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Facelifts vs. Dermal Fillers: Which Do YOU Need?

December 17,2014 | Posted by: cmc-dashboard

“Can you help me look more youthful, energetic, and vibrant?” ask visitors to The Cosmetic Medicine Centre. Telltale signs of ageing, sun damage, fine lines, deep furrows, and other skin irregularities can attackself-confidence, and people come to us for help. “What can I do to change my appearance for the better?” they want to know.

Once upon a time, the only option for rejuvenating an ageing face was a facelift. Today, however, the team at The Cosmetic Medicine Centre offers clients a wide variety of invasive and non-invasive cosmetic treatments and products. They can often serve as alternatives to cosmetic surgery and, in some instances, help people postpone, minimise, or even avoid the need for a facelift completely.

Dermal Fillers Instead of a Facelift?

Dermal fillers, often called facial fillers, are cosmetic injectables. They plump up areas that have lost fat, muscle tone, and other structural components due to ageing, sun exposure, and other lifestyle factors.Dermal fillers should not be confused with other cosmetic injectables such as neurotoxins that reduce wrinkles by paralysing facial muscles.

Fillers are typically injected into the face, filling the problem area to minimise the signs of ageing.Often skin may look like it has “dropped” due to loss of underlying supporting tissue, so replacing this volume loss will actually “lift” the face.

Dermal filling treatments typically take 15 to 30 minutes at The Cosmetic Medicine Centre.  Some people find the injections uncomfortable for a few minutes.Still, treatment with dermal fillers is significantly less painfulthan cosmetic surgery, and the recovery is minimal.

Downside of Dermal Fillers

During the first 24 to 72 hours after the injections, there may be

  • Localised swelling
  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding

Lumpiness, allergic reactions and infections are also potential risks, but these risks can be minimised. For example, at The Cosmetic Medicine Centre, our doctors are skilled at injecting the substance slowly and at the correct depth. This helps ensure a worry-free recovery.

Facial fillers rejuvenate the skin temporarily. Results last six months to two years.

The Pros and Cons of a Facelift

Because of all they can achieve, facelifts are still considered the gold standard for facial rejuvenation. They are unsurpassed in their ability to

  • Remove excess skin
  • Smooth and firm facial skin
  • Reposition sagging skin
  • Raise drooping skin on the neck
  • Sculpt an improved jawline
  • Give results that last 5-10 years 

On the negative side, facelifts

  • Carry risks related to surgery and anaesthesia
  • Will leave scarring
  • Can leave patients looking pulled and unnatural
  • Require at least three weeks of downtime for healing, about a year for full settling
  • Are expensive 

If you’d like to know more about how the expert doctors at The Cosmetic Medicine Centre can use dermal fillers to help you achieve a more radiant appearance, we invite you to contact us today and receive a customised treatment plan that’s right for you.