Dr. Waheed Mohamed

Medically reviewed by Dr. Waheed Mohamed

Over time, it is normal to notice the signs of facial aging. As your skin loses some of its natural elasticity, you may observe the onset of wrinkles and fine lines, the loss of volume, and even some sagging and jowling. Your plastic surgeon can talk with you about various options to address these issues and rejuvenate your facial appearance, including surgical and non-surgical solutions.

Plastic surgery is one of the most popular methods for achieving a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. However, as with any surgical procedure, risks and recovery are involved. Injectable fillers have become a popular alternative to traditional plastic surgery, providing benefits for those looking for a less invasive option. In this article, we’ll explore whether injectable fillers are a better alternative to plastic surgery and the factors you should consider when making your decision.

What Are Injectable Fillers?

Fillers are injectables used to achieve anti-aging effects, targeting various areas of the face. While there are different types of fillers to choose from, most of them work by injecting the facial tissue with hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance.

Hyaluronic acid produces a natural “plumping” effect, which means that fillers can literally “fill in” wrinkles, fine lines, and areas where you have lost facial volume.

Why Choose Fillers?

There are several benefits to choosing facial fillers.

  • Quick and easy: Filler treatments are usually very quick, often taking less than half an hour to complete.
  • Non-invasive: Injectable fillers are non-surgical, meaning you don’t have to go under anesthesia, and this makes the procedure less intimidating and carries fewer risks.
  • Minimal downtime: Unlike plastic surgery, which requires a lengthy recovery period, fillers require minimal downtime. You can resume your daily activities right after the treatment.
  • Natural-looking results: Fillers can precisely target specific areas of your face, allowing you to minimize wrinkles near your mouth, chin, or elsewhere.

What Are the Drawbacks of Fillers?

It is important to note that fillers only offer temporary results. To sustain the effects of your injectable fillers, you will need to come in for maintenance injections every few months.

Fillers do the trick if you want to conceal wrinkles and tighten the skin around your mouth or chin. However, surgical intervention may be a better option to make more substantive or structural changes to your face or to address areas such as the neck and brow.

Which Facial Procedure is Right for You?

You may benefit from a facelift or injectable fillers, depending on your aesthetic needs. Note that you can combine the two, getting a facelift and then using fillers to enhance your results.
Learn more about fillers and the options available to you from Carolinas Center.