Non-Surgical (Non-Invasive) Facelift Options

There are options available for patients who wish to rejuvenate their appearance, but who may not wish to pursue facelift surgery. The goal is to achieve significant facial rejuvenation using minimally invasive techniques with minimal downtime. Because we are specialists in facial cosmetics, we're able to tailor a treatment plan to each patient's lifestyle and goals. We know how to make subtle but powerful changes using injectables, Ultherapy®, and skin resurfacing that leave patients looking youthful, refreshed and, most of all, natural. Importantly, this can be accomplished with minimal downtime and outside of an operating room.

*Individual patient results may vary

One option is what is often termed a liquid facelift (non-invasive facelift, non-surgical facelift) is actually a combination of muscle relaxing agents such as Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport®, and dermal fillers, like Juvederm®, VolumaTM, Restylane®, Radiesse®, Scultpra® and Belotero®. These agents are used selectively depending on what you want to accomplish.

Muscle Relaxing Agents

Botox® Cosmetic
Dysport®

Dermal Fillers & Alternatives

Facial Fillers & Injectables
Ultherapy®
Skin Resurfacing
Lip Augmentation
Skin Care
Professional Esthetician Services

Botox® Cosmetic is used to treat wrinkles and folds that are due to muscle activity, such as between the brows or around the eyes and lips. It can relax certain muscles and reduce facial wrinkles and folds that contribute to an aged appearance. Only a highly trained professional can accomplish this while preserving facial expressions and keeping the overall result subtle, powerful, and enhancing. When used correctly, patients can experience excellent results while the medication lasts, typically between 3 to 6 months.

The use of dermal fillers has evolved dramatically over the past several years. While traditionally fillers were used to treat the deep folds and wrinkles that live in the texture of our skin, expert placement of selected fillers can now be used to lift the volume depleted areas of the face such as the cheeks, lips and jowls. It is so important that each treated area is not overdone. If just one feature looks unnatural, then the entire result suffers.

We also now offer Ultherapy®, the only FDA-approved non-surgical, non-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound technology and the body's own natural healing process to lift and tighten loose skin on the eyebrow, jawline, neck and under the chin. Ultherapy® uses ultrasound to stimulate the deep structural support layers of the skin without disturbing the surface of the skin.

Am I a candidate for a non-surgical facelift?

Excellent candidates for a non-invasive facelift and/or Ultherapy® are patients who want some lifting to look more refreshed and youthful, but are not yet ready for facelift surgery. Ideally, they have mild to moderate skin laxity. Patients with excessive skin laxity or considerable wrinkling or sun damage may not be good candidates. For these patients, we recommend a full facelift or midface lift.

Skin health and beauty must be considered when considering a non-surgical facelift. Skin resurfacing with superficial to medium depth peeling or laser skin resurfacing treatments can be performed in conjunction with Ultherapy® and a liquid facelift. The goals of these treatments are to treat fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, large pore size and to bring back the natural glow of youthful, nourished skin.

Technique

How is a liquid facelift and/or Ultherapy® performed?

We will take the time to discuss your motivation for seeking rejuvenation of your face, neck or brow. We will then perform a detailed examination of the components of your face and its underlying structures. Photographs will be taken, and we will often use cutting-edge digital morphing software both as an educational tool and to create an individualized approach to your enhancement. After your consultation, we work with you to decide on a treatment plan based on what areas are to be addressed. A combination of oral medication, numbing cream and local anesthesia is often used to minimize any discomfort.

Both a liquid facelift and Ultherapy® are non-invasive, non-surgical procedures performed in our Palo Alto or San Jose office. The entire experience lasts 60-90 minutes.

For a liquid facelift, using a very small needle, Botox® Cosmetic and the chosen dermal filler(s) are injected into targeted areas. There is rarely much discomfort. Redness at the injection sites should subside within an hour. Bruising is infrequent but when present can last for a few days. This can be camouflaged with makeup. Patients can return to work immediately after treatment. Results from dermal fillers can be seen right away, but results from Botox® Cosmetic may take 3-7 days for full effect.

There is no downtime with Ultherapy®, and patients can return to work right away. Results will unfold over the course of 2-3 months and some patients have reported continued improvement for up to 6 months, including lifting of the skin on the neck, under the chin, jawline and on the brow. While Ultherapy® does not duplicate the results of surgery, it has proven to be an inviting alternative for those who are not yet ready for surgery.

Recovery Process

LIQUID FACELIFT RECOVERY

Bandage Removal

None

Suture Removal

None

Return to Work

Right away

75%

Right away

100%

3-7 days

ULTHERAPY® RECOVERY

Bandage Removal

None

Suture Removal

None

Return to Work

Right away

75%

2-3 months

100%

6 months

Our core objective is to provide a safe, comfortable surgical experience that aspires to restore your appearance and aims to produce natural results. We have provided liquid facelift before and after photos and Ultherapy® before and after photos of our patients to help you visualize the possibilities.