Are surgical facelifts dying out? Luckily for those in the cosmetic surgery field, facelifts are still in high demand. But for anyone looking to enhance their appearance without needing to go through with stitches or surgery, modern technology offers many facial cosmetic procedures. You can still find the improvements you’re seeking and not have to worry about going under anesthesia or undergoing a lengthy recovery.
Alternative Facelift Options
Nowadays, a “facelift” does not have to mean surgery. It can mean several various methods, procedures, and outcomes that generally help lift or rejuvenate your appearance. Whichever type of technique (or a combination of techniques) you choose will depend on what your desired results are for your face or neck. We’ll explore some of these options in-depth below.
An incredible, long-lasting method of a minimally invasive facelift is called a Thread Lift. This procedure involves medical-grade needles being inserted into the skin. PDO threads are inserted through the needles and set into the skin then lifted slightly. This action causes an instant “lift” to the face, neck, jowls, or other parts of the body. The needle is removed, leaving the threads to interact with the body’s natural healing response. This essentially triggers extra collagen production, which enhances the plumping, lifting, and facial rejuvenation of the skin. Even better, the effects last up to one year.
Plus, a great thing about thread lifts is that this is a simple procedure with minimal recovery time. Because of this, it can be easily combined with other options such a Botox, fillers, and other minimally-invasive procedures to further improve and extend the effective results of anti-aging.
With threads, there are minimal risks of infection, swelling, or long-term complications. The threads in the skin dissolve naturally over time, which does not give any harmful bacteria as much of a chance to cause problems.
Aside from the outstanding benefits of thread lifts, several other minimally invasive procedures can help achieve a lifted face, neck, and cheek area.
* Remember: everyone will be different, so obviously you’ll need to talk to your professional about your personal options and what you’re trying to achieve.
We all know Botox is famous for smoothing out facial wrinkles and fine lines. Botox relaxes the surrounding muscles to decrease the appearance of, for example, a scrunched forehead, “crow’s feet”, and cheek creases. Results appear within about a week and last up to several months. A great thing about Botox is that it’s FDA approved. The procedure takes only about 15 minutes!
One largely popular minimally invasive facelift option are fillers. Fillers are injected into the desired area such as the lips, under eyes, temples, forehead, and cheeks. Instant results are seen with fillers, as they help add volume and restore the plump appearance of lifeless or wrinkling skin. Fillers can last several months and sometimes up to one whole year.
Microdermabrasion facials help with overall facial complexion, clearer skin, and smoothing fine lines. It also improves hyperpigmentation and can reduce scarring. It’s renowned for clearing the pores, increasing collagen, and keeping the skin smooth and supple as it removes dead skin cells.
High Tech Facials
Facials using high tech tools and noninvasive techniques can work wonders for the skin. Radiofrequency and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment can provide an instant glow, collagen production, and combat irregular skin pigmentation.
Pros and Cons of Minimally Invasive Facelifts
Many benefits of nonsurgical facelift alternatives include:
No going under general anesthesia
Quick recovery time
Little to no pain or discomfort
Ability to combine various treatments over time
Try out a new appearance
However, some of the downsides can be:
Treatment can add up in cost over time
Results might not be as intense as desired
Maintenance and upkeep required to achieve continued results
Interested in Minimally Invasive Facelift Options?
Investing in noninvasive facelift treatments are best experienced when maintained. This means ongoing treatments every year or even every several months will show the best results. Additionally, sometimes treatments can last longer and result in high effectiveness when regularly used over time.
Interested in hearing more about your personal nonsurgical facelift options? Reach out to the Wake Up Beautiful professionals today to discuss how we can help you achieve beautiful results!
Microblading has grown to be quite popular in recent years. It’s now known as a common esthetic treatment for the eyebrows on men, women, and sometimes even on individuals’ scalp. As a form of permanent makeup, it’s best to find a microblading technician who is not only a skilled artist but also a certified professional. This is crucial for your health and happy results. So what should you look for in a microblader if you’ve never had this type of cosmetic treatment before?
Here at Wake Up Beautiful Spa, we specialize in all things beauty. We know what’s important to our clients, new and returning, and when it comes to microblading we’ve seen it all! Today let’s discuss what it takes to become one of the best microbladers around.
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo that provides patients with fuller, darker, more aesthetically-enhanced brows. The process is done by using a special handheld microblading tool with a fine, small blade. Microblading technicians use this tool to cut small, hairlike strokes into the skin of the eyebrows. These carefully-create strokes are then filled with pigment, matching your natural hair color, to soak in. As a result, the pigment and natural look of microblading remain in the skin for months and sometimes even years at a time.
Who Can Get Eyebrow Microblading?
This is an excellent option for anyone looking to beautify their eyebrows. At Wake Up Beautiful Spa, we’ve mircobladed patients who have nearly no eyebrow hairs, to patients who have full brows already but want a little more precision for an everyday look. Anyone who’s 18 or older can get microbladed, with the exception of those with specific medical or skin conditions.
Who Can Perform the Microblading Process?
Only certified microblading experts with bloodborne pathogen training who are employed by a medical spa or body art company should perform microblading on patients.
U.S. microblading licensing varies for each state, so be sure to confirm that your artist is fully licensed and correctly trained.
In California, find a microblading technician who is all of the above plus works somewhere with all safety and health codes in effect.
How Do I Find the Best Microblading Artist?
Other than legal standards, skill, and safety qualifications, there are several key points to look for in a professional microblading artist. Obviously, you want to find one who can give you the best brows possible! But there are a few factors to consider further, such as:
Pricing and Your Budget.
Microblading typically costs from $400 to $1,800 depending on location and demand.
Microblading Technicians in Your Area.
This is something that needs to be done in person in a very intimate, high-quality setting. Look for the most ideal artist in your general area of 5 to 25 miles.
Legitimacy of Their Practice.
Make sure the artist you consider is fully equipped to tattoo your brows! This includes certifications, licensing, health permits, and insurance. Great salons will have these displayed throughout their rooms.
How do you feel in their studio? Is it a clean, professional, well-lit medical spa? Do they use single-use blades, sterilize their tools, and follow appropriate medical standards?
Experience of the Artist.
Have they been specializing in this treatment for a long time? Are they well-loved in their industry? Do you feel confident in their abilities to work on your face?
Consultations and Communication.
Great microblading technicians usually offer some type of consultation prior to your treatment. Whether by photos (through email or text) or conversation in person, they should ask to see your current eyebrows in their natural, makeup-free state. They’ll also discuss your preferences, concerns, and answer any questions.
Before and After Gallery.
The artist should have a visual portfolio of their previous microblading patients, both post-treatment and healed results.
You Like Their Style.
Whether their style is natural, manicured, hybrid, ombre, etc., you really love what you see in their Before/After photos. Make sure you only book an appointment if the artist you find can do what you have in mind! Even better, maybe they specialize in fulfilling various styles for different customers.
Good Client Reviews.
Check their customer reviews online. People who love a service will often recommend it and rave about it! So if a permanent cosmetic professional has continuous 5-star ratings, it might be time to schedule an appointment with them.
They’re Happy to Answer Your Questions.
Getting eyebrow microblading for the first time can feel like a big step. It can be intimidating or a little scary. So being able to ask questions and having a willing technician who gives you realistic expectations for the process is important.
Willing to Make Your Happy, but Also Honest.
Your technician should be willing to give you the type of eyebrows that will make you feel most beautiful. On the other hand, they should be open and honest about what will look best on you and work with your unique facial shape. Not all faces are the same! Sometimes those high-arched brows you envy from supermodels might make your oval face look too long or “surprised”. Eyebrow artists are trained to study face shape and appearance, so trust their advice if they steer you away from a particular style.
Wake Up Beautiful Microblading
All technicians, artists, and staff at Wake Up Beautiful proudly uphold all the standards in this article! Our main microblading technician, Brandi, was one of the first microblading artists in Orange County, CA over 17 years ago. We love serving our happy clients, both new and returning.
Contact us today if you need to find the right microblading technician in southern California. Let us help you Wake Up Beautiful every day with your new brows.
The Thread Lift has become one of the cosmetic surgery industry’s most popular trends over the past several years, and for good reason. Who wouldn’t want to tighten the skin, decrease natural signs of aging, and boost collagen production all without having to go under the knife? There are many benefits of thread lifts that women (and men!) are raving about. From celebrities to stressed out moms to seniors looking to maintain their youth, this nonsurgical facelift is proving to be a safer, more cost-effective option for anyone interested in the perks of a facelift.
What is a Thread Lift?
Years ago, the only way to tighten up loose skin of the face, neck, cheeks, and jowls was to get facelift surgery. Unfortunately, not everyone wants to get surgery– and the truth is, not everyone can.
Enter the Thread Lift: a nonsurgical procedure where PDO (Polydioxanone) threads are carefully injected underneath the skin to create a lifting effect. There is no cutting, removing, or stitching of any skin tissue during a lift.
PDO threads are thin, medical-grade strands often used in other types of medical procedures. They are made of proteins and dissolve naturally over a span of several months. The threads relax tendons and muscles surrounding it, resulting in smoother facial skin. They also initiate the body’s natural healing response, encouraging new collagen production! Which means firmer, plumper skin.
Effective for various aging concerns– it works on areas other than the face!
Quick Recovery Time
With a traditional face lift, the standard downtime for recovery is about one month. It’s a full medical process where the patient must be fully sedated, have a caregiver for the first several days post-op, and necessary time taken off work. Sometimes the initial recovery phase lasts a few weeks until the individual is ready to return to daily activities.
With thread lifts, the procedure is done in the matter of one to two hours. The patient is fully awake, often sitting in a chair, and guided through the whole process step-by-step. A simple local anesthesia is used so the areas of skin are temporarily numbed.
This minimally-invasive procedure is often nicknamed “The Lunchtime Facelift” because you can return to work and normal everyday tasks immediately after your appointment. You can even drive yourself home after receiving a treatment.
Firm and Rejuvenated Skin
Following your technician’s guidelines and aftercare instructions, you’ll experience the immediate firming, lifting, and youthful benefits of thread lift. In a matter of months, the threads will begin to dissolve, while your body continues producing collagen.
This is great because one of the keys to antiaging is plump skin with plenty of healthy collagen. This boost smooths out fine lines and wrinkles, restores some elasticity, and tightens any loose, sagging trouble areas.
As mentioned before, the method in which threads are inserted into the skin allow for an instant tightening and glowing complexion. The PLAA (poly-L-lactic acid) threads naturally get dissolved by the body over time. Facial thread lifts secure into the points of face where the technician carefully measures the injection. Then, the thread is lifted slightly upwards, causing a instant “facelift”.
No Scarring or Noticeable Side Effects
After the thread lift process, you’ll be comfortable knowing you won’t need to worry about any scarring, stitches, harsh bruising, or damage to facial tissue. Side effects are minimal and often include mild swelling or pain. Additionally, you will have no need for any prescribed pain relief medication or heavy bandages.
One of the favored benefits of thread lift treatment is the price! You’re looking at the starting cost of hundreds of dollars, compared to thousands of dollars upfront with facelift surgery. Not only are threads financially more realistic for many people, it also affords you more time, energy, immediate feeling of confidence, and ability to go about your life without waiting for healing to begin.
Not only are the results of a thread lift instant, they’re also long-lasting. Compared to injections such as Botox or fillers, you can enjoy the benefits of thread lift injections to last. What’s even better is that many times, the results improve over time as the body’s natural healing response works around the threads. You can expect the lift results to last on average for nearly one year.
Since there are no sutures or incisions of the skin, the procedure is low-risk of any scarring, infection, or inflammation. Although complications can still happen in some cases, they are very rare. To avoid complications, it’s crucial to find a reputable, medically-run company with trusted technicians. Professional standards are of the utmost value. This is your skin we’re talking about, so make sure you find a fully-licensed medical spa you can trust.
Can You Combine Other Facial Treatments with Thread Lifts?
Yes, you can combine other treatments and still benefit from thread lifts. Since threads are so low risk, many people choose to combine it with other types of treatment such as fillers, laser treatments, botox, radiofrequency, or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light).
Actually, thread lifts can be effective on other areas of the body for anti-aging and rejuvenation purposes. The areas most commonly treated with thread lifts include:
Lips and mouth
Anywhere that needs some tightening or lifting.
Is a Thread Lift Right for Me?
If you’ve been experiencing signs of aging, sagging, loose skin, or wrinkles in facial skin, a thread lift might be just what you need when it comes to cosmetic procedures. You can feel a difference without worrying about making multiple appointments with plastic surgeons. Thread Lifts are also a great options for anyone who feels anxious about having a surgical procedure or who is unable to physically go under general anesthesia.
Schedule a free consultation with one of our thread lift technicians today at Wake Up Beautiful Spa. We’d be happy to make you happy by enhancing your skin with the amazing benefits of thread lifts!
Our goal is for you to Wake Up Beautiful and look and feel your very best. At our unique concierge-style center, we use many innovative modalities to holistically address the aging process and your personal concerns. We offer a wide variety of injectable, resurfacing, plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments–including the revolutionary, no down time, non-surgical Wake Up Beautiful Lift. We are known for our minimally invasive approach and our commitment to personalized care. It's our privilege to help your outer self reflect your inner vitality and beauty.