Is it Time to Transition Away from Fillers?
- Posted on: Feb 14 2021
The aging process is especially noticeable in the face. For most people, the earliest signs of aging first become apparent in their 30s and continue to progress from then on. To address the signs of aging, many people turn first to nonsurgical treatments. Neuromodulators and facial fillers are the norm these days. Injectables can do beautiful things when treating lines, wrinkles, and other signs of facial aging. The question must be asked, though, when enough is not enough anymore. We’ll discuss that here.
Fillers or Facelift?
The big question related to fillers being enough or not is whether or not a person should pivot away from the nonsurgical to consider the value of a facelift. There are a few common reasons people continue to turn to fillers. Aside from fillers being convenient, people may choose this treatment because they don’t understand their surgical option or have misconceptions that lead to fear related to facelift surgery. There may also be financial concerns. The best way to gain the detailed information necessary to make a confident decision is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon with a strong history of facelift surgery cases.
It is not uncommon for a person to self-diagnose before they ever meet with a provider. We have the internet to thank for this. After performing a bit of online research, patients come into the office believing they know what they need. They tell us that they need just a little filler to correct their signs of aging. Early on, this may be correct. However, there are two aspects of facial aging that occur and fillers only address one of them successfully.
Facial fillers are usually appropriate for adults who have begun to experience facial deflation. This is the loss of volume that occurs in the cheek area and sometimes around the temples. The other aspect of facial aging is descent. This is the downward movement of facial muscle, fat, and skin. When descent has begun, we see a worsening of nasolabial folds, marionette lines around the mouth, and jowls. The only way to reverse this downward movement is to lift it and secure it in its rightful place in the midface.
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