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No Knives, No Problem: What You Need To Know About No-Surgery Facelifts

Rhytidectomy—commonly called a facelift—is one of the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery in the United States, racking up over 130,000 procedures a year. However, fear of surgery can stop prospective customers from going under the knife, even if they desire the final results. One of the most exciting advances in cosmetic medicine is the introduction of a no-surgery facelift, which promises to give the same results without ever stepping into an operating room. If you're curious about exactly what this procedure entails and what it could do for you, then here's what you need to know.

It's not just about sagging skin

It used to be all facelifts did was lift sagging skin to its former place. Now, skilled cosmetic doctors can actually move around tissue and fat underneath the skin to give a more natural look. Liquid facelifts (as no-surgery facelifts are called, due to their use of injections) take this pattern to its ultimate conclusion and insert dermal fillers underneath the skin; this plumps, smoothes, and reshapes the face.

It's immediate -- and requires no healing

The benefit to injections is that they tend to show results more quickly and with less healing time. This is true for liquid facelifts; the results become apparent nearly immediately after the injections, with some types of fillers taking just a week to settle in completely. Even better, this rapid change comes with no anesthesia and no real recovery time to speak of. While you may bruise slightly at the injection points and you may experience mild swelling for the first day, the untrained eye won't be able to pinpoint exactly where the pinpricks were placed.

It's not permanent

While no facelift, surgical or otherwise, is completely permanent—after all, you will continue to age and your skin will continue to sag, no matter how much you attempt to prop it up—facelifts that don't require surgery are less permanent than those that do. Like other injectable procedures, your body will eventually 'heal' itself of the cosmetic change and return to normal; liquid facelifts generally wear off after a year.

However, with almost immediate results and no recovery time, you may come to the conclusion that the benefits outweigh the impermanence of the procedure. This can be particularly true if you're interested in the facelift because of a big event, like a wedding or business trip, where you need to look your best in a hurry. For more information, visit