Summary: Fillers or facelift? You might be faced with that very same question when you’re thinking about how you’d like to rejuvenate your face, eliminate lines, and diminish wrinkles. There are advantages to each approach, so the answer will depend most significantly on your own desired outcome. Still, it’s worth at least considering all of the possible course of action you might take when deciding between fillers and facelifts.

Should I Choose Facelift or Fillers?

You want to eliminate lines and wrinkles. So do you go with fillers or facelift? Although, maybe we should back up just a little bit. You have two basic options for eliminating lines and wrinkles: surgical and non surgical, each of which has their own benefits and drawbacks. As with many questions and answers when it comes to plastic surgery, much will depend on you and your desired results.

Most patients will end up with these two choices (fillers or facelift) because of the way the face shows the signs of aging. As you age, your face loses volume. Or, to be more accurate, you accumulate excess skin, changing the overall surface area to volume ratio.

The two procedure families discussed in this article–fillers and facelifts–represent the two basic approaches to dealing with this changed surface area to volume ratio. You can either eliminate some of that excess skin or increase the overall volume. Which course of action should you choose? It depends on what you want to accomplish and how bold you want your transformation to be.

The Benefits of Choosing Fillers

So, let’s take your options one by one. First, we’ll start by looking at dermal fillers and what those can do for you. By their nature, dermal fillers are intended to produce subtle results. Most dermal fillers these days are hyaluronic acid-based, and they function just like they sound: they fill volume.

Of course, they fill volume in very specialized ways. There are many different filler brands and types, from Juvederm to Voluma to Restylane and so on. They do something somewhat differently. But in general, if you’re undergoing filler injections, you can expect:

  • Subtle changes to the face, including the restoration of volume and minimization of lines and wrinkles.
  • Changes to be temporary; eventually, the fillers will be absorbed harmlessly into the body. Results usually last between 12-24 months, depending on the fillers.
  • A thirty-minute appointment. Most surgeons can usually perform dermal filler injections in fifteen minutes or so, earning these injectables the “lunchtime facelift” moniker.

Generally speaking, dermal fillers are excellent at achieving subtle anti-aging effects. You will look slightly younger. The hyaluronic acid in the filler also encourages the development of collagen in your skin, helping your face to look more radiant.

The Benefits of Choosing Facelift

Fillers are great for subtle effects. But if you want a transformation that is far more bold and noticeable, you’ll likely be more interested in a facelift procedure. That’s not to say facelifts cannot be subtle. They can, especially with the so-called mini-facelift procedure.

During a facelift procedure, your surgeon will make either one longer incision or several small incisions. Their placement will depend on the technique of the surgeon and the overall goal of the patient. However, once the incision is made, excess skin will be removed. And once that excess skin is removed, the remaining tissue can be tightened to look more youthful.

Facelift procedures have the benefit of producing permanent results (in addition to those results being more bold than you can achieve with fillers). Facelifts can be combined with any number of other procedures, such as neck lifts or blepharoplasty, which can create even more specialized anti-aging effects.

Which One Should You Choose?

The downside of facelift is that, even with the minimally invasive techniques, you could be looking at several weeks of recovery ahead. So when choosing between fillers or facelift, you should ask yourself several questions:

  • How long am I comfortable spending on recovery?
  • Will I get the results I want with a non surgical approach?
  • Do I want permanent or short term results?
  • If I want short term results, am I okay with undergoing regular maintenance injections?
  • Am I healthy enough for surgery?

You can see how, after answering a sufficient number of these questions, you might start to get a handle on whether you should choose fillers or facelift. Either way, you should have these discussions with your plastic or cosmetic surgeon included, as you’ll be able to receive much more detailed medical information as well.

Fillers and facelifts each have their own unique benefits and drawbacks. Finding out which one is best for you will likely take some introspection. Luckily, whichever direction you decide to lean into, you’ve got options. And those options help people–whether they want fillers or facelifts–find the right results for their faces.

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