Facelift Surgery vs. Topical Creams and Treatments

Almost everybody desires to look younger and maintain their youthful appearance, but is a surgical facelift the right way to go?

With so many beauty and skin products on the market nowadays a person could spend endless amounts of time and money trying to find a miracle product, when in reality a surgical procedure is sometimes the only way to get the desired results.

On the other hand, many women today automatically assume that a surgical procedure is required, when actually there are many excellent products available that can help diminish the aging process and give good results when used correctly.

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Electrical facelift; Image source: champneys.com

There are many regimes and treatments that are very effective at turning back the clock and leaving you looking younger, fresher, and feeling more attractive, but it is important to be realistic about their capabilities, and to understand that for dramatic results it may be necessary to undergo a surgical facelift.

Surgical Facelift

A surgical facelift is a somewhat invasive procedure that involves removing excess and sagging skin, tightening the facial muscles, leaving a tighter and more lifted appearance, erasing years from your face.

Facelifts are generally more popular with older patients that are seemingly seeking to turn back the hands of time by obtaining a younger, more youthful look. However, many younger patients undergo facelift treatments each year and, though they are old enough in the eyes of the law, they may not need or physically be ready for this type of surgery.

As such, there are many options in terms of non-surgical facelifts on the market, all with varying degrees of invasiveness and effectiveness. A few of the more popular alternatives are described below:

Electrical Facelift –(Known as a Bio Ultimate or micro current facelift). This method uses electrical stimulation delivered to the facial muscles, stimulating cell function, which in turn reduces lines and wrinkles, improves skin tone, and minimises cellulite and sun damage. Treatment is performed by a specialist and generally consists of multiple hour-long sessions.

Thread Facelift – often referred to as the lunchtime facelift, this technique consists of inserting a barbed thread into the face via needle. The thread literally tugs sagging skin upwards. This is a minor procedure that requires no recovery, but is not permanent and must be repeated over time.

Brands such as Silhouette Soft provide an excellent alternative to surgical facelifts that offers natural, progressive results for up to 18 months.

Facelift in a Jar – skin-firming products containing DMAE (dimethylethanolamine) have become known as a facelift in a jar, and can offer pleasing and subtle results despite being the mildest treatment to sagging facial skin.

There are many topical creams available, often containing large amounts of certain amino acids that do in fact improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as firm the skin, but beware of high priced products that offer little to no results.

Liquid Facelift – a liquid facelift refers to the use of fillers such as Restylane, Sculptra and Juvederm, used to plump the skin and fill wrinkles, as well as adding fullness to thin lips.

These fillers are injected into sites around the mouth, forehead, nose and eyes and are minimally invasive, requiring almost no recovery time. The liquid facelift technique gives skin a tighter appearance for a period of about one year.

Considering all options is vital when deciding on what treatment path to take, and it’s wise to research all available treatments thoroughly, perhaps even speaking to a cosmetic surgery clinic, before choosing the best one for your unique needs.


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