Dermal Filler Vs A Facelift

Dermal Filler Vs A Facelift


Mummy says…We all want to look youthful, but the ageing process makes it harder to hide any deep lines, age spots, and wrinkles on the face. Thanks to cosmetic treatment procedures it’s now possible to have a youthful appearance by preventing your face from showing early signs of ageing. Facial cosmetic procedures have become the go-to option for many people who want to rejuvenate their skin and look their best in a natural way…

Dermal Filler Vs A Facelift

Dermal fillers and a facelift are the most popular cosmetic procedures as they can dramatically improve appearance. A medical research published by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery shows that the number of people opting for non-surgical treatments to get a youthful complexion has greatly increased. While both are effective methods of reversing ageing, how do you choose between dermal fillers vs facelift?

Difference between dermal fillers and a facelift

Dermal fillers are injectable that work to add volume to your face so that you can look younger and fuller. Even if you have a busy schedule, fillers can be easily administered as the procedure is fast and requires no recovery time as in most cases it has no side effects whatsoever. This means that you can return to your daily activities immediately.

A dermal filler is a noninvasive procedure and the ideal treatment for minor signs of aging. A filler is beneficial in various areas including correcting dark circles, softening facial wrinkles and augmenting the chin, nose, lips, and cheeks. Dermal fillers also enhance shallow contours on the face and improve the appearance of recessed scars but cannot eliminate sagging skin. While fillers are temporary, they have a longevity results of between 4 months to a year meaning that you will require regular touch-ups to maintain the look.

Deep facial creases, droopy eyes and flabby neck can make you look older. You can use facelift surgery or rhytidectomy to get rid of any hanging skin on the face, neck and to counteract the adverse effects of time and gravity. A facelift is a surgical procedure that addresses advanced ageing by removing excess fat and tightening muscles. Unlike dermal fillers, the final results of a facelift are long-lasting, and you can maintain the aesthetically pleasing look for up to 10 years; which makes this procedure more effective as compared to other non-surgical facial treatments. Also, it’s a more invasive procedure that can take between 6 months and a year to have a full recovery.

During the recovery period, you’re recommended to wear a neck strap, avoid intense physical activity and to remain at home for two weeks to give time for your body to heal. To enhance the results, most clients can have an eyebrow lift. A facelift is ideal for a person with moderate to severe ageing and doesn’t require frequent follow-up treatments.

Types of dermal fillers and facelifts

There are various types of facelifts that you can opt for depending on your aesthetic goals and how much recovery time you can spare. They are also classified based on the degree of invasiveness and the part of face it targets. The deep plane lift is the best procedure for people with severe facial sagging and those who want longer lasting results that can be maintained up to 15 years. The midface lift targets the middle section of the face by lifting sagging cheeks while the SMAS lift and short scar lifts are for those whose ages range between 40 and 50 years and have a minimum to moderate skin sagging.

There are several types of dermal fillers which can help you reduce the facial aging process such as Volbella and Juvederm. However, with a consultation, your plastic surgeon will be in a better position to help you choose the right dermal filler according to you your needs.

Who is eligible for dermal fillers and facelift?

Dermal fillers are great for correcting early signs of ageing. Hence the ideal candidate is someone young especially those who are under 50 years of age and show a low degree of skin aging. You are eligible for this procedure if you have normal skin elasticity, shallow wrinkles, and light hollowing as these signs eliminate the need to have invasive surgical procedures. You can also reduce the chances of having to choose extensive facial surgery if you opt to begin dermal filler treatments during the early stages of ageing.

It’s easy to assume you don’t need facelift surgery and choose to use dermal fillers. However, using fillers to correct excessive ageing will create an unnatural appearance where the face will look bloated, lack definition and the facial expressions can become impaired.

While facelift surgery can rejuvenate the skin and improve the appearance of your jaw, you’re not a good candidate if you’re obese or your skin is not elastic. A good candidate for a facelift has a double chin, deep wrinkles and loose skin that sags on the face and neck. You must also have reasonable expectations which include what the surgery can accomplish and its limitations.

Other factors that are considered are a strong underlying bone structure and good health to enhance healing and recovery. Although age is not a significant determinant of this surgery, the right candidate is usually 40 years and above.

The only way for anyone to be sure that they are suitable for a facelift or dermal fillers is to have a consultation with a certified and experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon.

Dr. Ruth L. Hillelson is a skilled cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon who can help you determine whether you should get a facelift or dermal fillers. She has vast experience in various types of cosmetic plastic surgery and has immense success in treating various diseases using modern techniques.

Have you every thought of Dermal Filler Vs A Facelift?


  1. I think that cosmetic surgery is a great way to feel more confident. I have quite deep set eyes and am considering tear duct fillers to make them look a bit more youthful!

  2. I’ve never considered a face lift before – but then I am only 30, so don’t have drastic signs of aging. That said, I have been having botox in my forehead (for my furrow lines from frowning and my wrinkles from raising my eyebrows) for the last few years. This is a preventive measure rather than a cure though – the botox freezes the muscles meaning I’m unable to use them, so my forehead stays wrinkle free x

  3. I’ve never really considered either, but im only 27. You never know what I might decide in the future! But I do have terrible bags under my eyes constantly, that’s just from lack of sleep though! Haha
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  4. Dermal filler sounds like a less painful way to help hide those pesky signs of aging. I might try that when I get some wrinkles. 😉

  5. Did not know the difference so your post was very informative sharing both the differences. I might consider dermal fillers when I am a lot older.

  6. Might consider doing dermal filler when needed when I get old!

  7. I would deffo have fillers when I start to get wrinkles around my eyes and lips

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