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Facelifts vs. Injectable Fillers

The process of aging leaves our skin susceptible to wrinkles and sagging. Sun exposure and years of muscle movement from smiling, squinting, and even chewing can contribute to the breakdown of collagen in the skin. Thankfully, today’s innovations in skin care and cosmetic surgery can help patients of all ages retain their youthful appearance. But for many people, the question remains: should they use facial fillers, or get a facelift?

Facial fillers, or injectable fillers, are an accessible solution for patients who are looking to improve their skins appearance without the invasiveness of a facelift. Several different popular facial fillers are on the market today – such as Restylane, Juvéderm, and Radiesse – each designed to reduce wrinkles and restore a more youthful complexion.

The benefit of injectable fillers is that your results are immediate with little to no recovery time. However, your results are also temporary, and further injections will be required later if you desire to keep your skin’s appearance in check.

Another option for patients with more significant facial problems is a facelift: a surgical procedure that tightens loose, sagging skin and repositions deeper structure in your face, resulting in a rejuvenated appearance. Facelifts are more permanent than injectable fillers, and can help reverse the harmful effects of time, stress, and environment.

While facelifts can effectively improve your cheeks, jawline, and nasolabial fold area, it is not meant to improve the appearance of wrinkle lines. If you are wondering which procedure will give you the best results, you should consult with a qualified Virginia facelift surgeon.

If you would like to shed years off your appearance, please contact Dr. Desman at the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery in Arlington, Virginia. We offer consultations, so call today.