Non-Surgical vs Surgical Facelift in Orange County

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You can choose from a range of cosmetic procedures to give your face an anti-aging boost. Dr. Alexis D. Furze of Orange County specializes in facial rejuvenation procedures and performs reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, as well as offers the latest non-surgical facelift techniques.

What Is a Facelift?

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that can reverse the signs of aging and restore a more youthful and taut appearance. During the procedure, incisions are strategically made around the ears and/or hairline.  Muscles are then tightened under the skin. The underlying tissue is then adjusted to reconstruct facial definition. Finally, the skin is pulled back in place and trimmed.

What Is a Non-Surgical Facelift?

The non-surgical facelift is not a single procedure; instead, it refers to a number of minimally-invasive techniques that can be combined in various ways to achieve specific results. Increasingly popular, the non-surgical facelift can provide the renewing benefits of a cosmetic enhancement without the risks and downtime associated with more extensive surgery.

The Procedures at a Glance


Surgical Facelift

Non-Surgical Facelift

What’s involved

Incisions, muscle tightening, adjustment of tissues and skin, and fat removal

A combination of volumizing and subjecting filler to sculpt.

Procedure time

4 – 6 hours (full facelift, mini facelift)

Less than 2 hours for most procedures.

Techniques and treatments

Various surgical techniques can be applied (full facelift and mini facelift). The techniques are differentiated by the length and placement of the incisions.

Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm Ultra Plus XC, Juvederm Voluma, Restylane and Radiesse; muscle relaxants such as Botox.


It can take 3-6 months for the final results to settle in. Results are long-lasting (10+ years).

Results are immediately visible and can last 6-12+ months, depending on the type of filler.

Risks and side effects

Surgical facelifts are generally considered safe. Potential complications include postoperative infection,  hematoma (bleeding), and scarring.

In general, there are few serious complications associated with a Non-surgical facelift. Specific risks depend on the technique.

Recovery time

Incisions will typically heal in about 2 weeks, bruising and swelling will subside in about 3-4 weeks. Medication may be prescribed for pain management.

Non-surgical techniques are generally less painful and require little downtime (1 to 2 weeks).


Which Is Right for You?

Both approaches can be highly effectively; however, non-surgical and surgical techniques have their unique advantages and limitations.

non-surgical facelift may be the right option for you if:

Because the non-surgical facelift incorporates different therapies, Dr. Furze will evaluate your skin and determine the combination of treatments that will benefit you most and optimize results.

You may wish to consider a surgery if:

A surgical facelift cannot erase time or stop the aging process, but it can revitalize the face. Non-surgical techniques may also be applied to enhance surgical results.

Your Facelift Consultation with Dr. Furze in Orange County

If you are interested in a reviving your face, contact Dr. Furze in Orange County for a consultation.  He can recommend the procedure or combination of procedures that can most effectively address your concerns. Contact his office to learn more.

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