There are so many ways to refresh one’s appearance that we often get lost in wondering, “what’s the best way?” This question usually revolves around surgery versus a nonsurgical approach like injectables. We offer both as well as numerous other options. To keep things simple, we’ll focus here on how to decide between a surgical facelift and injectable anti-aging treatments based solely on results.
How Quickly Do You Want Them?
This is an easy question to answer, we know. If you’re concerned with deepening creases around the nose and mouth or other problems, you want them gone right away! This is the reason why injectables are so popular. In many situations, it is possible to achieve immediate improvements that make the face look 5 to 10 years younger. Some of the concerns that are corrected with injectables include:
- Horizontal lines on the forehead
- Drooping eyebrows
- Undereye bags
- Loss of cheek contour
- Deflated or thin lips
- Creases around the nose and mouth
- Creases at the edges of the mouth
- Mild jowls
- Double chin
Injectables can accomplish quite a lot. This approach to the signs of aging is also appealing because it does not require downtime. What patients need to understand about the treatment often referred to as a liquid facelift is that results last no longer than 2 years. Depending on the concerns treated, touch-ups may be necessary every 3 to 6 months.
How Long Do You Want Them to Last?
The benefits one gets with injectables is a quick improvement in appearance. The downside is that results are not long-lasting when compared to a facelift. This is the tradeoff. Not only does a facelift achieve more significant improvements, but the results that are achieved can last many years. What patients need to understand about a facelift is that his procedure does not correct all of the signs of aging mentioned here. A facelift is intended to lift the lower face and restore some of the contouring that has been lost in the mid-face. This technique can be combined with a brow lift or eyelid lift for more comprehensive rejuvenation that may need no further touch-ups.