In recent years, injectable treatments have been taking the world of cosmetic surgery by storm—and for good reason. Unlike invasive surgeries, injectable treatments require little to no recovery time and involve very minimal pain and discomfort. They’re also highly affordable and can be completed within one or more short, convenient appointments.
The Non-Surgical Facelift
Non-surgical facelifts are often comprised of a few different injectable treatments that work together in harmony to create a lifted, wrinkle-free appearance. The most famous of these is undoubtedly Botox: Botox has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world thanks to its ability to visibly reduce wrinkles and fine lines… All without the pain or risks of conventional facelift surgery. (Cosmetic surgeons will usually numb the skin with lidocaine before administering any injectable substance, resulting in a very low-pain experience for the patient.)
However, while Botox is excellent at smoothing and preventing wrinkles, it cannot replace skin volume (which is typically lost with age). To achieve fuller, more youthful-looking skin and tackle very deep wrinkles, cosmetic surgeons must turn to injectable dermal fillers (e.g., Juvederm). In addition to plumping up the skin to smooth out wrinkles, injectable fillers can be used to shape the chin, brow, nose, cheeks, and lips, effectively giving them a “lift.” In some cases, other injectables (like Kybella) may be used to eradicate fat deposits under the chin and tighten the skin.
Patients often ask why people still get cosmetic surgery at all, if injectable treatments are so simple and effective. There are a few reasons, all of which you should be aware of prior to treatment: One, injectables don’t produce the dramatic results surgical procedures do; they’re effective against mild-moderate signs of aging, but they cannot correct severe sagging, wrinkling, etc. Two, injectables tend to produce more temporary results and some patients prefer a more permanent solution. Finally, personal choice plays a role as well; some people are more comfortable with the idea of surgery than injectables.
With all of that being said, however, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to make a choice between injectables or surgery—in many cases, combining these therapies actually produces the best results of all. A surgical facelift can, for example, tighten the skin a great deal, but it doesn’t replace lost volume. Adding dermal fillers once the face has healed sufficiently can therefore complete the patient’s youthful look.
To determine what type (or types) of treatment will produce the exact results you want, talk to your surgeon. They will be able to help you decide whether you need injectables, a surgical facelift, or both. The surgeons at Abadir Associates have the experience and compassion to help you find the right treatment, all you have to do is contact them for a consultation.