Surgical facelifts might be the gold standard for lifting facial skin and restoring a more youthful look to an aging face, but not everyone wants or needs surgery, according to cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richard E. Buckley, medical director of MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center, in Milford, Pa.

“For women and men who can’t tolerate the downtime associated with a surgical facelift, don’t want surgery or don’t yet need a facelift, there are lots of energy-based options that can noninvasively lift and help tighten facial skin,” says Dr. Buckley, who recently attended the 2019 Vegas Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Dermatology Conference, where experts talked about the possibilities with energy-based devices in cosmetic medicine. “Today’s lasers and light sources can rejuvenate faces, without patients having to take a day off of work for recovery.”

The energy-based facial rejuvenation combination treatment that Dr. Buckley often recommends to patients includes Ultherapy, an ultrasound-based device for skin lifting, and Thermage, a radio frequency-based technology for skin tightening. He and his staff offer a menu of other procedures, including lasers, fillers and fat transfer for volumization and neuromodulator relaxers including Botox to relax wrinkles and lines; and medical facial peels to improve skin quality, texture and tone.

“This popular noninvasive facial rejuvenation combo addresses the common concerns of aging, looks natural and leaves patients more confident and feeling “like new”, he says. “In fact, combination nonsurgical approaches can address signs of aging that a facelift can’t.”