As facial skin ages and loses important proteins like collagen and elastin, the surface (called the epidermis) thins, begins to sag, becomes increasingly fragile and loses its youthful glow. To help address many of these symptoms, facelifts are one of the top five cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S.
Based on your needs and those of Scottsdale residents, should you choose to undergo surgery? Or, will a non-invasive procedure like vShape™ RF deliver more value? Let’s briefly explore the pros and cons of surgical vs. non-surgical facelifts.
Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Facelift: What You Need to Know
Although traditional facelifts are extraordinarily popular, they still involve surgery. Here, incisions are made in specific areas, such as the temples, around the ear (or lobe), and under the chin, depending on the patient’s needs.
Comparatively, non-surgical treatments like Alma Laser’s vShape™ RF (radio frequency) technology use dual-layer Thermotherapy to heat the inner layer of the skin, called the dermis. This radiofrequency energy, which is administered using a special handpiece, stimulates the underlying cellular structure to produce more collagen, resulting in lifted neck and facial skin that’s tighter, thicker, smoother, contoured, and radiantly youthful.
Although each session only takes about 30 to 45 minutes, the underlying skin will continue producing collagen for the next four to six month. During this time, patients will notice continual improvements in the appearance of sagging, as well as fine lines and wrinkles.
Are There Different Side Effects When Comparing Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Facelift Procedures?
Compared to this timeline, surgical facelifts can require one to two weeks of downtime before patients can go out in public, with full results in two to three months.
Since non-invasive facelift treatments like vShape™ RF bypass the epidermis, though, they avoid damaging the surface of the skin and subsequently prevent scarring, bruising, side effects, downtime, or painful recovery. Not to mention they’re typically less expensive.
Most patients find the short treatment comfortable and relaxing, which only involves gradual warming of the skin. Afterward, you’ll be able to resume most of your everyday activities, although some patients report mild redness and irritation at application sites, which should subside over the course of a few hours.
Learn More About Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Facelift
Non-surgical facelift treatments are popular among Scottsdale residents, which is why Nuvell Clinics is pleased to offer vShape™ RF. This way, you could achieve many of the same benefits as a traditional facelift, but without the anesthesia or painful recovery.
To explore more of the differences between surgical and non-surgical facelifts, reach out to the professional staff at Nuvell Clinics. We can even combine your non-surgical facelift with our other facial rejuvenation treatments and procedures to help maximize your youthful glow.