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Should I Get a Surgical or Non-Surgical Facelift?

August 01, 2022 | Facelift, Non-Surgical Enhancement Treatments

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One of the most common aesthetic frustrations that both men and women experience is the aging appearance of their faces. 

Loose and sagging skin, along with the presence of wrinkles and fine lines, can be embarrassing to many, and because these issues develop because of age, lifestyle, and life events, no one is spared. 

A mature woman holding her cheeks with a concerned look on her face

But the good news is that a facelift can help rejuvenate your facial appearance to give you tighter, more contoured features. 

The toughest part, however, is that there are several different options of facelifts, both surgical and non-surgical, so choosing the best one for you can be a challenge. 

In this blog, we will discuss some of the pros and cons of both surgical and non-surgical facelifts so that you can have a better idea of which technique is most appropriate to address your concerns.

What Is a Surgical Facelift?

A surgical facelift is a cosmetic procedure in which aesthetic issues on the lower two-thirds of the face (from the cheeks to the neck) are addressed. 

This invasive procedure requires your plastic surgeon to make an incision at both temples. This incision then runs down the profile of your face, in front of your ear, and ends at the back of your lower scalp. An additional incision may be made under your chin to address issues there. 

From here, your plastic surgeon will redistribute fat in the surgical area, tighten the underlying facial tissue and muscles with internal sutures, and then surgically trim any excess skin. Finally, your remaining skin will be redraped and pulled taut before your incisions are closed.

Pros and Cons of Facial Plastic Surgery

Pros of Facelift Surgery

Facelift surgery is one of the most transformative and effective surgical treatments available. That is one of the reasons why it was the third most performed cosmetic surgical procedure in 2020. 

Facelift surgery offers long-lasting results, and you will be able to achieve the more defined and contoured facial appearance that you desire. Wrinkles and fine lines will be lessened, and sagging skin should be a thing of the past.

Cons of Facelift Surgery

There’s no getting around it: Facelift surgery is surgery. 

That means anesthesia, incisions, a recovery time (usually around two to three weeks). The other reality that needs to be kept in mind is that facelift surgery will have a higher up-front cost than non-surgical facelift options.

What Is a Non-Surgical Facelift?

There are several different non-surgical alternatives to facelift surgery. These procedures offer some of the same results as the surgical technique (such as a reduced appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, skin tightening, and a more defined and contoured facial appearance) but without surgery. 

One of the most common non-surgical methods is the liquid facelift, in which dermal fillers and injectables are used to reduce wrinkles and fill in areas of volume loss. 

Another non-surgical option for skin tightening in the face is either FaceTite™ or AccuTite™, which use radiofrequency energy to heat up the facial skin and tissue. This minimally invasive process helps to break down and reduce the presence of fat while promoting collagen production, which helps to tighten skin, smooth wrinkles and fine lines, and strengthen the overall quality and appearance of your facial skin. 

A final non-surgical facelift option is a thread lift. This minimally invasive procedure uses temporary sutures called threads to correct sagging cheek skin and jowls. These sutures promote the production of collagen and help to keep the deep layers of facial skin in place, creating a lifted aesthetic (similar to a facelift).  

Thread lift concept along jawline.

Pros and Cons on Non-surgical Facial Enhancement

Pros of the Non-surgical Facelift 

Non-surgical facelift options offer you the opportunity to minimize or correct many of your facial aesthetic concerns. Because these techniques are non-surgical or minimally invasive, there is no need to worry about the surgical aspects that so many people are worried about, such as scars, downtime, or pain. 

And by choosing a non-surgical option, you are not sacrificing much, if any, correction to your face. Additionally, these non-surgical options are much lower in initial cost than a surgical facelift, so you can save yourself money while you transform your face.

Cons of the Non-surgical Facelift

By nature, non-surgical facelifts are temporary. The injectable solution wears off, the collagen production begins to slow down again, and you are left with many of the same issues that caused you to undergo the procedure in the first place. 

While you can have maintenance treatments, these added procedures do mean additional costs and treatment time. 

Additionally, non-surgical options cannot remove loose and sagging skin, which is one of the key features of facelift surgery.

In the End…

Both surgical and non-surgical facelift options offer you stunning results. However, you need to consider the real purpose for your facelift. 

If you are looking for small corrections at a lower initial cost, then non-surgical may be the way to go. But if you want more significant and long-lasting results, then nothing can beat a surgical facelift.

Interested in Learning More?

If you have questions about the difference between surgical and non-surgical facelifts and which is right for you, then please give Dr. Agullo a call today at (915) 590-7900 or fill out our contact form online