Summary: It can be difficult to know precisely how to get the results you want when it comes to your face. The face is, after all, incredibly complicated—and there are so many moving parts that it can be difficult to know how to address each one. That’s why so many patients have questions about whether they should use fillers or whether they should use a surgical procedure, such as a facelift.
When Should You Use Fillers or Facelifts
There’s no doubt that we love to look young. Sometimes, the very appearance of a line or wrinkle or even a gray hair can cause a moment of panic: this is what getting old feels like, does it? First, it’s one wrinkle, then another—pretty soon your face is covered in wrinkles. At least, that’s the fear.
And, in some ways, it’s a reasonable fear. People age. They get older. It’s part of life. But we do often wish to look a little more youthful—we want to hang on to that youth (for a wide variety of reasons). One way to do that is to get a facelift procedure. Another way to keep a youthful appearance is to get an injection of a dermal filler.
Each of these treatments is a way to remove wrinkles and lines from the face. But when should you get a facelift and when should you get a dermal filler injection? It can be difficult to know which procedures suits you at which time.
Facelift Procedures for a Big Impact
In general, if you need a lot of work done—if you have a lot of wrinkles—then a facelift may be the best option for you. According to the website of the Minneapolis facelift experts at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, most patients should consider getting a facelift as they get a little bit older—generally into their 40s or 50s. This procedure removes excess skin in order to eliminate wrinkles.
The end results are effectively permanent, so you definitely want to make sure you’ve got the wrinkles to make it worth it. This is especially true since facelift procedures are not necessarily repeated very often, and the same aging factors that gave you wrinkles in the first place won’t stop working on your face.
A facelift is a great chance to reset the clock—to begin anew. But it won’t stop the aging process. So when you get a facelift, it’s like hitting the reset button (in a way). You want to make sure that you have plenty to reset in order to make the procedure worth it.
Fillers for a More Subtle Effect
Using a facelift to treat a single wrinkle would be, well, irresponsible. So what do you do if you want to get rid of just a line or two? That’s a case in which dermal filler injections may actually be a great way to go. Dermal fillers work because over time your skin loses elasticity. Your skin starts to sag. And you get more of it (it gets stretched out by gravity).
The end result is that the volume to skin ratio of your face changes. I always talk about it like a balloon that has deflated. When the balloon has insufficient volume, it looks wrinkly. However, when you blow the balloon back up, the surface looks smooth. That’s because the balloon has reached an optimal surface area to volume ratio.
Dermal fillers increase the amount of volume beneath your skin. They smooth out the surface of your skin by returning you to an optimal surface area to volume ratio. They can also target specific areas of the face in order to give them a nice lift to those specific areas (such as the cheeks).
However, dermal fillers are temporary solutions. This means that you can use them quite often if you’d like. They’re a great way to keep aging at bay. So if you’re looking for a way to do that, then dermal fillers may be the way to go.
Listen to Your Face
Okay, that seems like a dumb thing to say. You can’t actually listen to your face (well, technically, you can listen to your mouth, which is on your face… but that’s maybe beside the point). What I’m trying to say is that you have to choose the procedure that is right for your desired results. That might be difficult, if only because there are so many advertisements for great products and great procedures.
In other words, we understand that it can be difficult to put your finger on precisely what’s going to work for you. That’s why we think it’s a good idea to listen to your face. Or, to be a little less poetic about it: listen to your cosmetic surgeon, who will undoubtedly be able to tell you the best course of action to get the results you want.