It’s no secret that most forms of clinical aesthetic enhancement are a bit of an investment. But since good investments typically pay off down the road, many types of facial rejuvenation remain as popular as ever. Two of the major players—facelift and dermal fillers—treat many of the same aesthetic complaints, too. If you’re considering a facial rejuvenation procedure and are weighing your options by cost and convenience, the right option for you may not be as obvious as you think.
Injectables: Fast and No Downtime
Injectable products, especially fillers, are good options for busy people who don’t have a lot of time to spare. That’s because these products can be administered in about 30 minutes, don’t require downtime, and typically produce instant results. But they have limitations, too. While fillers work exceptionally well at reducing the look of lines and wrinkles throughout the face, they don’t create significant tightening, and they also can’t reduce excess skin. Therefore, people with more severe aesthetic concerns are often better candidates for a full facelift here in Tucson or another type of surgical improvement.
One major consideration when comparing the 2 procedures is maintenance of results. Dermal fillers don’t last forever, and most patients come back for touch-ups between 9 months and a year after their original procedures. While this is manageable for most people, it makes fillers a bad choice for long-term results. Eventually, the relatively low cost of treatments will add up.
Facelifts: Transformative, Long-lasting Results
Facelift surgery comes with its own distinct pros and cons, as well. Most notably, perhaps, are the quality of results that are possible. Facelift surgery can be incredibly transformative, creating results that are both significant and long-lasting. In fact, most facelift patients say they still appreciate their results even a decade after surgery. During facelift surgery, I manipulate the deeper layers of tissue to raise them to more youthful positions on the face. Often, I also remove excess skin to reduce visible sagging and improve definition.
Those results come at a bit of a cost, however. Facelift is invasive surgery, and it typically requires patients to take about 10 days or so away from work and many social obligations. Although this can be difficult for people with busy schedules, the results are typically quite worth the downtime, and patients don’t need to worry about maintaining their results with additional treatments of any kind. The best candidates for facelift surgery are people with sagging skin and moderate to severe signs of aging. Fillers can’t treat these symptoms, but surgery certainly can.
I look forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals, whether it’s through fillers, facelift, or another option. If you feel ready, please reach out to my office so we can begin a discussion together.