Surgical vs. Nonsurgical Facelift

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Posted: May 10, 2022

There was a time when invasive plastic surgery was the only way to get a facelift. Thanks to modern advances, plastic surgery has evolved to include skin tightening injections and fillers. This means some patients who once needed a traditional procedure can now opt for a nonsurgical facelift instead.

So how do you know which facelift procedure is right for you? This article will delve into the two types of facelifts, answering questions like, "What is facelift surgery?" versus "What is a nonsurgical facelift?" We'll discuss the pros and cons of each and how to choose the right procedure for you. Once you have a comfort level, we'll explain the benefits of a thorough facelift consultation with Baltimore's Dr. Adam Basner and his team of highly-trained professionals.

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Purpose of a Facelift

Skin sags as we age, and our tissues and facial muscles become lax. Fortunately, you can restore your facial contours and regain a youthful appearance by getting a facelift. You have two options: facelift surgery (rhytidectomy) or a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure (also known as a nonsurgical facelift). The one you choose will be based, in part, on the amount of work you want to have done during your facelift.

What Is Facelift Surgery?

During a traditional surgical facelift, plastic surgeons recreate the youthful appearance of their patients. The goal of facelift surgery is to achieve a natural look – no one should come out of surgery looking like their face has been stretched. Cosmetic surgery includes these steps:

  • Tightening the skin on your neck to smooth the neckline
  • Lifting your jowls
  • Recreating the shape of your face
  • Removing excess skin to eliminate deep creases

If your surgeon has done the job properly, it won't be obvious that you've had facelift surgery. But you'll look years younger, which will make you feel like a million bucks!

What Is a Non-Surgical Facelift Procedure?

Non-surgical facelift procedures are minimally invasive, involving techniques like injections and fillers. If you want to concentrate on one specific part of your face, you may not need invasive cosmetic procedures to achieve the desired result.

Types of Non-Surgical Facelift Procedures

There are several minimally invasive non-surgical treatments that can restore your youthful look.

Kybella Injections Eliminate a Double Chin

This non-surgical neck procedure is FDA-approved. If you're trying to lose a double chin, Kybella neck injections are the way to go. Kybella is a non-invasive facelift procedure that uses synthetic acid to destroy the fatty tissue under your chin. When the fat cells are gone, they're gone for good.

Dermal Fillers Add Volume to Your Skin

Dermal fillers restore volume to your skin. Younger women use dermal fillers for plumper lips and higher cheekbones. Older patients choose dermal fillers to soften wrinkles or augment a weak chin.

BOTOX® Softens Facial Lines

If you want to minimize the lines on your face, BOTOX® might be the right nonsurgical solution for you. BOTOX® is injected into your skin to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles that develop over years of muscle contraction. As the folds in your face deepen, you can take on the look of someone who's angry, tired and unapproachable. This type of non-invasive facelift can revive your face and give you a youthful vibe.

Body Peels Remove Surface Blemishes

Age, diet, injury and sun damage are all factors that can take a toll on your skin. Body peels (also known as skin peels) can help mitigate these blemishes. From age spots to freckles, acne scars to blotchy skin, a body peel is a nonsurgical facelift that helps to restore your skin's healthy glow.

Skincare Products

Sometimes called a "liquid facelift," this nonsurgical solution to skin care can help prevent further skin damage and wrinkling for patients who aren't eligible for surgical procedures. Skincare products can also effectively preserve and enhance cosmetic surgery results.

Frequently Asked Questions About Facelift Surgery

Candidates for facelift surgery have many questions. We've answered a few of them here, but you will undoubtedly have more. You're welcome to schedule a facelift in Baltimore with Dr. Adam Basner to learn how he can help restore your youthful appearance.

What Is the Average Age for Getting a Facelift?

Most facelift candidates are in their 40s to 70s, although younger patients are often interested in enhancing their features using BOTOX® or dermal fillers.

Is There a Way to Remove Sagging Skin Without Surgery?

The only way to remove sagging skin is to have facelift surgery. There is no nonsurgical facelift that can alleviate sagging skin.

Is a Facelift Right for Me?

Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Baltimore's Dr. Adam Basner is the best way to determine if you're a good candidate for a facelift. He will discuss your options, and together you can decide whether traditional facelift surgery is required or if you're a good candidate for a facelift without surgery.

Schedule Your Facelift Surgery or Nonsurgical Facelift Consult With Dr. Adam Basner

Baltimore's Dr. Adam Basner has a reputation as the best plastic surgeon in Maryland. You can check out some of his cosmetic and plastic surgery before and after photos. Imagine what a facelift can do for your appearance – not to mention your sense of well-being. Schedule your consultation today!

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