Combined, the United States and Brazil account for almost 30% of all cosmetic procedures worldwide.
While there’s technically nothing wrong with wanting to improve your appearance, invasive surgery can have severe consequences when it comes to your overall health and wellness. In other words, the cost of surgery doesn’t just impact your bank account. These invasive procedures can also result in long-term health costs.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 123,685 facelifts performed in 2019. Ultimately, surgical facelifts aim to improve any signs of aging in the face and neck — and it’s no surprise that many of us want to turn back time. Yet, these invasive procedures also come with extremely high risks, such as bleeding, nerve injury, infection, pain, adverse reactions to anesthesia, inflammation from scarring, prolonged swelling, and more.
When it comes down to it, all types of surgeries are traumatic on the body — impacting physical processes and energy levels. Even Botox injections come with an array of risks. But what if there was a way to make more ‘natural’ improvements without the potentially harmful side effects and toxicity?
What Are Non-Surgical Facelifts?
Non-surgical facelifts refer to subtle to significant improvements in one’s appearance without having to go under the knife. This is great news for those wanting to improve their outward appearance, while also not wanting to expose their body or their health to unnecessary risks or dangers.
To put it simply: All-natural approaches to facelifts may not have the same outcome as an invasive surgical procedure. However, they don’t come with the same high costs either. Many of these risks are eliminated by adopting a more natural approach.
Furthermore, non-surgical procedures don’t only improve your outward appearance, they contribute to overall improved health and wellness.
When it comes down to it, surgery doesn’t have to be the answer nor should it. There are better anti-aging approaches. In addition to the non-surgical facelifts outlined below, there are also an abundance of other ways you can support your health from the inside out, which helps slow down the aging process and consequently, wrinkles or fine lines.
According to Dr. Mark Iwanicki, ND, LAc at The New York Center for Innovative Medicine (NYCIM), “diet plays a huge role in skin health and is oftentimes overlooked. Sugar, processed foods, dairy, alcohol and gluten can all negatively affect the skin whereas a diet high in colorful, organic fruits, vegetables, healthy omega 3 fats and protein all work to boost and improve skin health.” Optimizing regenerative sleep is also of the utmost importance when it comes to looking, feeling and functioning at your best. Then, if you’re looking for a little more, these non-surgical facelifts could further your quest.
Types of Non-Surgical Facelifts: Which One Should You Try?
Erin Mewshaw, Nurse Practitioner at NYCIM advocates and administers ClearLift for many of her patients. Also known as the ‘lunchtime facelift’, Clearlift takes only 15 minutes and uses non-ablative laser technology to deliver controlled dermal wounds deep beneath the surface of skin, while maintaining the safety of surrounding healthy tissue. This stimulates collagen production, without causing any adverse effects along the way. The result? You end up with reduced fine lines and wrinkles, which is exactly what most people are after when they get a facelift.
The other good news about ClearLift is that you can head right back to work afterward without worries of redness, pain, or downtime.
This treatment works for most areas of the face including the neck, eyelids, marionette lines, nasal folds, and more. Usually, treatment is performed every two weeks for at least six to eight sessions, allowing you to say goodbye to your wrinkles within a reasonable timeframe.
At the same time, this treatment has benefits for your overall health. Since it boosts collagen production, it helps strengthen the structure of your skin. Your skin is the first line of defense when it comes to keeping out foreign invaders, such as bacteria or viruses. When this organ of the body is strengthened, so is your immunity.
Alternatively, if you don’t have access to Clearlift, red and infrared LED and laser treatments also boost collagen production by increasing circulation to the skin and aiding in mitochondrial repair and maintenance. While it used to be that in order to get good laser treatment you needed to spend thousands of dollars, today, many people have access to these devices or treatments right within the comfort of their own home.
PRP With Microneedling
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) with microneedling, also known as the ‘Vampire Facial,’ is an advanced therapy that uses your body’s own platelets to help stimulate collagen production while simultaneously creating a more even skin tone. Microneedling, alone, creates small pricks in the skin that stimulate collagen production. By adding in PRP topically or via injection to this process, healing is vastly improved, which means you experience less swelling or redness afterwards.
PRP may sound familiar. This is because PRP has been used by athletes to accelerate recovery and healing, getting them back to their A-game faster. It’s also been used by various celebrities for anti-aging benefits. PRP further continues to be explored in the health realm as a viable treatment option for arthritis, Parkinson’s, MS, and Cerebral Palsy.
Why does PRP have these incredible healing effects? PRP contains platelet-rich plasma, a liquid that makes up a large majority of your blood. Platelets play a key role in the regeneration of tissue and the immune response. In other words, injecting PRP may not only have benefits for your skin by improving the appearance of wrinkles, but it may also have health and immune benefits that we don’t even fully understand yet.
Dr. Iwanicki says: If you don’t have access to PRP, there are store-bought alternatives – “Topical peptides are a new and exciting avenue that is set to revolutionize the skin care industry. Peptides are short chain amino acid complexes that have very specific signaling capabilities in our bodies. GHK copper peptide for example helps to increase collagen, elastin, glycosaminoglycan synthesis, as well as support the function of dermal fibroblasts. Argireline peptide works like a topical botox by preventing neurotransmitter release in the nerves of the facial muscles thereby inducing a tightening effect.”
Dermatude is known as the ‘facelift alternative.’ This non-invasive treatment involves metaject therapy that is designed to help exfoliate and hydrate the skin, softening fine lines and wrinkles and restoring the skin’s natural looking glow.
Metaject therapy makes small micro holes in the skin that stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. Through these perforations, active and natural ingredients enter the skin and the body, impacting the live cells below. This results in elastin and collagen production.
Similar to other non-surgical facelifts listed above, this, ultimately, strengthens and supports the skin, contributing to better skin structure and increased effectiveness of the body’s first line of defense; the skin.
“And don’t worry, we’ve got alternatives for this one too.” says’s Erin Mewshaw, NP, “Other options to produce similar effects and that may be more widely available include Gua sha treatments and even DIY skin care masks, such as those including bentonite clay powder, which can help heal, repair, and tighten the skin.”
Avoid Sacrificing Your Health for Superficial and Harmful Procedures
Essentially, if you support your body properly through all phases of life, you will find that it is entirely possible to live a fulfilling, happy, healthy, and long life.
Thomas Szulc, Medical Director at Innovative Medicine, states, “Preserving one’s natural beauty, today known as anti-aging, is very similar to healing. They are both art forms that require a holistic perspective. We’ve taken the same sophisticated approach we apply to medicine and have successfully developed amazing therapies that rejuvenate on all levels of our being – body, mind & spirit.”
At The New York Center for Innovative Medicine, we strive to uncover holistic processes, methods, and treatments that support and work with your body and its systems. We understand that everyone’s body is different. Thus, no two treatment methods should ever be the same. We further try to steer clear from invasive procedures that have detrimental impacts on the body and your health. The body wants to achieve good health and stay there. It all comes down to reclaiming that state through the best and most natural way possible.
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