Non-Surgical and Minor Surgical Face Lifts: What You Need to Know

Non-Surgical and Minor Surgical Face Lifts: What You Need to Know

There are probably very few of us out there who enjoy getting older, or at least the effects ageing has on how we look.  It can feel harder to stay fit, for example, or maintain muscle mass. Fine lines and wrinkles appear on our faces, and our skin loses its firmness.

Beauty products such as creams, serums, and face masks, can help the skin to mask the march of time. They can only ever go so far, however, because they only go skin deep (working on the epidermis).

To see longer-lasting change, it’s important to work on what is under the skin you’re trying to change. This is where a non-surgical face lift comes in. Non-surgical face lifts can make a real difference to the way your skin looks and feels because they work on the dermis, not just the surface of the skin.  What, though, is a non-surgical face lift, and what does it involve?

What Is A Non-Surgical Face Lift?

A non-surgical face lift is a minimally invasive, non-surgical, cosmetic procedure. It does not require any large incisions (with most requiring no incisions at all), general anaesthesia or hospitalisation.  As a result, there is very little downtime after the procedure.

The type of procedure itself can vary dependent on the issues you want to address. However, in general, they tend to include one or more of the following:

  • Dermal fillers, which restore volume in the cheeks, temples, lips and under the eyes
  • Botox, which reduces wrinkles, frown lines, and crow’s feet by temporarily relaxing the muscles that cause them
  • Fat injections, which (like dermal fillers) create volume in the cheeks, temples, and around the lips and eyes
  • Micro-needling, which uses a derma roller with small needles to create small punctures in the skin that encourage the production of new collagen for smoother, firmer and more toned skin
  • Needless treatments including peels, dermabrasion and microdermabrasion, lasers (also known as fractional treatments), and ultrasound treatments

Each works on different areas of the face, and a combination of treatments may be best to achieve the results you want to achieve. This includes the eight-point facial for those who want to see an overall improvement in how the look and quality of their face and neck.

Different Types Of Non-Surgical Face Lifts Available

There is a wide range of treatments available to people looking for a non-surgical face lift, including:


INTRAcel uses a combination of radiofrequency technology, micro-needling and fractional treatments to firm, smooth, and tighten the skin. It does this by encouraging the production of collagen, which we naturally produce less of as we get older.  INTRAcel can offer impressive results with minimal downtime. It begins to produce collagen with the first treatment, with visible results after two or more treatments.


For those who want a more intensive treatment than INTRAcel, ULTRAcel is the ideal solution.  This 45 minutes to one hour treat effectively tightens the tissue around the face and neck using a grid radio frequency, and high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU).

ULTRAcel works deep on the soft tissue of the face and neck – known as SMAS – to lift, tighten, and tone. This is also the same tissue as that lifted during cosmetic surgery. Consequently, meaning that you can get the same results, without the invasive surgery and with a more natural finish.

What Is A Minimally Invasive Face Lift?

The following options are performed under local anaesthetic but carry minimal risk and recovery time is typically just two days while the results can be incredibly effective.


Like ULTRAcel, Renuvion works to tighten and tone soft tissue without the need for invasive surgery, although a small incision does need to be made in the skin.  This is a state-of-the-art treatment that uses radiofrequency cooled by helium to contract the sub-dermal collagen tissue and boost production.

It precisely targets each area you want to work on but works especially well on the lower face and neck. As a result, it offers excellent results after just one treatment.


Another way to give your face a tighter, lifted appearance is through VASER liposuction. Using a microwand, under a local anaesthetic, the Micro VASER wand can help to remove stubborn fat pockets in the lower face, chin and neck. This is a great way to give the face a more defined, youthful appearance with just one or two days downtime. Combined with Renuvion, it is possible to remove stubborn fat, tighten the skin to give the face a subtle and natural, yet effective, face lift appearance.

The Benefits Of A Non-Surgical Face Lift

With the range of treatments available and the minimal recovery time, it’s probably no surprise non-surgical face lifts have grown in popularity in recent years. Or that, over the same period the number of cosmetic surgeries has almost halved since 2015 as people choose less invasive paths to better skin. There are, however, other benefits of non-surgical face lifts, including:

  • Effectiveness: Current treatments are highly effective in reducing fine lines and wrinkles and improving the volume and texture of the face and neck. In addition, they have been shown to improve the quality of the skin, leaving it looking fresh and with a youthful glow.
  • Affordability: While good quality treatments aren’t inexpensive, they are much more affordable for most people than cosmetic surgery.
  • Time: Not only do treatments have minimal recovery time, but they also take a lot less time to complete; many can be carried out in less than an hour.
  • Risks: Because non-surgical face lifts don’t use general anaesthetic, there is much less risk than with cosmetic surgery. There is also much less chance of people experiencing side-effects (with common ones, including redness, skin irritation, swelling, and tenderness in the treatment area).

Choosing The Right Practitioner

It’s important to remember, however, that this doesn’t mean there are no risks involved. What’s more, these risks differ depending on the treatment you choose. This is why you should request an in-depth consultation with a qualified practitioner before committing to any procedure. The practitioner should be an expert in medical aesthetics with a track record of successfully providing the treatments they offer.

A perfect example of this is Dr Comins at the Hans Place Practice. To find out more about what Hans Place Practice offers and the treatment that will work for you, contact them today on 0207 5841642 or book your initial consultation here.


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