Facial aging may be inevitable but it is not something that many people like to live with. Our appearance doesn’t just indicate our age, it also contributes to how we are perceived. The signs of aging don’t just make us look older, they could make us look less friendly and happy overall. Historically, facial aging has been addressed with skin creams or surgery. Both offer unique benefits. However, they aren’t the only options anymore. Here, we discuss how you might discern whether your best path is through injectables or facial rejuvenation surgery.
Results: How Fast Do You Want Them?
This is an easy question for most people to answer. If you’ve decided you want to restore a more youthful, friendly, happy nuance to your face, you want it now. The desire for a quick turnaround is the primary reason that so many people lean towards injectable facial rejuvenation. There is a lot that can be accomplished with injectable fillers and wrinkle reducers. All in all, the various improvements that can be achieved may make the face look 5 to 10 years younger. Those improvements include:
- Lifting the eyebrows
- Smoothing creases around the eyes and on the forehead
- Smoothing undereye bags
- Adding volume to contour and lift the cheeks, which also lifts the lower face
- Restoring a smooth, angular jawline
- Eliminating creases around the nose and mouth
- Rejuvenating thin or deflated lips
There are obvious benefits to injectable treatment versus surgery. Patients do not need downtime, though they may experience some swelling and redness. The results of some treatments are immediate, while others become visible over a week. On the other hand, the results of injectable treatments last no more than 2 years, some lasting only a few months.
Results: How Long Do You Want Them to Last?
A surgical facelift may not immediately plump the cheeks and smooth the jawline. A facelift will not lift the eyebrows or smooth undereye bags (those improvements require a brow lift or blepharoplasty). However, a facelift is the gold standard of long-lasting, natural-looking facial rejuvenation. The reason this is so is that the facelift procedure lifts the musculature that gives the face shape. Then, when the skin is lifted and trimmed, it lies naturally rejuvenated across its repositioned foundation. It can take a few weeks to see the outcome of a facelift. However, results last many years.