Four non-surgical alternatives to a facelift
We all wish we could turn back time (physically, at least). But not everyone is ready for or willing to undergo extensive surgery in order to achieve the feat. With this in mind, we explore four non-surgical facelift options to turn back the years and help you rediscover your confidence without the hospital stay:
How long does it take: 30-60 minutes
How long do results last: Up to 18 months
Areas: lower jaw, cheeks, eyebrows, neck.
You’ll hear a lot of names for the thread lift – Silhouette Lift, Suture Lift, Silhouette Soft™ – but, whatever you want to call it, the procedure is a revolutionary way to lift sagging areas without the need for incisions.
It uses tiny biodegradable sutures fitted with bi-directional cones to raise loose tissue and ease wrinkles. While the sutures themselves are absorbed by the body after 12-18 months, their main component is polylactic acid (PLA) which encourages the body’s production of collagen –a protein that naturally replenishes our skin. As a result, the effects of the treatment can still be seen long after.
How long does it take: Around 90 minutes depending on the area.
How long do results last: Results can last several years.
Areas: most areas of the face.
How many times have you thought to yourself ‘I wish I could take fat from X and move it to Y’. Well, that’s precisely what fat transfer does. Using minimally-invasive VASER Liposuction, the procedure rids of stubborn pockets of fat on the body, before the fat is refined, and injected into the face to lift hollow areas and create volume.
Arguably the most ‘natural’ form of a face lift, results are very soft and there is minimal chance of scarring or infection. It is, however, not always advisable for every patient. Suitable deposits of fat are required, meaning it isn’t ideal for those who are very thin. A doctor will always consult with you extensively prior to treatment to ensure your safety and satisfaction.
Time of treatment: 20-30 minutes
Results last: 18 months
Areas: cheek structure, tear trough and mid-face, nasolabial folds, corners of the lips, pre-jowl area, cheek hollows, jawline.
If you’ve done some research into facial rejuvenation, you’ll probably have heard of dermal fillers. The 8 point lift uses them in (you guessed it) eight key areas of the face to rejuvenate and lift ageing features.
Sometimes known as the ‘fluid’ or ‘liquid’ facelift, the treatment uses an advanced and precise technique to combat soft tissue loss and uses only the highest quality of dermal fillers for a more complete solution of lifting the skin than singular use of fillers.
Length of treatment: From 45 minutes, depending on size of area
Length of results: Can last several years
Areas: majority of facial, neck and decolletage areas.
With results that are perhaps less intense than the other three, thermage uses radiofrequency energy to tighten loose areas (particularly of skin) by stimulating the body’s natural production of collagen.
Results are subtle and natural looking; at The Private Clinic we work exclusively with the ThermaCool CPT™ method of Thermage which allows for the best results with minimum discomfort. Unlike laser treatments thermage is suitable all types of skin and patients do not need to avoid the sun afterwards.
Which is the best method?
It’s important to keep an informed but open mind before consultation; your practitioner will be able to use their knowledge and experience to find the right treatment for you. Remember that these treatments won’t produce the same results as a surgical facelift, they are alternatives and it may be that your doctor or nurse advises you that they won’t be suitable for your needs. Always listen to your medical professional – if you don’t you may end up disappointed or, worse, in the unsafe hands of an unqualified practitioner. Providing you do your research and find a trustworthy professional, less invasive facelift options can be a fantastic way to rejuvenate your face safely whilst avoiding surgery.
With over 35 years of Harley Street medical excellence and CQC registered clinics nationwide, The Private Clinic works exclusively with highly experienced and qualified medical professionals. Their rejuvenation team consist of some of the country’s most respected doctors and nurses, all of whom pride themselves on a personal approach to each patient’s needs.
- Dr Hanson MBBS MSc MBCAM. GMC Number: 6136433
- Dr Rosa Santa Cruz MD, PhD. GMC Number: 7441197
- Dr Richard Brighton-Knight MBChB. GMC Number: 4196903
- Dr Simon Connolly MBChB. GMC Number: 3068292
- Mel Recchia RGN
- Dawn Lisa, RGN, RN(Child), SCPHN, PG Dip, BSc (Hons)
- Ruth Atkins RGN
- Lesley Dean RGN
- Marie Narsoomamode RGN, BSc. NMC Reference No: 92A1045E
- Ann Hampson RGN
To find out more about facial rejuvenation treatments at any of our clinics you can call us on 0333 920 2471 or use our online contact form to request a call back.