What is a non surgical facelift?

‘Nonsurgical facelift’ or ‘liquid facelift’ are (slightly misleading) terms for a diverse group of procedures used by cosmetic injectors, to improve facial rejuvenation without the use of operative techniques.

A facelift is an aesthetic surgical procedure that removes excess facial skin and usually also involves some degree of lifting internal facial tissues. Modern facelifts reposition mid and lower face fat pads and tighten the skin in the mid face, lower face and upper neck. It does not, however revolumise, reduce static lines, improve skin texture or hydration, as fillers and muscle relaxing injections can.

The advent of facial fillers – and more recently, their strategic use across the face to provide support, replace lost fat pads and mimic bone structure, has given rise to the concept of the ‘liquid’ or ‘non surgical’ facelift.

According to recent research published in Facial Plastic Surgery, patients request non surgical facial rejuvenation injections as they involve less recovery time and generally lower risk than a facelift, “however, nonsurgical techniques, to be effective, must induce conformational change in the cells and tissues of the face”.

“Therefore, these techniques are significant procedures that have associated risks. Understanding the tissue modifications and mechanisms of action of these techniques is vital to their safe and effective use.”

Facelifts and injectables both rejuvenate the face, but they act in different ways. Dr Sharp takes a holistic approach to facial rejuvenation, which usually involves excising excess skin and tightening underlying facial structures (which injectables can’t do) and replacing lost facial volume and relaxing overactive facial muscles that cause deep lines and wrinkles (which facelift surgery can’t do).

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Tissue Modification in Nonsurgical Facelift Options Lucas M. Harrison, Ryan Shapiro, R Michael Johnson https://www.thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/abstract/10.1055/s-0040-1721115

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