Fillers and Injectables vs. Surgery: Which is Best for You?

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Fillers and Injectables vs. Surgery: Which is Best for You?

Some of the most popular anti-aging procedures performed at Hyde Park Cosmetic Surgery in Tampa include fillers, injectables and face lifts. While each of these can help you look younger and erase signs of aging, each serves a different purpose and target unique elements of the aging process.

As you age, the body loses collagen and fat in the cheeks, lips, temples and forehead, causing facial lines and loose skin as well as hollowness in the cheeks and under the eyes. Dr. Rieger has several ways to counteract the effects of aging and can help you determine which facial procedure is right for you based on your aesthetic goals.

Here is a breakdown on how injectables, fillers and plastic surgery can be used to turn back the clock.

Injectables and Fillers 

Injectables are often recommended in the early stages of facial aging when surgery is not yet necessary. Injectables like Botox are used to relax facial muscles that produce crow’s feet and brow furrows giving you a refreshed and well-rested appearance. Injections are relatively painless and have little to no downtime needed. The effects typically last 3-6 months before touch-ups are needed.

Dermal fillers are used to add volume and create more rounded contours in the face. Using fillers such as Juvederm or Voluma to add volume to plump up these areas, instantly improves your face’s appearance, giving you a more youthful look, smoothing lines, wrinkles and folds in the face. The most common areas that fillers are used to correct include:

  • Laugh lines or the creases that run from the nose to the mouth
  • Hollowness under the eyes
  • Cheeks, temples and facial contours
  • Lips and vertical lines on the edge of the lips
  • Indented acne scars

Dermal fillers are a popular alternative to surgery, but there is a limit to what they can do. What fillers can’t do is remove extra skin, provide significant skin tightening, lift facial muscles or fat pads, which means the results are not permanent. Typically, the results from fillers last six months, some up to two years and require touch-up treatments once or twice a year.

Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery comes into play when gravity needs to be reversed and the aging process can no longer be corrected with dermal fillers, injectables or peels. A face lift is the way to go if you have advanced signs of aging and need more significant facial enhancement. A facelift is ideal for the following trouble areas: 

  • Sagging of the skin
  • Excess fat around the neck or double chin
  • Deep fold lines around the nose and mouth
  • Cheek or jaw jowls

A face lift involves surgically enhancing the face to achieve to achieve your desired aesthetic goal. The procedure involves removing excess skin from the face or neck area and repositioning tissue using small incisions with minimal visibility, to tighten and smooth the face area. Common procedures that are performed in conjunction with a facelift include a brow lift or eyelid surgery.

Face lift plastic surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and you are usually discharged the same day. A dressing is applied for the first few days and sutures are typically removed the following week. You may experience mild bruising or swelling that goes away within a few weeks. Down time is recommended for the first 2-3 days. Physical activity should be lowered for 2-3 weeks. You should be able to return to your normal activities within two to three weeks.

Dr. Rieger Can Help You Determine Whether Injectables, Fillers or Plastic Surgery is Right for You

As a board-certified plastic surgeon in Tampa, Florida, Dr. Rieger can provide you with a plan that fits your personal needs and delivers the results that you are looking for. Call us today to set up a consultation to review the options that are best for you and your desired results.