non-surgical facelift patient

As we age, our skin loses collagen, wrinkles and fine lines develop, and facial tissues begin to droop. While facelift surgery is an option for lifting facial tissues and smoothing your skin, not everyone is ready for a plastic surgery procedure.

If you’re interested in rejuvenating your appearance without surgery, non-surgical facelift techniques are available at AF Aesthetics in Sydney.

What Is a Non-surgical Facelift?

A non-surgical facelift is a cosmetic procedure designed to reduce facial sagging and wrinkles while producing more youthful, lifted facial contours. This procedure has the benefit of addressing ageing concerns without the invasiveness and extensive recovery associated with a surgical procedure.

One or a combination of treatments may be used based on your individual needs.

At AF Aesthetics, we offer the following non-surgical facelift techniques:

What Conditions Can a Non-surgical Facelift Improve?

  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Loose skin
  • Drooping facial tissues
  • Scarring
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Enlarged pores
  • Stretch marks

How Do Non-surgical Facelift Treatments Work?

Our non-surgical facelift options work in various ways to target specific signs of ageing and cosmetic concerns. The technologies and techniques for each treatment are described below.

Thread Lifting

Facial thread lifting works by inserting tiny flexible threads into the target facial tissue. The threads attach to the tissue and are pulled upward or laterally to suspend the tissues and smooth the skin. In addition to physically lifting the tissues, the threads stimulate new collagen to grow and improve blood circulation in the area, which enhances the smoothness and firmness of the skin.

The threads used in the thread facelift will naturally dissolve over time but leave tighter, firmer tissues.


Injectable dermal fillers, also known as anti-wrinkle injectables, are inserted beneath the skin using a very fine needle. The formulas are designed to add volume to the skin and fill wrinkles, fine lines and hollows.

Energy Devices


The Ulthera device delivers ultrasound energy (ultrasonic waves) into the deep layers of skin and tissue. This generates heat for a thermal effect that stimulates neocollagenesis, a wound-repair response that produces new collagen and results in tighter, firmer skin.

Ulthera is ideal for treating the eyebrow and forehead area, chin, neck and chest.

Thermage FLX

Thermage FLX uses radiofrequency energy that heats the layer of collagen-rich skin. The thermal effect contracts the collagen, which tightens the skin and promotes the production of new collagen. The result is a tightened upper layer of skin.

Thermage is often used to tighten loose skin around the eyes, but it can be used on any area of the face for a non-surgical facelift.


The Profound device utilises radiofrequency energy to heat and tighten the skin while also adding volume.

This non-surgical facelift treatment is commonly used to treat sagging along the jawline as well as lines and wrinkles around the mouth.

Accent Prime

Accent Prime offers facial contouring, skin resurfacing and skin tightening. It delivers ultrasound and radiofrequency energy to target fat cells and promote new collagen growth.

Accent Prime can create a more defined jawline and add youthful volume to the midface.

Secret RF Microneedling

Secret is a fractional radiofrequency microneedling device that targets the upper layer of skin with tiny needles that deliver RF energy. In addition to stimulating collagen, the Secret RF needles create mico-injuries in the skin that smooth the skin’s surface and promote a more even complexion.

What Is the Expected Recovery After a Non-surgical Facelift?

Because our non-surgical facelift options are either non-invasive or minimally invasive, they offer the benefit of little to no downtime. Patients can return to their regular routine immediately after treatment. In most cases, the skin may be a bit swollen and red for a day or two, but this is generally very mild.

We recommend wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen after treatment to help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

When Will I See Results From My Non-surgical Facelift?

These treatments offer the benefit of subtle results visible immediately in the form of improved skin smoothness, firmness and brightness. More noticeable results will develop gradually over the next few weeks after treatment as collagen production progresses.

How Long Do Non-surgical Facelift Results Last?

A non-surgical facelift can provide results that last up to two years. The exact duration of your results will depend on your individual skin condition and overall health.

Many patients choose to undergo repeat treatments every one to two years to maintain their non-surgical facelift results.

Schedule Your Non-surgical Facelift Consultation Near Sydney

Our goal at AF Aesthetics is to help you improve and maintain the health and appearance of your skin. With over 50 years of combined aesthetic experience, our highly experienced team of doctors can provide a full assessment and help you choose the ideal facial rejuvenation treatment for your needs.

Contact us for your facial assessment today!

Frequently Asked Questions About Non-surgical Facelifts

Can a Non-surgical Facelift Achieve the Same Results as Facelift Surgery?

Facelift surgery, also known as a traditional facelift, involves surgical manipulation to lift and tighten the facial tissues and smooth the skin. The plastic surgeon creates incisions, separates the skin from the underlying tissues and lifts and tightens the tissues. The skin is then draped over the newly tightened facial contours, and excess skin is removed.

Facelift surgery is an intricate procedure that adjusts the deeper facial structures and surgically secures them in place. Because of this, it can address much more significant sagging and deeper wrinkles than a non-surgical facelift. The results of a traditional facelift also tend to last longer than the results of a non-surgical facelift. However, a surgical facelift cannot address issues like scarring, enlarged pores and hyperpigmentation that a non-surgical facelift can.

What Is a Liquid Facelift?

The term “liquid facelift” is used to describe the non-surgical facelift technique of using injectable dermal fillers. These anti-wrinkle solutions are generally in the form of a liquid, giving this treatment its name.

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