful results, but there are risks involved, so still important to do your homework when sleeting a plastic surgery center to provide any aesthetic enhancements.

These procedures are not right for everyone. Be sure you are not spending money on something that will not provide the improvement you are hoping to achieve. 

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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A non-surgical facelift is not a facelift at all

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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.

The needle wins for facial rejuvenation

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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 Dermatologic Surgeon
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Non-surgical facelift is not a Facelift

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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.

Non-surgical facelifts or "liquid facelifts"

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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

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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.

Non- Surgical Facelift

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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

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"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

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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.

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