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Facelift Alternatives

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


The skincare market is crowded with alternative treatments said to return a youthful glow to the face, reinvigorating sagging skin. While some of these treatments come with endorsements, rave reviews, and the smiling figure of a clinician advocating the use of non-surgical therapies, creams and unproven devices, there’s usually no medical backing at all to support the claims. Here’s a look at some modern facelift alternatives.

The Vampire Facial

While it may sound like a Halloween prank, there are no toothy figures in a black cape involved. In a Vampire Type Lift or Vampire Facial, blood is taken from one part of the body and reinserted into the face. The blood is drawn from the patient, separated into its components and combined with hyaluronic acid fillers. It is then injected into the face of the same patient. Platelets, which are the concentrated component of the Vampire Face Lift, are rich in growth and healing factors. It is said that these components of the Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP can increase blood flow in the skin and stimulate stem cells in nearby tissue.

Facelift Tape

A physical resolution for a physical skin problem, this hi-tech tape is meant to battle the effects of gravity, keeping healthy skin and small deposits of fat in place around the jaw and cheekbones. The saggy look that accompanies aging is defeated by increased firmness brought by carefully applied tape. The combination of invisible tape and an adjustable, elasticized band supposedly can make a user appear years younger.

Vitamin Injections and Skin Peels

Combining two general methods for non-invasive face lift substitutes, these two approaches work on different parts of the dermis. The upper layers are stripped of unhealthy dry patches and sun damage by chemically peeling the skin, while vitamin injections reach deeper, delivering nourishing shots of B12 and other supplements known to increase the production of collagen, promoting youthful, vibrant facial skin free of wrinkles and fine lines.

Whether by Platelet Rich Plasma Injections, Vitamins, Tapes, Skin Peels or exotic facial treatments, there are no substitutes to the one treatment that will truly restore youthful skin – a face lift. Beyond stopping the effects of aging in their tracks, a professionally conducted face lift actually reverses time, rolling back a woman’s appearance to reveal features free of sagging and wrinkles, highlighting outlines and facial contours as sharply defined as they were when the lady in question was in her prime. By all means, treat skin to vitamins and nutritional facial masks, washing away dead skin and cleaning out blocked pores, but, when looking for a noticeably youthful face full of feminine vibrancy, opt for a face lift.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.