Does the Non-Surgical Facelift Exist? Facial Cosmetic Surgeons Demystify Myths Regarding Non-Surgical Facelifts

The Lunchtime Lift … Facelift in a Bottle…Liquid Facelift …Minimally Invasive Facelift… There is a myriad of names for devices, creams, and procedures that profess to be feasible alternatives to Traditional Facelifts. But how do these quick fixes really stack up against the effects of a Facelift?

“A Facelift is a surgical procedure, and by definition, there is no such thing as a Non-Surgical Facelift,” says President of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. “There is a role for many of the techniques and procedures out there, but they should not be considered substitutes for a Facelift.”

Based on recent statistics from the AAFPRS, Facelifts were the second most common surgical procedure last year, right behind Rhinoplasty.

Facial aging or the aging face involves skin changes such as wrinkles, brown spots and sun damage; dynamic lines from overactive muscles; loss of volume such as hollow cheeks and temples; the loss of elasticity and the pull of gravity that cause skin to sag. “Most of these so-called Non-Surgical Facelift alternatives may target one or two of the signs of facial aging, whereas a Facelift hits all or most of them,” remarks President of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Injectables

Whether soft tissue fillers, fat or Botox®, injectables can help eliminate fine lines and wrinkles and increase volume to sunken areas of the face. The result? A younger, more revitalized appearance. “This is not a Facelift, but can be very effective at reducing some of the signs of aging on the face,” says President-elect, AAFPRS. “There is also minimal downtime with injectables so you can get back to your life right away, but these treatments will need to repeated about every four to nine months to maintain the results.”

Skin Tightening

Devices that employ radiofrequency (RF) energy can help enhance the body’s natural collagen production. Collagen is the protein that gives your skin the structure and support associated with youth, but it diminishes as individuals age. “RF devices stimulate collagen production to firm skin,” says President-elect, AAFPRS. “Ultrasound waves can also give your collagen supply a turbo boost.” They won’t replicate the results of a Facelift, but they can help improve skin quality, tone and texture for people who are not ready to undergo Facelift Surgery. “It’s a tradeoff because the results are not as dramatic as a Facelift, but the downtime and cost associated are much less,” he notes.

Fat Reduction

As we age, fat tends to redistribute throughout the face and neck. For instance, you lose fat where you need it most, such as the cheeks, and gain fat in places where you might not want it, such as the jowls and neck. Facial Plastic Surgeons can provide various choices to remove unwanted fat, such as Liposuction, fat destruction via radiofrequency, Cryolipolysis and Ultrasound. “Liposuction can get rid of double chin or a dreaded Turkey Neck and for some people, that may be enough to make a meaningful difference in their appearance,” says President of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Lasers and Lights

Today’s lasers and light-based energy systems can help treat the skin changes related to aging and many can also help stimulate collagen production. “Laser skin resurfacing offers a host of benefits for the aging face and may buy you some time, but even lasers will not replace the visible results of a Surgical Facelift,” says President-elect, AAFPRS. The deeper ablative resurfacing lasers do require a break between treatments, whereas non-ablative treatments may be repeated at intervals to maintain the skin rejuvenating effects.

Benefits of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

The nose is considered one of the most noticeable features of a person’s face. Having a well-balanced nose brings facial features into harmony and plays a significant role in a person’s self-image. It can have a positive or negative effect. The good news is if you’re dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose, there are alternatives available. One effective option, which does not involve surgery, is known as the Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty.

The Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery or Nose Job) procedure is considered an alternative for minor irregularities of the nose, which can be altered without traditional nose surgery.

How Does a Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Work?

Minor irregularities of the nose, like a pinched tip or high nostrils, can be fixed with this method. The injectable fillers are placed under the skin tissues to amplify the outer appearance of the nose. The patient usually undergoes a simple non-surgical procedure for as little as 15 to 20 minutes without any significant downtime.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty is temporary and involves enhancements to specific portions of the nose with fillers that are safe and simple. The changes are immediate and do not result in permanent changes.

The filler is injected under the skin tissue through a process called the micro droplet technique, which very gentle on the skin. Since this procedure does not involve surgery, the patient is fully awake throughout the process. You can actually view the procedure with a mirror as Dr. Slupchynskyj applies an anesthetic to the nose portion and injects the injectable to specific portions of the nose during the entire process. The only aspect, which needs attention after this simple procedure is to do follow-up, visits to further enhance the developments.

The dermal fillers, which are used for camouflaging the deformities of the nose in this process, are usually Restylane®™, Juvederm®™ or Radiesse®™, all considered safe and healthy by the FDA.

For irregularities which may involve an asymmetrical nose, dentations or a sharp nose that appear too small or too large in comparison to the overall facial structure, this type of non-surgical procedure is a good alternative.

Here are a few benefits of dermal fillers:

• The results are natural-looking and immediately noticeable.
• There is no downtime following the procedure. Patients can resume their daily activities.
• Dermal fillers are considered temporary. So, if you’re not completely satisfied with the enhancement, the results will eventually fade and a different approach can be pursued.

Prior to any Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty procedure, Dr. Slupchynskyj will assess the facial structure and do an in-depth analysis of the specific areas of the nose, which would benefit from a filler lift. During this initial assessment, the treatment options and the realistic outcomes from this procedure are thoroughly discussed.

With this particular procedure you cannot make more advanced changes to the nose topography like a thinner bridge, a narrower tip or removal of large dorsal humps. However, just like any cosmetic enhancement, the Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty method is capable of camouflaging minor nose deformities.

Advantages of Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty offers an array of benefits. Often, patients with minor facial flaws mention to Dr. Slupchynskyj that they experience low self-esteem. Many people who have undergone a Rhinoplasty have experienced a great increase in their self-confidence. Here are a few additional benefits:

• Easy recovery.
• Decreases a rounded nasal tip.
• Provides a lifting effect for a curved nasal tip.
• Decreases dents or grooves.
• Lifts up a horizontal bridge.
• Camouflages crookedness.
• Camouflages a nose bump by filling up the bridge area.

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