Non-Surgical Face Lift

It is a combination of non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatments. Its main purpose is to refresh damaged skin. This involves a handful of cosmetic procedures, it helps to smooth your fine lines and wrinkles. Furthermore, it removes any damage to surface skin and boosts the production of new collagen that provides a lifting effect. Non-Surgical Face Lift Treatment in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

A non-surgical allows you to avoid any invasive procedure such as surgical facelift, anesthesia, and scarring of plastic surgery. It provides you with anti-aging benefits.

Pros & Cons

Non-Surgical Face Lift Treatment in Islamabad and Rawalpindi has the following Pros and Cons:


  • Non-surgical facelift has minimal downtime. However, this treatment leaves you swollen or bruised for a few days. In last it has the least downtime compared to other facelift surgery.
  • The anesthesia used for Non-Surgical Face Lift treatment in Islamabad and Rawalpindi would be a numbing cream
  • This treatment has less invasive than surgery. So, it has minimum potential health risks.


  • The degree of facelift you get from non-surgical treatment is not what you expect from a surgical facelift.
  • You need to attend more treatment sessions for optimal results.
  • Non-surgical treatment requires maintenance treatment as often as three to four times a year.


After injectables, you may feel bruises for at least a few hours. Bruising is a common side effect and it depends on its severity and how long this will last.

A non-surgical skin tightening treatment has no real downtime. It is because this treatment target only the deeper layer of the skin. However, after the treatment, you may feel sore from the rubbing of the heated devices against your skin.

1. Botox

Botox in Islamabad. It is the most commonly used non-surgical treatment. A Botox is a neuromodulator that is injected into the muscle, as a result, this causes temporary relaxation. As relaxed muscles no longer being able to contract So, therefore, cannot create wrinkles.

Botox injections are capable of treating fine lines and wrinkles. These fine lines and wrinkles usually appear near the forehead, eyebrows, and around the eyes. Results from Botox require more than a single dose. Ongoing treatments stop wrinkles from returning. However, for deeper wrinkles, it may take several treatments to get the desired results.

2. Dermal Fillers

Loss of facial volume is the major cause of falling cheeks. It creates the illusion of sagging skin. However, we can restore the volume without surgery in a short period of time. As a result, you will feel like you had a facelift. These procedures are known as Dermal Fillers.

Dermal Fillers in Islamabad. Following are the variety of dermal injections that can be used:

  • Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers
  • Collagen-Based Fillers
  • Semi-permanent fillers
  • Permanent Fillers

3. Thread Lift

Thread Lift in Islamabad. This is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment. This procedure involves temporary sutures to lift your skin and add definition to your facial contours. However, this treatment does not remove any loose facial skin, it only stitched up certain skin to keep it skin taut. Thread Lift creates an effect by pulling your skin back and lifting. As a result, it tightens your face.

A thread lift technician uses a PDO. PDO stands for Polydioxanone. In thread lift PDO is used for self-dissolving sutures, these sutures dissolve in your body in a couple of months. Therefore, its effect depends on the area the face is being treated.  However, the provider has a choice of using smooth threads or barbed threads depending on the lift that is required.

Collagen helps support “growth factors” that greatly influence the condition of our skin. In addition to being used for wound healing, collagen helps to keep our skin strong, voluminous, and supple. As we get older, our bodies gradually produce less and less collagen, which leads to an 80% reduction in skin thickness by about age 70. As the skin grows weaker, it’s no longer supports the tissues beneath it adequately, meaning that gravity pulls it downwards and stretches it. By infusing the skin of the face with fresh collagen when the signs of skin laxity are still mild can help to both reduce looseness (by thickening and hydrating the skin) and prevent your skin from getting worse (by strengthening the skin).


Thread lift has different types and each type is capable of accomplishing different goals. Thread lifts are made from absorbable suture material. This material slowly dissolves under the surface of the skin. As a result, this will form new collagen. Thread lifts often have cones or barbs to grip tissue during placement and provide to temporary lifting effect.


Ultraviolet (UV) light makes up a small portion of the sun’s rays and is the major cause of skin damage. Exposure to UV rays causes damage to DNA in skin cells, increases the risk of skin cancer, and accelerates signs of aging (fine lines, deep wrinkles, dark spots, etc).  There are three types of UV light: UVA, UVB and UVC. Let’s look at their differences and how they affect the appearance and health of your skin.


UVA:  UVA light is not absorbed by the ozone layer and is able to penetrate the dermis in humans, which is the deepest layer of skin. UVA rays cause many effects on the skin including immediate skin redness and darkness, formation of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. UVA plays a minor role in the development of skin cancer because it causes formation of free radicals in the skin. It is able to penetrate glass (windows), which is why wearing sunscreen on a daily basis is recommended, even if you don’t go outdoors.  A great example of the advanced skin aging that can be seen with daily exposure to UVA can be seen in the photo below that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  The man in this photo was a truck driver for 25 years and you can easily see that the left side of his face has thicker skin and deeper wrinkles.

Remember, UVA = Aging


UVB: UVB is another form of UV light and not all UVB reaches the earth because some rays are absorbed by the ozone layer. Because UVB rays are shorter and have a higher frequency, they are more damaging to skin as they penetrate the epidermis (top layer of skin). UVB radiation causes sunburns and delayed tanning. It plays a major role in the development of all types of skin cancers causing DNA damage to skin cells and the immune system. UVB is also important in the synthesis of Vitamin D3.

Remember, UVB = Bad Burns

UVC: UVC rays are too short to get through the Earth’s atmosphere. Although UVC is the most dangerous form of UV radiation, it is completely absorbed by the ozone layer and does not normally cause skin cancer.

Of course, the amount of UV light that reaches a person at any given time and place is dependent on many factors including the time of day, time of the year, elevation, and cloud cover. The UV Index (ranges from 1-11+) is something one can refer to see how intense the UV light is in the area. A higher number means greater exposure of UV rays and a higher risk of sunburn and skin damage. For the daily UV index in Austin, click here.

 Read More: Importance of Sun Protection in Islamabad

What’s the difference between a tanning booth and phototherapy treatment?

I often have patients ask me this question because dermatologists make a big deal about avoiding outdoor sun exposure and tanning booths at all costs. “Why shouldn’t I use a tanning booth if you have a tanning booth in your office?” Tanning booths and phototherapy booths are very different. Here are the facts:

Tanning booths:

  • Most tanning booths give off primarily UVA rays
  • 20 minutes spent in an indoor tanning booth equals about 2-3 hours in the noontime sun
  • People who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75%
  • People who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma
  • The Federal Trade Commission has ruled against claiming health benefits for indoor tanning

Phototherapy booths:

  • Phototherapy is light therapy that is prescribed and administered by a dermatologist in their office. Treatment involves exposing the skin to an artificial UV light source for a set length of time on a regular schedule.
  • Nowadays, the most common type of phototherapy used is called narrowband UVB; ”narrowband” refers to a specific wavelength of UV radiation that is safe for the skin.
  • Narrowband UVB has anti-inflammatory effects on the skin and is used to treat many skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo and even some types of skin lymphomas.
  • There is no evidence to suggest that broadband or narrowband UVB treatments increase the risk of skin cancer.

 Read More: Sun Protection for Men

What about Vitamin D?

While it is true that exposure to sunlight (specifically UVB) helps to produce Vitamin D3 in your body, the amount of sunlight that you actually need for adequate levels of Vitamin D is minimal. About 5-10 minutes of exposure to the arms and legs OR hands, arms and face 2-3 times per week is sufficient for healthy Vitamin D levels. This is especially true if you eat foods that are high in Vitamin D (i.e. fish, mushrooms, tofu/soy, dairy, eggs) and/or take oral Vitamin D supplements. Because it is not uncommon for some people to have low Vitamin D levels, especially in areas of the country that tend to be overcast during most of the year, most physicians now recommend daily oral supplementation. This is especially important for women who are at increased risk of developing osteomalacia/osteoporosis. Currently the recommended dose of Vitamin D for the general population is 600 IU for those 1-70 years of age and pregnant or breastfeeding women, and 800 IU for those over 71 years of age.

What can I do to protect myself?

The lesson to learn here is that sunlight is not the enemy but rather the conduit of an unavoidable exposure (UV radiation) that we must learn to control. I myself love being active outdoors on a nice sunny afternoon. On days such as these when we venture out to enjoy nature we can protect our skin by trying to linger in shaded areas, wearing sunscreen on exposed areas of the skin (minimum SPF of 30, reapplying every 1-2 hours) and wearing photoprotective clothing (wide brimmed hats, sunglasses, breathable long sleeved shirts, etc).

For everyday protection I recommend using a moisturizer with sunscreen on the face, neck and chest. Minimizing exposure to UV radiation through these measures is one of the best things we can do for our skin in order to decelerate the signs of aging and prevent skin cancer.

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