Carolina Non-Surgical Facelift Overview
Treats: Fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots and pigmentation, enlarged pores, shallow scars, mild skin laxity, skin irregularities, hollowing, lack of facial definition, and early signs of aging
Length: Less than an hour
Anesthesia: Topical numbing cream applied before the procedure
Side Effects: Skin redness, mild swelling for 2-4 days
Risks: Hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation when used on darker skin tones
Recovery: Most patients return to regular schedule within 1-2 days, post treatment care may extend up to 5 days
Duration of Results: May be long-lasting once treatment plan is completed
Remarkable Care, Exceptional Results
“The staff at Carolina Facial Plastics are incredible! I’ve been seeing Heather for a year now for Botox and filler and I couldn’t be happier. She’s extremely knowledgeable and welcoming. She always makes me feel comfortable and I LOVE my results every time. I will always recommend Carolina Facial Plastics!”
-Brandi N, Google Review
At Carolina Facial Plastics, you can elevate your aesthetic experience by combining multiple treatments that deliver even more outstanding results when used simultaneously. For instance, one facial laser treatment pairing that can give you superior anti-aging results is our Ultimate Duo procedure – the combination of the CoolPeel laser and Virtue RF microneedling. However, we don’t stop there. We have taken this combination treatment to the next level with our new proprietary procedure – the Carolina Non-Surgical Facelift – to produce even better, longer-lasting results.
The Carolina Non-Surgical Facelift combines the benefits of Virtue RF + CoolPeel (our Ultimate Duo) with Botox, dermal fillers, and skincare products to create the ultimate non-surgical facelift and skin rejuvenation package suitable for all skin types.
Virtue RF combines the rejuvenating benefits of microneedling with the stimulation of radiofrequency (RF) energy to renew the skin from the inside out. When the microneedles of the Virtue RF system perforate the superficial layer of skin, RF energy is transmitted to heat the deeper tissue. The skin reacts by working to repair the tissue through collagen and elastin formation and, in effect, will gradually give the skin a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.
Virtue RF goes beyond reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It can also address unwanted scars and improve the skin’s tone and texture. Only the Virtue RF pairs every procedure with the most innovative sheet masks to help soothe the skin and eliminate redness.
CoolPeel offers a safe and comfortable way to achieve the benefits of a traditional CO2 resurfacing treatment. By targeting the superficial layer of skin tissue, damaged skin is removed to reveal younger and healthier-looking skin. CoolPeel delivers high energy in extremely short pulses, creating impressive superficial skin resurfacing without the heat that traditionally would damage surrounding skin.
The gentler treatment ensures you can achieve your desired results in a series of treatment sessions or in combination with other treatments – all with minimal downtime. The CoolPeel helps improve fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, enlarged pores, and loose skin.
Dynamic wrinkles are caused by muscle movement, such as when you squint, smile, or laugh. Common dynamic wrinkles include lines around your forehead or crow’s feet around your eyes. When injected into the skin, Botox® blocks the nerve signals that control selected facial muscles, causing them to relax and, in effect, smooth away lines and wrinkles on the skin.
Dermal fillers are similar to Botox Cosmetic in that they are injectable treatments for lines and wrinkles. However, dermal fillers achieve smooth skin in a different way. Dermal fillers don’t work to relax facial muscles. Instead, these fillers plump up the skin by filling in static wrinkles. They restore lost volume to smooth skin from the inside out, giving it a younger-looking appearance.
Dermal fillers such as Juvéderm® and Restylane® are made of hyaluronic acid (HA), which is found naturally throughout the body and plays a major role in keeping skin hydrated and volumized. We frequently use HA fillers to fill in wrinkles under the eyes and around the mouth. Another type of filler, known as Sculptra®, contains calcium particles that stimulate collagen production to keep the skin elastic, restore volume, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
The process of skin rejuvenation begins and continues with a solid skincare regimen. Although cosmetic procedures like laser treatments and injectables have a significant impact on specific skin issues, the skin quality improvements are often not permanent.
All skin types will benefit from powerful growth factors and other topical ingredients delivered to the skin daily. From peptides and antioxidants to brightening agents and Retinol, these ingredients help get skin in optimal shape before your cosmetic procedures –and ensure the best and longest-lasting results possible afterward.
The Carolina Non-Surgical Facelift can improve:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Brown spots and pigmentation
- Enlarged pores
- Shallow scars
- Mild skin laxity
- Skin irregularities
- Gummy smile
- A wide jawline or lack of definition on the lower face
- Folds, creases, or loss of facial volume
The Carolina Non-Surgical Facelift begins with the Ultimate Duo combination procedure, starting with the Virtue RF treatment. We will apply a numbing cream 30-45 minutes before your procedure to ensure a comfortable experience. You might feel slight pressure from the handpiece, especially on bony areas of the face.
We can adjust the settings to minimize discomfort. You may have some redness, but the post-treatment mask, infused with antioxidants, vitamins, moisturizers, and anti-inflammatory properties, should soothe the skin and reduce side effects. A full-face treatment will take approximately 20 minutes to perform, depending on the treatment area’s size and the overall skin condition.
The CoolPeel treatment is next and takes about 15-20 minutes to perform on the face. A handheld device will deliver short pulses of energy to the treatment area, creating a controlled injury with less heat buildup in the skin. It will only target the superficial skin to reveal the healthier-looking skin beneath the surface.
Next, we will administer the injectables. Botox and dermal filler treatments typically take just a few minutes to complete. Our expert injectors in our Charlotte, NC facility, Heather Bryant PA-C, Courtney Whitley, FNP-C, and Amanda Piligian, PA-C, have great insight into the art of facial rejuvenation with injectables. They will use the “needleless” technique with blunt-tipped microcannulas to inject small amounts of Botox and filler into each of the targeted areas around your nose, mouth, cheeks, and jawline. Once your treatment is completed, you are free to return to your regular activities.
At Carolina Facial Plastics, we have custom-designed our own medical line, CFP skin care, so we can help you achieve healthy, beautiful skin. We also offer other medical-grade skincare products from brands such as SkinCeuticals and Neocutis. Whatever your skincare goals, my team and I will recommend the skincare products that are right for you.
Virtue RF and Cool Peel both require minimal to no downtime. For Virtual RF, you may experience minimal redness and a warm sensation immediately following the treatment, but this should resolve within a few hours, especially if the treatment is accompanied by a sheet mask. Most redness that does appear will dissipate within 12-24 hours.
At the lightest setting, your skin will feel and look like a sunburn for one night after the Cool Peel procedure. The next day, you might appear a bit sun-kissed but should experience no pain. Some patients may opt for higher settings to get faster and more impressive results. This approach would result in 2-4 days of mild swelling and redness.
Botox and dermal filler injections only produce mild swelling around the injection sites for a day or two. Use of the microcannula instead of a needle also reduces potential side effects, so patients typically experience very little evidence of their injectable treatments.
Other recovery tips include:
- Makeup can be worn 48 hours after procedure if desired
- May resume gentle moisturizers and products on skin.
- No exfoliators or harsh products on the skin until after day 5 (vitamin C products, retinols, etc.)
- Skin may feel rough like sandpaper for 3-4 days post treatment
Carolina Facial Plastics is a boutique facial plastic surgery practice that is solely focused on the treatments of the face and neck. We believe our dedication, focus, and experience allow us to give our patients the best results while minimizing downtime. We are known for unparalleled and natural-looking results.
Courtney Whitley, FNC-P, Heather Bryant, MPAS, PA-C, and Amanda Piligian, PA-C, can all perform our skin rejuvenation treatments. All of our providers have extensive training and experience with aesthetics of the face and neck and are considered experts in their fields.
Frequently asked questions
At Carolina Facial Plastics, we believe the ideal candidates for a Carolina Non-Surgical Facelift are patients who:
- Want to minimize fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck
- Have brown spots and pigmentation
- Have enlarged pores
- Have mild skin laxity but are not candidates for a surgical facelift
- Are looking for non-surgical treatment for unwanted scars
- Want to improve irregular skin tone and texture
- Want to enhance facial definition and symmetry
- Are looking for a non-surgical approach to a facelift
- Desire preventative treatment for aging symptoms
- Want to achieve and maintain long-lasting results
The procedure is comfortable and well-tolerated without anesthesia, but topical anesthetics are available, especially for CoolPeel’s higher laser settings. In general, you should only feel slight heat and pressure, plus a mild sunburn for one night.
Injectable treatments at our Charlotte office are very well-tolerated. We take many steps to ensure the comfort of our patients during treatment. As a general rule with injections, the needle’s size directly correlates to the level of discomfort patients will experience. We only use the smallest cannula for these injections to ensure the most comfortable treatment experience possible.
The combination of procedures should allow you to start noticing subtle improvements within seven days of your treatment as your skin renews itself. The results will progressively improve within the first three months after your procedure.
The Carolina Non-Surgical Facelift offers long-lasting results. You can enjoy your results for several months to several years, depending on your skin type and condition. Longevity will also depend on how quickly your body absorbs the injectables, and your lifestyle after your treatment. We will work with you to create a maintenance plan to help optimize your results.