Non-Surgical Face Lifts: What Are They, How Do They Work, and Are They Right for Me?

Aesthetics Hub | 19 Aug 2020

These days, more and more people are looking for non-invasive ways to achieve a natural, youthful look.

No-Surgical Facelift 

And although the prevalence of the Covid-19 pandemic had stopped every single one of us from thinking about beauty treatments for a while, skin clinics are back open and ready to safely serve their clients again.

Skin rejuvenation has been the talk of the town for years. Regardless of age or gender, people are consistently on the hunt for new ways of turning back the clock.

Botox remains the procedure of choice for many men and women, but what about those among us who feel they aren't ready for injectables? Are there any alternatives that can offer striking results, but aren't as invasive?

Short answer: Yes, there are loads, actually. Long answer: Here's all the information you need on them.

Renowned Dublin skin clinic, The Wicklow Street Clinic, has recently opened up its doors again, giving the skin-concerned among us the chance to avail of all of the treatments we were desperately missing during the lockdown.

Staff have been trained in all-new health and safety measures, appointments are staggered throughout the day, and all treatment rooms are thoroughly sterilised using UV-C LIGHT in between clients to ensure an entirely safe experience for all.

Most clinics offer a whole load of treatments, promising face lift-like results... without the surgery. Here's everything you need to know about those procedures, how they work, and whether they're right for you.

Non-Surgical Facelift



Microneedling, or "skin needling" is a treatment that encourages the body to produce collagen and elastin. Carried out using needles to cause micro-injuries to the skin, the self-repairing procedure rejuvenates the skin, leaving it looking younger and brighter.

Before a microneedling treatment, a topical anaesthetic treatment cream is used on the skin. Natural skin cell regeneration is then stimulated by the skin therapist with a microneedling pen, creating micro-injuries on the skin's surface. A cooling mask is then applied to the skin and the healing process begins.

Microneedling is suitable for all skin types and has very short downtime, so if you're planning an event a few days post-treatment, you shouldn't have to worry about swelling or redness.


IPL laser facial tightening

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) laser tightening treatment is a non-invasive procedure that increases collagen production in the skin, giving a more lifted, tighter, and smoother complexion.

Therapists use Q-Fractional Technology in their treatments - a form of IPL that is safer, faster, and ensures minimal healing downtime.  

The laser bypasses the surface of the skin (the epidermis) to access the derma micro areas of damaged skin. The production of collagen leads to the growth of new and healthy skin, resulting in a natural and long-lasting even complexion.


Non0Surgical Facelift 

CACI facials 

Considered to be the most advanced electrical facelift system out there, CACI facelifts provide almost instant results without any of the surgery.

The treatment encourages collagen growth and elastin in the face, while toning and lifting the facial muscles. CACI can also heal scar marks, boost vitality, and encourage cell renewal.

During a CACI treatment, a therapist uses a computer-aided cosmetology instrument to lift, tone and re-educate the muscle back to its original position. This instrument uses a combination of ultrasound, LED and micro currents to encourage healthy, hydrated, and plump looking skin.

CACI is recommended for women and men of all ages between 20 and 60, and treatments are customised by a skin therapist depending on what you need.

It's a very effective non-surgical facelift, but you'll need to keep up treatments in the future to continue to see results.


Plasma pen lift

For those among us looking for something a little more permanent, a plasma pen lift (or plasma skin tightening) is a cosmetic treatment that eliminates excess skin on the face.

A therapist will use a plasma pen to create an electrical voltage arch between its tip and the skin. As this arch comes into contact with the skin, it instantly contracts, tightening and lifting the area.

Plasma lift results have been compared to that of cosmetic surgery, however, although partial results can be seen immediately, full results can usually be expected to be seen in about four weeks.

This kind of treatment is usually recommended for clients hoping to address sagging eyelids and under eye wrinkles, but the plasma pen is also effective for worry lines, laughter lines, stretch marks and scars.


This article first appeared in Her.


Our Panel of Doctor's Services
DR Celine Leong, Astique Clinic
Microdermabrasion, $214 for 2
Microdermabrasion uses micro-particles to exfoliate the dull surface of your skin, vacuuming out particles of dead skin to allow a fresh new glowing skin to resurface.
Chemical Peel, $214 for 2
Chemical Peel is a 3- to 7-day controlled skin peel system. This medical-grade cosmetic treatment is based on the inhibition of tyrosinase, a critical enzyme in the melanin (pigment) production process, and is designed to lighten blemishes and resistant pigmentation, and brighten your complexion quickly and effectively.
Medi-Facial, from $235.40 to $342.40
Medi-facials are skin treatments formulated to improve general skin health as well as to address specific skin conditions.
Radiance Ex Treatment, $321
Specially created by our doctors over the years, Astique's Radiance Ex Treatment is effective in treating pigmentation, fine lines/wrinkles, enlarged pores as well as dull and oily skin.
CO2 Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing, $399
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing is effective in reducing acne scars.
350 Orchard Road, #08-00 Shaw House, Singapore 238868
Dr. Dylan Chau, Celevenus Aesthetic & Wellness Clinic
Sciton Microlaser Peel, $800 for 1 session
MicroLaserPeel removes a thin layer of damaged skin to improve texture and provide a more youthful appearance.
Revlite, $350 for 1 session
Revlite laser is ideal for the treatment of skin pigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines, aging skin, enlarged pores (as pore minimizer), and sun damage, and is effective to rejuvenate and refresh skin in the treatment area, firming skin and minimizing pores while offering a smoother texture and more even tone overall.
Sciton BBL, $350 for 1 session
Sciton Broadband Light (BBL) is an innovative non-invasive skin treatment that uses light energy at various wavelengths to correct a broad range of skin conditions associated with aging, active life-styles, and sun damage.
Revlite & BBL, $500 for 1 session
Perfect combination for skin rejuvenation, the Revlite system is designed to remove signs of aging and sun damage such as brown age spot and freckles while BBL Photofacial treatment is an effective procedure for age spot removal, as well as balancing uneven pigmentation and reducing the appearance of freckles.
Fractional CO2 Laser, $800 for 1 session
Fractionated or "pixilated" carbon dioxide CO2 lasers are one of the latest advances in non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments.
391B Orchard Road #16-03/04 Ngee Ann City Tower B, Singapore 238874
Dr Ivan Tan, Nu.Reflections Medical Aesthetics
Pigment Laser, from $250 onwards
This highly versatile treatment is used to treat a variety of pigmentary disorders such as freckles and sun spots, melasma and aged spots. This treatment can also help on enlarged pores and gives the skin an overall rejuvenated appearance.
Mosaic Resurfacing Laser, from $600 onwards
Mosaic Resurfacing Laser is one of the most effective treatments for skin resurfacing, to treat wrinkles and fine lines, photo damaged skin and acne scars.
Triniti Total Face Renewal, from $1,800 onwards
This treatment combines IPL, Radiofrequency and Diode Laser which work synergistically to provide an overhaul, improving the texture, colour and tone for the aging skin.
E-Plus Sublative Skin Renewal, from $1,000 onwards
The E-Plus Sublative Skin Renewal treatment utilises a fractional bipolar radiofrequency technology to treat mild to moderate wrinkles, acne scars, discolouration and tectural irregularities.
NR Total Rejuvenation, from $600 onwards
The NR Total Rejuvenation uses a synergistic combination of IPL and Laser energies to achieve and overall rejuvenation in the the skin quality, tone and texture.
123 Penang Road, Office tower #05-12 Regency House (next to old Cockpit Hotel), Singapore 238465
Dr. Elias Tam Tak Chuen, EHA Clinic
Fractional Skin Laser, from $856 onwards
Starts at $856 for one session and is a good solution for acne scars
Skin rejuvenation laser, from $428 onwards
Laser for skin rejuvenation or pigmentation using Q-Switch - starts at $428 for one session
Pigmentation Laser, from $428 onwards
Laser for skin rejuvenation or pigmentation using Q-Switch - starts at $428 for one session
1 Scotts Road, #15-01 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208