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A Guide to Non-Surgical Face Lifts

Jun 25, 2008
Before taking the drastic and more permanent solution of undergoing surgery, many people often consider the option of a non-surgical facelift to enhance and rejuvenate their looks. This is usually a cost effective way to reduce lines and wrinkles and make the face look younger. With a non surgical face lifting treatment, your recovery time will be much shorter, some requiring no time at all, with the added bonus of saving money. Some people even chose a natural face lift which is an even less drastic method for youthful looks.

A surgical face lift costs, on average, 3,000/$6000 for just the procedure, there are usually more ancillary costs to be taken into account as well. You will need a fairly long time to recover from the operation and, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. This is why many people explore the non-surgical face lifting route first. Although the non-surgical face lift is normally less invasive than surgery, they usually do not last as long, except for facial exercises which will last as long as you keep doing them. However, for those who have minor skin blemishes, the non-surgical route can also help to remove or at least, modify any imperfections, depending on the procedure that is chosen.The non-surgical face lift is available in a variety of very different methods, some more invasive than others. Those require injections are not risk free and the long term effects have yet to be seen. The costs involved will depend on the method chosen and how much needs to be done.

With many millions of men and women worldwide having Botox injections, it is safe to say that this is the most popular method of non-surgical face lift. It is quick and easy, so much so you can get a treatment in your lunch hour. It is injected into the muscles of the face which then relax and are paralysed so that they cannot scrunch up the skin and make the wrinkles appear. Each shot costs around 100/$200 and you will need to find out how many shots you need. The effect will last between 3 to 6 months, depending on the individual and any swelling should go down in an hour or two. Anybody can get them except for those undergoing a course of anti-biotics. You will have to find out how long you have to wait after finishing your medication.

Another popular option that also requires needles is the collagen injection. Collagen, which is part of the skins' structure, is injected into the affected areas. It fills out the skin which is why it is also known as filler, making it smooth and younger looking. There are several different types of fillers which can be used so it is worth talking to your cosmetic surgeon about the options available. The cost of the injections will depend on the type of filler used. As many of the substances used are natural, they get absorbed into the body, the individual rate of absorption will dictate how many treatments you need in a year.

The last of the major non-surgical lifting techniques is one that removes layers of skin. There are several different methods, 'sand blasting' with diamond powder, called microdermabrasion, burning with laser light, and applying a chemical peel. These all work well in removing the first few layers that will contain a lot of the lines on the face, making the skin younger and glowing with health. These treatments, which cost from 75/$150 to over 1000/$2000, can last a year or more. For those with deeper lines and wrinkles, there is dermabrasion, some may argue that this is in fact a surgical procedure as a general anaesthetic is involved and there can be a lengthy recovery time. This removes the layers of skin to a lot deeper level so the effect is longer lasting.

There are now a huge selection of face lifting creams on the market, all claiming to reduce the signs of aging. They have a variety of different ingredients so it is just a matter of finding the one that works best for your particular skin type. Using these after any other face lifting procedure may well have a beneficial effect that will prolong the life of the therapy.

A non-surgical face lift method that is often overlooked is a facial exercise regime. People often think it is hard work and they cannot be bothered but it is often the cheapest and most long term solution for a natural face lift. After the initial exercises to get the muscles toned up, you need only a couple of minutes per day to keep things going, and this you can do as you apply your face cream. It is as simple as that. It can also prolong any other type of face lift method you may have already used.

Which ever method of non-surgical face lift you chose, make sure that you talk to your doctor first, just to be on the safe side. Always chose a reputable cosmetic surgery practice, one that is a member of a good association before taking the final step. A personal reccomendation is often the best way to find a good one.
About the Author
You can learn more about non surgical facelifts and discover a wealth of topics concerning women's issues by reading other articles by Ian Richards.
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