Facelift or Fillers? Is This Really the Right Question?

Over the past several decades, men and women of a certain age have been known to get a little help from their plastic surgeon. For some time, facelift surgery achieved results that screamed “I had work done!” As a result, more people began choosing to live with the signs of aging rather than alter their face into a windblown look. This all changed when dermal fillers and other injectables became available. Alongside advances in nonsurgical treatments, cosmetic procedures aimed at rejuvenating the face have also improved. These steps forward in aesthetic medicine have led to the common question about whether fillers or a facelift is “better.” We think this may not be the real question at all.

What a Facelift Can Do

Facelift surgery is a procedure in which the tissues that make up the deep plane of the face, those that lie over the bony structure of the cheeks, are manually repositioned. It used to be that a facelift was a facelift. That’s not the case anymore. Today, facelifts are tailored to the individual to correct age-related concerns such as:

  • Jowls
  • Double chin
  • Neck bands
  • Marionette lines
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Loose, sagging skin in the mid-face area

What Injectables Can Do

Injectable products are used to reduce dynamic wrinkles that develop on the upper face and smooth tissue in the lower face. Some work by releasing muscle tension and others by adding volume to superficial tissue.

Injectables are beneficial for the subtle correction of:

  • Frown lines
  • A mildly drooping brow line
  • Nasolabial folds and marionette lines
  • Thin, deflated lips
  • Undereye bags
  • Flattening cheekbones

The whole idea of rejuvenating the face with periodic injections is genius, really. However, it is important to know what the limitations are. Just as we’ve seen the potential for a facelift to go wrong, we’ve also learned that it’s possible to over-do it with Botox and dermal fillers.

What we’ve found in many cases is that injectables and facelift surgery go together. A facelift cannot do everything that injectables can do, such as filling in the cheeks. Conversely, injectables cannot do what a facelift can do, such as getting rid of excess, loose skin. To discover more about what a facelift and injectables can do for you, call (512) 450-1077 and arrange a visit to our Austin office.

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