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What kind of Doctor do you see for facial fillers vs Facial Surgery?

BOTTOM LINE….it is always best to find a Surgeon based practice. If you are considering facial fillers and injectables, consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Academy of Maxillofacial Surgeons or American Board of Facial Plastic Surgeons. Your surgeon or his staff will examine your face and determine which facial injectable or injectables is best suited to your needs.

What are Facial Injectables?

We lose subcutaneous fat as we age. So, our facial muscles work closer to the skin surface. This makes smile lines and crow’s feet become more obvious on our face. Other factors that may affect the facial skin include lifestyle, sun exposure, and heredity.

Facial injectables are also known as dermal fillers. These are anti-aging treatments that are minimally invasive. These are administered through a few tiny facial injections on specific areas of the face.

Facial injectables are temporary to long-lasting solutions that help to reduce facial lines and restore the volume and fullness of the face.

Facial injectables can:

  • Soften facial creases and wrinkles.
  • Enhance facial contours.
  • Plump fine lips.
  • Improve the appearance of scars.

Types of Facial fillers and injectibles include:

Hyaluronic acid (Restylane, Juvederm, others). This natural component of the skin's connective tissue is the most common filler used for wrinkles. The results typically last about six months to one year.

Calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse). This filler is used to contour the jaw line, restore volume in the cheeks, and treat deeper wrinkles and skin folds. The results last up to one year when used for contouring and three years when used to fill wrinkles.

Fat grafting/ Fat Transfer. Fat is removed from the lower abdomen or other areas through liposuction and then injected through small incisions into your cheek, temple, lips or forehead. The effects might be permanent. But achieving the desired results usually requires more than one session of injections, as well as overfilling the site to compensate for the body's reabsorption of the fat.

Poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra and/or PLLA threads). These products are used to restore facial volume lost due to aging or illness. Two or three injections are usually required. The effects last up to two years.

Facial Surgery vs fillers:

Speak to a Board Certified Facial or Maxillofacial Surgery clinic to make a decision between surgery vs fillers. You should be informed about the benefits and risks of the procedure as well as any alternatives that can be made available to you. Only a surgeon can consider “all” of your option(s)  from fat transfer, to lasers, to general surgery or fillers.  You should be presented with ALL options available to best treat your issue. You should also know the length of the procedure and recovery time. Lastly, should be given instructions on how to prepare for the procedure, and how to recover in the best manner with “after care treatment and skin care to produce your best result possible.

The success of facial surgery and / or your injectable fillers will depend mainly on the surgeon performing the procedure. Having facial surgery is a life-altering decision, and you want a medical expert who has extensive experience and one who understands the specific needs of each patient. 

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