Do Non-Surgical Facelifts Work? Best Treatments & Comparison

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In the quest for youthful, rejuvenated skin, non-surgical facelifts have become increasingly popular. These treatments promise to turn back the clock without the need for invasive surgery. But do they really work?

Let’s explore the top options available at Defiage Med Spa to help you make an informed decision.

Why Choose a Non-Surgical Facelift Over Surgery?

Non-surgical treatments have taken the aesthetics industry by storm and that’s for good reason. While cosmetic surgery has long been a staple in beauty, factors such as a lengthy recovery time, unsatisfactory results, pain, and cost of surgical procedures deter many from seeking the rejuvenation they desire.

While there’s no doubt facial plastic surgery produces beautiful results, the rise of non-surgical facelift procedures has proven remarkable improvements can still be made – with minimal downtime.

If you’re not ready to commit to surgery, a youthful appearance and natural-looking results are still possible without needing to go under the knife.

Non-surgical facelift treatments many signs of aging:

  • Deep wrinkles
  • Facial lines, forehead creases, & deep folds
  • Facial volume loss
  • Frown lines
  • Skin laxity
  • Smile lines

Here are some of the top non-surgical procedures you should consider before taking a trip to the plastic surgeon’s office!

AccuTite: Premier Facial Contouring

AccuTite is a revolutionary treatment that delivers precise radiofrequency (RF) energy to tighten skin, reduce unwanted fat, and contour facial features. This minimally invasive procedure targets specific areas with sagging skin, such as around the eyes, brows, and mouth. By stimulating collagen production deep within the skin, AccuTite promotes natural rejuvenation and noticeable tightening effects.

Benefits of AccuTite

  • Lifting and tightening of sagging brows
  • Tightens excess skin and improves skin laxity (loose skin)
  • Rejuvenating the lower and upper eyelids (peri-orbital areas)
  • Correcting nasolabial folds or laugh lines that run from the nose down to the sides of your mouth
  • Reducing marionette lines that appear at the corners of the mouth and run down your chin
  • Tightening loose skin in the neck

Botox & Dermal Fillers: The Liquid Facelift

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Often referred to as a “liquid facelift,” combining Botox and injectable fillers offers a non-surgical approach to facial rejuvenation. Botox smooths out dynamic wrinkles by temporarily relaxing facial muscles, while facial filler injections made of hyaluronic acid restore lost volume and enhance facial contours.

This combination of injectable treatments can effectively address lines, wrinkles, and volume loss, providing immediate and natural-looking results without downtime.

Benefits of a Liquid Facelift

  • Softens deep creases
  • Smooths the appearance of wrinkles
  • Relaxes facial muscles and prevents forehead wrinkles
  • Restores lost facial volume
  • Redefines facial contours
  • Provides a non-surgical brow lift
  • No downtime

RF Microneedling: Enhancing Skin Texture and Firmness

RF microneedling combines the benefits of traditional microneedling – a tried-and-true cosmetic treatment – with radiofrequency energy. Tiny needles create micro-injuries in the skin, triggering the body’s natural healing process and the production of collagen.

When paired with RF energy, this nonsurgical treatment penetrates deeper layers of the skin, improving texture, reducing fine lines, and tightening loose skin. RF microneedling is an excellent option that rivals laser skin resurfacing for overall skin tightening and addressing mild to moderate signs of aging

Benefits of RF Microneedling

  • Stimulates long-term collagen growth
  • Tightens lax skin along the jowls, jawline, and neck
  • Can permanently destroy excess fat cells
  • Smooths rough skin texture
  • Restores a youthful glow and firmer skin
  • Long-lasting results with continual improvement


HD-PDO Thread Lift: Lift and Tighten with Precision

The HD-PDO thread lift offers a non-surgical facial treatment for lifting and tightening sagging skin and is often hailed as the “non-surgical facelift.” These barbed threads are strategically placed under the skin and latched onto the muscle to lift areas like the cheeks, jawline, and neck.

The non-invasive procedure stimulates collagen synthesis while physically lifting the sagging tissues, resulting in immediate skin tightening and improved skin quality over time. Thread lifts provide natural-looking results and a close non-surgical alternative to a facelift with minimal downtime.

Benefits of an HD-PDO Thread Lift

  • Stimulates collagen and elastin
  • Rejuvenates the overlying skin
  • Defines the jawline and neck
  • Softens deep folds
  • Lifts the brows if desired
  • Instant lifting and tightening effect
  • Customizable to your unique needs
  • Minimal downtime


How Do I Know If a Non-Surgical Option Is Right for Me?

With the range of non-invasive treatments available, it can be overwhelming to determine which one is the proper treatment for you.

Here are a few factors to consider when deciding if a non-surgical facelift option is suitable for your needs:

  • Skin Concerns: Non-surgical facelift options are effective for addressing a variety of skin concerns, such as fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, uneven skin tone, and texture issues. Assess your specific skin concerns and determine if a non-surgical treatment can effectively target and improve them.
  • Desired Results: Non-surgical facelift options can provide noticeable improvements in the appearance of your skin, but it’s important to have realistic expectations. Consider what specific results you’re looking to achieve and research the potential outcomes of different non-surgical treatments.
  • Time and Convenience: Non-surgical facelifts generally require less downtime compared to surgical procedures. If you have a busy schedule and cannot afford a lengthy recovery period, non-surgical options may be more suitable for you. These treatments often allow you to resume your daily activities immediately or shortly after the procedure.
  • Budget: While non-surgical facelifts can be more affordable than traditional surgical facelifts, the cost can still vary depending on the specific treatment and the number of sessions required. Consider your budget and weigh the potential results against the investment required. It’s essential to remember that quality results may require multiple sessions, so be prepared for the associated costs.

How Does a Facelift Compare to Facial Rejuvenation Procedures?

Non-surgical facelift alternatives use a range of modalities to rejuvenate and refresh the facial appearance. While the results and approach are vastly different from facelift surgery, they can still achieve dramatic improvements in the signs of aging. It’s important to note that while a facelift repositions the facial tissues, it does not treat the quality of the skin or any volume loss – making skin rejuvenation procedures a great option for those looking to maximize their surgical results.

Here’s how these two approaches compare:

Traditional Surgical Facelift

A traditional facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to address significant signs of aging by removing excess skin, tightening underlying tissues, and repositioning the skin on the face and neck.


  • Comprehensive Results: A facelift can provide dramatic and long-lasting results, effectively addressing deep wrinkles, significant skin sagging, and excess tissue.
  • Longevity: The results of a surgical facelift can last up to 10 years or more, making it a long-term solution for facial aging.
  • One-Time Procedure: Unlike many non-surgical treatments that require multiple sessions, a facelift is typically a one-time procedure.


  • Invasive: It involves significant surgical intervention, including incisions, anesthesia, and a more extended recovery period.
  • Downtime: Patients can expect a recovery period of several weeks, with swelling, bruising, and potential discomfort.
  • Cost: Surgical facelifts are generally more expensive than non-surgical options due to the complexity of the procedure and the need for anesthesia and operating facilities.

Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation Procedures

Non-surgical facial rejuvenation encompasses a variety of treatments designed to improve skin appearance, firmness, texture, and tone with minimal to no downtime. Popular options used for a non-surgical facelift include AccuTite, Botox and dermal fillers (liquid facelift), RF microneedling, and HD-PDO thread lifts.


  • Minimally Invasive: These procedures do not require significant surgery, resulting in less risk, minimal discomfort, and quicker recovery times.
  • Little to No Downtime: Most non-surgical treatments allow patients to resume normal activities almost immediately, with minimal post-procedure side effects.
  • Natural Results: Non-surgical options provide subtle, natural-looking improvements by stimulating the body’s natural processes, such as collagen production.
  • Customizable: Non-surgical facelifts can be tailored to target specific areas and concerns, offering a personalized approach to facial rejuvenation.


  • Gradual Improvements: Results from non-surgical treatments may be less dramatic and more gradual compared to a surgical facelift.
  • Maintenance Required: Many non-surgical procedures require ongoing maintenance sessions and additional treatments to sustain results, as effects can last from several months to a couple of years.
  • Cost Over Time: While individual non-surgical treatments are less expensive than a facelift, the cumulative cost of regular treatments can add up over time.

A Non-Surgical Facelift Provides Remarkable Improvements

Facelift procedures are often hailed as the gold standard for improving severe skin laxity. However, a lengthy downtime, risk of scarring, and complications are common reasons why office procedures are sought after as an alternative for people who want the look without the risk.

While singular cosmetic procedures produce remarkable improvements in a single quick procedure, multiple non-surgical facelift techniques can also be combined to produce results closer to your cosmetic goals.

If you want to explore your options before committing to invasive surgery or achieve quick rejuvenation, non-surgical treatment options can be a great stepping stone!

Book a consultation today at Defiage Med Spa and see which non-surgical facelift is perfect for you!

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