In clinic, we often hear, “I want to tighten and lift my skin but I don’t know what’s best for me”. Bringing back youthfulness often entails smoothing lines and wrinkles, and lifting skin to reverse the effect of gravity over time, but is a surgical facelift the best option, or would a non-invasive solution offer the desired result for the individual’s current skin condition?

We discuss the pros and cons of facelift surgery vs the latest non-surgical solution – 3D HIFU skin tightening and lifting treatment.


What is a surgical facelift?

A surgical facelift involves a plastic or cosmetic surgeon and a general anaesthetic to surgically remove, lift, adjust and arrange the facial and / or neck skin and muscle tissue with the aim of a more youthful appearance.



  • Considered to give the best results for skin lifting and tightening
  • Longer lasting result



  • Requires a general anaesthetic
  • Risks associated with surgery such as complications and scarring
  • High cost
  • Invasive
  • Long recovery time
  • Can result in a “fake” look


What is a non-surgical facelift?

A non-surgical facelift involves the use of a medical device to non-invasively promote skin lifting and tightening, without the use of a general anaesthetic, scalpel or stitches. Medical devices for facial rejuvenation typically use laser, radio frequency or ultrasound energy.

At Appearance Clinic we use the latest 3D HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) treatment for non-surgical face lifting and skin tightening. Treatment stimulates your body’s natural collagen production to strengthen, smooth, tighten and rejuvenate the face and neck. 3D HIFU can be used to lift the brow, smooth lines and wrinkles, and tighten sagging skin on the neck and jawline.

3D HIFU can target multiple concerns with precise targeting. 1.5mm dermal layer targeting focuses on pore size and appearance, skin texture and tone as well as fine lines. The 3mm subcutaneous layer targeting focuses on contouring and slimming, especially around the chin and jaw line, and the 4.5mm layer targeting, also called a non-surgical facelift, focuses on tightening and firming to lift sagging skin and provide a more youthful appearance.



  • Non-invasive skin lifting and tightening
  • Stimulates natural collagen production
  • No incisions or stitches
  • No downtime
  • No recovery time
  • Natural results



  • Results will need to be maintained every 1 to 2 years.


free skin analysis consultation

What’s best for your skin may not be best for someone else’s as we’re all unique and we all have our own individual set of skin goals. We take a customised approach to all treatments.

For a personalised skin analysis with an expert skin therapist, book a complimentary consultation at Appearance Clinic Australia. You will be able to discuss treatment options tailored specifically to your skin condition and concerns.

Simply click on the button below to book your complimentary consultation online now. Alternatively, you can call our friendly and experienced team on (03) 9331 2566.