Can Laser Resurfacing Be An Alternative to a Facelift?

What can laser resurfacing and facial rejuvenation offer you?

Laser resurfacing is a skin rejuvenation treatment designed to improve the appearance of the skin by removing or resurfacing the top layer. It’s classed as non-invasive and can be performed as a standalone anti ageing treatment or as part of a wider skin rejuvenation plan.

Unlike facelift surgery, which is an invasive surgical procedure, most types of laser resurfacing for the skin are non-surgical. The aim is to revitalise the skin.

This type of treatment is ideal for helping to reduce the appearance of ageing lines and wrinkles. Some patients also seek treatments using a laser for acne scars.

Will laser resurfacing replace the facelift?

No, a non-surgical laser skin resurfacing treatment will never replace the long-term benefits of a facelift, but it does have numerous skin rejuvenation benefits.

A laser treatment can be both an anti ageing treatment and a skin rejuvenation solution. The benefits of choosing non-surgical treatments like this include:

  • wrinkle reduction around the forehead and mouth
  • minimising of facial lines around the eyes
  • acne and acne scarring reduction
  • removal of skin pigmentation concern including age spots, brown spots etc
  • improvement in skin firmness
  • improvement in skin smoothness
  • glowing skin
  • more youthful looking skin

Who is laser resurfacing suitable for?

This depends on what your aesthetic and cosmetic needs are, in both the short and long term. If you wish to lift the skin of the face noticeably you’ll likely be better off choosing a facelift.

A facelift is a permanent and long-term solution to the sagging of skin on the face. While skin rejuvenation treatments like laser resurfacing can reduce ageing symptoms it is not the same as a facelift or neck lift surgery.

It’s common for patients to undergo laser resurfacing as part of a facial rejuvenation makeover, and can be beneficial before or after facelift surgery to improve the appearance of the skin overall.

Is it just for older patients?

Not at all. As well as part of anti ageing plans, laser skin resurfacing can benefit younger patients seeking to improve their overall skin appearance because of concerns such as acne.

The scarring that acne leaves behind can be unsettling, and it’s common for young adults to seek a cosmetic solution to the uneven skin they’re left with.

You can find out more about laser for acne scars via the treatment pages.

Getting more information

Would you like to book a consultation or learn more about facelift surgery, laser resurfacing, or skin rejuvenation procedures? We welcome you to contact us and discuss your needs.


We appreciate every patient is different and everyone’s needs are unique. Let us help you discover healthier skin and improve your self-esteem.


There is more information about skin rejuvenation treatments and anti ageing procedures via the treatment pages in the menu. Take a look and get in touch if we can be of assistance.

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