Fillers or Surgery? Which is Best for You?

In the past, face lifts have always been the go-to procedure for anyone wanting to improve the way their face looks. But over the past decade, the introduction to injectable fillers has created a new alternative for facial rejuvenation. This has become very popular because of the high success rate, it’s non-invasive, and few complications can occur. However, this is not an ideal option for every patient. So, which option is best for you?

Fillers for the Face
Younger candidates who show early to moderate signs of aging are best suited for fillers. People with minor problem areas, fillers have the ability to soften wrinkles and creases where desired. When facial aging is more advanced, the skin becomes lax, tissues collapse, and wrinkles deepen. Older patients whose problems are more severe are not the most ideal candidates. These individuals sometimes get so much filler injected into their faces that they don’t even look like themselves anymore and that is not the look anyone wants to achieve.

A face lift is a major procedure that involves anesthesia and requires a recovery period, but for some this is the better option. It’s common to compare the price of the two procedures and opt for fillers, but it’s important to take into consideration the cumulative cost of filler treatments. They can become very expensive and quickly surpass the cost of a face-lift. Many end up frustrated and wish they would’ve just had a face lift instead of spending so much money on fillers that simply cannot achieve the same results.

Fillers for the Neck
The neck is one of the first places that reveals signs of aging. The thin skin and the frequent movement eventually results in deep creases and muscle laxity. Genetics can play a role as well. Fillers can only do so much in the neck area. The biggest improvement would be softening visible creases. Neck lifts continue to be the best treatment option.

Age Factors
Focusing on age as the primary criteria, people under the age of 40 would benefit most from fillers and those older than 50 should probably go for a facelift. Patients between the ages of 40 and 50 can usually go for either option, depending on the individual circumstances. Ultimately, the decision is up to the patient based on their desires, goals, the limits of work and recovery time, their comfort with a surgical procedure and their final condition.

How Long Does It Last?
When speaking about face lifts, one of the most common questions regarding the procedure is how long will the results last? Simply put, the results will last forever. You’ll always be better compared to not having the procedure done at all, but your new face will begin to age. On average, a facelift lasts 15 to 20 years before the patient starts considering a touch up. Fillers on the other hand, only last for several months before they are absorbed by the body and the effects diminish. Follow up injections are needed to restore the benefits. However, companies are working diligently to create ideal injectables that work well and last longer.

If you are considering improvements to your face or neck, we recommend consulting with a reputable plastic surgeon with experience with fillers and surgical procedures. Here at Aventura Plastic Surgery Dr. Richard Galitz can help you identify which option is best suited for you. Call us today at 305-974-0505 to schedule your FREE consultation.