What Is a Non-Surgical Facelift?

Although it sounds like a contradiction in terms, a non-surgical face lift is exactly that, a number of procedures that, when used together, give the face the appearance of having been lifted and rejuvenated. By restoring volume lost through age with dermal fillers, relaxing wrinkles with botulinum toxin injections, and improving the appearance of the skin with medical needling, laser, IPL or chemical peels, or prescription skin care. Non-surgical cosmetic practitioners truly can transform a face that has suffered from the effects of ageing.

The effects of ageing

As we age, the structures of our face change, not just the quality of our skin, but also the underlying support, including the skull, muscles and fat! This causes the face to shrink in some places, fat and muscle descend with gravity and the skin having become thinner and less elastic, no longer ‘fits’; all these factors conspire to create that sagging, drooping appearance of the older face.

When the skin's elasticity declines, instead of bouncing back to its original position after various facial expressions, lines and wrinkles will start to appear and stay in place as a permanent feature.

Procedures that help

Non-surgical cosmetic procedures, can be used to address the key factors and features of an ageing face. By restoring lost volume in the mid face, and youthful contours on the cheeks, temples and jawline, the face appears lifted. Dermal fillers are the treatment of choice for this result, but for some patients, results can be achieved with ‘thread lifting’ procedures. For those who prefer not to have injections, skin tightening and muscle tightening treatments using radio frequency or ultrasound may be a good option.

Having improved the contours of the face, lines and wrinkles may be further improved with dermal fillers, or wrinkle relaxants such as botulinum toxin injections which work by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles, preventing them from contracting and creating expression lines such as the frown crease or crow’s feet.

For more information on any of these procedures be sure to visit our treatment information pages. 


As with any non-surgical cosmetic procedure, there is a degree of risk involved when undergoing a non-surgical facelift. These risks can be minimised considerably by ensuring that you're properly informed about these procedures before you undergo them, and that you set your expectations high when choosing a practitioner.

The Save Face consumer check list is an extremely useful tool which will help you differentiate between professionally qualified, safe practitioners and those who are practising without due care and attention to the necessary safety precautions.

Save Face

A further way to ensure that you'll receive the best treatment possible is to use the Save Face search engine, which will connect you with Save Face Accredited practitioners who have undergone strict vetting procedures according to our standards for accreditation. Don't leave yourself open to unnecessary risk, use Save Face today and be sure to put yourself in the safest hands possible.


Did you know?