Some time ago, a face lift (Rhytidectomy) was the only procedure that men and women of age went through to achieve a tighter and younger looking appearance.
Rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure that removes excess , sagging skin, smooth deep folds, and lift and tighten deep facial tissues.
Here’s how the procedure is done – a flap of skin on each side of the face is pulled back, and tissues below the skin are surgically altered to give the face a contoured and more youthful shape. Excess is skin is then removed before the flap is sutured.
That sounds major. Well, because it is surgery, after all. And it requires some time to heal.
Thankfully, there are now numerous ways to achieve amazing anti-aging, firming and skin rejuvenating results without going through surgeries, anesthesia, temporary disfigurement, and long recovery.
Here are 5 alternatives to the traditional face-lift.
1. Botulinum Toxin
With over 7 million procedures performed in the US alone, Botox, also marketed as Dysport and Xeomin, is the most popular non-surgical anti-aging treatment. Botox injections will give you an instant younger and fresher look by temporarily paralyzing muscles that will result to a smoother appearance. Aside from removing fine lines, Botox can also be done to lift eyebrows, fix flared nostrils and decrease gum show when smiling.
2. Dermal Fillers
You may think that fillers are just injected to achieve fuller lips and cheeks, but actually, dermal fillers can replace lost volume to help smooth wrinkles and restore a more youthful appearance. There are various types and brands of dermal fillers but the most popular one is Hyaluronic Acid which creates a permanent anti-aging effect by promoting collagen growth.
3. Fat Melting
To remove stubborn fats and fix drooping jowls, fat dissolving injections help breakdown fats which will then be absorbed by the body. This procedure involves a series of small injections that will melt away small, localized areas of fat deposits.
Okay, the above procedures involve needles and pricks, it’s now time to discuss lasers and heat.
This treatment uses a technology that uses radio waves to induce heat in limited areas to stimulate the production of collagen and elastic.
The results of radiofrequency are the following:
- Firmer skin
- Skin tightening
- Reduced nasolabial grooves
- Raises drooping eyelids
- Blurs and smoothens expression lines (e.g. fine wrinkles and crow’s feet)
- Reduces the appearance of cellulites
There are no side effects or downtime hence it being dubbed as the “lunchtime facelift.”
5. Over-the-counter “Facelift” creams
So far, the treatments discussed are fairly expensive, since they require skilled professional application. There are also some facial creams that you can apply at home. A downside is that you will need to apply the facial cream on a regular basis (generally twice a week) for consistent results.
At-home treatments can also be used to enhance and prolong the effects of professional treatments.
One such DIY treatment is Skindulgence® 30-Minute Non Surgical Facelift System, which contains several ingredients that tone and tighten skin (Collagen, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Jojoba, Silk Amino Acids, Chondrus Crispus, Acacia Senegal Gum Extract, &Sodium Hyaluronate). You can get a 3-month supply for about $100.
Have you tried any of these procedures? Comment your thoughts and experiences below. 🙂