Facelifts vs. Injectable Fillers: Which One Will Be Best Suited for You?

The recent development of so many minimally
invasive, non-surgical options for facial rejuvenation may have led some people
to assume that there’s no need to for facelifts anymore. Injectables have
become easily accessible and seem to be a more convenient option, while
offering similar anti-aging results to surgery. However, fillers and similar non-surgical
treatments can only do so much, and if you have more advanced signs of aging, it
may make more sense to consider a full facelift
at our Rancho Mirage
-area Cosmetic Surgery

Which option is right for you? Here’s how the
two facial rejuvenation strategies compare:


If you have some noticeable wrinkles and sagging
caused by loss of collagen—due to aging, smoking, sun damage, or genetics—fillers
are a quick way of adding volume back into the skin to make it smooth and
lifted. Injectable fillers are ideal for the person who simply wants to make
some noticeable improvements, but in a subtle and effortless-looking way, so
others won’t be able to know that any tweaks have been made. Fillers work well
for wrinkles around the middle and lower part of the face, but won’t significantly
tighten excess loose skin.

Note that fillers are only a temporary solution,
with results that will last for several months at minimum to a few years at
most. Injectables are usually best for younger patients with mild to moderate signs
of aging who aren’t ready to commit to surgery. There’s not much downtime or
discomfort involved, and side effects are usually minor, so you’ll be able to
go back to your usual activities right away.


A facelift, known by the medical term “rhytidectomy,”
is a procedure inintended to create a more youthful facial appearance by improving
aging facial contours. The surgery physically tightens sagging skin and repositions
facial tissues. Unlike fillers, the results from a facelift are very long
lasting. While you can’t prevent time and gravity from continuing to impact
your skin, the outcome typically endures for many, many years. Most people who
choose to have a facelift are looking to address more severe aesthetic concerns,
such as jowls, sagging skin around the lower jaw, turkey neck, deep skin folds,
and hollowed cheeks.

When it comes to achieving significant
anti-aging effects, especially on an older face, there’s no replacement for facial

Start planning your facelift procedure or dermal
filler session with our team at Cosmetic Surgery Institute
by calling (760) 837-0364 or filling out a contact
to discuss what’s involved.