Surgical facelifts improve the physical signs of ageing in the face and neck by physically lifting and repositioning the deep skin layers of the face. Tightening takes place via the repositioning and removal of both the skin and underlying muscle. The repositioning of fatty deposits also provides additional volume to sunken, gaunt areas, such as the cheeks.
It is a relatively intense procedure lasting one to four hours, with a considerable downtime of at least two weeks. A successful facelift, however, has the power to take up to 10 years off your face. The key to success is finding a balance between restoring youth and maintaining your individual looks and characteristics. Drastically altering your appearance may give you a stretched, permanently fixed appearance, publicly declaring to the world that you have undergone extensive surgery.
Non Surgical Facelift
A non-surgical facelift, also known as a liquid facelift, is a minimally invasive procedure that targets the signs of ageing through the combined use of dermal fillers and the injectable muscle relaxer, Botox.
It is generally more suited for younger patients who display less advanced signs of ageing. It targets fine lines and wrinkles of multiple areas in a single treatment, including the eyes, cheeks and temples, as well as the mouth and jaw. Those looking to lift and plump the skin, whilst simultaneously adding definition and contouring, may benefit greatly from a non-surgical face lift.
How To Decide: Surgical or Non-Surgical Facelift
The extent of ageing is a major factor in the success of a facelift. Sagging skin, wrinkles and lost volume will respond differently to different approaches. When discussing the option of a surgical and non surgical facelift, for those with advanced signs of ageing, a surgical facelift may be the only option that can achieve the extent of age-reversal desired. Surgical facelifting focusses on targeting the lower face and neck using incisions around the ears. Although the effects of a facelift are permanent, ageing is a continual process and changes to your face over time are inevitable. Many patients who opt for facelift surgery go on to continue a series of mini facelift “top-up” procedures in the years following, to keep the signs of ageing at bay.
Non-surgical lifting techniques make use of a combination of injectable treatments to enhance volume and modulate the muscles that pull parts of the face down. This tends to work better for younger patients.
There are various pros and cons to each facelift approach. You should make an educated, well-informed decision together with your surgeon, who can examine your individual case and discuss all treatments available to you.