A non-surgical facelift, also known as a non-surgical skin tightening procedure, is performed to make the skin less lax or otherwise improve its quality. These treatments are less invasive than traditional facelifts and thus require shorter recovery periods. The results, however, tend to be less extensive than are those of a traditional facelift, so the patient may need more than one procedure.
Types of Non-Surgical Facelifts
There are three main types of non-surgical facelifts, all of which are outpatient procedures. The first type is a radiofrequency non-surgical facelift. The doctor measures and marks the treatment area, which he then cools. He places a treatment tip against the patient’s skin, and it emits radiofrequency that penetrates the patient’s dermal tissues and stimulates collagen production while heating the treatment area. As the new collagen grows, it tightens the skin. During each pulse, the patient will feel heating and cooling sensations and a gentle vibration. We offer FaceTite as a non-surgical facelift option.
An intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment involves exposing the patient to infrared light. The doctor will give the patient protective glasses. He will then use a handpiece that simultaneously heats the dermal layers of the skin and cools the surface. Heating the dermal layers of the skin stimulates collagen production. The doctor may perform one or more passes with the handpiece.
Another type of non-surgical facelift that we offer is with PDO threads. These threads are a minimally invasive option for skin laxity that lasts a long time. The PDO threads are injected underneath the skin and they provide immediately lifting for the face. As the threads begin to dissolve, collagen structures will have a chance to build up, without allows the results to last even longer.
Regardless of the type used, non-surgical facelifts have little recovery time, and the patient can usually resume normal activities immediately after the procedure unless advised otherwise by the doctor. There may be special aftercare instructions that our staff will make you aware of before you leave our office.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Non-Surgical Facelift?
A good candidate for a non-surgical facelift will be someone with good overall health who has mild to moderate sagging of the facial skin. That sagging can be caused by either aging or it can be the result of another surgery.
If the patient has a history of allergic reactions to the anesthetic or an ingredient in the anesthetic, they need to tell their doctor.
If the patient smokes, they need to quit at least six weeks before the procedure, since smoking inhibits healing. They should also stop taking aspirin, certain herbal medications and certain anti-inflammatory drugs before the procedure, for they can all cause increased bleeding.
If you feel like you would be a good candidate for a non-surgical facelift or want to learn more about the procedure, feel free to visit Hush by Dr. Rose in Vancouver. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!