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Can you get a 'non-surgical' facelift?

Most of us go through times when we don’t feel great about our appearance but add the visible signs of ageing to the mix and the fight to retain your confidence and self-esteem can become a daily battle. 

A facelift remains one the most popular plastic surgery treatment to reverse the signs of ageing though the term ‘non-surgical facelift’ is regularly used.

We feel this can be rather misleading, as non-surgical techniques are typically confined to dermal fillers and thread lifts. Each of these has a limited ability to rejuvenate the ageing face.

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All three can be effective in cases where facial ageing is very early, but once gravity takes effect, typically in the mid-30s to early 40s, invariably, these techniques alone do not provide enough to reverse all the signs of facial ageing.

We would like to emphasise that the key to a good result is a congruous outcome where all the signs of facial ageing are reversed to a similar degree. Of course, a 30-year-old forehead and a 50-year-old neck do not look good together.

Treat with scepticism anyone who tells you that all your problems can be treated with one technique. This is usually advice offered by practitioners with only one technique to offer.

What non-surgical options are there?

Non-surgical procedures involve anti-wrinkle injections and/or the use of dermal fillers so are minimally invasive.  They generally have shorter recovery times and don’t involve an overnight stay in hospital – in fact, most treatments take less than an hour. 

Anti-wrinkle injections are a particularly popular and effective treatment for the face. They work by relaxing the facial muscles by blocking nerve signals, reducing deep lines and wrinkles and giving the skin a more youthful appearance. The results of anti-wrinkle injections usually last for around four to six months, though it can be longer.  Many patients have regular top-ups to maintain their more youthful appearance. 

Dermal fillers are another option if surgical facelifts aren’t for you – these work by plumping, smoothing and filling in any wrinkles and deep lines. Cosmetic fillers can last between six months and two years, depending on the type of dermal filler used and the condition of your skin.

Thread lifts are commonly offered by a whole range of practitioners, almost always non-surgeons. In our view, the effect they offer lasts too briefly, or is inadequate. Safety in thread lifting offered by non-surgeons trumps effectiveness in the vast majority of cases.

What does a non-surgical face treatment cost?

Non-surgical face treatments are usually much more affordable than traditional facelifts, but they do require regular follow-ups and repeat application that can increase the overall cost of the procedure. Be aware that non-surgical techniques are not a good option for everyone. Cheaper and quicker recovery doesn’t always mean better.

The cost of anti-wrinkle injections and dermal filler treatments can range from between £150 to £500 per session depending on the number of areas being treated.  Also, the type, location and volume of injections required to achieve a good result for fillers will affect the cost.  

Choosing between dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections

Our facial rejuvenation specialist Mr Adam Goodwin will help you decide whether dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle injections will work best for you.  He will assess your skin and the structure of your face and make an overall assessment of the results you can expect to see.

If you’d like an accurate quote for the non-surgical facelift cost, then please get in touch for a personalised consultation with Mr Goodwin.

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