It is fairly often that patients ask me if they are going to be able to achieve the same benefit from a non-surgical facelift as they are from a full facelift. Although a facelift is still the gold-standard for turning back the clock on facial aging, there are more non-surgical options available today than ever before for patients who are not ready for a facelift.
For those men and women who have lost their skin elasticity and have considerable jowling of their jawline and sagging in the neck, a facelift is going to give the most satisfying results. For younger patients, or those with good skin elasticity and realistic expectations, there are some great non-surgical options available.
Ultherapy, is an in-office procedure that offers zero downtime, and uses ultrasonic technology to help lift and tighten the skin. Additionally, many of our patients who select Ultherapy receive a “liquid facelift” by filling in some of the more permanent lines with facial fillers such as Radiesse or Juvederm. Radiesse can also help create some structure to a face that has lost volume. The experience and expertise of the Radiesse injector is of particular importance as the results are long-lasting. Radiesse typically lasts about 12-18 months. As many people know, Botox and Xeomin are best used for the scowl lines between the brows to relax animated muscles and prevent further wrinkling of the brow.
For those who prefer a longer-lasting solution, a MACS facelift will typically make you appear about 10 years younger, will lift and smooth the jawline, gently tighten the skin, and remove excess skin or fat from under the chin. This procedure is often done in combination with a necklift or eyelift for maximum results. Many MACS lift patients also utilize the benefits of facial fillers and liposuction to enhance their result. A MACS lift requires much less downtime than with previous facelift techniques, and offers excellent results. Patients often opt to maintain their MACS lift result longer through some of the non-surgical options that we have available. The quality of your result is highly dependent upon the experience and skill of your plastic surgeon.
Dr. Ringler is an expert in facial rejuvenation and has been performing the MACS lift for over 10 years. Please join us for a seminar on Facial Rejuvenation and learn about the many options for facial rejuvation currently available at the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery.