Published: January 22, 2024
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EMFACE is one of the latest non-invasive face-lifting innovations to hit the market. This revolutionary device rejuvenates the face by delivering two synchronized energies to tighten facial skin and tone underlying muscle, making it the very first device of its kind.

Non-surgical facial rejuvenation is a popular category, and EMFACE is far from the only device or treatment promising to deliver results. According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botox and dermal fillers still take the lead when it comes to popular nonsurgical treatments.

Can EMFACE compete with these injectables? Is it better or comparable to Botox, fillers and other alternatives? Let’s find out.


EMFACE is a facial rejuvenation treatment developed by BTL Aesthetics, the makers of the very popular EMSCULPT system for body contouring and EMSELLA for pelvic floor health. The EMFACE device emits synchronized radiofrequency (RF) and high-intensity facial electrical stimulation (HIFES™). The combination of these two energies affects the facial skin and muscles, resulting in natural tightening and lifting.

To explain further, RF energy heats the deep layer of the skin called the dermis, which enhances collagen and elastin production. The result is smoother, tighter skin with fewer wrinkles and reduced laxity. The HIFES™ technology causes selective contraction of specific upward pulling facial muscles to boost their density and volume. The effect of this is a natural lifting of the forehead, cheeks and corners of the mouth.

The procedure takes patient comfort in mind and is quite simple. The treatment starts with your provider cleansing your skin to prepare it for the treatment. They also apply a grounding pad to your upper back before you lay down for treatment. There is no need for anesthesia or sedation with this treatment as it is completely painless.

Once you’re ready, your provider will stick the remaining treatment pads to your face. Two go on your cheeks and one on your forehead, and all are connected to the EMFACE device to deliver synchronized energy. The whole treatment takes about 20 to 25 minutes from start to finish. You will return for three more sessions every seven to 10 days to complete the full treatment protocol.

What Are the Benefits of EMFACE?

As a unique, noninvasive treatment, EMFACE has been getting a lot of attention for its many promised benefits:

  • Restores natural volume in the mid-face
  • Lifts the eyebrows and smooths forehead wrinkles
  • Results in 37% wrinkle reduction
  • Lifts the cheeks and mouth corners by 23%

Other benefits of this treatment are:

  • Noninvasive and needle-free
  • Two therapies in a single treatment (muscle and skin)
  • No downtime necessary
  • Results in just four 20-minute sessions
  • Long-lasting results of up to a year
  • Suitable for all skin types and tones
  • Even better results are achieved with an ongoing maintenance program

How Does EMFACE Compare to Botox and Dermal Fillers?

It’s clear that EMFACE is an attractive alternative to more invasive facelift procedures, which can be risky and require long downtimes. But how does it compare to popular injectables, like Botox and dermal fillers?

Both EMFACE and injectables promise to diminish facial wrinkles and restore volume to the aging face. Both approaches are less invasive than surgery and do not require downtime. Other than that, there are a number of differences between the two:

Needle-free Needles involved
Restores natural volume Adds volume with synthetic ingredients (fillers)
Four sessions necessary Results in a single treatment
Results last 1 year Results last 6 months on average
Painless procedure Mild pain and discomfort
Works by boosting muscle tone Works by paralyzing muscles (Botox)
Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles Prevents/removes fine lines and wrinkles
No risks or side effects reported May be risky in rare situations
Produces subtle results Results range from dramatic to subtle
Results visible after two months Results noticeable immediately (fillers) or within several days (Botox)
Natural-looking results Can change your natural features

Both approaches have their benefits and downsides. At the end of the day, your choice of treatment is a matter of personal preferences. EMFACE was developed as a less invasive alternative to facelifts and as an option for those who don’t like needles or the idea of getting regular maintenance treatments every couple of months.

How Does EMFACE Compare to Other Nonsurgical Treatments?

Besides injectables, many energy-based and mechanical therapies also promise to do what EMFACE does. Examples include Ultherapy, Ellacor, Morpheus8, laser skin resurfacing and microneedling, to name a few.

Compared to many of these treatments, EMFACE is much gentler on the skin and other tissues. This is why many other treatments involve a short recovery period. Others, like laser resurfacing and microneedling, may not be suitable for dark skin, sensitive skin or skin prone to keloid scar formation.

But the biggest difference between other treatments and EMFACE is that EMFACE is the only treatment that rejuvenates by enhancing muscle volume and tone. Reduced muscle tone is one of the main reasons for facial sagging and wrinkle formation. Making the facial muscles stronger helps restore a naturally youthful look to the face. Currently, only EMFACE targets facial muscles for this purpose.

The Takeaway

Botox injections, dermal fillers and other nonsurgical alternatives to the classic facelift are all great options for the right candidate. But EMFACE may be an even better alternative if you don’t like the idea of needles, want to rejuvenate your features naturally and enjoy your results longer.

EMFACE also works deep, from boosting collagen in the deeper dermis to changing how your facial muscles look and feel. The result is subtler than with many other therapies, but also more natural and longer-lasting. Plus, there are few risks with this treatment.

Choosing between different therapies depends on personal preference and your unique needs.

Refresh Your Look With EMFACE in St. Louis

Want to experience the many benefits of EMFACE in St. Louis? At Ridenour Plastic Surgery, we’ve added EMFACE to our repertoire of noninvasive facelift alternatives. If you are experiencing early signs of aging, including wrinkles and mild volume loss and sagging, this treatment can be what you need to restore your natural glow. Contact us today to schedule your consultation or book your consultation here.

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