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Facelift vs. Dermal Fillers: Which Is Right for You?

Woman in Torrance, CA considering facial rejuvenation options

There are more options than ever when it comes to taking years off your appearance. From a traditional facelift to nonsurgical dermal filers, Torrance patients have many ways to slim and sculpt the face. However, knowing which procedure is right for you may take a bit of research. Facelift surgery and fillers both help your anti-aging goals, but budget, recovery time, and the extent of your aesthetic needs will likely affect your decision. 

Facelift Benefits

Facelift surgery is one of the most direct, dramatic ways to rejuvenate your face. Using a few small incisions, your doctor lifts and adjusts facial muscles and tissues to more flattering, youthful positions. The main focuses of the procedure are tightening skin, reducing wrinkles, and contouring the jawline. Facelift surgery typically works best for those with sagging skin, droopy jowls, and other advanced signs of aging.

Dermal Filler Benefits

Dermal fillers are versatile products that work great for adding youthful volume to the face. As we age, we lose collagen in the cheeks, lips, and forehead, but fillers quickly plump up these common problem areas. The active ingredient in most fillers is hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring substance in the body. Hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin from below, enhancing thinning tissues and restoring soft, rounded curves to the face.

Choosing the Right Procedure

Both facelift surgery and dermal fillers can improve the appearance of the face. However, when choosing between these two options, keep these important facts in mind:

  • Comfort level with surgery: A facelift is a full, traditional surgery that requires sedation and recovery time. Fillers, on the other hand, are quick and easy treatments that need no extensive prep or anesthesia. You can return to work or home immediately after your dermal filler treatment.
  • Maintenance: Dermal filler results typically last around 6 months to 2 years. Facelift results usually last for a decade or more, allowing you to enjoy your new look without the hassle. Fillers require consistent touch-up treatments to maintain your desired look. If you want youthful contours without extra trips to the doctor, facelift surgery may be the answer. 
  • Cost: With dermal fillers, you pay by the syringe. The exact cost will depend on the area you’re treating, the amount of filler required, and how often you come in for touch-up treatments. Facelift surgery starts at a higher price range, but it is a one-time upfront cost. While the initial facelift cost is more than fillers, those regular filler touch-up treatments add up over time.

In the end, choosing the right surgeon and the right procedure are very important personal decisions. Ask your doctor which treatment route is best for your unique needs, and if you opt for a facelift, be sure to select a board-certified plastic surgeon.

If you would like to learn more about facelift surgery and dermal fillers here in Torrance,  please request a consultation online. You can also contact our practice office by phone at (310) 784-0644.

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