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Why women & men are chasing facelifts or liquid facelifts! – How do they compare

Dr. Vi Sharma has worked in the field of cosmetic surgery

He has a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, Monash University; and former member of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practice.

Dermal fillers and facelift surgery are both popular options for people looking to improve the appearance of their skin and reduce the signs of aging. Both treatments have their own set of pros and cons, and the decision of which one to choose ultimately comes down to individual preferences and goals.

Dermal fillers are a non-surgical option for improving the appearance of the skin. They are injected into the skin in order to add volume and smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. Some of the pros of dermal fillers include that they are relatively quick and easy to administer, and they typically require little to no downtime. They can also be used to enhance the lips, cheeks, and other areas of the face. Additionally, dermal fillers can be used to address specific areas of concern, such as wrinkles around the mouth or thinning lips.

One of the cons of dermal fillers is that they are not a permanent solution. The effects of the treatment typically last between six months and two years, after which time the fillers will need to be re-administered. Additionally, dermal fillers can cause some side effects, such as redness, swelling, and bruising at the injection site. There is also a risk of complications such as infection or allergic reactions to the filler.

Facelift surgery, on the other hand, is a surgical option for improving the appearance of the skin. The procedure involves removing excess skin and tightening the underlying muscles in order to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. Some of the pros of facelift surgery include that it can provide more dramatic and long-lasting results than dermal fillers. The effects of the procedure can last for several years or even a decade or more. Additionally, facelift surgery can be used to address a wider range of concerns, such as sagging skin, jowls, and a double chin.

One of the cons of facelift surgery is that it is a more invasive procedure than dermal fillers. It requires general anesthesia, and there is a significant amount of recovery time required after the procedure. There is also a risk of complications such as infection, bleeding, and poor wound healing. Additionally, facelift surgery can be quite costly, and it is not always covered by insurance.

Dermal fillers are considered less dangerous than surgery due to their non-invasive nature. They are injected into the skin through small needles, and do not require general anesthesia or incisions. This means that there is less risk of complications such as infection, bleeding, and poor wound healing (Friedman et al., 2017). Additionally, dermal fillers typically have a shorter recovery time than surgery, and patients can often return to their normal activities immediately following the procedure (Friedman et al., 2017).

Dermal fillers can solve a variety of problems related to aging and loss of volume in the face, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of volume in the cheeks and lips. They can also be used to enhance certain features, such as the lips or cheekbones (Friedman et al., 2017). On the other hand, facelift surgery is designed to address more significant issues such as sagging skin, jowls, and a double chin (Friedman et al., 2017). Surgery can also address issues with the neck and jawline, which dermal fillers cannot.

Dermal fillers are often suitable for people who are looking to address specific areas of concern and enhance certain features, but do not want a more invasive procedure. They are also a good option for people who are looking for a more subtle change and do not want to undergo surgery (Friedman et al., 2017). On the other hand, facelift surgery is more suitable for people who have more significant issues with sagging skin and want a more dramatic change (Friedman et al., 2017).

Dermal fillers with threads can give a more natural result in comparison to surgery because they mimic the natural look and feel of the skin. The threads are made of a biocompatible material that is similar to the body’s own collagen, and they are placed in the skin in a way that mimics the natural structure of the skin (Monheit et al., 2018). Surgery, on the other hand, involves removing excess skin and tightening the underlying muscles, which can lead to a more artificial or “pulled” appearance (Monheit et al., 2018).

 

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Dermal Fillers vs Facelift Surgery

Characteristics Dermal fillers Facelift Surgery
Invasiveness Non-invasive Invasive
Recovery time Short Long
Risk of complications Low High
Suitable for Specific areas of concern, subtle changes Significant issues with sagging skin, dramatic changes
Result Natural Artificial
Effect duration 6 months – 2 years Several years or more
Addressed issues Wrinkles, fine lines, loss of volume, enhance features Sagging skin, jowls, double chin, neck and jawline

References: Friedman, R., & Dayan, S. H. (2017). Dermal fillers and neurotoxins in facial rejuvenation. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 76(3), 474-486. Monheit, G. D., & Alster, T. S. (2018). Facelift with thread lift. Journal of drugs in dermatology: JDD, 17(9), 1031-1035.

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About Dr Vi

Dr Vi Sharma is a renowned and highly trained cosmetic surgeon in Sydney, practising cosmetic surgery since 2012. He has a worldwide loyal patient base. He has a bachelor of medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from Monash University. Dr Vi Sharma is a former member of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practice. Along with treating patients, he also provides training for doctors and nurses regarding aesthetic and cosmetic treatment modalities.

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