Why having a surgical Facelift isn’t as popular anymore

The number of people having a surgical facelift is definitely on the decline. We are awaiting the latest figures but even back in 2017 research by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons showed a decline in the number of cosmetic surgical procedures of 8%. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported in 2017, over 15,700,000 minimally invasive procedures performed in the United States.

Technology and science is obviously advancing at an incredible rate and is providing all kinds of minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures which can achieve incredible results with none of the risks, downtime and expensive fees associated with cosmetic surgery. What’s great about these treatments is that you still look like you – just younger and smoother!

These treatments are knife free and often use your own growth factors. Being natural means there are no risks. No knife – an absolute minimum of downtime. Pop in during your lunch hour!.

“You don’t need to be nipped to look tucked!


Cosmetic Facelift – Common Surgery Complications

It’s no wonder more and more people are considering non-invasive treatments when you consider the risk and complications of surgery. Here are some of the most talked about and common complications.


Hematoma is a pocket of blood that looks like a bruise. It is the most common complication after a facelift and occurs on average in 1% of patients. It’s most common in males. It may be neccessary to drain the blood.


Pools of sterile fluid or serum cause swelling and pain. They are usually drained by needle which can be very painful.

Blood Loss

Uncontrolled blood loss is very serious as it can result in a loss of blood pressure which can be fatal.


Still one of the most common complications. Infections can be internal and severe. Normally treated with intravenous antibiotics.

Nerve Damage

Whilst often temporary it can be permanent.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

A condition where blood clots are formed in deep veins. When they travel to the lungs it is called a pulmonary embolism which can be fatal if undiagnosed.

Anasthesia Complications

Whilst obviously essential for the cosmetic procedure it can cause complications. Lung infections, a possible stroke or heart attack, even death.


A facelift can result in some scarring.

Not Happy With Results

We have all seen the pictures! Whilst most people are happy with the results you must understand that there is a risk that you might not be.

As with most types of surgeries, complications in plastic surgery tend to be more common in certain types of people. Obese, older people and smokers are more prone to these types of complications.

A Look At Some Of The Minimally Non-Invasive Options

Vampire Facial ® Facelift

Patients who want to address signs of ageing and skin damage are typical candidates for the Vampire Facial®.

Dr Sister has performed the Vampire Facial® on hundreds of patients helping them achieve a beautiful and smooth facial appearance without any need for a cosmetic surgical procedure.

The procedure involves separating platelets from a patient’s blood and then injecting the plasma in to targeted areas of their face. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy triggers the body’s natural healing response, which in turn activates stem cells within the patient’s skin to help grow new tissue. Over time, this can provide a number of cosmetic and anti-aging benefits; the Vampire Facial®:

  • Minimises pore size
  • Improves and brightens skin tone
  • Corrects scarring and smooths skin texture
  • Increases collagen and elasticity

Find out more aout the Vampire Facial®

Dermal Fillers

As our facial expressions repeat, as we age, maybe get to much exposure to the sun, and genetics; they all contribute to lines in our face.

Dermal fillers are used to smooth facial wrinkles as well as fine lines . They can also add natural looking volume filling furrows or hollows. They are a great way to rejuvenate the face.

Dr Sister only uses Hyaluronic acid fillers. It is naturally present in the skin and preserves moisture levels and boosts tone.

When injected into skin it adds fullness and helps reduce the prominence of wrinkles and folds. Hyaluronic acid attracts and binds water, which helps maintain fullness in the area of injection. They are safe and natural cosmetic dermal fillers.

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Botox® is made from the protein botulinum toxin and Dr Sister uses it to reduce wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, nose, mouth, chin, and neck. Botox® is injected in to the muscles and it temporarily eases muscle activity, blocking nerve impulses, and leaves the skin looking so much smoother.

It only takes 10 minutes for a treatment and within days you will see a significant improvement.

Whether it’s Botox for frown lines, Botox for crow’s feet or Botox for forehead lines, you are in safe hands with Dr Sister

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MINT Lift® (Minimally Invasive Non-Surgical Thread)

This is a thread lift that creates superb results. It offers an immediate lift and a significant improvement in the texture and appearance of the skin without a surgical procedure.

This thread Lift uses cogged polydioxanone (PDO) threads which are the same material that is used in medical stitches which dissolve naturally over time.

Facial Lifting using threads is a very quick, minimally-invasive treatment for those where gravity is taking hold of the face and the skin is starting to sag.

Thread lifting redefines facial contours and induces collagen production. The threads offer support to lift the skin in to its new position. As the PDO continues to stimulate collagen under the skin, results improve over time.

Dr Sister is a UK training partner for MINT Lift®

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Plexr Plasma Soft Surgery

This Plasma treatment is great for delicate non-surgical eye lid tightening surgery (blepharoplasty) and also other skin tightening treatments. It is performed without any incision, cutting or stitching. There is no bruising or surgical fat removal and the muscle in the eyelids is not altered.

This treatment is a great option for people whre looking for non-surgical options for droopy eyelids, skin that is sagging and creepe-like lines near the eyes due to ageing.

There is less risk, downtime and expense compared to surgery and patients see results with only 1 or 2 treatments.

How long will a non surgical Facelift last?

This really depends on the type of treatment or procedure you have. You will need to get them done regularly to maintain the desired results but remember cosmetic surgery isn’t permament anyway!

Please note the above list is not exhaustive. Look around the site for other treatments. because there are so many options these days you really need to discuss what is best with Dr Sister. Get in touch here