Changing something about your face is a major decision. This is the face your family, friends, and community will always see, and you want to present the best you. The best results come from matching the right procedure to the right need.

When Is Botox Better Than a Facelift?

Each of these procedures are very different. Botox is not an alternative to getting a facelift and vice versa. Whether or not you’d be a good candidate for one or the other is based on the results you desire and the corrections you’d like to have made.

A facelift is a surgical procedure that requires the use of anaesthesia, whether general or local. The surgeon then makes an incision, tightens deep tissue and lifts or trims excess skin.

Botox is a quick, injectable treatment done in the clinic. The doctor identifies the areas where Botox would be most beneficial and applies the treatment there.

Facelift: When You Need It

So, how do you know if a facelift is right for you?

A facelift lifts the facial muscles and tissue and can get rid of sagging skin, which Botox cannot do. You may be a candidate for a facelift if you’ve noticed significant skin laxity. If you have loose skin or fat around your chin or jaw, or there is sagging tissue or deep folds around your cheeks, nose, and mouth, a facelift may be the best option for you.

The goals of a facelift are:

  • Angular and smooth jawline
  • Increased cheek volume
  • No jowls
  • No muscle laxity or excess fat on the neck
  • Complete absence of an “operated on” look

Always keep in mind that facelift procedures are far expensive than Botox treatments. Facelift procedure is more invasive and requires significantly more time to perform and recover from than Botox.

Botox: When You Need It

Maybe you’re not after such extreme results or have only a few small wrinkles you could live without. Botox treatments in the Gold Coast with London Cosmetic Clinic is excellent for treating facial wrinkles caused by consistent muscle action over time. Within your lifespan, you probably frown or squint a countless number of times. These repetitive movements eventually produce permanent wrinkles and lines on the surface of your skin. The main areas where these lines appear are on the forehead and around the eyes.

The most common areas for these wrinkles are the:

  • Glabellar region – lines between and above the brows
  • Periorbital region – crow’s feet
  • Forehead – horizontal lines travelling across the forehead skin
  • Perioral Region – smile lines around the mouth

Botox is less expensive than a facelift and less time for treatments and recovery is involved. However, the results are temporary, and patients will need to continue injections over time to maintain a wrinkle-free countenance.

For longer-lasting results, a Facelift is a better choice. Botox will not correct sagging or lax skin. Be sure to talk to your doctor about the specific results you are after and choose the option that will provide the most natural looking outcome.

Choosing the Best Procedure For You

In some cases, a facelift is the only procedure that can deliver the results you desire. Although, for a lot of patients, a Botox injection can smooth fine lines and wrinkles and give a noticeably younger look in much less time than a facelift.

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