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Can Injectable Fillers Substitute for a Facelift?

Submitted by Bernabe Vazquez on August 29, 2014

5As we get older, we notice that our facial features have changed a bit and we begin to lose subcutaneous fat.  While in any other part of our body, that might be a bonus, in our face this can cause the muscles to sit closer to the skin’s surface; unfortunately, this is how small lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet begin to develop.

Injectable Fillers:  A Great Non-Invasive Option For Minimizing Wrinkles

One very popular way to correct some of these facial changes is through a non-invasive procedure, which uses injectable fillers.  Dermal fillers help to reduce the lines and wrinkles caused by aging, sun and heredity and helps to restore the volume and fullness in the face that is lost during the aging process.

Injectable fillers are most often used to enhance thin lips, soften facial creases, and improve the appearance of small scars.  Injectable fillers tend to be a non-surgical first step when someone wants to stop the effects of aging and to look a few years younger.  They are effective, fast and relatively inexpensive, with very minimal recovery time.  In fact, you can have an injectable filler procedure after work and return the next day!

Limits Of Injectable Fillers

However, the impact of injectable fillers does not compare to the effects of a facelift.  Injectable fillers are not able to reduce the sagging that is one of the most common signs of an aging face.  The results are temporary, and you must continue regular procedures to achieve the results you are looking for.

A Facelift:  Long Term Solution With Noticeable Results

A facelift is a more long-term solution to hinder the aging process.  By tightening the structures beneath the skin, as well as removing excess sagging skin, you can achieve a tighter face, enhancing your youthful look; this procedure can even last up to a decade.  The results of a facelift are simply unmatched.  After a facelift procedure, you will require more time to heal and recover, but the ultimate results will be more noticeable.

It is important to understand what is involved in a facelift, so that you can make the best possible decision when weighing the options of a facial rejuvenation procedure.  A facelift is a surgical procedure, so either general or twilight anesthesia is used.  Facelifts surgery generally lasts 2-3 hours. Well-camouflaged incisions are made in order to remove excess skin or fat deposits.  Afterward, recovery time usually takes approximately 2-3 weeks—but it is worth it; the results are highly noticeable.

Dr. Bernabe Vazquez Can Help You Decide What Is Best For You

It is difficult to compare the results of injectable fillers to the results of a facelift.  While both of these procedures are designed to help turn the clock back and make you look (and feel) younger, the results altogether are different.  If you have questions about what procedure is best for your unique situation, consider a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon.  Dr. Bernabe Vazquez is a leading surgeon in Miami, FL.  With more than two decades of experience in the field and a strong reputation for connecting with his patients, Dr. Vazquez will sit down and help you decide what will work best for you.  Call (305) 858-8222 now to schedule your free consultation.