What Does A Facelift Do?A facelift is a procedure that is meant to improve sagging facial skin by removing excess fat and tightening the muscle and redraping skin. Most patients who get facelifts are over the age of 35. They notice a tightened, sleek, and contoured facial structure two to three weeks after the procedure.
What Does Filler Do?Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the skin and helps promote the volume of your skin. A filler, like Radiesse, is a gel-like substance made with hyaluronic acid that can help plump out smile lines (nasolabial folds) and wrinkles around your face.
Factors To Consider Before Facelift or FillerBefore committing to a facelift or a filler, it's important that you do some homework. We recommend checking online for before and afters of each procedure to see which procedure would most positively enhance your face. Bringing in photos of your desired look is also encouraged, that way, you can ensure you're both on the same page. Additionally, setting up an initial consultation will take the worry out of making sure you choose the right procedure. Your cosmetic surgeon will discuss factors like age and previously done work to determine which of these procedures is right for you.
Alternatives For Fillers and FaceliftsThere are plenty of alternative medical treatments advertised as having results similar to cosmetic treatments, but not all of those alternative treatments actually work. What’s more, even the alternative treatments that are successful are only successful in certain contexts. Working with your cosmetic surgeon is the best way to determine which of these treatment options will be most effective for your needs. In many situations, developing a comprehensive treatment plan that takes into account several of these treatment options is the most successful means to achieve the results you are after. Here is a breakdown of the most common alternatives to facelifts and fillers:
- Botox: Perhaps one of the most common cosmetic treatments, Botox has evolved over time and has become one of the most versatile and effective treatments for a wide variety of issues. Treating everything from wrinkles to migraines, Botox treatments must be administered through a licensed cosmetic surgeon.
- Thermage: This is a radiofrequency cosmetic procedure that targets areas of the skin that are rough with cellulite or wrinkles, encouraging existing collagen to tighten without the need for surgical incisions. Thermage is also frequently used for lifting the brows, cheeks, and jawline, similar to a facelift.
- Ultherapy: This is another non-surgical treatment that uses ultrasound to target and tighten the surface of the skin, triggering the production of collagen and ultimately tightening the skin around the face. This particular type of therapy provides temporary results and frequently needs to be repeated every 6 months to a year.