There are many ways to maintain one’s youthful appearance.
Some choose to go under the knife to get rid of the dreaded tell-tale signs of ageing while others prefer to go a more conservative route— non-invasive face lift treatment.
Types of Non Invasive Facial Procedures
This is a relatively new procedure which claims to reduce facial wrinkles and skin blemishes such as acne scars and age spots. The technique involves directing short, concentrated light energy at problem areas in a scanning pattern. The laser removes skin layer by layer.
The usual target areas for laser resurfacing are the fines lines around the eyes and forehead, acne scars, or skin which remains responsive after a facelift. However, there are cases when this procedure is unfavorable such as when you have dark skin or you are suffering from active acne.
This technique is also not effective against stretch marks. The recovery time from laser resurfacing is up to two weeks.
Possible complications of the procedure includes the appearance of Milia, hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation, reappearance of a cold sore, bacterial infections, and swelling.
Other names for this procedure are laser peel, laser vaporization, and lasabrasion.
is indicated to erase the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox treatments use minute amounts of Botulinum toxin which is injected into specific facial muscles, particularly around the eyebrows and near the corners of the eyes. The toxin works to relax the muscle thus softening the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The effect can last for several months.
Botox treatments are not indicated for lines around the mouth because the muscles in this area are used for talking and eating. Reported side effects include pain and bruising, redness, itching, nausea, and temporary muscle weakness. Since botox treatments make use of a toxin, there is a possibility that the toxin may spread to other areas and produce botulism-like signs thus it is very important to receive botox treatments only from a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
This non-invasive face lift treatment uses glycolic, carbolic, lactic, or salicylic acid which can hasten the removal of dead skin cells and unveil new skin which is free from fine lines, photo-aging, acne scars, age spots, and dull skin.
Skin which has just undergone chemical peeling may appear to be red and scaling usually takes place within 3-7 days. If you have just undergone a chemical peel, you should use sunscreen and if possible, avoid any prolonged sun exposure.
This is a minimally-invasive procedure designed to treat only problem areas while leaving the surrounding tissues undamaged. This procedure aims to rejuvenate skin which has been damaged by years of exposure to the sun and poor skin care habits.
Most photo rejuvenation procedures are performed on the face. However it can also be used to treat the chest, neck, and hands. Skin conditions which can be treated by photo rejuvenation include hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, and sun-damaged skin. Compared to other non-surgical techniques, photo rejuvenation does not require a recovery time.
Photo rejuvenation involves delivery of different light intensities to the skin using very specific settings. Once the tissues absorb the light energy, production of collagen is stimulated. The new collagen can increase the skin’s elasticity and decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Redness associated with rosacea have also been reported to be reduced dramatically. The only limitation with this non-invasive face lift procedure to photo rejuvenation is that it cannot be used on those with excessive sagging skin.
Bruising and redness may be present but is only temporary. Recovery period may be minimal to non-existent.
Your doctor may recommend using sunscreen and never to use harsh skin cleansers.
Each photo rejuvenation procedure can cost up to $500 depending on whether your doctor’s practice is situated in an urban, suburban, or rural area.
This makes use of radio frequency energy to heat collagen thereby encourage the production of new collagen. Thermage is often indicated to tighten the jowls, jaw line, forehead, and erase mandolin lines around the mouth.
Treatment may last for 2-3 hours and the most commonly reported reactions include mild swelling that may exist for a week, burns and scarring, pain, and skin discoloration. The side effects usually depend on the frequency used and treatment setting.
This is the non-surgical treatment of choice to eliminate “crow’s feet” in the area around the eye. This non-invasive face lift treatment has also proven to be effective in getting rid of frown lines above the eye brows. Pelleve does not use a laser; rather it uses advanced radiowave technology which can heat the deep layers of the skin without causing damage to the epidermis. The heat causes the collagen present in the skin to contract and consequently tighten. The procedure is also said to boost production of new collagen within the skin tissues.
A Pelleve procedure is relatively short—a full treatment can only take an hour. There is no downtime and no adverse side effects have been reported after the procedure.
is a non-invasive form of cosmetic procedure which is designed to correct loose, sagging skin of the face and neck and regain a more youthful appearance. The procedure, which uses medical grade ultrasound technology, targets the deep layers of the skin and does not cause any damage to the outer layers. The heat produced by the device stimulates the skin to produce new collagen which will replenish the depleted amounts of collagen in the skin tissues. There is no downtime after ultherapy is performed.
Fluid Face Lift Or Liquid Face Lift
This non invasive face lift treatment uses various injections which are used on specific areas of the face. The substance which is injected acts as a muscle relaxant which in effect can iron out the lines and wrinkles of the face. The effects usually last only for about 8 months.
A session can cost up to $500 or more. There are some people who have undergone the treatments and complained of experiencing numbness in certain areas of the face. Liquid fillers are unable to correct excessive sagging and is only effective in cases where skin aging manifestations are mild.
are also called skin rollers, or microneedle rollers. These are small hand-held rollers which are fitted with micro-surgical steel needles designed to penetrate the inner surface of the skin and stimulate production of collagen and elastin without any surgery.
This non invasive face lift treatment uses a dermaroller which is also called skin needling. Studies have shown that the use of dermarollers as an anti-aging procedure have produced favorable results particularly in minimizing wrinkles, fine lines, and other tell-tale signs of aging.
Some people who have tried several non-surgical treatment for skin ageing reports that dermarollers are better than chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and dermabrasion, thus they consider dermarollers as the best non-invasive face lift treatment.
Compared to other non invasive face lift treatment which should be performed by a doctor or dermatologist, skin needling can be done at home at your convenience.