Non-surgical treatments performed by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist may produce some noticeable results, possibly after a few treatments. Many treatments stimulate collagen growth, which helps diminish those signs of aging. The skin will look more toned and refreshed. For most people, the results will be temporary.
Ultherapy uses ultrasound to lift, tighten, and tone sagging skin on the face and neck. Exilis therapy can be used on the face, neck, and body to tone and tighten the skin while reducing unwanted fat cells. Collagen and elastin production is increased and strengthened. Vivace RF microneedling is a treatment used with radiofrequency energy to improve skin laxity on the face and neck. The plus side of these non-surgical treatments is that there is less down time and a faster recovery than with surgical procedures. However, these non-invasive treatments will not yield the same results as a facelift, eyelid surgery, breast lift, or tummy tuck.
Facial plastic surgery is the most effective way to tighten skin on the face and neck. During a facelift, facial muscles can be lifted to help bring them back to a more youthful position. Fat from the face, jowls, and neck can be sculpted or redistributed. Excess skin will be trimmed away as the skin is repositioned over the uplifted contours.
Since a facelift only addresses the lower two thirds of the face, a patient may choose to have other procedures at the same time. Eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper eyelids and bagginess under the eyes. This outpatient procedure can help patients look more youthful, alert, and refreshed.