For centuries, both men and women have engaged in practices revolving around beauty. The proverbial Fountain of Youth has existed far longer than many would imagine. The desire to look younger is not new, nor is it entirely related to vanity. Looking younger often means feeling better. It means feeling like our truest self, not like a worn-down, tired version of what we once were. Because we like to look as young as we feel, many people turn to facelift surgery to correct moderate to severe signs of aging. For more subtle improvements, we turn to fillers. This has set up the whole idea of facelift vs. fillers. We say the two go hand-in-hand.
The Value of Fillers for Facelift Patients
As efficient as the modern-day facelift is, the tissue-lifting technique does not correct every problem that can occur with age. For example, the repositioning of muscle and connective tissue across the mid-face may lift jowls and slightly upturn the corners of the mouth. This technique may not, however, completely smooth nasolabial folds or fine lines around the nose and mouth. Lifting mid-face tissue also does not restore shape to the temples, nor may it restore plumpness to the cheekbones. These are jobs for dermal fillers.
Filler Injections Remain an Efficient Treatment After a Facelift
Some people wrongly assume that they do not need or cannot get injectable treatments like Botox or fillers after undergoing a facelift. This stems from the idea that scar tissue that forms after surgery may not respond to these products. The incisions through which facelift surgery is performed are situated at the far edges of the face in areas that injections are typically not given. Fillers are typically used to enhance the lips, cheeks, temples, and eyes, all areas in which no scar tissue forms after a facelift.
Some patients wonder if having a facelift might diminish the effectiveness of fillers and injectables like Botox. The reason is that they believe scar tissue may be unresponsive to such products. Facelift surgery is performed at the outer edges of the face, where incisions can be well-concealed around the ears. Injectable treatments focus on the central area of the face, such as the eyes, cheeks, and lips. Facelift surgery does not cause scar tissue in these areas, so does not alter the effectiveness of an injectable solution.