Our ancestors had very little choice in how they aged. Just 100 years ago, relatively few cosmetic surgeries were being performed. In fact, relatively few technological advances had been made at that time to improve how daily tasks like cooking meals and caring for the body were accomplished. Today, life is much, much easier. Aging, for instance, is an aspect of life over which we have a fair amount of control – at least when it comes to appearance.
In the past 15 years, we have lived in an amazing time of development. Aesthetic medicine has taken on a whole new role in the lives of adults of all ages. One of the most significant advances has been the use of injectable products to smooth and “lift” the skin on the face. In fact, the common use of injectables has fostered the idea that facelift surgery is a relatively outdated procedure. Here, we want to dive into this theory and compare the “non-surgical facelift” with precision surgical care.
The Value of Injectables
Around the world, there is a high percentage of people who manage facial aging with injectables. While we do not perform such treatments, we cannot deny the value of injectable products for certain cosmetic gains. Botox and soft tissue fillers have been proven safe and effective at reducing lines and wrinkles, plumping lips, reducing undereye bags and circles, and even lifting the brow line. The question is not whether or not injectables are a reliable solution. They are. Just not for everyone.
The Big Picture
Facial rejuvenation doesn’t need to look any certain way for every person. This is important to understand given the widespread idea that injectables could be used as an alternative to facelift surgery. Here’s what you need to know:
- Results from injectable treatments are just as reliant on technique and proper use as are the results from facelift surgery. It is possible to overdo it, even with injectables.
- Surgical facelift surgery is conducted with much more awareness today than even a few decades ago. The focus is not tissue tightening and removal only; it is to restore the curves that the face had at a younger age. Cheeks, temples, and other areas may be lifted and also plumped using a precision fat grafting technique. Ultimately, this enhances the natural appeal of the face.
- Longevity of results is a key factor in cost-effectiveness. If the point comes when injectable or other non-surgical treatments are necessary once or twice a year, the overall costs may surpass that of a surgical facelift.
Obtain the facts about facelift surgery from a friendly, experienced cosmetic surgeon. Call our Bloomington office for your consultation.