Will Botox and Fillers Work, or Do I Need a Facelift?
If you’re starting to see signs of aging in your face, there are a wide variety of procedures and treatments that can combat these changes. Wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin combined with loss of facial volume are the most common things we see as we get older. Among the available options to treat these issues are Botox, fillers, and facelifts. There are major differences between these, and it can be confusing to determine which is best suited to meet your needs.
Facelifts are surgical procedures designed for those with significant, deep-set wrinkles and sagging skin. It is particularly beneficial for those with loose skin in the lower face and neck and for those with the appearance of jowls. The results from facelifts are much more long-lasting than less invasive treatments, such as Botox and fillers. Typically, a facelift will “turn back the clock” for about ten years. You will always look about a decade younger than your friends. However, normal signs of aging will continue after your surgery, and some patients consider a second facelift about ten to twenty years after their first.
Facelifts are not the ideal procedure for those who do not want to undergo surgery or are unprepared for recovery. After a facelift, it will be about two weeks before you are comfortable in social situations. It may take four to six weeks before you can see your full result.
If loose and sagging skin is not a problem for you, a less invasive option may be a better choice. An injectable treatment like Botox or a filler is recommended for patients who are seeking more subtle changes with less downtime.
Botox is the most popular injectable treatment available. It works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles responsible for wrinkles formed as you make facial expressions. Typically, Botox is chosen to soften lines across the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes.
Botox does not provide a result that is as long-lasting as the result of a facelift. Your body will naturally metabolize the medication, and, after three to four months, the muscles will regain their ability to move as usual. Because Botox is temporary, it can be a good treatment to start with if you’re new to cosmetic procedures and hesitant about making a more permanent change.
Fillers are likewise extremely popular. Fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane, are composed of a substance that is found in your body naturally already. As the name would suggest, fillers work by filling in wrinkles in the face and adding volume to areas that are deficient. Like Botox, the procedure is simple and performed in the office. The effects last for about nine months to a year.
Downtime after the Botox and fillers procedure is virtually zero. There can be some very limited redness or bruising. You can resume your normal activities as soon as the appointment is over. You can have the treatment over lunch and return to work right away. This makes Botox and fillers better options for those unable to take the time for the long downtime needed for a facelift. While Botox and fillers are very effective in treating wrinkles, they are not suitable treatments for loose or sagging skin.
The best way to determine which cosmetic procedure is best suited to you is to schedule a consultation. Dr. Shaddix will be able to completely understand your concerns and how best to treat them. To schedule your consultation in his Pensacola, FL office, call (850) 359-3863 or request an appointment online.