Aging is a lifelong process that we learn to manage as we go through it. We learn that we may need to change our eating or exercise habits at various ages. We may require a little more sleep at certain times, or have more difficulty getting a good night’s sleep as we get older. Appearance is a crucial aspect of aging that many people start addressing in their twenties. It is ideal to do so but doesn’t mean that you won’t have to switch up your routine from time to time. If you’ve reached that stage of life when a surgical facelift is starting to sound better and better, you may also be wondering if a non-surgical facelift would be an option for you. Here, we look at what may be involved in non-surgical facial rejuvenation and what each strategy can do.
What Is a Non-Surgical Facelift?
It must be understood that a non-surgical facelift doesn’t physically lift and reposition tissue like a surgical facelift. However, it can create a more lifted and youthful appearance by stimulating various dermatologic responses. Non-surgical facial rejuvenation may include a variety of techniques, including:
- Known as a wrinkle-reducer, Botox works by reducing the intensity of muscle contractions. Lines form in the upper region of the face because we use the same muscles in the same patterns over and over again. Every time, the skin creases in a particular way. Over time, these creases don’t go away when the face is at rest. To eliminate them, we relax the muscle.
- Dermal fillers. Why would someone need Botox AND dermal fillers when they are both used to reduce wrinkles? Because they work differently. Botox relaxes muscles. Dermal fillers build volume by tethering to water molecules in the skin. For more dramatic facial rejuvenation, dermal fillers may be inserted beneath lines and also in areas like the cheeks, lips, and under the eyes. By refining the contours of the face, fillers can give the illusion of a subtle lift.
- Laser skin resurfacing. Many people who undergo a surgical facelift also have laser skin resurfacing, so this treatment makes perfect sense for our non-surgical patients, as well. Resurfacing is the process of removing dead and damaged cells from the skin’s surface. In addition to softening fine lines and reducing the appearance of sun damage, laser resurfacing also stimulates increased collagen production.