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Non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation Compared to Traditional Facelift

Men and women have surgical and non-surgical options for achieving optimal facial rejuvenation. Depending on a patient’s needs, either a traditional facelift or a non-surgical facelift may be appropriate for achieving the best results. However, while these treatments aim toward the same goal, they are not interchangeable.

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The Procedures

Traditional Facelift

A traditional surgical facelift addresses fine lines, wrinkles, and volume loss on the mid and lower regions of the face. Facelift surgery involves making an incision within the hairline (starting at the temple) that continues down and around the ear. Sagging facial tissues and fat are then lifted and sutured to a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing position, and excess facial skin is trimmed away. Facelift surgery targets the cheek, lower face, jawline, and neck regions.

Non-surgical Facelift

A non-surgical facelift employs one or more minimally invasive facial rejuvenation treatments to restore youthfulness to the face. This procedure can include:

  • Traditional fillers: Injectable fillers, such as JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, RADIESSE®, BELOTERO BALANCE®, and Sculptra® Aesthetic, address facial laxity and aging across the face. These injectable treatments are used to correct mild-to-moderate wrinkles, volume loss, and fine lines on hard-to-treat areas like around the mouth and eyes.
  • BOTOX® Cosmetic: BOTOX® Cosmetic is an injectable neurotoxin that minimizes signs of facial aging like frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines. This treatment works by temporarily relaxing the muscles responsible for the development of wrinkles in those areas.
  • PDO thread lift: A thread lift is a non-invasive treatment that involves inserting synthetic, absorbable threads into specific areas of the face to produce instant skin lifting effects. These threads can address undereye wrinkles, crow’s feet, sagging cheeks, nasolabial folds, and lines around the mouth, jawline, jowls, and neck. The PDO thread lift can be performed alone or in combination with BOTOX® Cosmetic for comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
  • Laser resurfacing: Laser treatments, such as the Laser Genesis™ and the Phoenix Fractional CO2, stimulate collagen production to improve skin laxity, which reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and texture irregularities. Laser resurfacing also removes dead and unhealthy skin cells from the surface of the face to reveal a smoother, softer, and brighter complexion.


Individuals with mild-to-moderate signs of aging may be candidates for non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Those that struggle with more severe indicators of age, like deep creases and folds in the middle and lower regions of the face, may be better suited for a traditional facelift.


The recovery after your facial rejuvenation procedure will vary depending on your treatment. Facelift surgery requires patients to take one to two weeks off of work to heal and recuperate. During this time, some bruising, swelling, and discomfort are expected. Non-surgical procedures do not require the same amount of downtime, and most individuals can return to their normal routines either the following day or within a few days.


As the traditional facelift is a surgical procedure, additional surgical fees apply. These fees include anesthesia costs, facility fees, and surgical fees. Injectable and laser treatments do not require these added costs; however, as non-surgical facelift techniques are temporary, they will need to be repeated for continued facial rejuvenation. When looking at the cost differences between surgical and non-surgical options, the cost for a traditional facelift will be higher initially, but it will not need to be repeated for many years.


None of these procedures will provide permanent effects since nothing can halt or prevent the natural course of aging; however, some are longer-lasting than others. Traditional facelift surgery offers the longest-lasting improvement; when paired with a healthy lifestyle, facelift results can show for many years. Conversely, injectable fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic last anywhere from four months to one year; additionally, the outcome after the PDO thread lift is noticeable for 12 to 18 months, and the longevity of results from a laser resurfacing treatment vary from patient to patient. When performed under the guidance of a skilled surgical professional, like our AesthetiCare medical providers, all of these treatments will provide you with natural-looking facial rejuvenation.

To learn more about how either surgical or non-surgical facial rejuvenation can help you, contact our offices at (800) 662-1055 or fill out our online contact form.

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