A facelift can provide a dramatically younger look by removing excess skin to reduce wrinkles and highlight a strong bone structure. But facelifts are also expensive, costing many thousands of dollars, and invasive, requiring extensive recovery time post-procedure. On top of that, some people aren’t even good candidates for surgical procedures. Fortunately, there are an increasing number of nonsurgical options that restore the appearance of youth for both women and men. Here are answers to the questions you’re likely asking:
- What Is a Nonsurgical Facelift?
You may have heard the term “nonsurgical facelift” used as if it refers to a single procedure. But actually, this may refer to a number of nonsurgical procedures such as Botox injections, Juvederm treatments, chemical peels and laser tightening. The first two, Botox and Juvederm procedures, are often humorously referred to as liquid facelifts, and are widely popular because they’re safe and affordable. The others are often used to repair damage such as sunspots, as well as to reduce visible wrinkles.
- How Effective Are Nonsurgical Options?
Results, of course, vary by person. But in general, many of these options can lead to a visible improvement in skin tightness and overall quality. Many people also report that their skin is brighter — that “glow” of youth — after chemical and laser treatments. However, it’s important to have realistic expectations with nonsurgical procedures. Some provide instant results, while others take a few days or even months; likewise, the results last for varying lengths of time based on the specific procedure. It’s always best to consult a doctor before you asssume a procedure will or won’t give you the results you want.
- How Can I Support the Results?
In general, being healthier will help you to look younger. You can supplement the results of nonsurgical procedures through healthy weight loss plans, taking care of your skin and quitting smoking. It’s important to choose the right skin care products and protect yourself from the sun, in particular. If cosmetic concerns are linked to other complications brought on by aging, then anti aging hormone therapy may also be recommended.
What nonsurgical facelift alternatives are you interested in? Join the discussion in the comments.