The primary difference between rhytidectomy and non-surgical approaches to facial rejuvenation is that the results of a facelift are ultimately more powerful, allowing a wider range of concerns to be addressed and corrected. While anti-aging injectables can help plump thinning features and fill creases, they are not capable of restoring underlying support for the face or removing jowls, which refer to loose, sagging facial skin that obscures the youthful jawline contours. Since a facelift can reposition the deeper tissues of the face and neck, it is considered the most effective treatment against jowls and skin inelasticity. A facelift is also able to alter the anatomy of the face and provide results that last years into the future. Injectables only offer temporary rejuvenation and typically require touch-up treatments after a few months.
While non-surgical treatments can never rival the results and longevity of a facelift, there are many minimally invasive options to correct signs of facial aging. Injectable solutions, such as treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers, can rejuvenate areas of the face that are wrinkled, sunken, or lacking volume without the risks of surgery, anesthesia, or a recovery period. These products can be utilized in a strategic combination to reduce your concerns, providing a “liquid facelift” for patients who only exhibit mild signs of aging or who may not be ready for surgery.
Although the information above can help you gain a better understanding of your treatment options, a consultation with Dr. David Bottger is necessary to truly assess your concerns and confirm the best procedure for your needs. Contact our Newtown Square office to schedule an appointment today.