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In recent years, non-surgical facelifts have captivated many and have steadily risen to becoming one of the most popular types of treatments. With an extensive array of beneficial qualities like little to no downtimes and minimal invasiveness, traditional surgical facelifts are now considered a thing of the past. In this blog post we will discuss what options of non-surgical facelifts are available and which method aligns best with your desired aesthetic goals.

Non-surgical vs surgical facelifts


A non-surgical facelift is minimally invasive and usually includes a procedure that involves tools such as injections or derma rollers. Most solutions that are injected or applied to the skin for a non-surgical facelift consist of ingredients that are synthetic versions of substances found naturally within the body such as hyaluronic acid. Treatments are quick and can take anywhere between 30minutes to an hour and there is little to no downtime post procedure. The results are not permanent and fade over a period of months, but can safely be repeated to achieve your desired goals. For methods like dermal fillers, they can easily be reversed too if needed.


A surgical facelift is performed by a cosmetic surgeon and they will create incisions or cuts on the face to tighten, firm and sculpt your desired areas of the face and you will be put under general anaesthetic for this procedure. The results from a surgical facelift are permanent are often irreversible without having to undergo more surgery. It’s not often guaranteed that the results will look natural and the procedure requires long periods of downtime to recover from the surgery. Most importantly, the risk of complications are also significantly higher too.

Types of non-surgical facelifts

Chemical peels

A chemical peel involves applying a chemical solution to the face to remove any impurities such as dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells. This can have many beneficial qualities to your skin, such as reducing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin texture and acne scars. There are 3 different types of chemical peels that can target various problems. A light chemical peel gently exfoliates the surface of the skin and can target issues such as dry skin. A medium chemical peel works on the surface and the middle layer of the skin and can tackle uneven skin tones and wrinkles. A deep chemical peel however works all the way into the deepest layer of the skin and uses strong chemicals. A local anaesthetic is often applied beforehand to prevent any pain or discomfort and it is targeted towards deeper scars or wrinkles.


Microneedling uses a small rotating device that has fine needles on it to prick the skin. This stimulates your skin’s natural defences to begin the regeneration and repairing process. Because of this, collagen production is also stimulated, leading to rejuvenation and renewal of the skin. The skin becomes firmer during this process as elastin levels also increase, creating a lifted and youthful looking appearance. Any signs of ageing can be reduced using microneedling such as wrinkles and fine lines. It also creates a great canvas to enhance product absorption so that your skincare works more effectively. The procedure is relatively painless but a topical numbing cream can be applied beforehand to minimise any feelings of discomfort. You can resume your regular activities are normal after treatment, but you should avoid activities that induce excessive amounts of sweat for at least 24-28 hours after treatment.

3) Gua sha

A gua sha is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves using a smoothie edged tool to massage the skin. It can be used on both the face and body and can result in a natural lift to the skin. It can also tone areas of the face to accentuate features such as the cheekbones. A gua sha works by increasing blood circulation to deliver more oxygen and nutrients to the skin cells. It promotes lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness and accumulation of fluids in the face. The massage tool releases tension and tightness in facial muscles which can also contribute to a more lifted and toned appearance. To use a gua sha, you should begin by applying a light oil or serum to help the tool glide smoothly on the skin. Choose a starting point such as the neck and move the gua sha tool upward and outward, following the natural lines of your face. You should be wary of the eye area and avoid using too much pressure. It’s important that you throughly cleanse you tool after each use.

4) Ultherapy

Ultherapy procedures are performed to lift and tighten the skin in different areas of the face and neck. It primarily focuses on treating sagging skin and stimulating the production of collagen. A practitioner will use ultrasound imaging to visualise the layers of skin so they can target specific depths. A device is then used that focuses ultrasound energy in targeted areas beneath the skin’s surface. This energy regenerates heat, increasing the production of collagen and to rejuvenate and lift the skin. Many individuals target Ultherapy in the jawline area to define the shape and in the brow area to lift the upper area of the face. Due to its non-surgical and non-invasive manner, it involves no downtime and regular activities can be resumed straight away. You may experience some side effects like redness or swelling but these subside within a few hours or days. When considering Ultherapy, it’s vital that you find a qualified and licensed practitioner to ensure that the procedure is performed safely without any complications.

5) Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are one of the most common methods in creating a non-surgical facelift. They are injectable substances that often contain hyaluronic acid that add volume to certain areas on the face or body. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body, but in dermal fillers a synthetic version is used to formulate a consistency beneficial in hydrating and plumping the skin. Dermal fillers can be used in areas like the cheeks, lips and jawline and can be strategically injected to contour and lift the face. They are highly effective in filling in depressions in the skin or wrinkles and fine lines to create fresh, youthful looking results. Most dermal filler appointments are quick and last around 30 minutes, there is usually no downtime either so you are safe to return to your daily activities immediately.

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