Dermal Fillers vs Traditional Facelift

Posted on October 25, 2019

For years, a surgical facelift was the only option for people seeking to truly reverse the effects of skin laxity such as a sunken appearance or wrinkles. Now, injectable dermal fillers can offer results that address some of the same problems solved by a facelift. There are several factors that go into choosing between the two, however.

What are Dermal Fillers?

A dermal filler is an injectable product that typically contains hyaluronic acid. This naturally occurring substance binds to water to improve skin elasticity and plump sunken facial features or fill in fine lines and wrinkles. Some fillers offered by CDAM include Juvéderm, Restylane, and Sculptra.

Faster recovery time

Dermal filler injection involves far less recovery time than a traditional facelift. Recovering from a surgical facelift typically takes about three weeks, and patients usually have to take at least a week away from work. The general anesthesia associated with a facelift also means that patients will have to arrange for someone to drive them home from the procedure and care for them as they recover in the first few days.

Dermal filler recovery is much less intensive than a traditional facelift. Patients should still refrain from touching the face and use a light hand while cleansing or applying moisturizer for at least a week. It’s also best to avoid sleeping on your face by propping your head up slightly.

Injection procedures only take about 30 minutes. There are few risks involved because they are so minimally invasive, and healing is a much shorter and easier process than a traditional facelift. This makes them a great option for those with mild to moderate signs of aging, such as skin laxity.

Schedule a dermal filler consultation

Injectables are a fantastic alternative to traditional facelifts, but they’re not for everyone. Fillers can address wrinkles, for example, but can’t remove excess loose skin. Depending on your specific concerns and desired results, another treatment option could be a better choice. Overall, dermal fillers are best for those who are looking for a somewhat subtle, natural-looking result.

Dr. Kalimullah and Dr. Cavanaugh can help determine whether injectable dermal fillers are the right procedure for you. Call CDAM at 312-767-5113, or schedule your consultation online today.