With a huge 14.6 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures being carried out across the US alone in 2012, it’s estimated that number will have increased now we’re in 2017. And, with a large percentage of such procedures being surgical and costing a colossal $12.9 billion, it’s clear to see millions are willing to go under the knife to achieve their desired result.
Most people automatically associate cosmetic procedures with surgery, but this is in fact not the case. In recent years, more non-surgical alternatives than ever have been developed, offering people the chance to achieve results akin to a facelift without going under the knife once.
So, if you’re keen to explore the extensive selection of non-surgical facelift alternatives out there that really work, here’s some of the most common procedures people undergo.
Specifically used to fill spaces and lines, dermal fillers increase volume and give a plumping effect to the face. Commonly injected into areas such as the lips, cheeks, and chin, dermal fillers provide an almost instant result for the client with few side effects.
Better still, results are temporary. So, if for whatever reason you aren’t 100% happy with the result provided by the filler, you’ll only have to wait a maximum of 6-9 months for your features to go back to the way they were.
Hyaluronic acid is the most popular type of filler used for this temporary purpose, with brand names including Juvederm, Restylane and Hydrelle. But there are alternative fillers available that provide a more permanent result so, to find the best type of filler appropriate for what you’re looking for, it’s always best to have an in-depth consultation with a professional before jumping in.
To learn more about what fillers can provide as well as see photos of filler in action, take a look at this page dedicated to Juvéderm and Voluma (Dermal Fillers).
Commonly seen as an alternative to dermal fillers, fat transfers do exactly what the name suggests – transfer fat! Fat is grafted from other areas of the body and injected into the face to add plumpness and volume akin to a facelift.
One of the main benefits of using a fat transfer as opposed to dermal fillers is that you’re using something from your own body. Because of this, the body is likely to accept it more readily, which significantly reduces the chance of allergic reactions. As dermal fillers essentially involve injecting a foreign substance into the body, the risk of this happening is much higher.
However, fat transfers tend to be much more time-consuming than dermal fillers as the fat will need to be both obtained and prepared accordingly. So, as with virtually any form of cosmetic procedure, it’s essential to discuss with a professional before making your mind up.
Perhaps the most well-known non-surgical treatment out there, Botox is a term you’ve undoubtedly heard of. Used to specifically target and eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, Botox is injected into the muscle tissue and causes it to relax, limiting its ability to contract and create wrinkles.
Botox injections are most commonly given to treat areas such as crows feet around eyes, lines between eyebrows and forehead creases. Unlike dermal fillers, the results of Botox aren’t instant. Results are generally seen within 3-7 days of receiving treatment, and typically last up to 4 months. Because of this, you’ll need to have ongoing injections to prevent wrinkles returning.
Side effects are fairly limited, with the most common including redness or swelling at the site of injection that will fade relatively quickly after treatment. But in a similar way to dermal fillers, there will always be a risk of allergic reaction especially if you’ve never had Botox before, so it’s important to be aware of this before undergoing treatment.
Laser treatment & Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
A hugely versatile form of non-surgical procedure, laser treatment can correct redness, fine lines and uneven pigmentation in the face. Powerful light technology is used on specific problem areas and, when used over a long period of time and combined with Botox, the results can mimic an entire facelift.
Like Botox, laser treatment will generally leave you with no side effects other than redness for a short period of time.
Maintaining a youthful appearance is something millions strive for as they get older. And, with the increased number of non-surgical procedures becoming available, achieving that facelift without going under the knife has never been simpler.
Gracie Kirk is a cosmetician who loves to help women feel better about themselves. She also enjoys sharing the latest cosmetic news and trends on various lifestyle and beauty websites.