Facelift

Non surgical face lift

Above: Before and after photos of a patient who had done non-surgical face lift at Dr Bob Clinic. Consent has been obtained for use of image. Photos are for reference only, individual results may vary

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Everyone wants to maintain a youthful look, and are continuously seeking out all the different options available. An increasing number of patients are embracing non-surgical methods for face lifting. Although non-surgical face lifting produce less dramatic results, they offer less downtime, less risk and lower cost.

These treatments are perfect for those who are not quite surgical candidates, having only mild signs of ageing, as well as those who want to delay the sagging before it becomes more serious. Then there are also a number of patients who may be surgical candidates, but are either afraid of surgery or have been put off by some less than favourable outcomes from surgery.

In this article we will delve into the different types of non surgical face lift treatments, and explain to you the different technologies available. But before that, we need to understand the ageing process of our faces, and the role of non-surgical face lift in delaying or reversing that process.

Collagen and ageing

While most people think of ageing as the development of wrinkles, the reality is that the ageing process is much more complicated than that. The ageing process affects the entire facial structure, including skin, subcutaneous fat, muscles and facial bone.

The majority of age related skin changes occur in the middle layer of our skin. Due to ageing and environmental factors, our skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin starts to slow down. In fact, it has been shown that our dermis layer loses 20-80% of its thickness with the ageing process.

Collagen and elastin are the two proteins that keeps our skin plumped, firm and toned. When the amount of collagen and elastin is reduced, our skin takes longer time to assume its original position when pulled or tugged. This gradually leads to skin wrinkles and sag.

Dermal fillers are perfect tools to address loss of volume. Certain dermal fillers such as biostimulators are also indicated for skin tightening to address fine lines, wrinkles, loose and sagging skin. 

However, there must be a limit to just how much dermal fillers should be injected, as injudicious and unrestrained use results in Facial Overfilled Syndrome and Pillow Face appearance. 

 

Above: Before and after photos of a patient who had done non-surgical face lift at Dr Bob Clinic. Consent has been obtained for use of image. Photos are for reference only, individual results may vary

Delay the ageing process

Non surgical face lift devices work by delivering energy into various layers of our skin to cause what is known as a thermal coagulation zone. These coagulation zones will elicit an inflammatory response and subsequently lead to collagen stimulation and contraction.

The ideal temperature for these coagulation zones to take place is between 55-68 degrees celsius. Temperatures below this produce suboptimal results, whereas temperatures that are too high or prolonged would results in unwanted side effects.

Non surgical face lifts in Malaysia

The main difference between the different non surgical face lift devices is in how their energy is delivered.

Between 2005-2009, External Radiofrequency was the most popular non surgical face lift device. External radio frequency devices produces bulk heating within the skin, which was unfavourable as it causes significant discomfort and potentially more adverse effects.

In 2015, High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) was launched. In the subsequent years, HIFU quickly became one of the most demanded non surgical face lift treatment. This is due to a combination of natural looking results, and no downtime involved.

The Lutronic Genius was introduced in 2019. It is an innovation of micro needling radiofrequency (RF) technology, that introduced thermal energy within the deep dermis while sparing the outer layers. This enables excellent outcomes with minimal downtime.

 

Microneedling RF

Microneedling RF uses radio frequency attached to microneedles to cause similar thermal coagulation zones below the skin, much like HIFU. This is in contrast to traditional external radiofrequency device which works by bulk heating.

Eliminating the bulk heating means there is less unwanted thermal injury to surrounding tissues, thus reducing the risk of complications whilst maximising results. 

The Lutronic Genius is an Intelligent Microneedling RF treatment which is so much more advanced compared to any other device available in the market today. It has a proprietary tissue intelligence  “smart” feature that helps practitioners provide outstanding care. 

Apart from face lifting, Lutronic Genius is also indicated for the treatment of acne scars, pores, fine lines and wrinkles reduction, stretch marks treatment and as a permanent solution to hyperhidrosis. 

Threadlift

Thread lifts use temporary, medical grade sutures to hold on to facial tissues and pull them taut. Thread lift procedure is considered a minimally invasive procedure.

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