Facelift or Dermal Fillers: Which Is Right for You?

Woman deciding if she needs Facelift or dermal fillers in Annandale, VA and Chevy Chase, MD

The face is one of the first areas to show signs of aging. Luckily, today’s patients have more options than ever for correcting wrinkles, sagging, and fine lines. Dermal fillers and facelift surgery are two popular choices for rejuvenating the face. But while these treatments are used to fix the same problem areas, they are very different options. 

Finding the right procedure for your needs depends on several different factors. If you’re considering fillers or a facelift in Bethesda, Washington, DC, or beyond, here are a few things to consider. 

Facelift Benefits

Facelift surgery is focused on lifting and toning the lower face and neck. It is an excellent way to tighten skin, reduce wrinkles, or create a more defined jawline.

Ideal facelift patients are those who have significant skin sagging and have developed loose jowls that obscure the chin. Facelift surgery is a direct, effective option for correcting advanced signs of aging and is often used for patients in their 50s, 60s, or 70s. 

Facelift surgery can involve repositioning fat pads in the cheeks to add more volume to the face. However, dermal fillers are often used after facelift surgery as a simpler option for boosting the cheeks, lips, and more.

Dermal Filler Benefits

Nonsurgical procedures have grown in popularity, and dermal fillers continue to lead the pack. These injectable treatments are an easy way to restore youthful definition to the face.

As we age, we lose collagen in our cheeks, lips, and forehead. Dermal fillers are injections of specialized gel under the skin that fix this problem by adding soft, gentle volume to thinning areas. 

Injectable treatments like fillers are enjoyed by patients of all ages and genders. They are most often used as the first wall of defense against encroaching signs of aging. 

How to Choose Your Procedure

Facelift surgery and dermal fillers both address signs of facial aging. Choosing the right procedure depends on your specific needs and the results you would like from treatment. 

Consider facelift surgery if you:

  • Have more advanced signs of aging
  • Struggle with significant amounts of drooping skin
  • Want a long-lasting solution
  • Can afford to take time off from work for recovery
  • Are ready to make an investment

Consider dermal fillers if you:

  • Prefer a nonsurgical solution 
  • Want a treatment at a lower price point
  • Have less dramatic signs of aging 
  • Are focused on adding volume rather than tightening skin 

If you want the benefits of both options to fight the signs of aging from every angle, consider FACE360. FACE360 is a program offered at our practice that creates a customized rejuvenation treatment plan for your face and neck. After a consultation with our aestheticians, you may want to combine fillers with a traditional facelift for comprehensive anti-aging results.

In the end, choosing the right procedure is a very personal decision. Discuss your options with your plastic surgeon to see which treatment choice is best for you. 

If you would like to learn more about tummy tuck surgery in the Washington, DC, area, please request a consultation online. You can also contact our office by phone at (703) 560-2850 (Annandale, VA) or (301) 652-7700 (Chevy Chase, MD).

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