Non-Invasive Facelifts vs Mini Facelifts

23 June 2021
Dr. Raoul Novelli
Reviewed by Dr. Raoul Novelli
Written by Anastasia Lesnikova

    Gone are the days when going under the knife was the answer to achieving tight and lifted skin easily. Now, when posed with the question of what is the best alternative to a facelift, there are plenty of non-surgical and, consequently, non-invasive facelifts to choose from.
    It might be hard to believe these alternative lifting treatments can rival that of a surgical operation; but, the answer lies in the power of technology. Through the Transion, Isogei, Microgei and Linfogei functions, our technology provides a less risky and more subtle approach that still delivers stunning results. Read on to get your questions answered.

    The Aim

    For many people growing older fills them with dread. One in five adults aged 55 and over felt anxious or depressed about their body image. Similarly, menopausal women also experience a lot of negativity towards their appearance and specifically their skin. 85% of women experienced changes in their skin during this time with 24% feeling too embarrassed to talk about it. In this study, laxity of the skin was the second most common complaint with excessive signs of ageing coming in third.

    Many turn to facelifts to turn back the clocks and boost their confidence in their body. These procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, offer a way to create a younger appearance. Sagging skin is removed and folds of skin that have developed around the cheeks and jawline can be smoothed out. While facelifts are unable to completely remove wrinkles, these treatments can help to improve their appearance.

    What are Non-Surgical Face Lifting Treatments?

    Facelifts are procedures that lift and pull back sagging skin, securing them into a more youthful position. Excess skin is cut away and any wounds are secured with stitches. Non-surgical facelifts achieve a lift and tight appearance without the need for surgery or extensive recovery time. Using VIP Italia devices makes this possible without an incision, thanks to the developments of technology.

    Read on to learn more about this technology.

    Non-Invasive Face Lifts - An Effective Alternative to Mini Facelifts

    Common Surgical Face Lifting Treatments

    When it comes to invasive procedures that help to lift and tighten the skin around the face, there are a few surgical options to consider. These include:

    1. Full Facelift (Rhytidectomy): Lifts and tightens the entire face, even the upper and lower regions, to reduce the appearance of sagging skin and wrinkles.
    2. Forehead and Brow lift (Browplasty): Lifts and tightens only the forehead and brow area to reduce wrinkles and sagging skin, resulting in a more youthful appearance.
    3. Mid-Face Lift (Cheek-lift): Lifts and tightens the cheeks and lower eyelid area to improve the appearance of sagging, tired cheeks and deep nasal folds, creating a more rejuvenated appearance.
    4. Facelift and Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery): A combined procedure that includes both a facelift and eyelid surgery to address the signs of ageing in both the face and eyes. The result is a more refreshed and youthful appearance.

    And, in addition, there is the mini-facelift option.

    The Mini-Facelift

    A mini-facelift is a form of surgery that helps correct signs of ageing on the face and the neck. Naturally, these signs are visible on the face and the neck before anything else due to the properties of the skin here. Skin in this region is thinner and contains less collagen than that on your body.

    The mini-facelift lifts and tightens facial and neck tissues by means of a surgical procedure. It generally involves stripping off excess skin, straightening out creases or wrinkles, and pulling up facial tissue. In general, the mini-facelift is concentrated on the bottom two-thirds of the face and the neck. Therefore, the procedure does not include a brow or eye lift, though you can do these simultaneously.

    The Side Effects of Mini-Facelifts

    It is important to know that this surgery can have some undesired side effects, such as:

    • Facial Asymmetry
    • Skin Loss
    • Numbness
    • Blood Clots
    • Possible Cardiac Complications

    This is without considering the additional risks of going under anaesthetic.   

    Most patients take between 2-4 weeks to fully recover from the procedure. And, the full results are only visible once the swelling and bruising have subsided. In some cases, It may take several facelift procedures to obtain the results you want. These should be combined with a proper skincare and healthy lifestyle routine to extend your results.

    How Much Does a Mini-Facelift Cost?

    On average, the cost of a mini facelift procedure ranges from £2,000 to £10,000 in the UK, and $3,500 to $8,000 in America.

    The final cost will likely be higher as these costs may not include the additional costs for the anaesthesia, hospital, or surgical centre. Factors such as the surgeon’s expertise, geographical location, and desired results will determine your overall individual cost.

    Non-Surgical Facelifts, the Best Alternative to a Facelift?

    Let’s get into the benefits of a non-surgical approach to facial lifting and neck tightening and why these procedures are seen as a better option than a surgical facelift.

    A non-surgical facelift is considered a more natural way to address double chins, fine lines, wrinkles and loss of volume in the face. These procedures do not create the often exaggerated, dramatic results of a surgical procedure. 

    If a client is interested in no downtime, minimal discomfort, low incidence of adverse effects, and significantly lower costs, then the non-surgical procedure might be more appropriate. The treatment time is also a lot shorter than the surgical route, meaning the non-invasive or minimally invasive treatment option is also advantageous for routinely and successfully maintaining a surgically-achieved look.

    However, not all people desire to go under the knife but still want to look rejuvenated and have skin tightening. There are some options for a non-surgical facelift that can erase five or more years off your appearance and have no recovery time. There is no reason to believe that the non-surgical option is any less effective. 

    How Long Do Non-Surgical Facelifts Last?

    The result of a non-surgical facelift can last anything from 1-2 years; however, this will vary based on the individual and a number of other factors. These will include but are not limited to, lifestyle, exercise, and health conditions.

    Non-Invasive Facelifts with VIP Italia

    Non-Invasive Face Lifts - An Effective Alternative to Mini Facelifts

    If you want to experience the benefits of non-invasive, gentle skin tightening with equally effective results, this is where VIP Italia’s devices come into play. Their safe and painless technology combines a range of treatments into one device. It means that you can receive many transformative beauty treatments with VIP Italia, such as double chin removal, face lifting, skin tightening, or speeding up collagen and elastin production.

    Here is a list of the functions for immediate non-invasive face and neck lifts:

    Transion Function

    VIP Italia’s Transion employs microcurrent for rapid localised slimming, removing stubborn double chin and losing volume in the face. Through electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), our Transion technology is able to put your facial muscles through their paces, replicating muscle contractions that involve twisting, lengthening, and shortening. The muscles are challenged and, consequently, grow stronger, resulting in a higher metabolic rate and localised weight loss. The different movements also create isotonic motion and torsion, prompting the body to eliminate fluids. As a result of the treatment, the muscles undergo remodelling and strengthening, producing a more sculpted and toned appearance.

    Isogei Function

    The isometric function of Isogei is excellent for firming and toning muscles. It erases fine lines through electrical stimulation and reduces the look of wrinkles while firming your skin to define your features. It uses electrical stimulation to activate the muscle fibres in a targeted area, which triggers genuine isometric muscle contractions. This innovative technology addresses the musculoskeletal structure of the face, which is essential for effective face lifting. Focusing solely on the skin is insufficient; prioritising the toning and strengthening of muscles is crucial.

    To see how powerful it is, you can work only with one side of your face (left or right). When you look at the mirror, you will instantly notice that one of your eyebrows will be higher than the other while your jaw-line and cheekbones will get noticeably tightened. Either way, don't forget to complete the treatment on both sides of your face. No one will be happy with only a half facelift, after all.

    Microgei Function

    The Microgei function provides skin regeneration and helps with collagen production. It can help with an overall youthful look because the skin will be firmer and more elastic. This function also helps improve skin tone and creates a healthy glow. This non-surgical treatment is non-invasive and involves the use of specialised handles that administers precise doses of electric impulses to the facial tissues. By travelling beneath the skin and into the epidermis, these microcurrents of energy stimulate the natural healing process of the skin, resulting in a rejuvenated and refreshed look.

    Linfogei Function

    The Linfogei function provides lymphatic and venous drainage, which offers a range of benefits for your skin. It helps reduce swelling and puffiness. It also promotes circulation, allowing your face to absorb more nutrients and keep you healthier. This function flushes out your face’s water retention, draining out your lymphatics and toxins while stimulating skin regeneration.

    VIP Italia non-invasive facial treatments can redefine your features from the first treatment. The complex approach provides an effective and lasting solution to signs of ageing on the face and the neck. The results can last up to six months, and for maintenance, you can opt for our program, which includes the treatment once or twice a month.

    What is the Most Effective Non-Surgical Facelift? 

    For the most effective non-surgical facelift a combined approach is recommended. If you want your jawline to be more defined, your cheekbones more pronounced, and your eyes younger-looking and lifted, you can apply Isogei. It will redefine your features from the first treatment and also will provide a noticeable lifting effect. Then, to get rid of the face puffiness, double chin, and slimness in the face, Transion and Linfogei functions will work the best.

    To get noticeably more glow and a bright complexion of your skin, Microgei is here to help. It delivers a precise dosage of energy to your skin, increases blood circulation, works simultaneously to produce collagen in the dermis, and erases ageing signs in the epidermis.

    Are there any Requirements for Non-Surgical Treatments? 

    Non-surgical treatments are a perfect option for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improving skin tone and firmness. However, these procedures do have some requirements. The following category of people should not undergo microcurrent therapy:

    • People with physical or mental limitations with implanted electrical stimulatory devices such as pacemakers, or any other implanted electronic nerve, muscle, or tissue stimulation
    • Pregnant and nursing mothers
    • People with a history of seizures, epilepsy
    • People who have active cancer


    Thus, maintaining the glow of youth does not always mean plastic surgery, scalpels, and blood. Also, you can leave room for non-painful but effective non-invasive treatments. In this case, the expression “no pain, no gain” has nothing to do with your skin tightening.

    Regardless of your circumstances or the various lifestyle scenarios depicted, the best course of action is to consult with an experienced plastic surgeon or a medical specialist. These specialists are rigorously trained and certified in aesthetic treatments and can help you determine a treatment plan with the best facelift procedure.

    VIP Italia consultants work closely with clients to match the best skincare products with aesthetic procedure plans which complement each other. Contact us for more information.


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    What benefits can a non-invasive facelift provide?

    Non-invasive facelifts can provide benefits such as a more youthful appearance, reduced wrinkles and fine lines, improved skin texture and tone, define facial contour, and increased collagen production without the need for surgery.

    How long do the effects last?

    The duration of the effects of a non-surgical facelift varies depending on the type of procedure performed, but generally, it can last anywhere from several months to a year or more. Using VIP Italia’s technology, the results of our non-surgical facelifts can last around 6 months, but with regular maintenance can last longer.

    What does a non-surgical facelift procedure entail?

    A non-surgical facelift procedure typically involves the use of non-invasive and minimally invasive techniques such as dermal fillers, injectables, laser treatments, or radio-frequency technology to tighten and lift the skin. Our VIP Italia devices, focus on the power of Transion, Isogei, Microgei and Linfogei

    How does a non-surgical facelift differ from a surgical one?

    Non-surgical facelifts differ from surgical facelifts in that they do not require incisions or general anaesthesia, have minimal downtime and recovery, and are generally less expensive. They allow people to reverse the effects of ageing and feel more confident, without taking on the risk of surgery.

    At what age would a non-surgical facelift be appropriate?

    The appropriate age for a non-surgical facelift varies depending on individual needs and goals, but generally, they are suitable for individuals in their 30s to 50s who are looking to improve early signs of ageing.

    What are the potential risks of non-surgical cosmetic treatments?

    Potential risks of non-surgical cosmetic treatments may include infection, allergic reactions, scarring, and nerve damage, among others. It is important to choose a reputable provider and carefully weigh the risks and benefits before undergoing any cosmetic treatment. Choosing non-invasive treatments over minimally invasive treatments will also help to reduce the risks.

    Is a non-surgical facelift a painful procedure?

    Non-surgical facelift procedures are generally not painful, but some individuals may experience mild discomfort during or after the procedure.


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