If you’re considering facial rejuvenation treatments, two of the treatments you are likely to consider are dermal fillers and a facelift. While both of these treatments can be highly effective in the right scenario, the two treatments have some distinct differences that you will need to consider. Below, we’ll take a look at what differentiates these treatments so that you can determine which of these options is best for you.
Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Treatment
Before determining which treatment to pursue, you need to first consider your own cosmetic goals. Dermal fillers are a non-surgical, minimally-invasive treatment that is best suited for patients looking for more subtle results. If you are showing mild to moderate signs of aging, it’s possible that dermal fillers can produce your desired results, thereby eliminating the need for surgery or other invasive techniques. On the other hand, if you have more severe signs of aging, such as sagging skin and deep wrinkles, the surgical techniques of a facelift may be required to produce the substantial age-defying results that you are seeking.
The Treatment Experience
As a minimally-invasive treatment, dermal fillers can be administered quickly and comfortably during a brief in-office visit. Patients receiving dermal filler treatments can expect to have their treatment completed in under 30 minutes, with no downtime or recovery period necessary. This makes dermal fillers an ideal option for patients looking for a convenient treatment experience. Conversely, the facelift procedure is a lengthy surgical process. Following the facelift procedure, you can expect some swelling, bruising and varying discomfort as you heal. The healing process can take a few weeks, so you’ll have to take time away from work and other activities while you recuperate.
Dermal filler treatments produce results instantly, which is great for patients who are looking to quickly address cosmetic concerns. However, the downside to this is that most dermal filler results only last about 6 to 12 months. After these results fade, additional treatments will be required. With the facelift treatment, while results may not be fully noticeable until the body is fully recovered, they are quite long-lasting. Although it can vary from patient to patient, most patients look several years younger after treatment, and the results from a facelift last for many years to come.
Which Treatment is Best for Me?
If you are still struggling to choose between dermal fillers and a facelift, contact us today to schedule your consultation at Nease Cosmetic Surgery. We can review your cosmetic goals and your treatment options in order to find the best solution for your needs.