07 Apr Facelift Or Fillers? When Is It Time To Consider Going Beyond Injections
Is It Time To Address Your Wrinkles?
Extra wrinkles, fine lines, and dull, sagging skin are common with age. Furthermore, years of sun damage and repetitive smiling or frowning increase these wrinkles further. These signs are expected and even embraced as symbols of wisdom. Yet, wrinkles do not genuinely reflect a youthful mind and an active life for many. Over several decades, facelifts and fillers have returned a youthful look for millions. One procedure is an injection, while the other is a surgical procedure. Knowing when to go beyond injections can help cosmetic patients decide for long-term results.
Understanding dermal fillers
Fillers, known as dermal fillers, help restore a youthful appearance to the face. A cosmetic surgeon injects compounds in strategic positions to smooth out wrinkles and plump up the skin. These are non-toxic compounds like hyaluronic acid, which is naturally produced by the body. Filler procedures can also involve neuromodulators like Botox. These come from a compound called botulinum Type A which restricts the nerve signals and facial muscles. In some cases, a cosmetic surgeon can use both Botox and dermal fillers for maximum results.
What are facelifts?
Facelifts are surgical procedures that significantly reduce deep wrinkles, lines, folds, and sagging skin. The treatment provides smooth, younger-looking skin that lasts for several years. The surgeon will make an incision along the hairline to the back of the ears. The skin is lifted and pulled back while the underlying tissue is strategically repositioned. These steps ensure a smooth, symmetrical look. The surgeon removes the excess skin and closes the incisions to complete the procedure. Facelifts are often combined with neck lifts to provide even more dramatic results.
When is it time for a facelift?
Most cosmetic surgeons or dermatologists will opt for fillers first. Fillers help patients with mild to moderate wrinkles. However, there are times when injections are not enough. For example, fillers can’t help loose, sagging skin and jowls common with age. Over time, fillers also weigh down skin that no longer produces enough collagen. On average, fillers last 6-12 months, so eventually, the procedure will be ineffective. Moving to a facelift brings long-term results lasting 10 or more years. That means a facelift can cost less in the long run.
Make the right choice
Both procedures can reduce wrinkles, improve overall confidence, and provide a younger appearance. Fillers are an excellent, non-surgical option with minimal risk. Over time, the effectiveness of fillers slowly declines. Skipping the injection is far more effective for patients with more severe wrinkles, jowls, and sagging skin. A facelift is a surgical procedure that does have risks. However, the procedure is unmatched in providing long-term results, adding years back to the clock.