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What is A Non-Surgical Facelift – And Does It Work?

Looking for a way to reduce wrinkles and give your skin a more youthful appearance, but don’t want to go under the knife? Don’t fret. A non-surgical facelift can help you to achieve plumper, smoother skin, but with so many different treatments available, how do you know which one is right for your desired outcome, lifestyle and needs?

What is a non-surgical facelift?

The term ‘facelift’ refers to the process of lifting and tightening facial skin. Until fairly recently, this was done as a surgical procedure which meant going under the knife to cut and pin the skin. Not only is this an invasive surgery with a lengthy recovery time, but it also comes with the associated risks that receiving general anaesthetic brings. 

While this is the right choice for some, for others the development of new, less invasive, non-surgical choices has made getting a facelift far less risky and a much more comfortable process.

Broadly speaking, whatever treatment you opt for, a facelift will help to diminish lines and wrinkles on your face, leaving you with a more youthful, smooth appearance. Some non-surgical facelift treatments allow you to ‘sculpt’ your profile a little, so if you have concerns about a weak chin, for example, this can be refined during the process, you can read more about this specific concern in our blog post here…

Each non-surgical facelift treatment manages the procedure in a different way, with varying methods, outcomes and longevity. 

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Why Have A Non-Surgical Facelift?

Renewed Confidence

The saying might be ‘beauty is only skin deep’ but feeling confident in your appearance goes much deeper. If you feel self-conscious about wrinkles, lines, brow furrows or loose, sagging skin, chances are you aren’t living your fullest, happiest life.

No Cutting

Non-surgical’ means that there are no incisions made into your skin. That means no lasting scars to hide and no danger of possible infections while healing. Oh, and very quick recovery time too!

Low to No Risk

Since there’s no surgery involved, there is no need for a general anaesthetic. Non-surgical facelifts are considered to be very safe, offering excellent results with minimal risk.

Long-Lasting Results Without Permanent Change

All of the available treatments offer our clients a notable difference in their skin tightness for a good length of time, but should you wish to revert to your original appearance, the effect will wear off eventually. This also means you can try different treatments to get the perfect outcome for your desired look.

So, with so many benefits to non-surgical facelifts, let’s find out how each treatment works, and which may suit you.

Types Of Non-Surgical Facelifts

Thread Lift

A thread lift is a ground breaking treatment for sagging, drooping skin that offers a duel skin firming action.

In the first instance, the thread lift uses surgical threads to lift and hold the skin, giving you a brighter, more youthful appearance. These threads are specially formulated to offer long-lasting hold so your fresh-faced look will last. 

The second firming benefit comes from the sutures themselves. Made from PDO (polydioxanone), they stimulate collagen production, allowing your body to naturally manage fine lines and wrinkles.

What to expect: During your appointment, a local anaesthetic is applied and the threads are expertly inserted into the skin with a needle, leaving no marks or cuts. When they are pulled taut, your skin will be elevated, leaving it looking smooth and refreshed.

The quick and simple procedure lasts between 45 minutes and an hour with results taking immediate effect. 

To find out more about thread lifts click here…

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Hifu   (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) is the newcomer to the cosmetic industry and is already making a big impact. The procedure has previously been used in medical treatments with great success and an incredible safety record. But how does it work as a non-surgical facelift? 

Hifu uses ultrasound energy to target cells beneath the skin’s surface. The high frequency sounds heat the tissue rapidly, causing cellular damage, which although sounds bad, actually encourages the cells to regenerate. This stimulates the natural production of collagen which improves your skin’s firmness and elasticity. There’s no damage to the skin’s surface and no recovery time required.

Hifu has shown incredible results as a painless non-surgical facelift treatment. Click here to find out more about it…

HIFU Facial Before and After

Profhilo is a recent innovation in skin treatments. Like dermal fillers, Profhilo uses Hyaluronic Acid however, the treatments are very different. With dermal fillers, the Hyaluronic Acid is more gel-like and firm, which fills the sagging skin and acts as a cushion. It is ideal for targeting specific areas. 

Profhilo uses a high concentration of a more ‘runny’ Hyaluronic Acid that has slow-release properties. The Hyaluronic Acid stimulates your body’s production of four types of collagen and elastin – all over your face. The new collagen deep in your dermal layers attracts water, keeping your skin well hydrated and plump.

This gives you a natural-looking lifting effect and smoother, firmer skin. 

Click here to learn more about Profhilo…

8 Point Facelift

The 8 Point Facelift is a technique that gives you an all-over lift in a simple and targeted way. Dues to its precise and comprehensive approach to ageing, it can give you incredible results. 

Dermal fillers are used strategically in various points on the face to lift and redefine the structure of the face, rather than to fill the loose skin. This type of non-surgical facelift rejuvenates the whole face, leaving you looking radiant and youthful. 

Click here to learn more about the 8 point facelift…

Where Is Elite Aesthetics?

Our multi-award winning clinic is easily accessible from all over the South East. We’re just 10 minutes from both Dartford and Gravesend stations, 15 minutes from Maidstone and just 20 minutes from London.

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So, if you’re ready to feel fresh-faced and rejuvenated, then get in touch to discuss the best treatment for you. Our team are experts in their field and can provide helpful, insightful guidance in selecting the ideal non-surgical facelift for you. To book your appointment or to find out more, click here.

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