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What are Some Non-Invasive Options for Facial Rejuvenation?

Restoring a youthful appearance is the goal of many patients who visit Dr. Tim Sayed in Newport Beach. In the past, surgery has been the most effective course of action to reduce the signs of aging and rejuvenate the face. While surgery such as facelift and browlifts certainly provide outstanding facial rejuvenation results, some patients would prefer a non-invasive, non-surgical approach. 

Fortunately, there are many ways to bring back a youthful appearance that don’t involve surgery.

In this article, we explore some of the options available for non-invasive facial rejuvenation. You’ll learn about the benefits and pros and cons of many different treatments, including Botox® injections, dermal fillers, the liquid facelift, the hydrafacial, and two newly available procedures at Dr. Sayeds Newport Beach Plastic Surgery Clinic, the Cynosure Potenza RF Microneedling Device, and the ICON 1540HNM laser.

Botox® Injections

Botox® – or botulinum toxin – is a purified nerve toxin that’s used to treat muscle spasms and other conditions. When injected into the skin, it temporarily paralyzes muscles, making them less active. It’s also used for cosmetic purposes to reduce wrinkles and crow’s feet, giving the face a youthful glow. Dr. Sayed uses it in various forms to help people with their facial rejuvenation. Botox® is a great way to reduce wrinkles and puffiness in the face without surgery temporarily.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are substances that can be injected into the skin to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, giving the face a more youthful look. The most common type of filler is made from hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs in the human body. This substance is injected into wrinkles around the eyes and mouth to plump them up – or to reduce them. By using dermal fillers, you can make your face more youthful-looking without surgery.

Liquid Facelift

Liquid facelifts are the non-surgical alternative to a surgical facelift. They’re very similar in the way they work – but require less downtime. A liquid facelift involves injecting a tailored mix of Botox® and dermal fillers into the skin around the mouth, throat, neck and lower face. This solution acts on skin tissue just like a dermal filler. It plumps up wrinkled areas and gives the rest of the face more volume.


A Hydrafacial is a non-invasive facial treatment that uses a device to exfoliate, stimulate circulation and do facial massage for the purpose of better skin health. The procedure removes old skin cells while firming up the new underlying cells, giving the face a much-rejuvenated appearance without needing surgery.

Cynosure Potenza RF Microneedling Device

This device from Cynosure is the new standard in RF microneedling with revolutionizing enhanced topical penetration. With four different RF modes, monopolar, bipolar, 1 & 2 MHz, this system can treat all skin types in all different seasons on any part of the body. This novel technology can smooth and tighten the skin in highly precise areas, improve localized skin blemishes, and can also be used to firm up larger areas of skin.

ICON 1540HNM Laser

Icon’s well established and highly regarded fractional laser skin resurfacing treatment fixes numerous skin conditions with minimal downtime. Delivering light energy through the skin cells, the ICON 1540 fractional laser stimulates skin coagulation in columns, surrounded by healthy skin, enabling the body’s natural collagen production process and creating new, younger, healthier skin around the treatment area.

The industry-leading procedure can treat acne scarring, surgical or traumatic scars, and can resurface skin that has impaired texture, tone, or other blemishes caused by sun exposure or the aging process. Stretch marks from pregnancy, growth spurts, and significant changes in body weight can also be treated with the ICON 1540HNM laser.  

Non-Invasive Facial Rejuvenation in Newport Beach, CA

Feeling and looking rejuvenated gives patients a new breath of confidence in their day to day lives. With these non-invasive procedures, patients can look and feel younger without needing downtime, and for very affordable prices. Reach out to Dr. Tim Sayed in Newport Beach or La Jolla, CA on (858) 247-2933 or via this online form to arrange a quick virtual consultation to discover how we can help you look and feel your best.

Not Ready for Surgery? Try a Liquid Facelift!

Are you troubled by signs of aging such as lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, or loss of volume in your face or lips? These are all common complaints of those who are entering their 40s and 50s and leads some to consider the prospect of a facelift. However, many of these individuals are not prepared for a full facial surgery with permanent results and a lot of downtimes. For these men and women, a liquid facelift may be the perfect alternative. Interested in learning more? Here’s everything you need to know about the non-invasive procedure.

What is a Liquid Facelift?

Dr. Sayed uses a number of different methods in his liquid facelift depending on the results his patients desire and their unique concerns. The procedure usually includes a neuromodulator such as Botox® or Dysport®, laser therapy, and one or two types of dermal fillers.

Botox® and Dysport® can target expression lines around the mouth, on the forehead, and in the corners of the eyes. By preventing these muscles from contracting, it relaxes them and softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If more treatment of these areas is needed, Dr. Sayed can use a CO2 laser such as the Fraxel laser system to further reduce their appearance.

Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Voluma or Poly-L-lactic acid fillers like Sculptra® can be injected to add volume to sunken cheeks and temples and enhance the cheekbones. The lines that run from the nose to the corners of the lips are often called marionette lines are a common sign of aging and these can be treated with a dermal filler with an advanced Vycross formula such as Juvéderm® Volbella or Juvéderm® Vollure. These types of fillers can also be used to restore volume to lips that have been affected by aging.

With a ‘six-area’ injection technique, Dr. Sayed can address jowls, creases on the chin, hollow or sunken cheeks or temples, and marionette lines. By targeting the areas of the face that show the signs of aging the most, Dr. Syed can create a natural, younger look with no invasive surgery. Depending on the techniques and substances used, a liquid facelift can last up to two years though there is usually some maintenance required every few months if Botox® or Dysport® is used.

How Does a Liquid Facelift Differ from a Traditional Facelift?

A traditional facelift uses surgery to tighten muscles of the face and reposition or remove the skin to correct common signs of aging. While it is an effective and permanent way to create a younger appearance, it’s also a major surgery that requires recovery time. A liquid facelift, on the other hand, is completely non-invasive and involves little to no downtime. A liquid facelift is ideal for younger patients who are not yet ready for a full facelift and can often prevent the need for a facelift for years.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Liquid Facelift?

Wondering if you would be a good candidate for a liquid facelift? Dr. Sayed finds the patients who benefit most from one of these procedures are those who want a complete facial rejuvenation without the invasiveness or downtime of a full facelift. Those who have deep wrinkles or who have lost volume in their face due to aging usually experience the best results. Dr. Sayed also finds that those patients who have realistic expectations for the procedure and understand that results are not permanent and will need regular maintenance are the ones who are the most satisfied after a liquid facelift procedure.

Where Can I Find the Best Place to Get a Liquid Facelift?

If you are in southern California, you can find no better plastic surgeon than Dr. Sayed to perform a liquid facelift. Dr. Sayed prides himself on utilizing a technique that creates youthful, natural results with his procedure. With over 13 years of experience, Dr. Sayed is recognized as an expert in multiple types of plastic surgery and patients travel from around the country to seek out his services.

If you want to address the most common signs of aging on your face but are not yet ready for a full facelift, you need to consider the many benefits of a liquid facelift. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Sayed today to learn more.