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Facelift Without Surgery
As you age your face naturally loses volume, which makes it look as if it is sagging or dropping. The good news is that there are a number of non-surgical methods that can help restore the lost volume of your face. Facelift without surgery procedures are a natural alternative to cosmetic surgery that are becoming increasingly popular as a means of improving facial appearance.
They are also part of non-invasive procedures that have seen much technological advancement in the last few years. The procedures make use of face tightening devices as well as injectable fillers that help the face to gain back its volume.
What causes your face to Droop or Sag?
As you grow older, the elasticity of your skin declines dramatically due to the effects of gravity. Gravity affects the features of your face in the following ways
-Causes the tip of your nose to droop,
– Leads to the elongation of the ears,
– Causes the eyelids to fall,
-Leads to the formation of jowls,
-Causes the lower lip to become more pronounced,
-Makes the upper lips to become less pronounced, making it to appear to disappear.
What are some of the most popular Non-Surgical Methods for Facelifts ?
There are several popular methods for Facelift without surgery, including:
Using Injectable Fillers
This is a non-surgical method that helps restore the 3-dimensional contour of your face. It achieves this by treating your cheek’s marionette and nasolabial lines in order to generate a lifting effect, leading to a rejuvenating, natural, and attractive appearance.
This non-surgical procedure is popularly known as the Y-lift (1). It is specifically meant to enhance the normal contour of your cheeks, leading to a non-surgical lift of your mid- face. This procedure makes use of Dermal fillers, including Restylane Sub-Q and Juvederm Voluma. The Y-lift is associated with fast results as well as very little down time. In addition, this technique is most suitable for people in the age bracket of between 40 and 65 years.
One of the newest and most effective forms of facial tightening treatments is known as Ultherapy. However, there are other older procedures which are not as effective as Ultherapy. (2)
Ultherapy refers to non-surgical ultrasound treatment method for lifting the face as well as toning the skin. Only one treatment is required in order to rejuvenate and increase the strength of collagen naturally within the skin. Ultherapy is associated with the following results:
-Your eyes will appear more open,
-Lifts your eyebrows,
-Leads to a more pronounced jaw line.
-Creates a tighter neck.
In addition, the procedure takes a short period of time, usually 30 to 60 minutes, and no down time. Results are gradual and usually take over 2 to 3 months.
What are the Advantages of Ultherapy ?
The following are some of the advantages of Ultherapy:
-It is an ultrasound device that is approved by the FDA for aesthetics that is associated with a non-invasive face ‘lift’ indication (3)
– It is more effective when compared to lasers because lasers are only associated with the improvement of the skin’s surface, including wrinkles, fine lines, and pigmentation changes. As opposed to lasers, Ultherapy involves addressing the deep parts of the skin, including the foundational layer, which lends support to the skin. It is important to note that these deeper parts of the skin could only be addressed using cosmetic surgery there before.
-Because the procedure uses ultrasound, it has the ability to bypass the top most layers of the skin. This makes it possible for the ultrasound to reach the innermost layers of the skin and deliver the required energy in the right amount in order to effectively contract the innermost parts of the skin. The net effect of this is to ultimately lift the foundational parts of skin on the neck and face.
Who are the best candidates for Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a very good option for individuals who are unable or unwilling to go for surgery in order to improve their facial appearance. It is most ideal for people who have started showing certain signs that point to skin laxity, which first start appearing on the forehead.
These signs include excess skin on the eyelids, brow descent, and a less open –eye appearances. Ultherapy can also address neck and cheek laxity, which can lead to nasolabial folds, jowls, loss of jaw line angularity, and other signs associated with ageing facial skin.
It can also be ideal for young people, who want to beat the ageing process as well as those who want improve the results from other types of procedures.
This is yet another method face lift without surgery. Ultralift is also a new procedure in aesthetic science that is set to become very popular.
How does it work?
The procedure uses the power of gentle, but powerful micro-focused ultrasound to lift the skin and the deep muscle layer underneath it. This underneath layer of the skin could only be reached using surgical facelifts there before. This method makes use of the energy of ultrasound to stimulate the skin’s foundational layers without disturbing the surface of the skin.
Warm pulses of ultrasound energy are delivered deep down under the skin, leading to the contraction of the muscle layer. In addition, the gentle heat promotes the natural, healthy process of rejuvenation; which in turn stimulates the skin, making it generate fresh collagen. This makes the skin to become firmer, tighter, brighter, and more elastic.
The Ultralift treatment helps promote the growth of new collagen in due course, thus gradually strengthening and toning the skin from within.
What are the advantages of Ultralift?
This method is associated with the following advantages:
-The whole procedure is completed within an hour,
-It is a non-invasive procedure,
-It leads to better, firmer, and better-fitting skin,
-It has no down time,
-It does not disrupt the surface of the skin,
-The procedure is approved by the FDA because clinical studies have been able to demonstrate its safety.
-Its side effects, including tingling, slight swelling, and slight redness are only mild are not a cause for concern.
– It uses ultrasound energy which has a proven track record spanning over 50 years in medical applications.
Apart from helping lift the skin of the neck and face, ultralift can also be used to treat wrinkling and sagging on other areas of the body, including arms, chest, abdomen, armpits, thighs, franks, and lowers legs.
Who can benefit from Ultralift?
This procedure is ideal for someone whose skin has the following characteristics:
-A person whose skin has become very loose and has started to hang,
-Has a lowered brow line,
-Has sagging skin on the eyelids,
-It is a good option any person who is not ready for surgical face lift for financial or other reasons.
Fat injections / Stem- Cell Face Lift
This is another popular non-surgical face lift that uses fat sanctioned from the abdomen to fill the de-volumized areas of the face. The main goal of this procedure is to help restore the youthful contour, shape of the face, improving skin quality; reduce skin damage those results from exposure to sunlight, tightening the skin; as well as addressing of the skin as a result of exposure to the elements. (4)
The procedure makes use of the regenerative capacity of adult stem cells to produce results.
The main advantage of fat injections is that it doesn’t require frequent maintenance that is associated with other cosmetic procedures such as Botox or filler injections.
These are some of the most popular methods of facelift without surgery.