If a spa is advertising a non-surgical facelift, it's likely referring to a service that uses mild electrical currents applied to the face and neck to tighten skin. These weak microcurrents, in theory, stimulate the body's production of collagen and elastin, which will plump and tighten skin. Another way it offers the face a "lift" is that these painless electrical pulses contract and strengthen muscles that have lengthened with age, according to one study. By toning up these muscles, skin attached to these bulked up muscles appears tighter, and restores the facial structure to a more youthful frame.
Dr. Draelos says that the procedure is temporarily effective, but it may not be the best way men can spend their spa dollars.
"You don't need an esthetician to hold it there for you unless you like the pampered treatment," says Draelos. Estheticians use the same device that is sold at department stores to the public, and the same results can be achieved at home, she says, and no specialized training is needed beyond reading the instructions that come with the product. "You can use it anywhere on the face except the eyeball," she says.
Verdict: Temporary and subtle results, but do it yourself at home, not at the spa.