Facelifts – Surgical or Non-Surgical?

There are many different types of facelifts – some are more effective than others and some are more invasive and a lot more painful. Some of them can be done in a day with little or no side effects whilst other require hospitalisation and a significant recovery process. But what is the difference and are the affects really so different between a non-surgical and a surgical facelift?

The surgical facelift

A surgical facelift requires surgery and it’s not minor. Whether you are having work done to the skin around your face to tighten and make it more youthful or perhaps you have hooded eyelids that you are having lifted, the procedure requires surgery and time in hospital. Afterwards you wake up looking like something out of the Mummy and it can be a few days before you can look in the mirror without it being swollen and bruised. As plastic surgery used to be the ‘go to’ of the rich and famous it was difficult to hide having any work done. Many celebrities would be out of the limelight for a while to re-emerge with dark classes and wide brimmed, floppy hats.
With so many advancements in treatment and more keyhole options available surgical procedures aren’t quite as bad as they used to be but they still cost a lot of money, take time out of busy schedules, and have a long recovery process. Still for many people they are the procedure of choice although how long will this carry on for with the evolution of so many non-surgical procedures?

The non-surgical facelift

So what is a non-surgical facelift? Well for a start there are no knives involved, or hospital stays. The options are varied and the results are fantastic. Many A list Hollywood celebrities are moving to non-surgical facelifts as an alternative to going under the knife with remarkable results. From Vampire Facelifts to Botox the choice is extensive and the results speak for themselves. From Mrs O to the Kardashians everyone is getting in on the action and once celebrities try it then it’s only a matter of time before it becomes ‘on trend’.
For those who want to lose the wrinkles without having their skin pulled tight there are injectable fillers and products like Botox that relax the muscles and stop the muscles that cause the wrinkles and furrows. For those who want a more youthful glow a relatively new treatment Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy also known as the Vampire Facelift is becoming a popular choice. The patient’s blood is extracted, the platelets extracted and then injected back into the skin. This platelet rich substance encourages the renewing and healing of skin.
And it doesn’t end with filler injections and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy. There are also other treatments like Radio Frequency Skin Tightening in which frequency waves contract the collagen in the skin and tightens the skin’s surface.

Surgical vs Non-Surgical

Well if you have a lot of money and a lot of time to recover and you don’t mind bandages for a number of weeks then a surgical facelift might be your preference. However each time you want a procedure carried out you are going to go through surgery all over again. With the non-surgical alternatives you almost have a menu of options that you can visit at regular intervals. You may want to start off with a little Botox to see how that looks, then you may want to try some fillers around the mouth, under the nose or around the eyes. Next you may want to try a Vampire Facelift. You don’t have to have it all done in one session. You can book regular treatments or you can decide as and when that you want to try something else.
The beauty of non-surgical is that you have more options and you don’t need the recovery time in fact with treatments like Botox you are in and out in 20 minutes and no-one is any the wiser. You can get Botox on your break!

Consult an expert

Like any treatments, even non-surgical ones, it is important to seek the advice of a professional before you start having any kind of procedures – especially on your face. You need to make sure that you are in the hands of an expert who has the relevant experience and that you completely disclose any medical history from the outset. You don’t want to end up having a reaction to something because you went to a cheap back street practitioner that makes lots of bold claims. Do your research first!


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