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.