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Dermal Fillers vs. Facelift Surgery

By Daniel Baker

Cosmetic surgery to rejuvenate the face is a common, effective, and time-tested way to reduce the appearance of sagging skin, wrinkles, and other conditions that affect facial beauty. Despite the proven benefits of facial plastic surgery, however, more and more people are choosing non-surgical treatments to achieve a youthful, refreshed appearance.

In particular, dermal fillers – also known as soft tissue fillers – have become extremely popular as an alternative to a mini facelift. Some fillers are natural and some are synthetic, but they all work to improve the appearance of ageing skin.

Dermal Fillers: A New High in Lower Facial Rejuvenation

As we age, the elements and our lifestyle choices (not to mention gravity) cause the lower portion of the face to look lax, wrinkled, and saggy. One cause is a loss of hyaluronic acid, a substance our bodies produce naturally. Unfortunately, as we age, our production of hyaluronic acid slows down.

Dermal fillers can be an effective way to firm, sculpt and rejuvenate affected areas.They are very effective for treating:

  • Volume Loss
  • Marionette Lines
  • An Ageing Neck
  • Smile Lines (Nasolabial Folds)
  • Jowls

Other dermal fillers work as collagen stimulants. These are wonderful for making improvements to

  • Chin Wrinkles
  • Deep Folds
  • A Lax Jaw Line

Some injectors use soft tissue fillers in conjunction with a mini facelift to plump and smooth any problem areas that were not adequately resolved by surgery.

When Facial Fillers Aren’t Enough

As beneficial as dermal fillers may be and despite the lower cost they present, sometimes a facelift is a better option for achieving facial rejuvenation. This is particularly true for people whose wrinkles are more pronounced, usually due to age.

A face-lift, also known as a rhytidectomy, improves the loose skin of the neck, the jaw line, deeper wrinkle lines, and the corners of the mouth.A facelift is also recommended for patients who want results that are long lasting.

A facelift’s benefits last 5 to 10 years

Dermal filler benefits last a few months to a year

 

Which is Better: A Facelift or Dermal Fillers?

Decisions regarding cosmetic surgery and aesthetic enhancement are unique to each patient. Which treatment or procedure is the right choice for you? The answer will depend on many factors, including:

  • Your age
  • Your appearance
  • The severity of the problems that need correcting
  • Your general feelings about surgery
  • The amount of time you can spend recovering
  • Financial considerations

All these things will be discussed with your surgeon during a preliminary consultation.