Think back just a few short years and most of us will remember the invasive nature of facelifts. A major surgical treatment, it left women (and men) with battered and bruised faces that took weeks, if not months, to heal.  And let’s not forget that sometimes the effect was rather too severe, leaving the patient looking unnatural and sometimes even downright scary.

Then along came a far less invasive treatment that took around one hour to complete – and the term ‘lunchtime facelift’ was born.  Critics thought it made plastic surgery appear inconsequential which in turn could discourage people from giving it the thought and consideration any procedure requires.  Other critics thought it made our beauty-obsessed culture even more shallow and narcissistic.  But most people hailed it as a giant step forward which allowed more people to open up the door to youthful looks. The recovery times were less, the side effects few and far between and the price tag far lower.

The lunchtime facelift is now used to describe a range of different facelifts and/or facial treatments designed to give a youthful appearance. There are a few different treatments.  Let’s explore them briefly to see which, if any, suit you.

Mini facelift
This term often refers to a facelift which does still carry a surgical element but where the cuts are far smaller and recovery periods are limited to a few days rather than a few weeks.  Only local anaesthetic is required and the procedure takes around one to one and a half hours to complete. Its effects are subtle, natural and great for people who are worried about jowls or excess skin.

Botox
A popular choice of ‘facelift’, this procedure sees Botox injected into troublesome areas including eye areas and the forehead. The Botox causes the muscles to relax which reduces the look of wrinkles. Regular injections are required – usually every six months.

Collagen injections
These work in a similar way to Botox in that an injection is administered into different areas of the face.  The collagen injected causes the skin to rise which reduces wrinkles.

Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion
This surgical procedures removes an upper layer of the skin to reveal a fresh layer that contains less wrinkles.  Not side effect free, this procedure is sometimes described as painful and can leave redness and irritation for a few days.

Skin tightening procedures
This covers a range of procedures which use heat treatments to produce younger looking skin.  The heat elicits a natural healing process, which in turn promotes collagen production.  An uplifted appearance and tighter skin are the result.  Multiple treatments are recommended for the best results.

The Venus Freeze treatment offered by Swannbeauty.co.uk is one of these skin tightening procedures.  It’s completely pain free and recovery is immediate.  Watch some customer testimonials to see just how easy the treatment is.  It combines Multi-Polar Radio Frequency and Magnetic Pulsed Fields into one device which creates a heat response in your face tissue.  Read our FAQs for more information and to decide if it’s the treatment for you.