Facelift vs. Fillers: Comparing the Cost

A woman considers the benefits of facial procedures, such as a facelift or facial fillers.

The face is one of the first parts of the body to show aging, and patients today have many options for restoring a youthful glow. Both facelifts and dermal fillers can add volume and smooth out wrinkles. But many people come to our office asking the same question: which is a more cost-effective option, injectable fillers or a facelift?

At our Denver practice, we always encourage patients to research all their available choices. This blog post will contrast the results and costs of facelifts and fillers, allowing you to decide which option is best for your lifestyle.

Facelift benefits

A facelift can lift saggy skin and tighten the neck and jawline. Surgery addresses both facial skin and the underlying tissue and muscle (which is referred to as the SMAS layer). Repositioning the SMAS layer creates flattering, natural results and avoids a tight, “windblown” look. Facelifts help smooth away wrinkles and can take years off your appearance.

Surgery is performed under full anesthesia and is complete within 3 to 5 hours. Facelift patients should expect to take about 10 days off from work. Those who choose a mini facelift option require less recovery time.

Dermal filler benefits

Dermal fillers are popular anti-aging treatments that can add facial volume and fill in wrinkles. They’re often used to plump up lips, fill out cheeks, and smooth over imperfections. Patients can choose between different brands (such as JUVÉDERM® or Restylane®) to customize their treatment to their needs.

Injection sessions can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the number of areas being treated. Minimal recovery time is required, and patients can return to work or home immediately.

Comparing the cost

When comparing the differences between facelifts and fillers, there are multiple issues to take into consideration.

  • Price: The most straightforward cost comparison. Fillers are cheaper than surgery and are easier to “play” with. You can “test out” looks or even reverse the fillers if desired, all without spending a significant amount of money.
  • Longevity: Facelift results will last for years to come while fillers fade after a few months. This can make fillers potentially cost more over the long-term, as you will have to touch-up your treatment multiple times a year.
  • Comfort: Some patients might prefer a noninvasive option, while others desire more dramatic results. Fillers and mini facelifts require less recovery time, meaning you can get back to work quicker if needed.

So which is most cost-effective: a facelift or dermal fillers? Well, it all depends on your personal treatment goals.

Fillers may work better for those seeking a short-term solution or those not yet ready to commit to surgery. A facelift is better for those who want more dramatic results and are ready to make a long-term investment. Be sure to talk over your options with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Together, you can work together and find a treatment plan that works perfectly for your lifestyle.

Browse our before-and-after gallery to see results from real facelift and dermal filler patients. If you would like to learn more about your plastic surgery options here in Denver or Golden, CO, request a consultation online or call the practice at (303) 951-2100 (Denver) / (303) 278-2600 (Golden).

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