While a facelift and fillers may sound like they both essentially do the same thing, these procedures can help you look like a better version of yourself in two drastic ways. Both are effective and safe. Regardless of which you end up choosing, you need to make sure the procedures suit your personal needs. Being aware of your options is important. As you review your options, keep an open mind and remember to consult with your cosmetic surgeon to get a complete understanding of what each procedure is capable of achieving, and which is the best option for your personal needs.

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 Filler

Before 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 Facelifts

There 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.
In addition to these common alternative treatments offered by your cosmetic surgeon, there is no limit to the number of creams and other topical solutions that are advertised as being able to provide smoother, younger, and healthier skin in no time at all. Be wary of treatments that sound too good to be true, but you may want to consider the benefits of some of the less invasive cosmetic procedures before pursuing cosmetic surgery for the first time.

Determining Which Procedure Is Right For You At Lawler Centre

There are plenty of situations in which even though an alternative treatment may work, cosmetic procedures like a facelift or filler will still be the more effective option. The best way to know what treatment option is right for you is to consult with our cosmetic surgeon at Lawler Centre. For more information about treatment options, or to find out what type of cosmetic procedure is best for your personal needs, contact us today!