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Facelift or Fillers: What’s the Difference?


What’s the difference between facelift surgery and dermal fillers? If you’re considering a facial cosmetic procedure, you might wonder whether surgery is necessary, or if an injection will suffice. Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons of facelift surgery and dermal fillers to help you reach your decision.

Dermal Fillers

  • temporarily reduce facial wrinkles and folds
  • augment the lips, cheeks, nose and chin
  • correct dark circles under the eyes

PROS: These products can provide fast and easy volume to your facial features for wrinkle reduction, lip augmentation, and other benefits. The injection can often be administered during a lunch break or amidst a busy schedule. You can return immediately to your daily routine after the injection, and any side effects that you experience should be mild and temporary. Last but not least, dermal fillers are quite inexpensive when compared to facelift surgery.
CONS: The results offered by these products are temporary, but can be renewed with regular touch-up treatments. Fortunately, while Juvederm and Restylane offer results that last up to a year, Radiesse and Sculptra can provide longer-lasting results. Unlike facelift surgery, dermal fillers can add volume to your face, but cannot correct sagging skin.

Facelift Surgery

  • removes excess skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  • tightens the underlying structures to counteract sagging

PROS: Facelift surgery offers long-lasting results that can often last well over a decade. As well, facelift surgery allows for overall rejuvenation, unlike targeted injections. It is also the only effective treatment for sagging skin, which cannot be resolved through dermal fillers.
CONS: Like all surgeries, facelift carries some risks, including infection and negative reaction to anesthesia. After the procedure, you will need to take some time to rest and recover, and will likely experience discomfort, swelling, and bruising. Incisions will fade over time, but slight scarring is inevitable. Finally, as you might expect, facial surgery costs significantly more than simple injections.

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