Liquid Facelift vs. Surgical Facelift: Weighing the Pros and Cons

Time stops for no one.  It’s just a fact of life that as time passes, it leaves its traces on our faces.  Nobody really likes getting older – at least, not the visible signs that the aging process is taking place.

For many years, facelifts were the “go to” cosmetic solution for aging.  But surgical facelifts require incisions and anesthesia, may cause bruising and demand a lot of time in recovery.  Patients must avoid the sun, also.

But now, there’s a new contender in the aesthetics market – the liquid facelift.  In this post, we’ll talk about liquid facelift vs. surgical facelift:  weighing the pros and cons.

How a Liquid Facelift Works

The liquid facelift utilizes injectable dermal fillers to impart a lifted, refreshed appearance.  Cheeks are rendered fuller and lines and wrinkles respond by appearing softer.

The beauty of this approach is that it avoids the incisions and anesthesia needed for the surgical facelift, which means less guest discomfort and virtually no recovery time.

Results are discernible almost immediately.  The only disadvantage to this style of facelift is the fact that results aren’t permanent.  Fillers break down over time and need to be retouched.  This reality is different for everyone, with results lasting anywhere from 3 – 12 months.

How the Surgical Facelift Works

With the surgical facelift, two incisions are made, just behind the ears and inside the hairline.  The skin is then pulled to tighten it and excess skin is removed.

The results are satisfying with this style of facelift and permanent.  But due to the invasive nature of the procedure, more people are choosing the liquid style.  Recovery can take time and involve significant discomfort, including the use of bandaging.  Many people choose to stay out of sight during the healing process for this reason.

A Highly Personal Decision

At [primary_practice], we know that undergoing a facelift of either kind is a highly personal decision.  We regularly discuss the realities of both with guests wanting to improve their appearances.

As we’ve outlined, both styles of facelift have advantages and disadvantages, but you’re the only one who knows what your goals really are.  If you’re seriously committed to the idea of a surgical facelift, then you will have accepted its downside.

People who seek a more youthful, refreshed appearance are opting for the liquid facelift, as results (while not permanent) are easily tailored to patient goals, as injections are made strategically, enhancing the appearance of the individual guest.


[primary_practice] has combined the services of a primary caregiver with those of an anti-aging physician.  To create a full-spectrum wellness resource for our guests, we’ve added our suite of aesthetic services.

If you’re contemplating the possibility of refreshing your appearance with a facelift, contact us.  We’d be happy to walk you through all that’s involved to help you arrive at a decision. We know it’s a big decision, but it’s one thousands of people make every day.

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