Non-Surgical Facelift vs. Traditional Facelift: Know the Difference
We all enjoy looking our best, but as time progresses this can become increasingly difficult. Age, genetics and environmental factors play a deciding role on how quickly our skin starts to wrinkle and sag. Fortunately there are both surgical and non-surgical treatments that can help you combat the signs of aging and restore youthful skin. However, with so many options available, it becomes increasingly important to do your research and be knowledgeable of which procedure may or may not be right for you.
A surgical facelift corrects excessive creasing, sagging and wrinkling of facial skin. Depending on the patient’s specific problem areas, a lower, mid or full facelift can be performed. A lower facelift corrects sagging of the skin around the chin and jawline. A mid facelift tightens the jowls and restores cheekbone structure. A full facelift corrects sagging of the entire face. The procedures are performed by making incisions along natural contour areas such as the hairline and jawline, removing excess skin and suturing the remaining skin back to the incision site. This effectively lifts the skin and creates a more youthful appearance. On average, patients look 5-10 years younger. Results are permanent.
A surgical facelift does involve recovery time. Our busy New York patients need to take time off work (about a week) to rest and heal. As with any surgery, there are potential risks and complications.
The term “non-surgical facelift” is used to describe treatments that can provide some of the advantages of a traditional facelift. Non-surgical facelifts can include Botox, laser treatments and injectable fillers. The term “non-surgical facelift” is used as more of a marketing strategy and suggests that patients can receive the same results as a surgical facelift without the cost or the downtime. This is simply not true. While results can be quite impressive, they will not be as dramatic or long-lasting as a surgical facelift.
Non-surgical facelifts can work well for the following patients:
- Those who show some signs of wrinkles and fine lines but do not yet need a facelift.
- Those who are afraid to undergo surgery
- Those who have a pre-existing health condition that restricts them from having surgery (ie: sensitivity to general anesthesia)
With non-surgical facelifts, it is important to remember that just because it isn’t surgery doesn’t mean it isn’t serious. Botox, injectable fillers and laser treatments administered by an improperly licensed or poorly trained practitioner can be dangerous and result in permanent damage. You must always do your research and make sure that you, the most important person, are in expert hands. As such, many patients opt to have their non-surgical facelifts performed by a NY board-certified plastic surgeon. An added benefit to this is building a trusted patient-surgeon relationship that will narrow your search if you decide you want a surgical facelift or other cosmetic surgery later down the road.
The Best Facelift
The best facelift is performed by a facial plastic surgeon who has dedicated his training and life’s work to the study of facial anatomy and facial surgery. To avoid results that make you look pulled or stretched, seek a highly recommended surgeon with vast experience in his field. Dr. Westreich works with patients from every borough in New York City, as well as the general tri-state area. Patients from Westchester, NY and Bergen County in New Jersey frequently travel to Manhattan to seek Dr. Westreich’s expertise.