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Facelift or Fillers: What’s the Difference?

Which is better: facelift surgery or injectable fillers? It’s a difficult question. Each of these procedures has its own pros and cons, and finding which procedure is right for you will depend on your individual needs and priorities.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, and ArteFill can be administered through simple injections. They are generally best for adding volume in specific locations on your face, such as thin lips and hollow cheeks, as well as filling out wrinkles.

PROS: These injections can be administered during the course of a lunch break, and involve no downtime, so that you can return to your daytime routine immediately. There are a few risks, and side effects are mild and temporary. As well, dermal fillers are inexpensive compared to other procedures.

CONS: Dermal fillers are unable to tighten the skin or add support to the underlying tissues of the face. Restylane and Juvederm are temporary and may last up to a year. However, ArteFill provides permanent results, thanks to its ability to stimulate the production of collagen in the body.

Facelift Surgery

This procedure involves tightening the underlying tissues of the face and removing excess skin.

PROS: The results of this procedure can last well over a decade. As well, it provides overall rejuvenation, unlike targeted injections, which can only address specific areas. Facelift surgery is also the only procedure that can reverse sagging caused by aging and gravity.

CONS: Since the facelift is surgery, it does involve some risk, which includes infection in poor reaction to anesthesia. After facelift, you will need to take some time to rest and recover. You may experience bruising, swelling, and discomfort, but this can be controlled with medication. Finally, facelift surgery costs significantly more than dermal filler injections.