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Minimally Invasive Facelift Alternatives

A facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that lifts up and pulls back the skin on the face to result in a tighter and smoother appearance. It is very effective on patients who have sagging around the lower half of the face, jowls and neck.

Facelifts however are a big deal; patients who are looking to have a facelift will need to schedule a substantial amount of recovery time post procedure which is why many patients are now seeking non-surgical alternatives with less downtime in order to rejuvenate their appearance. A recent example is Judy Murray, mum of UK tennis icon Andy Murray, who has undergone a non-surgical facelift to lift her turkey neck while targeting her skin pigmentation issues.

Of course, a chemical peel or laser treatment is never going to be able to replicate what a facelift can do but they are very effective at eliminating some of the signs of ageing and produce some impressive results.

One Stitch Facelift

Our ‘One Stitch Facelift’ is still a surgical procedure but we felt it was worth adding to this list. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and has very minimal recovery time in comparison to a standard surgical facelift. The one stitch facelift targets the mid-face helping to improve the jaw line. There is a very low risk of swelling and bruising and the incision is hidden within the hairline

The Temporal facelift is very similar in style to the one stitch facelift but this procedure concentrates on the eyebrows to the midface area so ideal if you are looking for an upper facial lift. The temporal facelift is performed under local anaesthetic and the short 5-6cm scar is hidden within the temporal hair line and patients have minimal downtime post procedure.

Both the Temporal and One Stitch Facelift can allow patients to get back to work in almost no time at all and were featured in Harper’s Bazaar’s Top Cosmetic Surgery Trends 2019. The one stitch facelift is performed by;

Consultations available at our London Harley Street clinic.

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Thermage CPT Skin tightening treatment is often referred to a ‘Non-surgical facelift’. The non-invasive procedure helps to tighten and contour your skin in just a single treatment making it ideal for those with busy lifestyles. The treatment works by stimulating your body’s natural renewal of collagen, which creates subtle, natural looking results targeting key areas such as loose jowls, sagging skin, jawline definition and wrinkles around the mouth and forehead. Thermage treatment targets the deeper layers of skin meaning that the downtime is minimal and many patients return to normal activities straight away.

Sounds like a dream? The downside to this treatment is that the results are unfortunately not instant. The majority of the tightening in the face will take place gradually over a period of time and the best results are seen usually after 6 months. The positive side of this however is that it does mean you will achieve gradual and natural looking results compared to a more dramatic change that a surgical procedure can achieve.

To find out more about Thermage click here.


Ultherapy is a non-surgical skin tightening procedure that uses micro-focused ultrasound with visualisation (MFU-V) energy. Celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, Christie Brinkley and Kim Kardashian have all used Ultherapy for a neck lift making it a popular choice with many of our patients. Ultherapy treatment is ideal for reducing the appearance of sagging skin, sagging jowls, poor skin laxity, turkey neck, sagging eyelids and lines and wrinkles on the décolletage.

Treatment time can take as little as 30 minutes and there is no downtime aside from some slight redness to the treated areas for an hour or 2 post procedure. Ultherapy treatment is FDA approved and has had over 1 million treatments performed worldwide. The results from treatment are gradual but many patients see the initial signs of lifting in the days following treatment. The best results from treatment will be more visible after 3-6 months which is how long it takes for the new collagen to build and lift the skin.

Ultherapy is available in London Harley StreetBirminghamManchesterLeedsNorthamptonLondon Marylebone and Stoke Poges, Bucks.

To find out more about Ultherapy click here

Thread Lift

A thread lift is a minimally-invasive treatment that lifts sagging areas of the face without the need for sedation or a hospital stay. A thread lift procedure involves lifting different parts of the face using specialised threads without the need for surgical incisions. Common areas to be treated are sagging cheeks, deep lines and wrinkles, jowls, forehead wrinkles and jaw line definition. The benefit of a thread lift is instant and long lasting results, minimal downtime, an increase in natural collagen production and no stitches are required.

We offer two types of thread lift procedures at The Private Clinic; Silhouette Soft and PDO Thread Lift. Your cosmetic nurse or doctor will be able to advise on which is going to be best at your consultation.

To find out more about Thread Lift procedures click here.

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Injectable Treatments

Injectable treatments are fast becoming a popular alternative for specific facial surgery procedures such as a facelift and blepharoplasty. Dermal fillers are a great place to start as they are really effective at restoring lost volume in the face which can result in a sunken and hollow appearance especially around the cheeks, eyes and lips. Anti-wrinkle injections help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles resulting in an overall rejuvenated appearance. The 8 point lift is a technique that uses dermal fillers to combat the soft tissue loss associated with the ageing process and results last for up to 18 months with no downtime.

To find out more about the 8 Point Lift click here.

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Which treatment is best for me?

The best way to find out what treatment is best for you is to book in for a consultation where our surgeons or practitioners will be able to assess you in person and talk through what you wish to achieve and the realistic outcomes from non-surgical and surgical procedures.

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To find out more about facial rejuvenation procedures call 0333 920 2471 or click here to book a consultation online. We have clinics across the UK in London Harley StreetBirminghamLeeds, Manchester and Northampton.

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