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What’s The Difference Between A Surgical And Nonsurgical Facelift?

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


If you have started to notice visible signs of aging around your eyes, cheeks, jowls, or neck, you may be wondering if it’s time for a facelift. While facelift surgery remains the most effective way to reverse sagging skin and other signs of facial aging, it’s not your only option. For patients who have early or mild concerns, or for those men and women who simply prefer a more convenient alternative to cosmetic surgery, the nonsurgical facelift can be a fantastic solution. At VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV, internationally recognized board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi helps patients achieve a striking, youthful new look and feel more confident than ever with a complete range of facial rejuvenation treatments and procedures, including both surgical and nonsurgical options. Use the information below to gain a better understanding of the difference between facelift surgery and a nonsurgical facelift, and find out which one may be right for you.

Am I ready for a facelift?

Gone are the days when facelift surgery was only something your grandmother did. With a wide variety of options available today, more and more patients are turning to facelift surgery as early as their 30s and 40s. In some cases, men and women choose to explore their facial rejuvenation options even earlier as a way to get ahead of the aging process and slow the progression of lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Common signs and symptoms that may mean it’s the right time to consider either a surgical or nonsurgical facelift include:

  • Forehead lines
  • Heavy brow
  • Wrinkles around the eyes
  • Sunken circles under the eyes
  • Loss of volume in cheeks
  • Deep lines or folds
  • Downturned corners of mouth
  • Drooping jowls
  • Saggy neck

Which kind of facelift do I need?

During your initial consultation for facelift surgery in Las Vegas, Dr. Khorsandi will evaluate your facial features, discuss your specific concerns, explain all of your options in detail, and recommend the type of facelift that can best help you achieve your desired outcome. Based on a number of factors, Dr. Khorsandi may recommend one or more of the following:

  • Traditional facelift
  • Short scar facelift
  • SMAS facelift
  • Mid-facelift
  • Neck lift
  • Brow lift
  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)

For patients who may not be a candidate for surgery, as well as those who prefer a less extensive procedure and a shorter recovery period, Dr. Khorsandi may suggest a nonsurgical approach to the facelift, such as:

  • Liquid facelift: uses a combination of injectable dermal fillers, wrinkle relaxers, and skin treatments to lift, tighten, and refresh the skin for a more youthful look

  • Thread lift: involves the insertion of fine, dissolvable threads beneath the skin to create a firmer, more lifted appearance

Should I get a regular facelift or a liquid facelift?

Some of the most important differences between facelift surgery vs. nonsurgical facelift treatments include the fact that a surgical facelift typically involves general anesthesia, incisions, time off of work, and some level of scarring. Additionally, the results of a surgical facelift can take several weeks or months to become apparent. By contrast, a nonsurgical facelift is most often performed using a topical numbing agent alone and can be completed conveniently in our office, with most patients able to return to work almost immediately. Furthermore, both the liquid facelift and thread lift provide patients with almost instantly visible improvements.

Perhaps the most notable difference between surgical and nonsurgical facelift options is the longevity of the patients’ results. Men and women who choose to address moderate to severe signs of aging with a surgical facelift can often enjoy their new look for up to a decade or longer. A nonsurgical facelift, on the other hand, is more appropriate for mild to moderate concerns and may need to be repeated as often as once per year. Based on your personal concerns, your degree of facial aging, your ideal outcome, and a number of other factors, Dr. Khorsandi will help you choose between a surgical and nonsurgical facelift to get the gorgeous new look you deserve.

Want to take years off your look without going under the knife? Consider a nonsurgical facelift in Las Vegas, NV

Whether you have already developed sagging skin and drooping jowls or simply want to slow the visible progression of aging, we can help. To learn more about your surgical and nonsurgical options for facial rejuvenation in Las Vegas, NV, call VIP Plastic Surgery to schedule your private consultation with acclaimed board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi today.

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