Looking young and vibrant is always “in” and every woman – over 30 – is searching for the next best thing to address loose skin on the face that results from weight loss or simply aging!
In the past, a surgical facelift was the answer. And although surgical facelifts are still popular, more men and women are taking advantage of non-surgical alternatives.
The Silhouette Instalift is one of those revolutionary non-surgical facelifts which turn back the clock for a more youthful and refreshed look.
However, there are many reasons why men and women should NOT get a surgical or non-surgical facelift. We’ve compiled the top 9 reasons why a facelift may not be right for you…
1. Sun Damaged Skin
Who doesn’t love a little fun in the sun? We get it!
Nevertheless, too much fun in the sun can wreak havoc on your skin. Overexposure to the sun can easily add decades to your appearance. There are some pretty noticeable telltale signs for sun damage, such as fine lines and blotchy patches. Your skin can even feel dry or dehydrated.
Luckily, there are several options in lieu of a facelift for revitalizing sun-damaged skin. For example, consider nutrient infusing facials like HydraFacial MD – periodically – as part of your skincare regimen to revitalize the texture and the tone of your skin.
You can also make the most of light therapies such as Broadband Light (BBL). It’s an effective treatment that dramatically reduces sunspots and fine lines for younger-looking and refreshed appearance.
2. Fine Lines
Aging happens in stages. It just a matter of time before you start seeing fine lines!
Many younger women are choosing to prevent fines lines by getting BOTOX®. In NYC, doctors also use other neuromodulators such as Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau to treat fine lines early on.
Addressing fine lines early is key and you should schedule an appointment with an experienced cosmetic professional to help you decide from the many options available. He or she will educate you about your options including:
- Neuromodulators such as Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Jeuveau
- Dermal fillers
- Facials and chemical peels
- Broadband Light therapies
- Radiofrequency treatments
- Laser treatment
The earlier you take action the easier and more effective it will be to reverse the visible signs of aging. While waiting is not ideal, you’re not out of options!
Many women love their results after a few skin tightening sessions. You can also get great results in just one session with minimal downtime.
3. Deep Wrinkles
Do you know what most women don’t find funny? Laugh lines and crow’s feet.
Again, wrinkles can start off subtle and become very obvious before you know it. A facelift may be an option, especially if you have trouble areas around your neck and jawline.
But… what about those deeper wrinkles around the mouth when you smile? Are you struggling with deep wrinkles across the forehead, or around the eyes?
There are several options to help you transform your look, and a facelift is seldom the best option. Botox and other neuromodulators are great options to relax deep wrinkles. Your cosmetic doctor may even recommend dermal fillers to plump up the skin or a laser treatment.
4. Baggy Eyes
Under-eye bags tend to cause a tired or worn-out look. Blepharoplasty is actually a popular option for many women who are suffering from sagging skin under the eyes. A painless radiofrequency treatment called ThermiSmooth is also available for the right candidate.
Simply put, for eye-catching results, you may not need a facelift.
5. Volume Loss
As we age our body often loses fat on the face. Have you ever noticed how people with a fuller face look younger? Fat, in a way, is our own personal fountain of youth.
A facelift will tighten the skin, but it will not plump the face. Dermal fillers like Voluma® XC and Radiesse® are popular options for restoring volume in these cases.
Many patients love fat transfer too. In a lot of ways, it’s a two in one deal. Not only do you get to remove a little bit of stubborn fat from a pesky problem area, you also get to restore volume on the face to look younger.
6. Thin Skin
If your skin is too thin and you are concerned with looking too “tight” or “pulled back,” you can still achieve a younger look. It will just be with a different procedure like the GrowthFactor Facial or microneedling with PRP.
Remember, when you have a consultation with an experienced cosmetic surgeon, he or she will work with you to pick the perfect procedure or treatment so you are happy with your results.
7. Smoker Lines
Smoker lines are those visible lines between the nose and upper lip. Or the wrinkles you see when you pucker your lips.
A facelift is not an option to remedy these lines. Better options include dermal fillers and lip enhancement to fill the area to restore a more youthful appearance.
8. Sagging Skin
One of the most significant factors for a perfect facelift candidate is loose skin. Remember, a facelift repositions the skin upward on the lower half of the face. If you have enough excess skin that you can easily pinch and pull it away from the face, then a facelift may be the right solution.
However, for mildly loose skin, you may be a candidate for a skin tightening procedure using radiofrequency technology. It’s like a warm massage that helps tighten the skin while stimulating the production of collagen.
Volumizing the cheeks using dermal fillers may be able to do the trick, as well as, some lasers. Be sure to ask your cosmetic doctor about all your options.
This is another area that is highly delicate. In mild cases of eyelid droopiness, technologies like radiofrequency are delicate enough to effectively address the eyelids over several session. As previously mentioned, it is like a warm massage that stimulates the production of collagen.
You Have Options
The most important step you can take to help you decide the option that is best for you is to know the outcome you desire. It’s easy to say “I just want to look my best” or “I just need a pick-me-up”, but that can be very subjective.
Talk to your cosmetic doctor about your ultimate goal, whether you are looking to reduce the appearance of specific wrinkles, want a lifting effect or would like your skin to look more radiant – or all the above! Remember, cosmetic treatments and procedures work differently depending on your skin type and the health condition of the skin.
Start Your Journey Today
As you can see, facelifts are not a blanket solution to fix every visible aging concern. We’ve covered a few options today, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
If you would like to find out which age-defying solutions are best for you, schedule an appointment for a consultation with us in NYC.