When Is It Time To Move From Injectables To Surgery?

Most people’s first line of defense against signs of aging is non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as Botox or filler injections. Injectables are effective, quick to administer and easy to tolerate. But at a certain point, Botox and fillers no longer provide the desired anti-aging effects, and surgical rejuvenation should be considered.

Is it time for you to stop getting Botox and fillers and switch to a more permanent solution like facelift? The team at The Plastic Surgery Group discusses making the move from injectables to surgery.

Excess Skin, Jowls and Sagging

Botox and fillers are fantastic treatments for minimizing fine lines, wrinkles and forehead furrows. But they aren’t cure-all remedies for every sign of facial aging. If your skin has started to stretch and sag, and you have developed folds of skin below your chin or jawline, injections cannot correct that. These products aren’t designed to remove excess skin or provide any significant amount of skin tightening.

Facelift primarily focuses on removing loose, sagging skin and re-draping the remaining skin more smoothly over the lower face and neck.

Deep Facial Folds

Fillers work well on mild to moderate nasolabial folds, which are creases that extend from the corners of the nose to the mouth. When injected into the folds, the fillers add subtle volume and shape to literally fill in the crease. But over time, nasolabial folds become deeper and more prominent, and filler injections no longer provide the same results.

By lifting and tightening the facial skin and underlying tissues, facelift can dramatically improve the appearance of deep nasolabial folds (as well as other deep creases and folds in the lower face and neck).

Convenience and Cost Considerations

Another downside of Botox and fillers is the fact that the effects are only temporary, with regular treatments required to maintain the results. Over time, these repeated maintenance appointments can become costly and inconvenient. If you are tired of the time or expense associated with injectables upkeep, surgery may start to look more appealing.

Although facelift is more expensive than fillers or Botox, it may end up costing less in the long run than repeated injectables appointments. The recovery downtime is also longer than what you would experience after Botox or filler injections, but facelift is a one-time procedure that does not require upkeep or maintenance. Additionally, the results are more dramatic than what you can achieve with injectables.

Our plastic surgeons would be happy to meet with you to discuss your anti-aging goals and the best ways to achieve them. To schedule a consultation at our practice, please call or email us today.