Question : Do any less invasive facelift techniques actually work?
Answer : There are multiple different techniques for the facelift. The best way to divide them is into surgical and non-surgical techniques. The surgical technique for the traditional facelift involves an incision around the ear and addresses the face and usually the upper neck as well. There are many variations on this in which smaller and smaller incisions are made and, in general, less and less dissection is performed with variable results. Nonsurgical techniques may involve injecting fillers or sometimes blood-related products from the patient’s own blood to improve wrinkling and the appearance of the skin. The traditional facelift technique is still the gold standard, although there are many modifications on this. It is very difficult to perform a study to actually match these techniques and evaluate them over time. Based on these, it’s quite clear that some of these newer, less invasive techniques may have some promise and hold some improvement.