Injectables vs. Face lifts. Which cosmetic procedure is for you?

Injectables (Botox & Fillers) vs. Facelifts

Are you looking in the mirror and wishing for a more youthful look?  There are many options available to women and men for creating a more youthful look.   You may be confused on your options between non-surgical or surgical cosmetic procedures.  Let’s take a look at injectables vs. facelifts, so that it can help you understand which option may be best for you.

Injectables – Botox and Fillers

Botox is a neurotoxin that relaxes overactive facial muscles that produce crow’s feet and brow furrows. Fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm address surface depressions. These include laugh lines, also known as nasolabial folds, and marionette lines, which are the folds that deepen between the corners of the mouth down to the jaw line.

Fillers are also used to fill in hollow temples and to augment thin cheeks. However, fillers are not very effective for finely etched-in lines, such as those commonly seen above the upper lip in older women. When used appropriately, Botox and Fillers can help stave off the need for facial surgery or enhance the results of surgery. Fillers are most effective in individuals who are younger than fifty and who do not have sufficient looseness of the cheeks and neck to warrant a face lift.

Non-surgical facial rejuvenation seems to have the best results in individuals who have early signs of facial aging. Once the lower face and neck show drooping, the fillers and neurotoxins become less successful and require multiple repeat treatments.

Injectables are a very popular option for facial rejuvenation, but there is a limit to what these agents can accomplish. Depending on the patient’s age and the type and severity of their wrinkles and folds, a facelift may be a better alternative.

Face lifts

Face lifts have the ability to improve your overall facial appearance in the most natural looking way possible.  A face lift tightens and lifts the jaw line, tightens and lifts the loose skin on the neck, and lifts the structures of the face that have fallen or appear “droopy”.

A face lift will give you a more dramatic, longer lasting result.  Although initially more expensive than Botox and fillers, over time you actually save money.

Do not expect all your wrinkles and aging spots to be removed during a face lift procedure. This surgery is meant to improve wrinkles and folds but is not meant to remove them all.  Some individuals combine the face lift with other surface repair treatments, such as Botox and fillers to help improve those wrinkles that did not disappear after your face lift surgery.

If you are interested in discussing facial rejuvenation options, it is essential that you see an expert, such as Top-Rated Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Magassy, who specializes in BOTH surgical and non-surgical procedures for improving and rejuvenating the appearance of the face. While a face lift may be the perfect procedure for one individual, another individual may not need something as intense as a face lift. Sometimes Botox and fillers are all you really need. It is important to see a doctor who is experienced in performing both.

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