What a Facelift Can Do That Injectables Can’t

A woman looks in the mirror and ponders facial rejuvenation options.

Injectable anti-aging treatments like BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers are becoming increasingly popular as patients discover their efficacy and convenience. While these are great options for patients mainly looking to address lines and wrinkles, they fall short when it comes to treating aging concerns around the lower face, such as jowls or loss of definition in the jawline.

For patients hoping to lift and refresh these areas, a surgical facelift at our Eugene, Oregon, practice is the best approach. A facelift can often fix what injectables can’t.

Wondering which option is right for you? Here are several factors to consider.

When to Choose Injectables

BOTOX and fillers such as JUVÉDERM® are growing in popularity, thanks to their anti-aging powers and minimal invasiveness. These options work wonderfully for addressing concerns like wrinkles, hollows in the cheeks or under the eyes, and contour blemishes. BOTOX smooths out wrinkles by paralyzing specific facial muscles, while fillers provide volume under the skin with a gel substance, often consisting of hyaluronic acid.

Both options are temporary (BOTOX lasts 3 to 4 months and fillers can last from 9 months to 2 years, depending on the product), and address small, specific areas of the face to create a younger, more refreshed look.

Though these approaches are patient favorites, since they require no surgery and little, if any, downtime, they can’t fully address significantly sagging skin or other major concerns along the lower face and jaw. For those who aren’t seeing the results they desire with injectables alone, a facelift procedure may be the best way forward.

When to Choose a Facelift

Though it’s a more intensive procedure that requires more recovery time, a facelift is the most effective way to address certain age-related concerns and achieve longer-term results. Solutions a facelift can provide, but injectables can’t, include:

  • Smoothing and refreshing the lower two-thirds of the face
  • Reducing jowls
  • Diminishing lines or folds around the nose
  • Lifting and supporting hollow cheeks
  • Defining a drooping jawline

Thanks to recent improvements in facelift techniques, this procedure is more effective than ever, with results lasting even longer and delivering a deeper level of treatment.

Dr. Jewell is an avid proponent of the cranial suspension facelift, which involves using suture loops to re-suspend drooping layers of tissue within the subcutaneous musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS). This approach shortens recovery time and creates a much more structured result than a traditional facelift, which addresses only the skin.

Why Combine the Two

As we mentioned in our previous blog post about facelift innovations, combining a surgical facelift procedure with nonsurgical treatments such as BOTOX and fillers can cover most needs when it comes to getting an all-over youthful boost.

These treatments, along with medical skin care, Ultherapy, and laser procedures, can extend the life of your results and keep your face looking refreshed for years.

To see real patient results, take a look at our before-and-after facelift photo gallery.

If you believe you are a candidate for a facelift in Eugene, Oregon, and are ready to move forward with the process, please contact us online or call (541) 683-3234 to request a consultation.

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