Surgical vs. Nonsurgical Facelift: Which Is Better?

Woman smiling when discussing facelift options

The face is one of the first parts of the body to show signs of aging. The delicate skin in this area is easily damaged by the sun, age, and environmental factors. When it comes to turning back the clock with cosmetic procedures, most patients think of facelift surgery. But thanks to new treatment options, San Francisco patients have a new option as well: a nonsurgical facelift using dermal fillers

Choosing the right anti-aging procedure depends on your goals and personal needs. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of both surgical and nonsurgical facelift options. 

Surgical: Traditional Facelift

Facelift surgery is a trusted approach to rejuvenating the face. The procedure addresses the lower two-thirds of the face and corrects common signs of aging such as wrinkles, lax skin, and jowling. In general, the surgery firms sagging skin, lifts drooping cheeks, smooths away wrinkles, and tightens skin along the jawline and neck. A full facelift can typically help patients look 5 to 10 years younger than they really are. 

Patients who undergo facelift surgery usually have advanced signs of aging. After a facelift, your refreshed results will last for many years.

Nonsurgical: Liquid Facelift

A liquid facelift is a minimally invasive procedure that uses injectables to fight troublesome signs of aging. Dermal fillers are used to add facial volume, smooth imperfections, and turn back the clock on your skin. By combining specific fillers and injectable treatments, a liquid facelift helps you look younger without the need for surgery. 

You may be a good candidate for a liquid facelift if you want to:

  • Add volume to hollowed cheeks
  • Plump the lips
  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles 
  • Fade dark circles under the eyes

Which Option Is Best for You?

Choosing the right facial rejuvenation treatment depends on your particular needs. A traditional facelift is usually better for those who have extensive skin laxity, want more dramatic changes to their appearance, and prefer long-lasting results. A nonsurgical liquid facelift, on the other hand, is a good option for those who want to improve their look without going under the knife and who don’t mind regular maintenance treatments. A liquid facelift requires little to no recovery time, but the results are much more subtle than their full surgery counterpart. 

In the end, the best way to find the right treatment is to discuss your goals and treatment options with your doctor. During your personal consultation, they can analyze your face and skin and recommend the best choice for your needs. 

Browse our facelift before-and-after gallery to see examples of our actual patients’ results. If you’re interested in facelift surgery or dermal fillers in the San Francisco area, please request a consultation online or call (415) 441-1888.

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