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Emface vs. Rhytidectomy: Understanding the Difference Between Surgical and Non-Surgical Facelifts

We all go through aging, and its effects on our appearance can be distressing. Countless men and women turn to facelifts to restore a more youthful look. But the choice between surgical and non-surgical facelifts is confusing for many prospects. EMface vs. Rhytidectomy—what’s the difference, and which should you get? Let’s dive into each, so you can choose the best way to achieve your desired look.

What Is EMface?

EMface is a non-surgical facelift option that treats three layers of the face:

  1. Deep muscle layer strengthened to support and lift face on deepest level
  2. Stimulate collagen
  3. Smooth wrinkles and tighten skin

This non-surgical, needle-free facelift delivers a noticeably more youthful appearance. Patients don’t have to worry about downtime and the risks of traditional surgical facelifts. Instead, it relies on synchronized RF energy and HIFES technology to boost collagen production. More collagen in the body tightens the skin and reduces wrinkles.

How Does EMface Work?

EMface uses radiofrequency energy and high-intensity focused electromagnetic technology to tighten and tone the skin. During the procedure, a specialist will use a device to emit RF energy to heat the deeper skin layers. This triggers collagen production and causes the skin to contract and tighten.

This new non-surgical facelift is a versatile treatment. You can target specific concern areas to achieve a lifted and youthful appearance. Popular treatment areas include the cheeks, jawline, or neck. Since it’s non-invasive, you won’t experience any pain or scarring. At most, you’ll feel a warming sensation during the procedure.

Why Do People Love EMface?

EMface offers an easy and painless solution for facial renewal. Benefits of this novel facelift alternative include:

  •  Convenient and quick sessions
  •  Minimal downtime
  •  Comfortable procedure
  •  Natural-looking and long-lasting results
  •  More cost-effective than surgery
  •  Non-invasive (no needles, toxins, or fillers!)

When Will I See Non-Surgical Facelift Results?

Everyone’s experience with EMface is unique. Most people need at least four sessions (one per week) to get optimal results.

You may notice subtle results right after the treatment. However, full effects appear within four to six weeks after your final session. They’ll continue to get better in the following weeks.

After the full results manifest, you’ll enjoy optimal facial muscle tone for about six months. Some clients may get more than six months out of their treatment. We recommend touch-up sessions every six months to maintain a top-notch outcome.

Rhytidectomy: What Is It and How Does It Work?

Our skin loses its elasticity and firmness with time. This leads to wrinkles and sagging skin. Rhytidectomy is a surgical facelift that removes excess skin and tightens the underlying muscles.

This surgery involves repositioning the skin and soft tissue for a younger appearance. Target areas include the jawline, cheeks, mid-face, and neck.1

During a rhytidectomy, you can expect incisions along the hairline near the temples, around the ears, and under the chin. These cuts allow the surgeon to access, lift, and tighten the underlying muscles and tissues.

Besides removing excess skin, a surgical facelift can address other aging signs like jowls, double chins, and sagging neck skin. Some patients may combine this procedure with other cosmetic treatments. For example, an eye lift or nose surgery can deliver a complete rejuvenation experience.

Does Rhytidectomy Hurt?

One of the common concerns people have when considering a rhytidectomy is whether it’ll hurt. The thought of prolonged discomfort can be unsettling. Fortunately, modern cosmetic surgery techniques and anesthesia have made facelifts a more comfortable experience for most patients.

But compared to the EMface non-surgical facelift, a rhytidectomy involves more discomfort and recovery time. Your body needs time to heal from incisions after the procedure. If you have a low pain tolerance and haven’t gotten a facelift before, EMface may be the better choice. See if the non-invasive option can give the results you desire before going the invasive route.

How Long Does Facelift Surgery Take?

The duration of a rhytidectomy facelift surgery varies based on the:

  • Extent of the procedure
  •  Surgeon’s approach
  •  Patient’s needs and cosmetic goals

A full extensive facelift (including neck lifting and tightening) can take eight hours to complete. This is a significant time investment when stacked up with EMface, which only takes 20 minutes per session.

EMface vs. Rhytidectomy: Which Is Right for Me?

The decision of whether to get a surgical or non-surgical facelift is personal. It depends on various factors, such as your needs, goals, and budget. Both options have unique benefits and drawbacks. Understanding the key differences between the two is essential to make an educated decision.

EMface doesn’t involve fillers, toxins, needles, or incisions. This makes it an attractive facelift option. The results may not be as dramatic or the same as what you’ll get from a surgical facelift. But it’s worth trying if you’re looking for a quick and convenient solution with minimal downtime.

On the other hand, rhytidectomy is an invasive procedure requiring incisions. It may be more effective at producing long-lasting results and addressing a more comprehensive range of aging concerns. But unlike EMface, there’s discomfort and recovery involved. Those with a low pain tolerance prefer a more natural approach like EMface.

Are you on the fence between EMface and rhytidectomy? Consult with an expert to share your goals, concerns, and expectations. Get your questions answered before making a choice.

Enjoy a Non-surgical Facelift with EMface

New England Center for Body Sculpting is a premier provider of cutting-edge beauty procedures, including the EMface non-surgical facelift. Medical director Dr. Julia Edelman, MD, FACOG, NCMP, offers a range of treatments to help you look and feel your best. EMface, in particular, provides a safe and effective solution to address aging signs without incisions or toxins.

Want to treat yourself to a non-invasive facial toning experience? Visit the New England Center of Body Sculpting. We are proud to be the leading provider of EMface in Middleboro, MA, and New England. We serve the Greater Boston, Greater Providence, South Shore, Southcoast, MA, Eastern Massachusetts, and Cape Cod areas. Get started by calling 508 947-2852 to schedule a free consultation.





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1. Rhytidectomy (Face-Lift Surgery), published in JAMA Network, Link
2. *BTL data on file

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