Are non-surgical face lifts as effective as surgical face lifts?

Much has been said and written about the popularity and benefits of a non-surgical face lift. But is it true? Do the benefits of non-surgical face lift overshadow the risks related with the surgical face lifts? One thing is clear that the non-invasive facelift is a temporary fix affecting the early to moderately severe signs of aging, which may last from three months to two years. The surgical face lift claims of treating much more severe symptoms of aging inclusive of sagging and drooping and the effects can last up to 10 years or may be longer.

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Non-surgical facelift

Non-invasive face lifts comprise of a plethora of procedures all of which are non-invasive and completely safe in nature. Non-invasive or non-surgical face lift works best in clients who are showing early signs of skin damage or aging, individuals, who have saggy skin, redistributed fat pockets on the skin of the face or facial creases.

Botox, hyaluronic acid fillers, dermabrasion, microcurrent, laser, ultrasound, radiofrequency and infrared are few of the non-surgical face lifts which have proven to be effective and are popularly used today.

Surgical face lift or traditional face lift

Surgical face lift involves making an incision on the face which runs behind the natural curve of the ear, behind it and down the neck. The surgery includes peeling the skin and pulling the deeper layers of the tissue and muscles below. This is followed by removing the skin to reduce the wrinkles. The face lift is an invasive procedure which creates long lasting result.

Surgical or non-surgical? Which is better?

Surgical face lift is an invasive procedure which needs incision on the skin but the non-surgical procedure is not at all invasive and is also known as non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment since it enhances and improves the facial features of a patient and also creates a youthful appearance.

Non-surgical facelifts are meant for relieving the early and moderate signs of aging such as loss of volume, sun damage or the presence of fine lines and wrinkles. Various non-surgical procedures such as fillers make up for the loss of volume, laser treatment helps in removing the spots from the face and improves the skin complexion, toxins help in paralyzing the muscles to prevent the formation of wrinkles,  fillers fill the creases and fine lines on the face, microcurrent, Cavi lipo, bio light, infra-red or radiofrequency increase the blood flow to the skin and help in the formation of new collagen and repair of already existing collagen. The non-surgical face lifts are essentially natural substances or procedures triggering the natural physiology of the skin. The non-invasive face lift can be done by individuals of all age groups.

Comparatively, the traditional face lifts are more appropriate for people over the age of 50 years and helps in getting rid of the deep creases on your face resulting in a smooth skin. The severe sagging or wrinkles cannot be treated by non-invasive procedures and may need surgical intervention.

Surgical intervention has a downtime of at least 6 months. Almost 6 months recovery period is essential to completely eliminate the scars of surgery. The risks involved in the surgery are high and need an expert intervention for the treatment. There is a high risk of infection after the surgery and there may be facial paralysis or disfigurement. A wide range of precautions are required after the surgery and needs many follow up visits with the doctor. Surgical facelifts are expensive procedures and require the services of a highly qualified skin surgeon.

Comparatively, the non-invasive procedures are safe, painless, no incision is required and the risks related with the procedure are lesser. The only drawback is that since the results are temporary in nature, there may be a need for maintenance therapy sessions. The cost of the non-invasive treatments is much lesser making these interventions affordable. The non-surgical face lifts prevent hair loss at the site of incision, shortened recovery and less scarring or bruising.

Lastly, whether you want to go for a surgical or a non-surgical facelift procedure, you should contact your physician and then make an informed decision after weighing the pros and cons of the intervention.

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