Improving the signs of aging in the face is a common concern, so it's not surprising that the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) lists the facelift as the third most popular facial plastic surgery in 2012.
You've likely heard about a new trend in facelifts, however – the liquid facelift. What you may not know is that there are clear benefits to both the liquid and traditional facelift. Knowing the pros and cons of each is the best way to help you choose between the two procedures.
The Liquid Facelift
With a liquid facelift, injectable fillers are used to add volume to the face. By restoring lost volume, the skin looks more toned, wrinkles smooth out, and you gain a youthful appearance. This makes it a highly desired procedure. The liquid facelift cannot remove jowls or loose skin on the face and neck, however. You also need to be aware that liquid facelifts require touch-up injections every six to nine months on average.
The cost of a liquid facelift is more affordable than a traditional facelift. Depending on the fillers used by the doctor, prices range from $300 for Botox Cosmetic injections to $923 for poly-L-lactic acid filler, according to 2012 American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reports. The total cost of the liquid facelift would include the total of the different injectables used.
Liquid facelifts do not require any surgical incisions. As a result, there is little to no recovery time. The entire process takes no more than an hour. You may feel a little bruised for a couple of days following a liquid facelift, but it's no different than what you experience with a routine tetanus shot. Depending on the injectables used in the liquid facelift, you may experience a little swelling, but you should be able to get back to normal routines the same day as your procedure.
The Traditional Facelift
During a traditional facelift, the surgeon makes incisions in the hairline near the temple, in front of the ear, and then around the back of the ear. Skin is lifted from the underlying tissue and muscle. At this point, the surgeon tightens the tissue and muscle to create a new frame for the skin. The skin is then re-draped over this new frame and excess skin is trimmed. This surgical procedure addresses loose skin on the lower cheeks, jowls hanging off the jaw, and the loose skin on the upper neck.
After the facelift, you need a week of recovery at home. After the week is up, you return to the surgeon to have stitches removed. After one more week of rest, you should be ready to return to work and light activities, but you cannot engage in strenuous activities until three weeks pass.
The cost of a facelift is best determined by your facial plastic surgeon. According to the AAFPRS, the average facelift surgeon's fees in 2012 were $7,453, and you need to add additional expenses like the facility fee and anesthesiologist's fee to that price. While it is a more expensive option, you do not need to return for touch-up work like you do with a liquid facelift. Furthermore, results are dramatic and long lasting.
Still need help making up your mind? Check out these facelift before and after pictures to see exactly what a facelift can do for your appearance. Before you make your final decision, schedule a consultation with a qualified facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Michael Schwartz is happy to discuss the benefits of each surgery and go over the costs involved with both options. Call his West Palm Beach, Florida facial plastic surgery practice at (561) 655-5562 to set up an appointment.