Non-surgical facial rejuvenation: Improve your appearance without surgery
Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic doctor, liposuctionist)
Templestowe Lower, Berwick and Beaumaris Clinics
Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2005, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. Read More
Would you like your face to look fresher and younger but the thought of ‘going under the knife’ doesn’t appeal to you? Non-surgical facial rejuvenation can improve your appearance without the possible risks and complications of surgery. While a surgical facelift can reduce the effects of ageing and restore a more youthful look, the surgery has a long recovery time and can be expensive. Non-surgical facial rejuvenation is an effective alternative to surgical facelifts. This non-surgical procedure can refresh your face, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and make you look and feel younger.
What is a non-surgical facelift?
A non-surgical facelift, also called non-surgical facial rejuvenation refers to treatments that address the ageing process including anti-wrinkle injections and dermal filler treatments.
Non-surgical facial rejuvenation can treat:
- Sagging skin
- Expression lines
- Loss of facial volume
- Brown spots and pigmentation
What causes wrinkles and how should I treat them?
Wrinkle formation is a natural part of the aging process. As you get older your skin gets thinner, less elastic, drier, and less able to protect itself from damage. This results in wrinkles, creases and lines forming on your skin. Due to the prolonged effect of gravity, over time your skin sags and has less support from elastin fibres, collagen fibres, and hyaluronic acid. This leads to your skin slowly losing its elasticity resulting in fine lines and wrinkles appearing on your forehead and chin, lips and eyes.
You may also notice a loss of underlying fat below your eyes, upper eyelids, cheeks, lips and temples. This can result in a hollow look below the eyes with your cheeks appearing less full. Wrinkles on your face, neck and décolletage are caused by a number of factors including UV exposure, expressions lines, gravity, sleep lines and loss of facial volume.
One of the most common causes of premature wrinkles is prolonged UV exposure. Premature ageing caused by UV radiation results in a thinning of the epidermis (the top layer of skin) as well as a breakdown of collagen skin wrinkling. Skin cancers and skin pigmentation can also be caused by UV radiation. To prevent premature ageing of your skin, it’s very important to wear a good quality sunscreen everyday.
Are caused by contraction of the muscles of facial expression. This results in a compression of skin, which leads to wrinkles forming. In the first instance, these wrinkles will only be seen when your muscles contract. But as your skin gets progressively creased, the lines may frequently appear at rest. Expression lines can be treated with anti-wrinkle injections.
Gravity will pull your skin downwards on the face. This downward pull results in a drooping of the cheeks, formation of nasolabial lines (the lines from the corners of the mouth to the nose) and jowls, a drooping of the eye skin and formation of lower and upper lid laxity and wrinkles.
Sleep lines are caused when your skin gets compressed as it contacts your pillow as you sleep. Their location is usually determined by the underlying anatomical attachments of your superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS).
Your pillow contact puts pressure on these attachments and causes sleep lines on your forehead, cheeks and upper lip and around your eyes.
Loss of facial volume
When you’re younger, your face is more plump and full – like a grape. Over time, facial volume is lost making your face more like a sultana. Fat and volume loss get depleted and can occur around your cheeks, eyes, and forehead.
This loss of facial volume leads to some laxity of skin and the formation of wrinkles. It also results in an older and gaunt appearance. Facial volume can be replaced as your wrinkles improve with non-surgical facial reshaping and dermal fillers.
The best non-surgical way to treat wrinkles
When you look in the mirror and squint, frown or grimace you will see expression lines. But what happens when you don’t move your face? If the fine lines and wrinkles are still visible, we can use anti-wrinkle injections to relax the muscles, which are causing these dynamic lines. These injections will also reduce your permanent static lines.
Our anti-wrinkle injections contain a protein that triggers the injected facial muscle to smooth out and relax the wrinkles in the treatment area. You will see noticeable improvements in the treatment area within a few days. Many of our patients report they see the best anti-wrinkle injection results after 7-10 days.
Since 2005, we have focused on the best anti-wrinkle injection techniques to smooth out upper, middle and lower face wrinkles and fine lines. Anti-wrinkle injections can treat much more than frown lines and crows feet, they can also be used to treat:
- Your forehead lines,
- Improve your brow shape,
- Reduce your down-turning mouth,
- Reduce your chin dimpling, and
- Narrow a wide face.
Our team of highly trained and highly experienced Cosmetic Doctors and Cosmetic Nurses give consideration to the overall balance of your face and focus on reducing your expression lines – never freezing them. We carefully consider the anti-wrinkle injection dosage amount as too much can lead to compensatory muscle contractions that result in more wrinkles forming.
The best non-surgical way to treat facial volume loss
One of the first signs of ageing is a loss of facial volume in the cheeks, eyes, brows and lips. This facial volume can be replaced with dermal fillers
Dermal fillers are a clear gel composed of a substance that is naturally found in skin. The fillers vary with their thickness, viscosity, and longevity.
Replacing the lost volume in your face with dermal fillers can tighten and lift your skin, making it look and feel younger and smoother. During the normal ageing process, cheeks can lose volume and start to sag. This can affect the creases and folds where your nose meets your cheeks – the nasolabial folds.
Dermal fillers can be used in the upper two-thirds of your face to create structural support and improve the shape of your lower face. They can also be used to improve your skin lift and tightness in your cheeks, jawline, chin and brow. Dermal filler treatment can also be used to treat your nasolabial folds, your lips and corners of your mouth and your tear troughs (the hollows that sit between your lower eyelid and cheeks).
The best skincare to use after your non-surgical facial rejuvenation
After your non-surgical facial rejuvenation, it’s important to use skincare that hydrates and adds volume to your skin. Aspect Retinol Brulee improves the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles, plumps up your skin and restores elasticity. With every application this Vitamin A night serum exfoliates and delivers nutrients deep into your skin. The power packed formula clarifies pigmentation, regulates the appearance of oily skin and restores a healthy glow to your face.
Cosmedix Refine is specifically formulated to refine and renew skin while it reduces the appearance of enlarged pores and blemishes. The gentle exfoliating formula allows better product absorption leaving your skin softer, plumper and hydrated. PCA C-Quench antioxidant serum minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by using stem cell extracts of vitamins C and E. With multiple antioxidants and botanicals to protect against environmental pollutants, your skin will look and feel more youthful. If you’re unsure about which skincare product will suit your skin we can help. Book a skin consultation with our highly trained and experienced Skin Therapists using the form below.
Where to get the best non-surgical facial rejuvenation in Melbourne
Like to look and feel younger without needing to have surgery? Since 2005, led by Dr Gavin Chan our team of Cosmetic Doctors and Cosmetic Nurses have helped thousands of people achieve a beautiful, natural appearance. Book a consultation with by calling our friendly customer service team 1300 863 824