Should I Choose Injectables or Face Lift Surgery?

The effect that aging has on the face is often the driving factor of patients who are considering either a face lift, or non-surgical facial treatment with injectables. Injectables such as botox and Juvederm, have been rapidly increasing in popularity as of late due to ease and overall effectiveness. A face lift and other surgical options remain popular as well thanks to their long-lasting results.
Are you having trouble deciding which option is ideal for you? Learn the key differences between surgical and non-surgical facial treatments below.

Different Goals
Sometimes it isn’t just a question of which procedure will help you achieve your desired look better. Injectables can fulfill a different role in correcting your appearance than face lift surgery does, and vice versa. Injected dermal fillers excel at adding volume to parts of the face, especially the lips, cheeks, and temples. There is a long list of filler types that can handle many different types of problems. If plumpness or fullness is what you are after, dermal fillers are often the ideal choice. Face lift surgery works very well at addressing sagging, loose skin and helping to give your face the contour it deserves. Depending on your ultimate goal, the look you have in mind may necessitate one or the other, and in some cases, both fillers and surgery combined. Just be mindful that non-surgical and surgical options both excel at different goals.

The Question Of Cost
Cost is a frequently encountered issue that sends many people opting for dermal fillers instead of face lift surgery. The truth is that there is a big picture that must be considered before blanketly choosing one or the other. Dermal fillers are not a long-term solution, as to maintain your effects you could need to retreat as often as every 3 months up to every couple of years depending on the filler in question. So while the upfront cost of surgery may seem daunting, the cost of continuously treating with dermal fillers will eventually overshadow it. The results of face lift surgery regularly last a decade or more, and can be well worth the investment when compared to a decade of constant filler retreatment.

Ease And Recovery
Injectables will always win in the battle of relative ease and recovery as a procedure. Dermal fillers have few restrictions and the downtime is minimal, making the interruption of your daily life nearly nonexistent. Face lift surgery is definitely a more restrictive choice overall and the downtime typically lasts 7 to 10 days. Recovery for a face lift means having to take time off of work and deal with multiple restrictions for a period of around two weeks. This can sometimes be too much for those with very busy and active lifestyles. Both face lift surgery and injectables have the risk of complications with the former having more, as expected given the invasiveness of surgery. The overall ease of receiving dermal fillers is high, appointments tend to be short and most patients are in and out in less than an hour. Face lift surgery, like any surgery, requires more input to ensure that it is safe to perform the procedure on the patient.

Deciding between face lift surgery and injectables can be based on multiple factors such as your specific needs, the cost, concerns about permanence, and the recovery period. It is best to consider all aspects of the process while you research each option in your goal to improve your facial appearance.

While it is impossible to prevent aging, reducing the effects of the aging process on your face is the next best thing. If you are interested in dermal fillers or cosmetic surgery to restore a youthful, balanced appearance, contact us at the Florida Center For Plastic And Cosmetic Surgery today.