BOTOX® vs. Fillers vs. Facelift: Which Is Right for You?

Woman trying to decide what facial contouring option suits her

With more options for facial rejuvenation than ever, it can be difficult to decide which approach to take. Would you benefit more from the convenience of injectables or the long-term results of surgery? As a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers fillers, BOTOX, and facelift surgery in San Jose, I specialize in helping people navigate this choice to achieve their best results as conveniently and effectively as possible.

In this blog post, I’ll compare the benefits of surgical and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation to help you better understand which option may be right for you.

Concerns: Which treatments are best for different aging concerns?

Let’s start by looking at the signs of aging you see in different areas of your face and discussing which treatments work best for each of them.

Upper Face Wrinkles: BOTOX

Motions such as squinting, frowning, or raising your eyebrows lead to crow’s feet around the outer corners of the eyes, vertical frown lines between the eyebrows, and horizontal forehead lines. BOTOX is typically the most effective treatment option. It takes only a few quick injections to relax these muscles, allowing the skin to return to a smoother, younger-looking state.

Mid and Lower Face Wrinkles and Volume Loss: Fillers

As we age, we naturally lose volume in our faces, which causes concerns such as:

  • Flat or fallen cheeks
  • Sunken temples
  • Thin lips
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines

Injectable dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® add volume beneath the skin to plump these areas with minimal downtime.

Lower Face Sagging, Deep Folds, and Loose Neck: Facelift

Facelift surgery is ideal for lifting the underlying facial structures that droop over time. You’re likely a candidate for a facelift if you notice jowls, sagging skin on your lower face and neck, a square versus an oval face shape, and deep folds in the skin. Learn more about what a facelift does and does not achieve in this previous blog post.

Depending on the severity of your concerns, you may benefit more from other facial rejuvenation approaches, such as PrecisionTx® laser skin tightening.

Cost: Which solution is more cost-effective?

Injectables are a more affordable solution initially, but they add up with repeated treatments over several years. To achieve results similar to a facelift, you would end up paying for higher and higher volumes of filler over the years, which could add up to a higher cost (and more visits to the office) than surgery.

A facelift is an investment in terms of cost and recovery time. It creates results that may last for 10 or so years and addresses signs of aging at a much deeper structural level. For the right candidates, it’s typically more cost-effective in the long-term.

Consult: What does a board-certified plastic surgeon advise?

Want to know the best approach for you? Nothing compares to consulting with a trustworthy plastic surgeon who has years of experience in surgical and nonsurgical treatments. At a personal consultation, your surgeon will recommend the best option based on a close assessment of your face and their years of training and experience in treating facial aging. It’s the best way to make sure your treatment plan is customized to create the best possible results specifically for you.

To see examples of the results you can expect from JUVÉDERM, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon in Palo Alto or Campbell, CA, please contact us online or call (650) 325-1118 (Palo Alto) or (408) 371-1118 (Campbell).

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