Facelift vs. Botox—Choosing The Right Facial Procedure

Between the ages of 40 and 60, our faces begin to to develop wrinkles. Aging skin becomes less elastic over time, causing gravity to take its toll. Many types of facial structures can be modified through various surgical procedures.  One of the most popular ways to attain a more youthful face is the facelift. Although it doesn’t stop the aging process, a facelift can make you look years younger and achieves long lasting results.

How Does a Facelift Work?

The surgery starts with an incision at the temple area, after which excess skin and fat is removed. The underlying muscles and tissue are tightened, and facial skin is sutured back into place. Your face will be bandaged for several days after the procedures, and tubes may be included to drain fluids. You will have to visit your surgeon the following day and again about a week later to get your stitches removed. Overall recovery time can vary per person; be sure to discuss this before your surgery and plan your recovery in advance.

Facelift vs. Botox

There are multiple ways to achieve a younger facial look, including non-surgical procedures like Botox. Botox consists of facial injections that can be used to decrease lines in your forehead, cheeks, and frown or laugh lines. It is less expensive than a facelift, and recovery is also simpler and faster, and it doesn’t require anesthesia.

So why wouldn’t everyone choose Botox over a facelift? The procedures are very different, first of all, and they can’t be compared perfectly. Here are some differences between the two procedures:

  • Botox is performed through facial injections. It isn’t a surgical operation.
  • It must be maintained regularly. Botox is not permanent.
  • It cannot remove deep wrinkles like a facelift can.
  • Botox can’t help sagging skin, at least not nearly as well as a facelift.
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© 2013 Dr. Bryan McIntosh, All rights reserved. http://www.drbryanmcintosh.com

Which one is right for you?

If you’re trying to decide if you need Botox, a facelift, or some other facial procedure, the best way to find out is by scheduling a free consultation for professional advice and recommendations. Any suggestions outside a professional consultation cannot be taken as a medical recommendation. However, here are a couple of general guidelines:

  • Since a facelift is a surgical procedure, you should be in good health and have time to recover afterwards.
  • If you can’t afford a facelift, Botox may be a viable alternative, or else your surgeon can recommend other options.