Facelift vs. Dermal Fillers

For those who want to reduce the signs of aging- wrinkles, sagging skin, and the like- from their faces with a facial rejuvenation procedure, you’re in luck: these days, there are several options with which to address your qualms about the signs of aging. You can choose to either undergo the traditional facelift- which has benefited from advances in surgical technologies that have allowed modern facelifts to be performed faster and with more precision, resulting in more satisfying outcomes- or receive Botox and/or dermal filler treatments.

However, the facelift and Botox/dermal fillers each have strengths and weaknesses that make each procedure better suited for certain situations. In order to determine which type of procedure is best to bring about the results that you desire, the purpose of and steps taken within each procedure need to be understood and considered.

The facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that visibly reduces the amount of wrinkles and fine lines from the face as well as eliminates any excess facial skin that is present. Incisions are strategically-placed in areas that scars can be best hidden; it is through these incisions that excess skin is excised and any underlying adjustments are made. After the excess facial skin has been sufficiently excised, the skin is pulled taut across the face, eliminating the presence of facial wrinkles and fine lines. The facelift is often performed in conjunction with the neck lift  as the neck lift is capable of eliminating the signs of aging from the neck, just as the facelift is able to get rid of the signs of aging from the face.

Dermal fillers describe a collection of minimally-invasive (i.e., non-surgical) cosmetic procedures that are capable to reducing the visible signs of aging using products that fill the face. Products such as Juvederm and Restylane fill areas of the face that have lost volume from the effects of aging with materials that stimulate the growth a collagen, which is a principle component in bringing about a face that is fuller, as in youth. Botox is technically not considered a type of dermal filler as it does not fill the face- it rather works by blocking nerve signals sent to and from the face, reducing facial movement and causing wrinkles to soften and relax.

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Although it is clear that both types of facial rejuvenation procedures- the facelift/neck lift and Botox/dermal fillers- are capable at reducing the amount of wrinkles, each are better at bringing about intended results for certain patients. For patients who have a mild to moderate excess facial skin, but have a noticeable lack of lost facial volume, dermal fillers are likely to bring about more satisfactory results as they are able to restore lost facial volume. However, for patients who have more than a moderate amount of excess facial skin, the facelift will likely produce more satisfying results as it is able to get rid of excess facial skin, unlike Botox or dermal fillers.

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