Surgical Vs. Nonsurgical Facelifts. What Are My Choices?

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It is often difficult to accept the changes that result from aging. While this process is inevitable, men and women are still in search of the fountain of youth. Today's advancements in cosmetic procedures have made it easier than ever to rejuvenate your face using surgical and nonsurgical methods. Nonsurgical treatments are less invasive, more customized, and often require less downtime than a surgical procedure, while still achieving unbelievable results.

The signs of aging affect everyone differently. Fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sidney Starkman of Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery ensures patients get the right solution to meet their specific cosmetic goals. Dr. Starkman has helped numerous Scottsdale-area women and men regain their confidence. Below is a helpful and informative guide to the different surgical and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation procedures performed at Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery.

Surgical options

Surgical facelifts are available in a variety of different techniques, depending on the patient’s aesthetic goals. Scottsdale, AZ, patients who have drooping skin, lines, and wrinkles can benefit from a facelift. It is essential to understand that age does not necessarily define the time in life to have a facelift. Adults of all ages who are in good physical health, refrain from smoking, and have realistic expectations are ideal candidates. Recovery times vary, but in general, may last 10 – 14 days. Some bruising, swelling, and mild discomfort during recovery are normal and can be easily managed. Full healing and the realization of final results may take several months.


During a facelift, Dr. Starkman targets the predetermined area of the face to tighten the underlying muscle structure and remove excess skin. The remaining skin is gently pulled tighter to provide a natural, younger-looking appearance. In some cases, a facelift can take years, if not decades, off a person's face. A facelift also works well with other cosmetic procedures like BOTOX® or laser skin resurfacing to enhance a patient’s overall results.

Brow lift

A brow lift surgically targets the upper part of the face. Sagging skin and deep creases across the forehead or between the eyes can make you look older. This procedure repositions the brow area to its original location to present a more youthful look. A brow lift can even tighten loose skin on the upper eyelid area. A brow lift is an excellent facial rejuvenation alternative for patients who do not need a full facelift. When paired with other procedures like an eyelift, facial fat grafting, or BOTOX, the results are very complementary.

Eyelid lift

Also known as blepharoplasty, this procedure is capable of making patients appear younger and more alert. Ideal candidates for an eyelid lift include those concerned that they look tired due to a loss of volume in the skin around the eyes, or those with droopy eyelids that make it difficult to fully open their eyes. During an upper eyelid lift, excess skin and tissue are removed, resulting in a more refreshed appearance. A lower blepharoplasty gives patients a smoother, more natural contour to the areas beneath the eyes, often correcting puffiness and swelling.

Nonsurgical facelifts and procedures

Many Scottsdale-area men and women may not want to go under the knife but still want to give their faces a boost. Without the need for surgery, extensive downtimes, and associated scarring, nonsurgical facelifts and treatments can restore a more youthful appearance.

Liquid facelift

By combining treatments such as dermal fillers and BOTOX, a liquid facelift works to rejuvenate, contour, and lift the skin. Dermal fillers such as Juvéderm® can restore lost volume to the face and smooth moderate to severe wrinkles. BOTOX relaxes fine lines and wrinkles, leaving you with smooth skin. With a liquid facelift, the entire face is lifted and smoothed for an overall refreshed look. Unlike a traditional facelift, there is no recovery time or post-surgical care, and it can be done over your lunch hour.


If you have facial lines, visible creases, or loose skin on the jowls, chin, and neck, FaceTite could be a less invasive solution. By using radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis, the heat from the energy breaks up fat cells and contracts the skin, creating a tighter, more youthful appearance. FaceTite is a fantastic alternative to a surgical facelift or neck lift.

Facial fat grafting

This revolutionary technique, also known as an autologous fat transfer, uses the patient’s fat to replenish volume and add contours to areas on the face that are hollowed. With age, the cheeks, eyes, and jawline can look depleted. By adding fat and thus volume, fine lines, wrinkles, and folds are smoothed, and the face has a fuller, more youthful appearance. Dr. Starkman extracts fat via liposuction from one area of the body and then reinserts the purified fat into the targeted sections of your face. The result is a rejuvenated appearance to once-troubled areas with beautiful results.

Surgical facelifts are still the most popular cosmetic procedure performed today. But more men and women want alternatives to invasive surgery, and Dr. Starkman has a variety of both surgical and nonsurgical options available.

Fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sidney Starkman of Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery is an expert in his field when it comes to facial rejuvenation. He will work with you to formulate a customized plan utilizing an artistic approach to give you the youthful facial appearance you desire. If you are ready to refresh your appearance, give our Scottsdale office a call today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Starkman.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.