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Why This Facelift is Better than Dermal Fillers

by | Mar 8, 2019 | Blog, Facelift

Prospective patients ask all kinds of questions about the different surgical and non-surgical facelift procedures we offer. There’s one question, however, that seems to be on everyone’s mind: “How long will the results last?” It’s an excellent question with answers that vary dramatically from technique to technique. For patients seeking long lasting facial rejuvenation, dermal filler injections and facelifts are the front-runners. In this article, we look at the pros and cons of each, including longevity.

Benefits of Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers, also known as soft tissue fillers, help patients firm, sculpt and rejuvenate their face. As filler injections are only non surgical, there is no need for sedation. A simple topical anaesthetic is all most patients need to feel comfortable during their treatment.

Administered by injection, they can address visible ageing in the face and neck due to problems including

  • Facial volume loss
  • Smile lines (nasolabial folds)
  • Wrinkles
  • Lax jaw line

“Fillers are among the most popular aesthetic treatment for the face because they offer virtually immediate results, with minimal risk and a short recovery time,” observes Dr Marcells. “However, they do have their limitations.”

The Downside of Dermal Fillers

As effective as dermal fillers may be, a facelift is a better option for achieving facial rejuvenation for people whose wrinkles are more pronounced, usually due to age. Additionally, patients who choose dermal fillers must come in regularly for treatments and touch-ups:

  • Collagen-Based Fillers – results last 2-4 months
  • Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers – results last 6-12 months
  • Semi-Permanent Fillers – results last 12-18 months
  • Permanent Fillers – results last up to five years

Recovery time after a “lunchtime lift” is shorter than after facial plastic surgery, and the treatment cost is lower, too. What’s important to remember, however, is that patients who get a deep plane facelift achieve years of beneficial results after just a single surgical procedure.

Deep Plane Saves Time & Money in the Long Run

“By repositioning the fat deposits in the cheek area, I can restore lost facial volume and keep patients looking youthful and refreshed for ten to as long as fifteen years,” reports Dr Marcells. “It’s one reason this particular technique is considered the gold standard in facelifts.”

A deep plane facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy

  • Can be subtle or dramatic
  • Looks natural
  • Tightens loose neck skin
  • Corrects deep wrinkles
  • Improves midface ageing without the use of fat grafting or implants
  • Faster recovery than other facelift techniques
  • Longer lasting results than other techniques

“Traditional skin-pulling facelift techniques have an increased risk for hairline irregularities, loss of definition in front of the ear, and ear deformities,” notes Dr Marcells. “Those are not problems with the deep plane approach.”

Your Best Defence Against Facial Ageing

We invite you to consult with Dr Marcells to create a tailor-made treatment plan that will give you the fresh, youthful face you want to show the world. Please reach out and give us the opportunity to make you look and feel beautiful.

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Meet Dr Marcells

MBBS (Syd), FRACS (ORL-HNS)
Past President – Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons

Dr George Marcells is known for excellence in facial plastic surgery and is considered a true master of rhinoplasty. He performs advanced surgical techniques to restore balance and harmony to the face and can also resolve functional issues such as breathing difficulties.

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