Facelift or Fillers? How to Choose

More and more patients are considering facial fillers before they decide to get cosmetic surgery. Products like Juvederm™, Radiesse™ and Restylane™ have emerged as relatively inexpensive alternatives to face lift surgery. These treatments are ideal for people with busy lifestyles.

If you’ve already had treatment with injectable fillers, you may be considering a more long-term solution to the signs of aging. During a consultation, we can help you decide between facelift surgery or a minimally invasive alternative such as Juvederm™ or Radiesse™.

To help you choose, we’ll evaluate factors like:

  • Your appearance and how you have aged
  • How you feel about cosmetic surgery
  • Time you have for post surgical recovery
  • What you can afford

In some cases, if a patient has early signs of aging in the jowl area, a facial filler can be used to postpone surgery for several years. With a low treatment cost, this option can be very convenient. With each treatment, you’ll have the opportunity to build a rapport and trusting partnership with the doctor.

Part of the consultation process also helps you set realistic expectations. It’s important to know the limitations of both face lift surgery and injectable fillers, which vary. With fillers, you can usually expect a quick but subtle improvement that lasts 6-12 months. With a face lift, you can look 10 years younger, and the results typically endure for several years.

Putting the Finishing Touch on Major Weight Loss

Cosmetic Surgery Can Remove Loose skin After Dramatic Weight Loss


Excess skin is a problem facing people who undergo rapid weight loss, especially following surgery, like gastric bypass. More people are opting to undergo this kind of surgery, as it’s considered safer and more effective than it once was. About 200,000 adults in the U.S. undergo metabolic/bariatric surgery every year.

You may have heard about the story of one Paul Mason, the former “world’s fattest man.” The former postman out of the U.K. went down from 980 pounds to a relatively svelte 350 pounds after undergoing gastric bypass surgery.

His weight may have dramatically decreased, but now Mason is seeking plastic surgery. Why? To get rid of the excess skin left over.

Not everyone who loses weight is going to experience problems with sagging skin. Various factors determine the elasticity of your skin following weight loss, such as how fast you lose the weight, how much weight you lose rapidly, your age, and how much the skin has stretched. The biggest factor, however, is genetics. Some people’s skin will naturally bounce back even after massive weight loss, if they’ve got the genes for it.

For those whose genetics aren’t quite as resilient, there’s body contouring surgery after weight loss, or a tummy tuck. This will improve the shape and tone of your skin and the underlying tissue that supports it, and removes sagging folds and excess pockets of skin. However, due to the possibility of pockets reappearing if you continue to lose weight after your surgery, your weight has to be stabilized before you can have the procedure performed.

If you’re interested in body contouring surgery, tummy tucks, or are curious what other options are available to you after weight loss, contact Beautologie in Fresno or Bakersfield.

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