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Fillers VS Facelifts

Fillers VS FaceliftsGetting any type of procedure done comes with a warning, especially when you have to be under anesthesia. If you are considering getting cosmetic surgery, but aren’t sure which procedure is best for you, always consult with a doctor and express your wants and concerns. If you are considering cosmetic facial surgery, take a look below for everything you need to know about fillers vs facelifts. Depending on your desired results, you may not need an entire facelift, but that is something you can discuss during a consultation with your doctor to find the best possible solution for you individually.

Fillers VS Facelifts — Everything You Need To Know

It is important to start off by saying fillers and facelifts are two separate things and are meant to achieve different goals. Your age, end goal, and genetics, will play a significant role in deciding which procedure is best fit for you. They can coincide in order to achieve the best possible outcome, but are largely performed separately. Fillers are popular among younger generations and are now considered “preventative” in hopes to avoid wrinkles and sagging skin as you naturally age. Facelifts tend to attract older generations, and are meant to tighten the skin and eliminate fine lines near the mouth and eyes, things that injectables cannot fix once your skin loses a certain amount of elasticity or has late-term aging symptoms. Choosing to get fillers vs facelifts is not always an easy decision, while fillers are non-invasive, getting a facelift is considered invasive and can be quite an extensive surgery.  Take a look at an in-depth comparison of fillers vs facelifts below to help you decide which one you are a better candidate for.

Facial Fillers

Facial fillers, also known as dermal fillers or injectables, can be used to enhance the results of a facelift, or be used as means to avoid getting a facelift. Facial fillers offer patients a variety of solutions for sagging skin, hollowed cheeks, reduction of shallow lines, plump lips, and volume loss. The ideal candidate for fillers are under the age of 50 and have minimal to medium signs of aging. Younger generations can use fillers in order to avoid getting a facelift later down the road.

Cosmetic facial fillers are a less invasive option for smoothing wrinkles and adding a plump contour to the face. Fillers are great because they are designed to immediately restore volume in the facial region lost by natural aging and can stimulate the body to produce its own natural collagen which gives patients a younger, more youthful appearance. Cosmetic injectables can be used in many areas to help bring back a youthful appearance including the entire face, lips, cheeks, under-eyes, and temples. Depending on your end goal, each filler is unique and works best on different areas of the body. Fillers have zero recovery time and results can show up almost immediately, which is one of the perks to the non-invasive procedures. One of the only major downfalls to choosing fillers vs facelifts is that fillers only last 4-6 months and must be repeated in order to sustain results.

Types of Fillers Offered in our Office

  • Botox — Botox is used to treat severe brow furrowing, uncontrolled blinking, lazy eye, wrinkles and facial creases.  Botox procedures typically use a small amount of Botox to relax or weaken the muscle in specific areas creating a much more relaxed and youthful appearance without plastic surgery.
  • Juvederm — Juvederm is a cosmetic facial filler used to soften deep folds near the mouth known as “smile lines”  and to help reduce wrinkles around the face. It can also be used for lip augmentation, plumping sagging hands, and lifting cheeks.
  • Radiesse — Radiesse is a volumizing Filler that has the unique ability to both immediately restore lost volume and help stimulate the body to produce its own natural collagen for longer-lasting results. It is often used to restore fullness around the mouth, cheeks, and jawline.
  • Restylane — Restylane products are used to smooth away wrinkles, enhance facial contours, create fuller lips, and of course rejuvenate the skin.


Facelifts are generally procedures performed on individuals to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck areas. As you grow older, the skin loses elasticity and begins to sag, and deep creases and folds appear near the eyes, lips, cheeks, neck, and chin. Facelifts are a great option for individuals who are in good health and want a more youthful appearance as they age. Receiving a facelift is not an easy decision because it is an invasive surgery that requires a recovery time, unlike fillers. The surgery time ranges depending on what you and your cosmetic surgeon decide should be done in order to create the best possible outcome. Facelifts are great because unlike fillers, they are a more permanent option. Aside from helping with the overall look of aged skin facelifts also help with fat that has fallen or become displaced. Typically facelifts are for individuals who have lost muscle tone in the lower face and jowls or have loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw making them appear to have a double chin even though they are of a normal weight.

Fillers VS Facelifts

For those considering fillers vs facelifts, and are trying to avoid and invasive surgery, know that fillers can potentially make aging look worse. Sometimes the only option is a facelift, if you suffer from late-term aging systems, fillers are not going to be the best option, instead consider a facelift to help give you a more youthful look. If you aren’t sure which option is best for your, contact your local cosmetic surgeon to set up a consultation to discuss your options. Dr. Rimma Finkel is an experienced and trusted surgeon in the Valley and can help you get back that youthful appearance in no time! Call today for a one-on-one consultation.