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When is a Facelift a Better Option than Cosmetic Injectables?


Posted October 12, 2022 in Facelift, Injectables

Many people wish to reduce visible signs of aging with facelifts or cosmetic injectables, and both of these options can improve one’s appearance. Which one is right for you depends on the extent of lines, wrinkles and other facial changes caused by lifestyle habits, genetics and natural aging. Dr. Scott Green in Sacramento offers facial plastic surgery and non-surgical treatments to renew your complexion. He can determine if facelift or cosmetic injectables are the best way to address your aesthetic concerns.

What Can Cosmetic Injectables Do for You?

Injectables, such as Juvéderm and Botox, are excellent ways to minimize lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers focus on adding volume to the tissues to combat signs of aging caused by the loss of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. These natural substances are responsible for a youthful glow, and their production slows down as people get older, causing volume loss and visible creases and folds in the skin.

Dermal fillers “fill in” lines and wrinkles and restore volume in the cheeks and other areas. Botox and other neuromodulator injectables focus on the muscles under the skin that cause wrinkles to form after years of repeated facial expressions. The injected gel immobilizes the targeted muscle, smoothing the overlying skin. Fillers provide immediate results, while Botox and similar products offer visibly smoother skin a few days after treatment.

There is no recovery after treatment with cosmetic injectables, so you can return to your everyday routine right after your appointment. Results may last several months or over a year, depending on the type of injectable used for your cosmetic concerns.

Cosmetic injectables are temporary solutions for lines, wrinkles and volume loss. These treatments may be right for you if you have good skin elasticity but struggle with signs of aging. Injectables are also a good follow-up treatment after facelift to fine-tune results.

What Can Facelift Do For You?

Facelift is a comprehensive procedure that is customized to your needs. As you get older, your skin loses the ability to bounce back, causing significant wrinkles. Fat deposits in the face shrink and sink lower, causing jowling along the jawline and chin. Facelift provides a younger appearance by removing loose, sagging skin and fat deposits and tightening the remaining tissues. The procedure focuses on the midface and jawline and is often combined with neck lift for further rejuvenation.

You may be a candidate for facelift if you have advanced signs of aging that won’t respond to cosmetic injectables. Facelift provides longer-lasting outcomes and addresses several concerns at once. Dr. Green utilizes several facelift techniques and will develop a surgical approach to meet your needs. He offers the traditional facelift, mini facelift and facial fat transfer, and he may recommend combining techniques.

Facelift is more invasive than cosmetic injectables and requires a recovery period, but the results can last a decade or longer, depending on your skin quality and skincare routine.

If you struggle with facial signs of aging, contact Dr. Green in Sacramento to discuss your options for a more youthful complexion. Call our Sacramento office at (916) 929-1833, our Granite Bay office at (916) 773-5590 or fill out our online contact form.