Exploring the Benefits of Surgical and Non-Surgical Facelifts in 2023

With a wide range of cutting-edge surgical and non-surgical facelift options, 2023 is an exciting time for those considering facial rejuvenation treatments. 

As a double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jennifer Levine will often combine non-surgical treatments to help clients achieve their ideal look, even if they are undergoing a surgical facelift.

“To create results that look natural and complete, it’s important to address all layers of facial tissue,” Dr. Levine explains. “While rhytidectomy [surgical facelift] addresses multiple layers of tissue, a patient with hyperpigmentation would still benefit from a photofacial to achieve a fully rejuvenated look.”

Considering a face-lifting treatment or surgery? Let’s dive into your options!

Non-Surgical Face-Lifting Treatments

Non-surgical facelift treatments are becoming increasingly popular, and with good reason. Advances in technology are creating better, quicker results that last longer than ever before. 

Some of the most popular non-surgical facelift treatments in our practice include Ultherapy, Emface, and the liquid facelift which combines cosmetic fillers and neuromodulators such as Daxxify, which has been shown to last up to 3 times longer than Botox!

Benefits of Non-Surgical Face Rejuvenation

As technology improves, the range of challenges it can address also expands.

Ultherapy – the gold standard in skin tightening – addresses the same layers of tissue as a surgical facelift, which allows patients with even moderate skin laxity to get the non-surgical treatment instead of a surgical facelift.

Treatments are also becoming more targeted to specific problem areas. For example, Emface sculpts, lifts, and tightens by activating the levator muscles in the cheeks and forehead with electromagnetic stimulation, while boosting collagen and elastin production with radiofrequency, which tightens skin. Such multi-faceted approaches can create desired results for the right candidate without surgical intervention.

In some cases, minimally-invasive treatments such as the Mint PDO Thread Lift can even resemble the results one would expect from a surgical facelift. 

It’s also important to note that non-surgical treatments allow patients who cannot undergo surgery due to medical conditions to experience the benefits of facial rejuvenation.

Benefits of a Surgical Facelift

A surgical facelift is the most intensive, and effective, way to reduce signs of aging. The procedure creates the most dramatic results which can last 5-10 years, whereas non-surgical treatments can last 4 months to 3 years, depending on the treatment. 

A surgical facelift is also regularly combined with other procedures such as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) or a forehead lift to achieve the complete look. Undergoing both surgeries at the same time can also save on costs.

Surgical vs. Non-Surgical: Which Facelift Method is Right For Me?

Each patient will have unique considerations, including their desired results, budget, and lifestyle factors.

More than ever before, non-surgical face-lifting treatments can help patients achieve face rejuvenation results that would otherwise require a facelift. As individuals are starting aging-prevention treatments in their earlier years, they can hold off or possibly avoid a surgical facelift.

One of the biggest deciding factors is the level of aging to the facial tissue. While mild and even moderate skin laxity can often be addressed with a combination of non-surgical treatments, high levels of skin laxity would most benefit from a surgical facelift.

You may be surprised at which approach is best for your face rejuvenation goals. If you are considering a facelift in NYC, call 212.517.9400 to schedule a consultation with NYC’s facelift expert, Dr. Jennifer Levine.

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