Are There Non-Surgical Alternatives to a Facelift?

Plastic Surgeons Serving San Jose, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Santa Clara & Nearby South Bay, California

Posted: June 7, 2022
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Facelift surgery addresses skin laxity and other signs of aging from the jawline to the cheeks. In some cases, a neck lift is added to address loose skin on the neck as well. The end result of these procedures is smoother, more lifted skin that looks and feels up to ten years younger.

Facelift surgery is incredibly effective but comes with surgical risks and a recovery period that will not be attractive to every patient. What’s more, the procedure is effective at what it is designed to do, but it cannot eliminate wrinkles or address things like crow’s feet, forehead creases, or drooping eyebrows. This is where non-surgical options may prove useful.

Non-Surgical Facelift

There is no such procedure as a “non-surgical facelift,” but there are several options that can serve as such. Most commonly, dermal fillers are used to address skin laxity and restore a softer, fuller, and more youthful look to the skin. These can also be used to eliminate deep wrinkles and fine lines, add volume to areas of the face that have sunken in such as the cheeks, temples, and space beneath the eyes, and create fuller and more symmetrical lips – none of which can be accomplished through facelift surgery.

Non-surgical options such as BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used to smooth the deep furrows along the brow. BOTOX® Cosmetic can also be used to erase crow’s feet and lift drooping upper eyelids. Surgically, this would require a combination of blepharoplasty and brow lift, both of which come with risks and a recovery period. BOTOX® Cosmetic does not require any downtime.

What’s Best for You?

Both surgical and non-surgical options can assist people in reaching their goals. Neither will be ideal for every situation. The most reliable way to learn not only about your options but which may be most beneficial for your needs is through a one-on-one consultation with one of the board-certified plastic surgeons at our Los Altos office.

If you are considering facial rejuvenation, please call Altos Oaks Plastic Surgery at 650-934-7020 to schedule a consultation today. We serve Palo Alto, Santa Clara, and all nearby areas of California.