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23 October 2017

Face Lift Surgery, Mini Face Lifts, and Other Facial Rejuvenation Options

Do You Need Face Lift Surgery to Achieve a Younger Look?

It’s time to talk about face lifts.

Or rather, it’s time to talk about all the other ways you can rejuvenate your face and achieve that radiant, movie-star look. It’s a look within your grasp, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. Keep on reading if you want to find out how you can look years younger for under $500.

Classic face lift surgery is just one way to make yourself look younger, but you have many other options. Which one should you choose? It depends on your budget, your comfort level with anesthesia and invasive surgery, and the amount of time you are willing or able to take off for your recovery.

Non-Invasive Facial Treatments

The easiest and also most affordable way to look younger is with a non-invasive treatment.

Facial Fillers

Botox injections are ideal to smooth fine lines and wrinkles in your face. Botox is very effective in the upper part of your face, like the lines across your forehead, the deep frown lines between your eyes, or your crow’s feet and laugh lines. Even though it is an injection, Botox is administered with such a thin needle that it is practically pain-free. It takes less than 30 minutes a session, acts fast, and lasts up to 5 months. Typically, Botox costs $10 to $15 per unit, and you may need anywhere from 20-50 units.

If you want to give Botox a try, ask your plastic surgeon. Even though some medical spas administer Botox, a full plastic surgery center is likely to have the best-trained plastic surgeons and nurse injectors who will avoid common injection mistakes such as giving you eyebrows like Dr. Spock. Ask if they offer any Botox specials.

Another non-invasive option for facial fillers is Juvederm. It is injected under your skin, like Botox. Juvederm can reverse the signs of aging by plumping up your skin. It can also aid in giving more volume to your facial features. To achieve fuller lips or to soften the creases of the nasal folds that deepen with age, try Juvederm. Like Botox, Juvederm is FDA-approved and acts fast, typically 2-3 days. It will last up to 9 months between treatments. Many women have Juvederm and Botox administered at the same time.

Skin Repair and Treatments

MicroNeedleing-150x150 Face Lift Surgery, Mini Face Lifts, and Other Facial Rejuvenation OptionsIt’s a bit hard to name them all, there are so many ways you can get a special treatment for your skin. You can have a facial or a peel, you can have your skin exfoliated with microdermabrasion to repair fine lines or hyperpigmentation, or you can combine any of these to make eve more of an impact.  

Microneedling is one of the newer treatments in this group. Instead of applying heat, it uses a device with tiny sterile needles to puncture your skin and promote the growth of collagen. It is very effective in repairing small wrinkles and acne scars and even stretch marks, and it has the advantage of working on all skin types.

Another non-invasive way to improve the appearance of wrinkles and sagging in the face is by applying radiofrequency (RF) energy with ThermiSmooth or a similar procedure to typical problem areas such as forehead, eyes, cheeks, mouth and neck. An RF treatment contracts and tightens the skin in such a way that results can be compared to the effects of a facelift.  

Spruce up Your Eyebrows

It is surprising how much difference well-defined eyebrows make in a person’s overall appearance. Studies have shown that dark and contoured eyebrows make people look younger across the board. An excellent semi-permanent treatment to enhance your eyebrows for up to three years is Microblading. It’s comparable to tattooing, but a skilled aesthetician can print on the strokes so realistically that they look like real hairs. Yes, you could just apply makeup, but think of the luxury  not to have to do that every day, plus you get a much more natural look. It’s yours to have for approximately $500 and lasts up to 3 years.

Minimally-Invasive Non-Surgical Face Lifts

nubody-lift-9-300x200 Face Lift Surgery, Mini Face Lifts, and Other Facial Rejuvenation OptionsMaybe you want to do more than smooth out wrinkles and lines. Another tell-tale sign of aging is when your neck is showing folds of loose skin and your jawline loses its shape. It’s a common myth that this can only be reversed with face lift surgery. Modern technology allows a plastic surgeon to use laser and RF energy in a non-surgical, minimally-invasive procedure. It is not a facelift in that it involves no surgery and no general anesthesia, no stitching or scars that need to be concealed. Laser face lifts such as NuBody Lift take only about 45 minutes from beginning to end and have a fast recovery. They are most comparable to a lower face lift or neck lift, except without the surgery.

Sunken cheeks are another sign of aging most women and men would rather reverse. Facial fillers as mentioned above can take care of that, but there is another method that has proven very effective and is entirely natural: Using your body’s own fat as a filler to smooth out those hollow areas in your face. This is called Fat Transfer, a procedure that is always combined with liposuction to another area of your body. You get the double bonus of rejuvenating your face and simultaneously losing unwanted fat somewhere else, such as your abdomen or thighs.

Many plastic surgeons and physicians find that face lift recovery and facelift cost are the biggest selling points for a face lift without surgery. They are cheaper, they are faster, they require no stitches and are virtually pain-free, and you can maintain your results for many years.

Surgical Face Lift Options

If it fits into your budget and your calendar, face lift surgery can give you additional options beyond non-invasive and minimally-invasive treatments. One of the most popular ways to rejuvenate your face is eyelid surgery, lifting droopy eyelids and brows and smoothing the skin around and under the eyes. 

You don’t have to undergo an entire facelift either. Mini face lift surgery typically refers to a face lift that can be performed under local anesthesia and lets you recover in just a day or two. Instead of covering the whole face, a mini facelift just focuses on one or two areas of the face. Often the most striking difference can be seen when targeting the neck and jowls, or generally the lower face. A mini face lifts is therefore often also called a lower face lift or even a neck lift.

Ultimately, what type of face lift you will have much depends on your features and goals. If you have a tendency for droopy eyelids, you might combine a lower face lift with eyelid surgery for the most striking effect. If age has given you hollowed-out cheeks, you might want to focus just on those by getting a mini face lift. Or perhaps a noninvasive treatment like microneedling or Juvederm fillers might best address that problem. And remember that there are treatments like microblading for eyebrows that can achieve a striking effect entirely without surgery.