Facelifts have long been the gold standard in anti-aging procedures for a long time. When it comes to turning back the clock, a facelift can do wonders. However, facelifts do have some drawbacks. Firstly, they are quite expensive and out of reach for many beauty enthusiasts. Secondly, they require invasive surgery, anesthesia and a long recovery period. For people who are interested in looking younger but do not wish to undergo a proper facelift, there are many other options now available. At Indulgence Medical Day Spa, our experts can help you explore highly effective facelift alternatives such as Ultherapy, fillers, PDO threads and botox. Although all of these procedures are not recommended or suitable for everyone, with expert consultation at our esthetic clinic, you can find one that will help you look younger and bring back the confidence that you may have lost over the years.
Alternatives to Traditional Facelift Procedures Below:
Ultherapy is an FDA-approved treatment that makes use of ultrasound to reach further underneath the skin than most other non-invasive anti-aging treatments are capable of. When certified ultherapy experts use ultrasound imaging to evaluate your tissue, they can see which areas are in need of work and deliver the treatment directly to such areas in a way that the benefits are optimized. This procedure works by creating a thermal effect under the skin using targeted and micro-focused ultrasound rays. This makes your body’s collagen supply multiply, so your body’s own functions are put to work in making you look younger. Collagen is the protein in the skin that lends elasticity and a look of youth and vitality to us but as we age, its production slows and it breaks down more easily, which causes the skin to sag. The return of collagen can essentially bring back the years we have lost. Ultherapy lifts the skin on the neck and decolletage, under the chin as well as on top of the brows. It can do away with wrinkles and fine lines too. The effects of ultherapy are not immediately noticed. As the production of collagen in your skin continues to increase over the few weeks after an ultherapy session, your skin will start to look tightened and youthful.
Botox is one of the brand names for the neurotoxin botulinum toxin type A, which has been used by experts for decades for its cosmetic as well as medical benefits. When delivered under the skin in controlled amounts, Botox blocks signals that would go from the nerves to the muscles, which makes the muscle lose some of its ability to contract and softens wrinkles. Botox works brilliantly on frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines. The procedure is minimally invasive and does not require the use of anesthesia, with the active ingredients being injected under the skin using a small needle. However, you may opt for local anesthesia to stay totally comfortable during the procedure. Your Botox routine is customizable depending on where the skin has started to wrinkle, since it’s low diffusion rate makes it perfect for targeted treatment. It is also recommended as a preventative procedure for people who wish to stop aging in its tracks before the first wrinkles can start to appear. Botox starts to show its full effect in one to two weeks and the effects last for around six months before you will need to undergo another round of treatment.
A Polydioxanone (PDO) thread lift involves lifting up the skin using biodegradable sutures. A licensed cosmetician will first draw over your skin and mark the places where the thread will go in and come back out. Then the skin is numbed using local anesthesia and a cannula i.e., a hollow needle is used to carefully place the PDO thread under the skin. Then the skin is carefully massaged to resolve any dimpling or wrinkling around the injection sites. The recovery time for this procedure is around one day and only residual soreness and slight bruising may be expected afterward. The threads dissolve over time and their presence under the skin triggers skin cells called fibroblasts into producing higher amounts of collagen. Heightened collagen production returns elasticity and youthfulness to the skin with results improving over the next few weeks. This procedure is also minimally invasive and is typically wrapped up within 45-90 minutes by experts.
Dermal fillers are a category of substances that can address a number of aging and appearance concerns in a safe, cost-effective and quick procedure. These injectable substances are placed under the skin where they help the skin to regain what it has lost over the years. Common concerns that can be addressed using fillers include fine lines and wrinkles, under-eye bags, sagging earlobes, hollow temples, thin lips and loose skin anywhere on the face. At Indulgence Medical Day Spa, you can find a range of fillers such as Dysport, Juvederm, Kybella, Radiesse and more. These fillers have different outcomes and some of them work in as little as one session. Fillers produce long-lasting results for a fraction of the cost of a facelift but they will require more sessions after six to eighteen months, depending on the treated area.
As you can see, a facelift is not the only answer to your skin-related concerns. In this day and age, the options are endless and when it comes to a matter as serious as your face, it is good to do your research before opting for a procedure. The amount of time that these facelift alternatives stay effective also differs, but you can opt for one that fits the budget and gets the job done. These minimally invasive procedures and more services offered at Indulgence Medical Day Spa work beautifully to restore a look of vitality or address any issues that are standing in the way of you feeling graceful and confident.