Do I Need A Facelift, Skin Tightening, Or Fillers?

As we age, our skin may sag a bit in places that it didn’t before. Wrinkles and frown lines start to become more apparent.

Your jawline may appear droopy. At some point, you may begin to consider some sort of treatment to help you look younger and more refreshed. With so many procedures and options available, which is the best? The most commonly used procedures to help reverse the effects of ageing are facelifts, skin tightening, and the use of fillers. Let’s look at each of these in detail and what they do.

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Facelifts

A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that works by tightening the skin as well as the facial muscles underneath. While a facelift will achieve an overall tightening effect, it will not fine-tune smile lines or tiny lines around the lips. Facelifts are best used to correct saggy skin in the middle part of your face and lines that occur below your lower eyelids. These procedures are useful for working with problems pertaining to fatty tissue in the face, whether it’s too much or not enough. Your surgeon can tighten areas that are too fatty as well as rejuvenate parts of the face that have started to look hollow due to fat loss underneath the skin. If you’ve begun to notice sagging in your lower face (often referred to as “jowls”), a facelift can help address that loss of skin tone.

Skin Tightening

Skin tightening is a non-surgical procedure that dramatically rejuvenates your face using lasers. It’s used to lighten wrinkles and, as the name implies, tighten loose skin on the face and neck. It works by using a laser, which is an infrared light, to heat the collagen underneath the skin’s surface. When this happens, the collagen is stimulated and the skin tightens up. The results from laser skin tightening can be quite dramatic. The amount of time they last will differ from person to person, with many patients noticing results lasting several years. After your initial skin-tightening treatment, you may need to return for touch-up treatments to keep your skin looking youthful and refreshed.

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Fillers

While skin tightening stimulates your body’s natural collagen, fillers replace the collagen and volume loss, working to diminish lines, folds, and wrinkles on your face. Fillers are the treatment of choice to smooth out laugh lines around the eyes, fill in folds that run alongside your nose and down to your mouth, and diminish pesky fine lines around the lips (also known as “lipstick lines”). Fillers are helpful in rejuvenating areas of the face that have become hollow over time such as underneath the eyes or the lower cheeks. Plastic surgeons also use fillers to disguise indented chicken pox or acne scars. Depending on the type of filler your professional chooses for your treatment, results could last anywhere from 5 or 6 months up to a year and a half.

vWhich One is Right for Me?

To choose the right treatment, you’ll need to think hard about the kind of results you’d like to achieve. If you don’t have dramatic drooping and sagging, but would like to see a general, all-around tuning up of your skin’s elasticity, skin tightening may be perfect for you. If you’d like to address the fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes and mouth, fillers can help. Schedule a consultation with one of our doctors at (647) 343-0207 to learn more about these procedures and how one of these treatments—or a combination of them—will work best for you.

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