Facial aging is a relatively complicated process. Because of this, there is no “quick fix” that will solve every person’s age-related cosmetic problems. In most cases, rejuvenating the face involves a handful of strategies. Furthermore, because aging is a process, anti-aging is, as well. Here, we want to dispel the common misconception that a facelift eliminates the need for injectables.
Most People Continue to Get Fillers After Their Facelift
As common and convenient as dermal fillers and wrinkle-reducing injectables are, many facelift patients fall under the assumption that their skin-maintenance days are over once their surgery is completed. Not so. First, facelift surgery does not remove every wrinkle on the face. The purpose of a surgical lift is to reposition tissue and remove excess skin, so the face looks younger without losing its natural appeal. To enhance this outcome, we often incorporate injectables into a maintenance plan.
The results of a facelift are typically the most dramatic they can get. A facelift outdoes any non-surgical procedure when it comes to noticeable rejuvenation. And while a facelift can enable you to look younger than you would otherwise, there is value in continued care to prevent the premature development of new lines and creases.
Fillers Do Work After a Facelift
Injectables like Botox and Juvéderm products continue to be useful after a facelift even though skin and muscle tissue have been altered and have gently scarred. A well-performed facelift leaves minimal scars and only in the area of incisions. The location of the small incisions is nowhere near the typical areas where injectables are introduced. Therefore, the idea that scar tissue may prevent dermal fillers or wrinkle-reducers from working is false.
Facelifts and Fillers: The Matter of Timing
Because fillers, Botox, and facelifts go hand-in-hand, some patients wonder if injectables will be a part of their surgical facelift procedure. Typically, they are not. The natural healing process after facelift surgery involves a bit of bruising and swelling. This would stand in the way of accurately observing where dermal fillers are needed to maximize volume.
Anytime is a good time to explore the benefits of facial rejuvenation. Learn how we can customize treatment to achieve your goals. Call our office near Los Gatos at 408-559-4700.