We all want to look as young as we feel, and for most of us a youthful appearance is synonymous with a youthful-looking face.
Over time as age, gravity, and sun damage all take their toll, our faces can begin to show undesirable signs of aging: wrinkles, fine lines, deeper nasolabial folds, loose skin, jowls, and dark spots. While some of these defects can be mitigated with a good skincare regimen, others require medical intervention.
Facelifts are commonly performed to help reverse many of these signs of aging. Although these procedures were once considered to be the exclusive province of fading Hollywood actresses, they have increasingly caught on among middle aged and senior women, and nowadays even men.
But before you go rushing to your nearest surgery center to be freshened up, there are a few things you ought to know about traditional facelift surgery—and the new, non-surgical alternative that’s changing the face of the industry.
Thanks to its non-invasive nature, lower cost, and shorter recovery time, the non-surgical facelift is gaining popularity and turning traditional facelift surgery into a thing of the past. Read on to discover the pros and cons, and to find out why a non-surgical facelift may be your best bet for a younger, fresher you.
Rethinking Surgical Facelifts
Traditional facelift surgery, or rhytidectomy, is one of the most requested cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States. In one fell swoop, a facelift can eliminate fine lines, deeper wrinkles, jowls, and loose skin beneath the chin, resulting in a younger, fresher-faced appearance. But make no mistake: a surgical facelift isn’t as simple a lunchtime visit to your esthetician, and the risks and expense can be considerable.
This surprisingly invasive procedure is performed under general anesthesia. A skilled cosmetic surgeon makes an incision traveling from in front of the earlobes into the hairline, gently lifts the face away from the underlying muscle, cuts away excess skin and fatty tissue, and then reattaches the face slightly higher than it was before, closing the incision with sutures.
Surgery can last as long as five hours. After the patient is discharged, recovery takes about two weeks. In that time, the patient can expect noticeable facial swelling, bruising at the incision sites, and soreness.
In the best-case scenario, an experienced cosmetic surgeon with an artistic eye leaves the patient looking rejuvenated but not dramatically altered. Unfortunately, as many celebrity before-and-after images can attest, that’s not always the case. A surgeon lacking subtlety can leave a patient looking permanently surprised, or simply unlike herself.
It’s also worth noting that the average cost of the procedure is over $7000, and that facelifts are not covered by insurance. And even if traditional facelift surgery is in your budget, not everybody is a strong candidate. Variables like skin elasticity, bone structure, and overall health can make you ineligible.
The Thread Lift Procedure: A Non-Invasive Alternative
The state-of-the-art thread lift face lift offers a faster, cheaper, non-invasive alternative for patients seeking a more youthful look.
Unlike traditional facelifts, the thread lift procedure is an outpatient operation performed under local anesthetic. The patient remains awake and alert for the duration, and in contrast to traditional facelifts the procedure only takes about 45 minutes from start to finish. There is no cutting, no stitches, and minimal discomfort involved.
The thread lift face lift entails using hypodermic needles to inject special surgical sutures into strategic locations beneath the skin. These sutures are anchored into place within the face’s deeper tissue, gently pulling the skin upward and back for a tighter, firmer appearance.
Conveniently, these injectable sutures can be administered to any part of the body, not just the face. While they can be injected into the forehead, cheeks, neck, and chin for results comparable to any surgical facelift, they can also be used to tighten the buttocks, breasts, knees, and other problem areas. This allows the patient and surgeon to target only those sites that require attention.
Plus, the procedure is virtually pain-free. In addition to using a topical analgesic to numb the injection site, ice is applied continually for the duration for maximal comfort. The average cost ranges from $1500 to $4500, making it considerably more affordable than a traditional surgical facelift, and you can expect to be fully recovered within days rather than weeks.
At Skintastic, we know that when you look your best, you feel your best. That’s why we’re here offering the latest in non-surgical facelift technology, all at prices you can afford.
You can’t turn back the hands of time, but with the expertise of skilled cosmetic surgeons you can be well on your way to a face that looks as young and vibrant as you feel inside!