Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Facelift: Which is Right for You?

As you get older, you can expect your skin to lose its elasticity and to begin to sag over time. How quickly your skin ages depends on a variety of factors, including your genes, lifestyle habits, and sun exposure.

No matter how old you are when they first occur, seeing those first visible signs of aging or of skin laxity can be upsetting. You might wonder what you can do to turn back the hands of time or at least to look a bit more youthful.

For decades, the go-to procedure for people who wanted smoother, tighter skin was a facelift. Although surgical facelifts are effective, they do have some drawbacks, such as requiring a lengthy recovery period.

These days, there are more minimally-invasive options available than ever before for fighting the signs of aging and for rejuvenating the skin. A non-surgical facelift can help to tighten skin by stimulating the production of collagen, which improves skin's texture and elasticity.

Should you go the surgical route or non-surgical route if you're looking to rejuvenate your appearance? Understanding the differences between the two options will help you decide which one is right for you.

What Happens During a Facelift?

Before beginning facelift surgery, the surgeon will give the patient an anesthetic. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, they'll either provide IV sedation or general anesthesia.

With general anesthesia, the patient is completely under and won't be able to hear, see or remember anything that went on during their facelift. Their breathing will also be monitored and controlled.

Once the anesthesia is working, the surgeon will make incisions at several locations, usually by the ears and hairline. After making the incisions, they will reposition the tissues of the face, including the skin and underlying muscle and fascia to create a smoother, tighter look. The surgeon might then remove excess skin and fat before closing the incisions.

What Happens During a Non-Surgical Facelift?

During a non-surgical facelift, or "Minimally Invasive Nonsurgical Thread" (MINT) facelift, the surgeon uses a barbed suture material to lift the patient's skin. The sutures also create tiny injuries in the skin, which stimulate the production of collagen and help to make skin firmer and tighter.

The sutures are absorbable and will continue to increase the production of collagen for as long as they remain in place, usually for at least a year.

How Is Recovery Time Different?

There is a substantial difference between the recovery time for a MINT lift and the recovery time needed for a traditional facelift. Many people need at least a week or two to rest up and recover after facelift surgery. After the first two weeks, they often need a bit more time before they feel fully 100% again.

In contrast, many people can go back to their regular activities pretty quickly after a MINT lift. Patients might want to take it easy for the first week or so after the procedure, but some people get back to the daily grind almost immediately.

How Do Results Differ?

Another key difference between a surgical facelift and a non-surgical facelift is the type of results you can expect. Usually, a surgical facelift provides long-lasting results. Patients can look up to a decade younger and continue to look more youthful for years to come.

The results from a MINT lift usually aren't as dramatic as the results from a facelift and don't last as long. For that reason, a MINT lift is usually recommended for people who are just beginning to notice some signs of aging and sagging. If you have considerable skin laxity, you're more likely to be more satisfied with the results you get from facelift surgery.

Schedule Your Facelift Consultation Today

Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They can help you choose between a surgical or non-surgical facelift based your concerns and your goals. To schedule your free patient consultation at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 487-3223 today.

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