But before you agree to a nonsurgical facelift, there are five questions you have to ask.
What procedures are included in my nonsurgical facelift?
Plastic surgeons generally agree what they’re referring to when it comes to a facelift. But for a nonsurgical facelift, there is no single standard recipe. So you have to ask, and get detailed information.
In our office, when we describe a nonsurgical facelift, we are referring to the use of cosmetic dentistry to dramatically rejuvenate your appearance. Procedures like dental crowns can help you look much younger, with fewer wrinkles, less jowling, a better defined chin, fuller lips, and other aspects of a younger facial appearance. You’ll also have a rejuvenated smile, which will help you look younger, too.
Other times, though, your smile makeover might just mean the use of injectable compounds. There are two main classes of injectables, muscle relaxers like BOTOX ® Cosmetic and facial fillers like Juvéderm. Fillers help restore lost volume to your face, but they only replace lost soft tissue volume like fat. BOTOX ® Cosmetic relaxes muscles that have learned to tense even when you don’t tell them to, causing wrinkles around the eyes and in the forehead, mostly.
Another possibility for a nonsurgical facelift is that lasers or radio waves will be used to burn away some of your skin or cause a thermal injury under the skin, potentially stimulating a healing response that can help you look younger.
Sometimes, your nonsurgical facelift may be made up of a combination of procedures.
How many visits will it take to see results?
Surgical facelifts only require the one surgery to rejuvenate your face, but nonsurgical facelifts vary considerably. For a nonsurgical facelift performed with cosmetic dentistry, it takes two treatment visits to achieve the final results. One to prepare and plan, and a second visit to place your final restoration.
An injectable nonsurgical facelift may be completed in just one visit. Other nonsurgical facelifts may take many, many more visits, especially those that rely on noninvasive laser treatments. These need to have many procedures performed before you see results.
Will there be discomfort?
Some people think that a nonsurgical facelift automatically means “pain free,” but that isn’t necessarily the case. There is often a significant level of discomfort associated with nonsurgical techniques.
Injectables are close to painless with topical anesthesia, there is little risk of discomfort associated the procedure.
On the other hand, skin tightening treatments performed with lasers or radiation can be significantly painful. When all goes well, there will be little discomfort, but sometimes the discomfort can be as bad a severe sunburn.
Dental procedures are about the same level that you’re used to. During the procedure, there should be no discomfort. Afterwards, you may experience soreness for a day or two before it resolves.
This is an area where it’s a good idea to talk to former patients, who can give you a more realistic sense of discomfort.
How long will my results last?
It’s in the longevity of results that most nonsurgical facelifts fail to compared to surgical ones. Nonsurgical facelifts may last as little as three months when based on injectables. For skin tightening procedures, the results can sometimes last much longer, perhaps a year or two.
But a nonsurgical facelift performed with cosmetic dentistry can last a long time, ten years or more, comparable to a surgical facelift.
What will my results look like?
Ask to see before and after images of people who were in your situation. Ask for multiple images whenever possible so that you can get a better idea about the variation among results. Also make sure the image on the website or provided by the practice are actually of the practice’s patients and not just some stock images.