Traditional vs Non-surgical Facelifts - Charleston

Traditional vs Non-Surgical Facelifts: Which is Better?


If you’re thinking about getting a facelift, but aren’t sure whether to have a traditional procedure or a non-surgical one, there are a few things to consider. While both options will leave you with younger, smoother-looking skin, both kinds of procedures do have some important differences.

Traditional Face Lift

With a traditional face lift, you can expect your plastic surgeon to correct aging dilemmas, restore your rested, youthful appearance, and result in uplifted contours, improved tone in facial skin, and underlying muscle. Facelift incisions usually start at the hairline and end behind the ear. This allows access to remove fat, tighten the underlying muscle tissue, and reduce sagging skin. Sometimes, a second incision under your chin may be necessary. Shorter incisions may be used if the patient’s skin tone is good or if you want fat in the neck or mid-face sagging to be corrected. Liposuction techniques may also be included to assist with removal of excess fat. Swelling and bruising after your facelift surgery usually subsides within 2 to 4 weeks. Final results may be apparent in 1-2 months. 

Non-Surgical Face Lifts

If you feel that a traditional face lift isn’t right for you, consider a non-surgical procedure. ThermiSmooth Face is a radio frequency skin tightening system that uses heat to smooth and tighten the skin on your face. With this procedure, you can expect a painless, downtime-free experience. ThermiSmooth Face is performed using a specially designed thermistor regulated hand piece, which is supplied with the ThermiRF system. ThermiSmooth Face delivers precise heating to the skin’s surface. The treatments are gentle and patients often say it feels like receiving a warm massage. As you age, the loss of collagen in your face is the main cause of wrinkles and lines. The heating process of ThermiSmooth Face tightens skin while also promoting new collagen growth. 

O’Neill Plastic Surgery

Here at O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we want you to look and feel your best. If signs of aging are affecting your daily life, you may want to consider a face lift. For any questions about traditional face lift surgery or non-surgical face lift procedures, call (843) 881-2130 or contact us online. 

A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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