Dermal Fillers vs. Facelift Surgery: Weighing Your Anti-Aging Options
By Dr. William Cohen on November 26, 2014
People throughout Orange County come to the SKIN CENTERx because we routinely achieve excellent results. We offer popular facial plastic surgery options such as facelift as well as the most advanced non-surgical skin care procedures available.
Patients often ask us if surgery or a non-surgical procedure is right for their needs. Let's take a moment to compare how facelift surgery stacks up against dermal filler injections.
Facelift Surgery to Address Premature Aging
One of the most popular options for reducing wrinkles and tightening facial skin is the facelift. The surgery involves incisions made behind and around the upper ear area. Through these incisions, underlying structures of the face are adjusted. Excess skin is removed and the remaining facial skin is tightened in order to reduce sagging and drooping.
Benefits of Facelift Surgery
Facelift surgery offers exceptional results that last a long time. Incisions remain well hidden along the ear area and heal subtly. Many facelift patients are very satisfied with the results of their surgery, and when performed by a skilled surgeon, the results look subtle and natural for many years down the road.
Ideal Candidates for Facelift Surgery
The best candidates for facelift are people who suffer from drooping wrinkles at the corners of the eyes and sagging of the cheek area. They should be in good health overall and not suffer from systemic conditions that would make surgery a potential health risk.
Facelift surgery candidates should have realistic expectations about the nature of the surgery, including the possibility of post-surgical scarring, side effects during the recovery process, and potential complications during the initial healing period. Realistic expectations make patient satisfaction more likely.
Dermal Filler Injections to Address Premature Aging
Dermal filler injections refer to the use of special injectable substances that add volume to the injection site. This fills in deep hollows and makes wrinkles less prominent as well.
There are many different kinds of dermal fillers available, each made of different substances and with different properties based on their composition. Given this, we will determine the ideal kind of dermal filler that would meet your needs.
Benefits of Dermal Filler Injections
Dermal filler injections are much more affordable than facial plastic surgery. The results of dermal filler treatment will last for several months. If needed, repeat injection treatments can be performed in order to prolong the anti-aging and wrinkle reduction results.
As we noted above, there are different kinds of dermal fillers out there. If one kind of dermal filler is not ideal, there are always many other fillers to keep in mind. This means that with dermal fillers, there are way more options for finding an ideal treatment.
Ideal Candidates for Dermal Filler Injections
The best candidates for dermal filler injections are people who would like reduce the appearance of wrinkles without undergoing a surgical procedure. They should have realistic expectations about the nature of the dermal filler injection process, particularly the fact that the results such treatments only last for several months.
Which would be a better choice for me and my needs?
There are many factors that determine which kind of treatment is most ideal, including the suitability for surgery, the current and future anti-aging needs of the patient, and even the patient's current financial situation. We will be more than happy to go over all matters in full detail with you during the consultation process to help you make the best decision given your situation.
Schedule a Facial Rejuvenation Consultation
For more information about your many options for there for wrinkle reduction and aesthetic enhancement, be sure to contact our facial plastic surgery and cosmetic skin care center today. Dr. William Cohen and his entire team look forward to your visit and helping you look and feel your very best.
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