Over time, your skin loses some of its elasticity. The result? Visible signs of age often etched across your face. Wrinkles, creases, sagginess, and jowling can all cause you to feel less confident, less youthful. The good news is that board-certified plastic surgeons can help address these concerns through a number of techniques, including surgical options (the facelift and the mini facelift) and non-surgical ones (Profound)
The question is, which face tightening option is right for you: Profound vs facelift? The best way to find out for sure is to have a one-on-one consultation at Charlotte Plastic Surgery, where we’ll be happy to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and recommend a personalized treatment plan.
Profound vs Facelift – Exploring the Options
In the meantime, here are a few points of distinction between Profound vs facelift techniques.
What is Profound?
Profound is a non-surgical technique that we can perform here in our office, without the need for anesthesia. Actually, one of the great benefits of Profound is that it offers a couple of techniques rolled into one, treating the skin on your face with microneedling as well as radiofrequency (RF) energy.
It’s crucial to understand how Profound works in a totally different manner from a facelift. With a facelift, you’re essentially getting the skin on your face shaped, pulled, and tightened; we’ll talk about that more in a later section. Profound actually alters the underlying health and quality of your skin, activating your body’s natural healing abilities. Profound improves aged skin by stimulating the production of new collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid… resulting in healthier, firmer, more youthful skin.
What Can You Expect from Profound?
Profound can help improve your face’s tone, texture, and color. It’s not only an effective way to combat the results of sagging skin, wrinkles, and jowls, but it can also help reduce the appearance of acne scars.
Profound treatments can be administered to the face, neck, jowls areas, depending on where you’re looking to reverse the signs of aging.
The Benefits of Choosing Profound
There are a number of reasons why patients might prefer Profound over a facelift, including the following:
- Profound is a non-invasive technique. It does not require incisions to be made. It doesn’t require anesthesia. And it doesn’t leave any scarring.
- Because there is no surgery required, there also isn’t as much downtime. Your recovery from Profound may take five days or so, much less than what you’d expect from a facelift.
- Profound also delivers results more quickly; the swelling and bruising will subside within a week’s time, allowing you to see the improvement to your facial appearance.
- You will continue to see sustained improvement over several months, and the results can last several years, depending on your age and skin condition.
These are all significant advantages to choosing Profound… but what about the merits of getting a facelift?
What is a Facelift?
With a facelift, your surgeon will make incisions to access underlying skin and tissue; the goal is to pull the skin on your face tight, and potentially also to eliminate any loose or saggy skin. Through this procedure, your surgeon can help smooth over wrinkles and fine lines while also getting rid of jowling or flab.
Some patients may require a full facelift, while those seeking more modest results may prefer a mini facelift. This essentially involves much smaller incisions so that the surgeon is able to make more subtle yet still substantial changes to your facial appearance.
The Pros and Cons of Getting a Facelift
A facelift requires surgical intervention, which means it’s a more significant undertaking than Profound. Before you get a facelift, even a mini facelift, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of the procedure.
Start with some benefits:
- For those who are dealing with significant loss of skin elasticity, a facelift may yield more major results than what Profound could do.
- While the results of a facelift will not necessarily last forever, they will last longer than what you’d get from any non-surgical intervention.
And of course, there are also some potential drawbacks:
- A facelift will leave you with some minor incision scars, typically behind the ears.
- Getting a facelift will also require a more intensive recovery period. Your surgeon will likely recommend that you spend at least a week resting, and it may be a matter of weeks before your swelling and bruising subside.
- Because the bruising and swelling last a while, it will take some time before you really get a clear sense of your results.
- Facelifts are not recommended for those who smoke or those who have underlying health problems that could impair their healing.
Deciding on the Right Procedure
In determining which procedure is right for you, there are a few considerations to keep in mind.
First, think about the kind of recovery time you want to deal with, as well as your willingness to go under the knife for surgery. For many patients, this is the deciding factor: Profound is non-invasive and relatively quick and easy. If you’re looking for significant results but simply don’t have time for surgery, Profound may be right for you.
For those seeking more major results, or those wishing to ensure longer-lasting results, getting a facelift may feel like the smarter move. The best way to find out is simply to meet with a plastic surgeon who can walk you through the options and help you align your treatment with your aesthetic needs and goals.
Learn More About Getting Profound vs Facelift
Ready to find out more about the pros and cons of these two procedures, and to settle on a treatment option that’s right for you? Contact us at Charlotte Plastic Surgery whenever you’re ready to schedule an appointment. We’d love to tell you more about the ways to tighten your face, reversing the signs of age.
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