The facelift is often the first thought that comes to mind for patients looking at their facial rejuvenation options. That’s because the facelift has been the gold standard for decades – in fact, it’s one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed each year. As the cosmetic industry progresses and innovates, however, there are now more options than ever for achieving the look you want. If you’re hesitant about surgery, then your board certified plastic surgeon can help you explore your options for a non-surgical facelift. Here’s what to know about both options and which one may be right for you.

The Traditional Facelift

The goal of the traditional facelift is to lift and tighten the underlying tissues of the face for a more upright, rejuvenated look. Among other things, it uses surgical incisions to address the skin and muscular layers of the face and neck. It’s the most transformative option available for facial rejuvenation, making it a great option for concerns like:

  • A loose or sagging neck profile
  • Moderate to severe wrinkles, creases, or folds
  • Sagging muscles or fat pads in the face
  • Hollowness in the midface

The facelift is usually performed using general anesthetic (depending on your customized surgical plan with Dr. Power) and requires a few weeks for complete recovery. You’ll see drastic results as swelling subsides and your incisions heal, and you can expect results for the long term. Many patients see as many as ten years taken off their facial profile with a facelift.

The Non-Surgical Facelift

The non-surgical facelift is actually not one single procedure – rather, it incorporates many of the most effective non-surgical treatments available on the market according to your needs. This makes it customizable to your preferences and goals. Some of the most popular treatment options include dermal fillers and injectables like Botox® which can be used to fill in lost volume and relax dynamic wrinkles, respectively. The non-surgical facelift is effective for:

  • Mild to moderate wrinkles and folds
  • Volume loss
  • Furrows and creases
  • Thinness in the midface
  • Wrinkle prevention

The non-surgical facelift is usually an ongoing process, meaning you’ll require a package of treatments to maintain your results. Dermal fillers can sometimes last upwards of two years, while Botox lasts for 3-4 months. Our team can also ensure you have a customized skincare regimen at home to address your specific concerns without the need for surgery or downtime.

Which is Best for Me?

The best facial rejuvenation treatment for you can depend on your concerns and anatomy. For more extensive aging, the facelift is most effective for achieving noticeable results. In this case, the non-surgical facelift may not be effective enough to achieve the results you’re hoping for. On the other hand, the surgical facelift may not be worth the cost and downtime if you’re only experiencing the beginning signs of aging. Additionally, make sure to consider your preferences for downtime and cost, since both options will have their pros and cons. The best way to determine the right option for you is by meeting with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your goals.

Schedule a Consultation

At Power Plastic Surgery, we can create the right facial rejuvenation process for you to boost your look and your confidence. To get started, we invite you to contact our Toronto office by calling or filling out our online form.

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