LED Light Therapy vs. Facelift Surgery: Which Is Right for You?

Woman on beach contemplating surgical vs. nonsurgical facial rejuvenation options

The face is one of the first areas to show signs of aging. Luckily, there are countless treatments to correct wrinkles, dark spots, and other problems related to aging skin. Facelift surgery is the traditional option our Atlanta patients choose to firm up lax skin and lift sagging cheeks. However, the technology for nonsurgical procedures is quickly evolving, and a new facial rejuvenation treatment is on the market. LED light therapy has quickly become a popular option for tightening and toning the face—all without “going under the knife.” 

While we all experience wrinkles and lax skin, facial rejuvenation isn’t a one-size-fits-all procedure. If you’ve been considering an aesthetic treatment to revitalize your face, here’s how to know if LED therapy or a facelift is right for you.

LED Light Therapy

LED light therapy is a specialized skincare treatment that uses light wavelengths to support the skin’s overall health. The procedure has a history of various skincare uses, such as helping regenerate damaged muscle tissues for injured military personnel. Today, the treatment is used in the aesthetic community to promote collagen production and smooth away wrinkles, age spots, and other imperfections. Using varying LED wavelengths, the technique claims to help:

  • Clear acne
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Promote anti-aging effects

LED therapy can technically be used on any part of the body, but it is most frequently used across the face, neck, and chest. Each session lasts around 20 minutes and a series of 10 sessions is often recommended. 

Facelift Surgery

Facelift surgery is the go-to solution for correcting most signs of facial aging. The procedure lifts saggy skin and tightens the neck and jawline by adjusting both facial skin and the underlying muscles. Repositioning these tissues creates flattering, youthful results and avoids a tight, “wind tunnel” look. The results sculpt the jawline and tone skin across the face and neck, taking years off your appearance. 

As a traditional surgery, a facelift is performed under full anesthesia and is completed in 3 to 5 hours. Most patients require about 10 to 14 days of rest to recover from their procedure. Options such as a mini facelift have a shorter recovery time. 

Choosing the Right Procedure

LED light therapy and facelift surgery can both address signs of aging. However, they go about this in very different ways and achieve very different results. LED therapy is a good option for those who prefer a less-invasive treatment and want to correct minor signs of aging, such as fine lines or scars. A facelift, on the other hand, goes to the root of the problem and literally lifts and adjusts loose skin and sagging tissues. 

LED therapy may work better for those who are seeking a short-term solution or aren’t ready to commit to surgery. A facelift is best for patients who want more dramatic results and are ready for a long-term investment. In the end, choosing the “right” procedure depends on your personal needs. After a consultation with our doctors, we can help guide you toward the treatment that will best help you achieve your goals. 

Browse our before-and-after gallery to see examples of real patient results. If you’d like to learn more about LED light therapy or facelift surgery near Atlanta, request a consultation online or call (770) 421-1242.

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