Facelift or Facial Injectables – Which is Right for You?
As we get older the natural deterioration in the amount of collagen and elastin our skin can produce can have a profound effect on the way that our face looks. Once full, with firm, smooth skin, and definition in the jaw and cheekbones, our skin can quickly lose elasticity and volume. The effect of this can make facial features droop, lines and folds to develop and jowls to form under the neck. Not only can these developments cause us to look older than we really are, but they can also negatively affect our confidence and self-esteem.
If you are unhappy with the effect that aging is having on your facial features, you may be considering cosmetic treatments to try and turn back the hands of time. There are two types of cosmetic facial treatment that may be able to help you achieve the refreshed and rejuvenated appearance that you are looking for. These are facial injectables and a surgical facelift procedure. However, while both can potentially address the issues that you have with your appearance, they are very different procedures.
So, how do you know whether a facelift or facial injectables are right for you? To help you make this decision, here is what you need to know about each procedure.
What is a facelift?
A facelift is an invasive surgical procedure that is performed with the intention of lifting and pulling back the skin on the face to make it tighter and smoother. In doing so, patients can expect to see a reduction in the amount of flabby or sagging skin around the lower half of the face.
Typically, a facelift is performed under a general anesthetic, though it is possible to use a combination of local anesthetic and sedation. During the procedure, incisions will be made above the hairline at the temples which extend down in front of the ear, around the lobe and behind it, as well as under the chin if the jaw is also to be lifted. The skin is lifted off of the contours of the face and pulled backwards and upwards. Any excess skin is cut away, and any facial fat or tissues will be redistributed as necessary before the skin is then secured using sutures. The entire process usually takes around three hours and you will need to stay in the hospital for at least one night.
Since a facelift is a very invasive procedure, the recovery process if lengthy when compared to injectables. Swelling and discomfort is normal, and you may need to take up to 4 weeks off of work while you recover. You can expect your face to be bruised and swollen for several weeks and it could take as long as 9 months to see the full effect of the facelift. You may also be left with some scarring all this will fade over time.
The effects of a facelift are largely permanent although eventually, signs of aging may have some impact on the success of your procedure. The effects are also less subtle than alternatives like injectables.
What are facial injectables?
Facial injectables, also known as dermal fillers, are used to quite literally fill empty space left in your face so that your skin is pulled tight again – something which is a key characteristic of a youthful appearance – eliminating lines and folds, adding volume and creating definition around the jaw.
Facial injectables can be made from several different substances, including collagen and hyaluronic acid which are both naturally occurring substances and should, therefore, should not be rejected by your body. The process itself will be carried out under a local anesthetic which will be administered via injection or topical cream. Once the area where you are having the filler injected is numb, your chosen filler will be carefully placed into the pre-determined locations. The entire process should take no more than an hour and while you may experience some discomfort, it shouldn’t be painful.
One of the biggest benefits of facial injectables is that there is virtually no downtime. The area may be swollen and tender for up to 24 hours, and you will be advised to avoid hot drinks and alcohol during this time. However, the downside is that most fillers aren’t permanent and there you may need multiple appointments to address different areas of your face.
Which is right for me – a facelift or facial injectables?
If you are looking for a serious improvement in the appearance of your face and you are emotionally and psychologically prepared for the lengthy recovery process associated with a facelift, then there is nothing to stop you asking for your candidacy to be assessed. However, if you are looking for more subtle improvements with minimal downtime, injectables may be more suitable for you.
Dr. LoTempio understands the frustration of feeling dissatisfied with your appearance and will take the time to listen to your concerns before making a recommendation as to which treatment may be most suitable for you. To schedule your confidential consultation with our discreet team, please don’t hesitate to contact our New York offices.