Fillers and Facelifts are Fabulous! Here’s Why!

The signs of aging can be troubling. Historically, adults have sought facelift surgery to combat the effects of aging such as sagging jowls and deep creases around the nose and mouth. More recently, however, there has been a lean toward dermal fillers as a corrective measure. While there is the advantage of being nonsurgical and barely invasive, dermal fillers do have a time limit. A facelift, on the other hand, achieves lasting results.

Is one better than the other?

This question deserves a real answer, and a real answer has to take several factors into account. We enjoy helping patients of the Skin Center offices achieve their aesthetic goals in a way that works for them. Here, we want to point out what a facelift does, what dermal fillers do, and why they may actually be a great pair.

What a Facelift Does

Facelift treatment requires surgery, though even this is changing. There are various surgical techniques used today and many of them are minimally invasive. The particular ways in which muscle, fat, and skin are treated in a facelift results in a naturally younger-looking appearance. Concerns that can be corrected with a facelift include:

  • Nasolabial folds and creases
  • Creases between the mouth and chin
  • Sagging along the jawline
  • Softening of tissue in the midface
  • Fallen fat pads in the midface
  • Mild to moderate double chin

A facelift isn’t a facelift anymore. This treatment can be customized to be as extensive (full facelift) or as conservative (QuickLift) as needed.

What Fillers Do

Dermal fillers are properly named based on the way that they physically fill in the soft tissue of a line or crease in the skin. Many of the popular filler products used today are made with hyaluronic acid. When this naturally-occurring sugar compound gets absorbed into the dermis, it draws in water molecules. This meeting of molecules adds volume in the crease to bring it up to a smooth surface. Dermal fillers are routinely used for many of the same concerns that are addressed with a facelift. The difference is that results do not last as long. Also, it is important to understand that fillers add volume and, as such, could be overdone, making the entire face look puffy.

Facelift surgery alters the position of subcutaneous tissue. This surgery sutures tissue so that it lies more youthfully across bony structure. Fillers restore contours by adding temporary volume to areas like the cheeks, temples, and into creases. When used together, these anti-aging strategies can result in a face that looks years younger for many years to come.

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