In 2016, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons rated facelifts in the top five most performed cosmetic surgical procedures. In that same year, Botox was the top minimally invasive cosmetic procedure, with over 7 million treatments performed in the year. But in a world full of fillers and facelifts, which one comes out on top? Today it’s fillers vs. facelifts!
While Botox is by far the most popular and well known of all facial fillers, it is far from the only one. juvederm, restylane, hylaform, and a new botox competitor known as frotox are all being used to battle against the lines of age. With that being said, not all fillers are the same. There are actually two different types of fillers. The first type are those like botox and dysport that use neurotoxins to relax overactive facial muscles and battle against things like crows’ feet and brow furrows. The second type, like restylane and juvederm address more surface level concerns such as marionette lines and nasolabial folds. But are they successful? Of course they are – people don’t spend thousands of dollars every year for no reason. When used properly, the effects of fillers can be amazing and take years off of your appearance.
Unfortunately, fillers also have their limitations. When used in moderation, fillers can do wonders. But when overused, the results can look unnatural. Many people who opt to go all out with fillers in an attempt to avoid surgery become unhappy with the results when they end up with distorted and unnatural facial proportions. Why? Because fillers simply can’t address the issue of tissue laxity in the same way that facelifts do.
So, at what point do you need to start considering surgical alternatives? When your face starts to sag. Unlike fillers, facelifts can help to tighten lower cheeks, remove jowls, and tighten loose neck skin. The procedures remove excess skin, tightens muscles under the skin, and then resurfaces the skin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and give the face a more uplifted and youthful appearance.
To put things simply, fillers are for more minor aging concerns, whereas facelifts take things one step further and deal with more-extensive problems like sagging skin. So, which is the best for you? It really depends on the extent of your concerns. Injectables are usually best for those under the age of 50 who do not yet have looseness of the cheeks and neck. But if you are starting to experience sagging, you might have to givr up fillers and go for a facelift.