For years, cosmetic surgery procedures have been a hot topic amongst those looking for a bit of a refreshed look, and as a result, have become commonly sought after by men and women of all ages. Restoring your youthful glow can be easily achieved no matter your age, but it’s no secret that while plastic surgery facelifts are still a popular choice, men and women all over the world are increasingly nervous about going under the knife.
However, with advancements in cosmetic technology, you’ll be pleased to know that you may not have to undergo extensive surgery in order to achieve your desired results. If for any reason you don’t feel comfortable going under the knife, there are a number of non-invasive options to choose from, some of which we have listed below.
Anyone with an interest in having a facelift is likely to have come across Botox treatments in their search. Botulinum toxin injections are a temporary medical treatment available to those looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Prior to receiving Botox injections, a patient will first need to meet with a consultant, in order to determine the most appropriate medication for the treatment. Another important thing to know is that Botox often doesn’t require any local anaesthetic. While several injections may be required at different points in the face, most patients find that they can tolerate this discomfort, without the need for any form of anaesthetic.
Botox doesn’t often show results for a good three to five days, and it could take up to two weeks for the full effects to really be seen. It’s important to remember that this is a temporary treatment, and that they only last for around four to six months at any one time. If you want to maintain the look, you’ll need follow-up appointments regularly.
The risks associated with Botox include flu-like symptoms for 24 hours after treatment, bruising at the injection points, temporary weakness of facial features, and your body even developing a resistance to the injections. It’s also important to note that, while Botox can provide an effective solution for the likes of crow’s feet and frown lines, signs of ageing may show in other parts of your face, including eyelids. In these cases, you may need to consider other treatments such as blepharoplasty surgery, a form of eyelid surgery, in addition to a Botox treatment.
Dermal Fillers are another non-invasive treatment which involves a form of injection. Dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid which is a type of sugar that naturally occurs in our skin and repairs damaged tissue. In order to inject it into the skin, it is changed from its usual liquid form, to a gel-like consistency, which helps to lift and plump area that may have lost elasticity or firmness by restoring shape, volume and plumpness. Dermal fillers can be used in a number of places, including: under eyes and tear troughs, cheeks, nose, lips, jawline and chin, and even your hands.
The treatment usually lasts for around 30-45 minutes, though this may differ depending on our surgeon. Just like Botox, dermal fillers don’t require any local anaesthetic, but numbing cream could be applied in cases of discomfort. You can return to work immediately after the treatment, and the results can last between 6 months and a year! The risks involved include a number of potential side effects that are important to take into consideration. These include: acne-like skin eruptions, asymmetry, bruising, lumps, skin rash or redness and more, so make sure you consult thoroughly with your doctor before and after treatments, in order to ensure that the Dermal Filler treatment is tailored appropriately to your individual needs.
PRP For Facial Rejuvenation
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is the process of using your own blood to encourage collagen production to rejuvenate your face. During PRP therapies, a small amount of blood will be extracted from your arm and placed into a specially-designed centrifuge. The blood is then spun at a rapid rate, so much so that the red blood cells separate from the platelets and plasma in your blood. This platelet-rich plasma is then injected back into the patient at the problem area. This treatment is effective in rejuvenating fine lines, wrinkles and loose skin, as well as improving the overall health of it.
PRP is already being used as a form of hair transplant treatment by surgeons around the world, with some results seeing hair grow back evenly and at a much faster rate, showing just how versatile this treatment can be.
PRP is another non-invasive treatment that allows you to return to work immediately. The procedure itself takes between 30-90 minutes, and numbing cream can be used if necessary. The results last much longer than Botox or dermal fillers, with patients often seeing results up to two years after the procedure. The risks associated with PRP are less than other treatments, as you are using your own blood so there is no chance of having an allergic reaction. While side effects are rare, there could be the chance of local infection, or pain at the site of injection.
Thread-lift For Facial Rejuvenation
Thread facelifts are a convenient and far less invasive alternative to a surgical treatment. Designed for people with early signs of aging, this treatment can leave your skin looking rejuvenated and can help to reduce signs of facial sagging. During this procedure, your surgeon will insert thin threads into the face through tiny incisions in the target area.
These attach to your skin, and are then pulled back to lift and smooth out the face. This treatment can provide almost immediate results, and even gives patients a chance to approve or disapprove a look before it is set in place. The effects of a thread-lift will last between 6 – 30 months, although this will depend on each individual.
Thread-lifting can take 1-2 hours depending on the scale of the target area, and of course, comes with its potential risks. There is a chance of lasting asymmetry if the patient doesn’t mention this prior to the knotting of the thread, and rippling or puckering if the thread is left too loose or too tight. However, if this does occur, the thread is sometimes able to correct itself after a short period of time. Infections, thread loss, thread breakage and pain at the area of knotting are all potential risks, but these are rare nonetheless.
For those who are looking for a more affordable, less-invasive alternative to surgery in order to achieve their desired results, these minimally-invasive facelift treatments could provide the perfect option. To find out more about the minimally-invasive treatments on offer at Longevita, or to book a consultation, contact us today on 020 3409 1947.