Facelifts vs. Fillers
Family functions, work events, and parties with friends during the holidays can be fun, but these festivities can take their toll on us both physically and mentally. We all want to look our best for the events we attend, and many people consider cosmetic procedures to give them that rested, youthful glow. Two popular solutions that can rejuvenate your face before the holidays are facelift surgery and injectable fillers. However, how do you know which is best for you? And when should you have your procedure or treatment done? There are many factors to consider when making your decision, and Dr. Guy is here to guide you throughout the process and answer any questions you may have.
When planning a facial rejuvenation procedure, some factors you should consider are:
- The specific concerns you’d like to address (e.g., wrinkles, sagging, etc.)
- The invasiveness of the procedure (which often affects how long the recovery period is)
- Any limitations you may have during recovery
- How long your results will last
A personal consultation with Dr. Guy can help you find the treatment that will best fit your schedule and your specific concerns.
Injectable fillers (such as Restylane®, JUVÉDERM®, RADIESSE®, and Sculptra® Aesthetic) are temporary solutions to fine lines, wrinkles, and hollows in the face. These treatments are minimally invasive, and results can last anywhere from 2 to 18 months depending on what kind of filler is used. Your recovery time will be fairly short; you can return to your regular activities immediately but should avoid strenuous exercise for 24 to 48 hours. Due to mild swelling and bruising that may develop, you might want to schedule your treatment 7 to 10 days before an event to give yourself time to be completely healed and ready for your close-up!
If you are short on time and are looking for a quick fix, this type of treatment might be the right choice for you. However, fillers can only provide so much rejuvenation; at some point, a facelift will be the better choice to address more severe signs of aging.
If you have facial aging that requires a more in-depth approach, such as deep wrinkles around the mouth and sagging cheeks or jowls, Dr. Guy may recommend facelift surgery. There are several techniques available (such as a traditional facelift, mini facelift, or short-scar facelift), but recovery from any of these surgical procedures will be significantly longer than recovery from a non-surgical treatment. Results will become visible over several weeks, but complete recovery from facelift surgery can take up to 6 months. Because of this, it’s best to plan this surgery at least 6 months before an event to give yourself plenty of time to heal so you can show off your full results with confidence. Luckily, facelift results can last up to 10 years (depending on the type of lift done), so you shouldn’t have to worry about having anything redone for next year.
When some people think of facelift surgery, they might picture the over-stretched look that poorly done facelift procedures can present. While facelifts in the past may have not produced the most natural aesthetic, we now have a much better understanding of the underlying structures of the face and how the aging process works, which allows us to correct it with natural, beautiful results.
As your face starts to show more signs of aging, you may start thinking about ways to slow down the process and keep yourself looking as young as you feel on the inside.
The rate at which your face ages depends on several factors, including:
- Your genetics
- Your lifestyle choices (such as your diet and whether or not you smoke)
- The amount of sun exposure you have had over your lifetime
So, what is the best age to get a facelift? When should you start considering one? While this is a very personal decision, there are a few guidelines you can follow.
Things to Consider
Most people who are interested in a facelift may think that they are too young, but the truth is that it is much more effective to turn the clock back 10 years when you are in your 40s or 50s than to wait until you are in your 60s.
Having a facelift done when you are in your 40s has several advantages:
- Your skin is in a better condition in your 40s than when you are older, and so your recovery from a facelift will be easier.
- You will also experience less bruising, and the incisions used are usually smaller.
- Your results may not last as long if you wait until you are in your 60s due to the loss of skin elasticity.
- Some doctors may recommend another facelift around 10 years after your initial procedure, but you may not feel you need one; it’s up to you.
- You will always look younger than if you had never had a facelift done in the first place.
In reality, the main thing you should take into account when deciding to get a facelift is what you see in the mirror and not necessarily what your age is. Dr. Guy can help you determine whether or not you might be ready for a facelift based on your unique anatomy and needs, but if you are interested in having cosmetic surgery to help you look your best, it’s always best to start planning sooner rather than later.
Choosing the Procedure for You
The decision between fillers and facelift surgery (as well as the type of facelift surgery) depends on multiple factors, including the extent of correction needed. Dr. Guy offers several options for both facelift procedures and fillers, and she can help guide you to the decision that will help you look your best. With her attention to detail, she tailors each procedure to the individual to refresh and rejuvenate your appearance.
If you are interested in finding out about your options for facial rejuvenation, contact our office at (321) 727-1600 to schedule a consultation today!