Should I Get a Facelift or Fillers?

Everyone experiences a loss of skin elasticity and facial volume as they age, but cosmetic procedures can allow you to age more gracefully by reducing sagging skin and deep creases. If you’ve started to notice signs of aging, you might be wondering, “Which is better: a facelift or fillers?”

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Dean Kleto has guided patients in choosing the right treatment plans for more than 25 years. The answer to the facelift vs. fillers debate is as individual as his patients.

Who Should Get a Facelift?

Deep wrinkles, jowls, sagging skin, and creases are all normal signs of aging. They’re also all targeted by a facelift. This common surgical procedure removes excess skin, eliminates wrinkles, contours the jawline, and creates a more youthful appearance.

While nonsurgical options like dermal fillers reduce the appearance of fine lines and plump up sunken areas, facelifts have an unmatched ability to correct loose skin and advanced wrinkles.

Facelifts are a great long-term option, but you should expect a few weeks of downtime after the procedure. Even though the upfront cost and recovery time are greater than with dermal fillers, the results can last up to 10 years.

What Results Do Fillers Deliver?

A facelift delivers dramatic results, but it’s not the only way to combat aging. If you’re new to cosmetic procedures or you’re only showing early signs of aging, dermal fillers might be a better first step.

Dermal fillers add volume to areas of the face that look more recessed as we age. Common areas where this treatment creates fullness include:

  • Lip lines
  • Sunken temples
  • Under the eyes
  • Cheekbones
  • Creases or folds

Dr. Kleto can recommend the right JUVÉDERM®filler after a consultation. Many patients also combine dermal fillers with non-invasive treatments like BOTOX® Cosmetic.

Fillers generally last 12-18 months, and the cost can add up over several years. The short recovery time is a definite advantage of fillers. Most patients resume normal activities in one to two days.

Which One is Right for You?

Whether you choose a facelift or fillers to achieve that youthful glow, picking an experienced provider will ensure you achieve the best possible results. At his Knoxville, TN practice, Dr. Dean Kleto works with patients at all stages of aging to achieve their aesthetic goals. Schedule a consultation at 865-524-2442.


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