Saturday, September 15, 2012

Facelift or Fillers?

Many of my patients are unsure as to when they would need a facelift or simply just have facial fillers injected such as Restylane or Juvederm. When addressing the maturing face, it is important to assess what is the root cause of one’s facial appearance. Whether it is a deflated appearance, descent of facial features, or possibly both.

Filler injections are excellent methods to enhance the appearance of the face, improve fine lines, folds, and add volume to the face. Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, and Radiesse are excellent fillers that can be used in patients starting in their 30’s for these issues. This can stave off the need for a facelift until later years such as the late 50’s to 60’s.

A face and neck lift will resuspend tissues, improve laxity, and address the descent issue one may see after years of facial maturation. It is important to note that a facelift (depending on the type), may increase volume in the cheeks (slightly), it will be used more for laxity than deflation.

Dr. Funk is a facial plastic surgeon who specializes in filler injection to the face and the facelift in Houston, Texas.