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Face Lifts vs. Injectables: When Should You Choose Permanent Results?

With so many injectables and wrinkle smoothing solutions on the market these days, it may come as a shock that surgical face lifts are not only still popular, but actually continue to increase in popularity. Recent studies have even shown that non-invasive laser treatments can be effective methods of preventing the appearance of aging.

Face Lifts vs. Injectables

Regardless of other technologies, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that the traditional face lift continues to grow in popularity, particularly among baby boomers, with a rate of 14% for women and 16% for men. They also witnessed a dip in injectable use during the same period.

So what’s the secret? Why are so many people choosing a more invasive treatment when other options exist?

The answer is pretty simple: Fillers and lasers, while effective in their own right, simply cannot do everything a face lift can.

“As we age we lose volume in our face and the skin envelope that is less tight begins to sag. Fillers and wrinkle treatments can buy some time but eventually the clock catches up with us all” say Toronto Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sammy Sliwin

Sagging jowls, loose “turkey” necks, drooping brows, eyelid overhand, and “melting” cheeks are just some of the common complaints of those who end up seeking face lifts instead of relying upon wrinkle smoothers and injectables. Face lifts are able to lift and reposition the skin, creating a more youthful appearance that lasts for many years. These lasting results unfortunately can’t be compared to by fillers, wrinkle treatments and lasers alone.

Another reason for the increased interest in face lifts is the continuous breakthroughs in related technology. New techniques accomplish just as much as traditional methods, while causing much less trauma to the skin and less scarring. They also require far less healing time: Just days or weeks instead of up to three months.

For those looking for long lasting results that keep the glow of youth as long as possible, a face lift is an inevitability. Wrinkle relaxers and fillers will help you delay the procedure, but they will never replace it entirely. If you’ve been getting by with injectables and are wondering if it is time to take the plunge, consider this: Most patients who have a facelift in the 50s or 60s will never need another procedure. They will look younger for several decades without further treatments and will not have to deal with sagging, loose skin.

The decision between face lifts and injectables both have long lists of pros. The decision to go with one or the other all comes down to your desired end result!

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