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What Is the Difference Between a Facelift and Dermal Fillers?

On each of our self-discovery, self-care, and self-realization paths, we are always looking for ways to actualize the vision we have of ourselves into reality! 

This is especially true when it comes to our appearance. We want to look our best and feel confident in our own skin.

One of the most common ways people seek to enhance their look is cosmetic procedures such as facelifts and dermal fillers. 

But what is the difference between them? And which one may be the best fit for you?

In this article from avIVa Infusions, we will take a look at facelifts and dermal fillers in more depth, helping you narrow down your options to choose the solution that lines up with your unique vision and self-care journey.

What Are Facelifts?

Let us start with facelifts. A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that tightens and lifts the skin on the face and neck. 

The surgery can be done using various methods, but the most common is making an incision in front of and behind the ears, tightening the muscles, and removing excess fat. The skin is then pulled tight, and the incisions are closed with stitches. 

Facelifts are a popular choice for people who want to reduce the signs of aging, such as wrinkles and sagging skin. 

They can also help improve the appearance of scars, asymmetry, and other facial irregularities. However, facelifts are major surgery and come with risks such as bleeding, infection, and scarring. 

The procedure also requires downtime for recovery, which can be several weeks. 

What Are Some Known Risks of Getting a Facelift?

Facelifts are major surgery and, as such, come with risks. Some of the most common risks associated with facelifts include:  

Bleeding: This can occur during or after surgery and can lead to serious complications, such as infection.

Infection: Any surgical procedure carries a risk of infection. Infections can be serious and may require antibiotics or even hospitalization.

Scarring: Scarring is a common complication of any surgery. Facelift scars can be particularly noticeable because they are located on visible areas of the face, such as the cheeks and neck.

Asymmetry: It is not uncommon for people to have asymmetrical features before surgery. However, surgery may make the asymmetry more pronounced.

Numbness: Some people experience numbness after surgery, especially around the ears.

Damage to Facial Nerves: There is a risk of damaging facial nerves during a facelift. This can cause problems such as loss of facial function or sensation.

Death: Although rare, death is a potential complication of any surgery.

How Long Does Recovery From a Facelift Take?

Recovery from a facelift can take several weeks. You will likely need to take some time off from work and may not be able to engage in strenuous activities for a while. 

You will also need to keep the surgical area clean and dry while also avoiding sun exposure. 

The recovery time of a facelift procedure can be a considerable drawback for people seeking a simple solution. This understandable apprehension and inconvenience lead many to seek more viable options when it comes to cosmetic procedures.

So now that we have taken a look at the ins and outs of facelifts, let us explore more about dermal fillers and their role.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are a type of cosmetic treatment used to improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and other facial irregularities. 

They are made of various materials such as collagen, and hyaluronic filler.

Dermal fillers are injected into the skin, where they fill in wrinkles or scars and provide a more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers can also be used to plump up the lips and cheeks. 

The results of dermal fillers are temporary and typically last six to twelve months. 

Dermal fillers are a popular choice for people who want to improve the appearance of their face but do not want or need surgery. They are also a good option for people who are not good candidates for major surgical procedures. 

What Are the Different Types of Dermal Fillers?

There are many different types of dermal fillers available, each with its own set of properties and uses. Some of the most common types of dermal fillers include: 

Collagen: A natural protein that helps give the skin elasticity and firmness. It is often used to reduce wrinkles and lines. 

Hyaluronic Acid: This is a molecule that occurs naturally in the body. It helps attract and retain water, which gives the skin a youthful appearance. At avIVa Infusions, we only use hyaluronic filler because it has wonderful results with the highest safety profile. Plus, it has the most easily-reversed results.

Silicone: Silicone is an inert synthetic material (does not react with the body). It is often used to fill in scars or wrinkles. 

Which Type of Dermal Filler Should I Use?

Selecting which dermal filler to use depends mainly on your individual preferences. Some people may be happy with the results they get from collagen or hyaluronic acid fillers. Others may prefer silicone fillers, which can provide a more lasting result. 

At avIVa Infusions, we can help you solidify a dermal filler treatment plan, working together to meet your particular needs and unique goals for total wellness — body, mind, and soul! 

So Which Option Is Best for Me — Facelift or Dermal Fillers?

Both facelifts and dermal fillers are options for people who want to enhance their overall look. However, as we have seen, there are some crucial differences between these two treatments.

Facelifts are major surgery and come with several risks. On the other hand, dermal fillers are a less invasive treatment and have fewer risks. 

Recovery from a facelift can take several weeks, while recovery from dermal fillers is usually much shorter. 

Dermal fillers are also more cost-effective than facelifts — suited for budgets of any range! 

Which option is best for you depends on your individual needs and goals. A facelift may be the better option if you want a more dramatic transformation. If you are looking for a more subtle change — an enhancement of your natural beauty — dermal fillers may be the perfect solution.

avIVa Infusions: Providing the Care, Support, and Options You Need!

avIVa Infusions offers dermal filler treatments as part of our variety of therapeutic solutions and services. So we can help you find the best option for your unique needs, goals, and overall self-care journey.

Contact us today if you have questions, comments, or just want to know more about our services. We are here to help you look and feel your best!