Non-Surgical Facelifts Vs Surgical Facelifts

Non-Surgical Facelifts Vs Surgical Facelifts

Gone are the days of feeling ashamed of undergoing surgeries and aesthetic procedures; now it’s all the range. However, if you’ve decided that you want to make a change in your appearance, you may be torn on what route to go down: surgical or non-surgical? Here at Aesthetics of Liverpool, we’ve put together an all-you-need-to-know guide on surgical facelifts and non-surgical facelifts to help you make a decision. 

Until recently, the only way to achieve the tighter, sculpted and lifted look was to go under the knife. However, thanks to science and technology developments, non-surgical facelifts are on the rise. And, with celebrity backing from Kendal Jenner and Bella Hadid popularising the lifted look, more people are discovering alternative treatments. 

Moreover, scientific advancements have led to non-surgical alternatives producing the same (if not better results) in some cases. That’s why the decision of what path to go down can be challenging, as it is hard to determine which procedure best suits your needs in the long run. 

Surgical Facelifts

A surgical facelift may be referred to as rhytidectomy in the medical world. The procedure has the same goals as a non-surgical facelift: to reduce the appearance of sagging, loose skin around the face, jowls and neck. If you are considering going down the surgical route, then it’s essential you do your research as it is an expensive procedure with risks. 

How much is it? 

In the UK, the cost of a facelift will vary depending on which clinic you choose. However, the price is also determined by how much work needs to be done. If you are looking for a full facelift, including both the face and neck, then you can expect to pay anywhere from £10,000. That is the price for the surgery alone; this does not include the price of initial consultations and follow-up appointments. 

What can I expect from surgery? 

A facelift is carried out under general anaesthetic – meaning you’ll be put to sleep for the procedure. First, the surgeon will make incisions around the hairline and temples that reach down to the front of the ears, as well as underneath and behind the ear. If you want your jawline sculpted, they will also make cuts under the chin. Once these incisions are made, the surgeon will remove the extra facial skin and pull any remaining skin back and up before stretching it into its new position. Additional fat may also be redistributed around the face to alter your appearance for those who want it. After that, your surgeon will bandage up the face to minimise swelling and bruising. 

How long does it take? 

A surgical facelift usually lasts around 2-3 hours, and most patients will be required to stay in the hospital overnight. However, you will be able to get a more precise estimate after an initial consultation. 


Recovering fully from a facelift usually takes around 2-4 weeks, and you will be required to take this time off work. Bruising will be visible for at least two weeks, and it could even take around six months to see the full effect of the facelift. You will have to make sure to avoid strenuous activity for at least two weeks and keep your head propped with a pillow for the days following the procedure to reduce swelling. 

After a week, you will return to the hospital to have all stitches removed. 

Side effects to expect

  • Stiffy, puffy numb face 
  • Bruising 
  • Temporary Scars – these will fade; however, they may not be invisible
  • Raised hairline

Non-Surgical Facelift

A non-surgical facelift involves PDO threads to lift and tighten the skin. PDO stands for polydioxanone, which makes up the threads and dissolves slowly over six months depending on the client. In some ways, a PDO thread lift offers more benefits than a surgical facelift due to its collagen producing properties. That’s right, the presence of PDO threads under the skin triggers the body’s natural healing response (fibrosis), which naturally creates more collagen and elastin. Collagen is the protein that keeps the skin tight and smooth, creating younger skin. So not only will your skin be physically lifted by the threads, but you will also see continuing benefits from collagen production.

How much is it? 

At Aesthetics of Liverpool, our MINT PDO thread lifts are the latest technology in non-surgical face lifting procedures. You can receive the best non-surgical facelift for only £1500 to lift the mid and lower face. If you require a chin lift, then the price will increase slightly. Please take these prices as an estimate, as at our free initial consultations, we can assess how many threads will be required and the area of the site undergoing treatment. As everyone is different, we tailor our treatments, so it is right for you. 

What can I expect from the procedure? 

Your practitioner will identify the areas of the face that need lifting and mark them. You will then be given a local anaesthetic to make the procedure painless. Next, your practitioner will use a cannula to insert the MINT Super Threads beneath the skin. These threads are colourless, with arrow-shaped barbs running along the surface in a spiral pattern. The threads are positioned and moulded to the area before being lifted. The structure is designed to hook onto the deeper layers of skin and effectively pull the skin back for a tighter look. The barbs reposition the layer of fat under the skin to ensure no loose, sagging skin. Now that the threads have been lifted into position, the threads can be trimmed, and the procedure is finished. 

How long does it take? 

This non-surgical facelift lasts around 30-45 minutes; however, these timings are only an estimate. The duration will increase for more extensive treatment areas and where more threads are required.  


Since this procedure is minimally invasive, there is no downtime or recovery, meaning you can resume your day to day activities straight away. You can also expect to see immediate results with only slight swelling, which will reduce after two days. 

As previously mentioned, you will continue to see results after this procedure as the body’s natural healing process is triggered.

How long will it last?

Results can last up to 18 months overall. The PDO threads are in place for around 6-12 months before breaking down. The rate at which they break down depends on your skin, metabolism and lifestyle. Collagen production will continue after the threads have broken down, creating a tighter, youthful appearance. 

Hopefully, our guide to surgical and non-surgical facelifts has helped you decide which procedure best fits your goals. If you’re interested in going down the non-surgical route, please get in touch! Our specialist doctors specialise in PDO thread lifts here at Aesthetics of Liverpool. So head over to our website for information on how to book your consultation today!

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