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Injectables vs. Facelift: Which Do You Need?


Most people care about how they look, and they are determined to do something about it! Fine lines, wrinkles, creases, and sagging skin will sooner or later develop. Everyone would love to have a quick-fix to natural aging troubles; even at-home treatments and “magical” creams won’t do the trick. Many people will consider cosmetic options to treat aging facial skin. There are many advancements in cosmetic surgery available, surgical and non-surgical. In fact, new plastic surgery statistics reveal a focus on face and fat. So, how do you know if you need injectables or a facelift to achieve a smoother, more rejuvenated look? The best way to find out is by understanding what each facial procedure is designed to do.

What Are Injectables?

Injectables patient Dr. Kimberly Henry Injectables can help temporarily restore the facial complexion by treating fine lines, wrinkles, and facial hollows. These treatments are designed to help provide quick results with less downtime and pain compared to surgical treatments such as facelift surgery. Different injectable treatments can be administered based on the area a person wants to target. These are some of the injectable options available:

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic: This injectable is a botulinum toxin designed to inhibit the movement of the facial muscles that cause the appearance of wrinkles.
    • BOTOX® Cosmetic can target:
      • Crow’s feet
      • Vertical furrows between the brows
      • Horizontal lines across the forehead
  • Restylane®, Perlane®, and JUVÉDERM®: These injectables are hyaluronic acid formulas that work by adding volume and hydration to plump and smooth the skin.
    • Restylane®, Perlane®, and JUVÉDERM® can target:
      • Nasolabial folds
      • Marionette lines
  • JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC, RADIESSE®, and Bellafill®: These injectables are designed to add volume and fullness to your face, which results in rejuvenated facial skin and a more youthful look.
    • JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC, RADIESSE®, and Bellafill® can target:
      • Hollows
      • Thin lips
      • Depressed scars
      • Fine wrinkles

What Is Facelift Surgery?

Facelift patient Dr. Kimberly Henry Even as busy schedules create a demand for quick and effective treatments, there are times when a scheduled surgery is the better option for a patient. Fine lines and wrinkles can be corrected with injectable treatments; however, the one aging indicator they cannot treat is sagging skin. Someone who has loose, hanging skin on the lower face, neck, and jowls might be more suited for facelift surgery.

The Facelift Procedure

An incision is made behind the tragus (inner side of the external ear) and continues behind the ear into the hairline. The facial tissue is then separated from the underlying tissue, the skin is lifted, the facial muscles are tightened, and excess fat and skin are trimmed away.

Facelift surgery can correct:

  • Mid-face sagging
  • Marionette lines
  • Loose jowls
  • Double chin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Facial creases

If you would like to improve the appearance of your facial aging, schedule your consultation with Dr. Henry today! She can evaluate your facial skin, anatomy, and goals to help you determine the best procedure for you. Contact us by calling our Greenbrae office (415) 924-1313, our Sacramento office (530) 756-7663, our Sonoma office (707) 778-2313, or our San Francisco office (415) 924-1313 or complete our online contact form today.

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