Transitioning from Injectables to Facelift

middle-aged blonde woman with crow's feet and laugh lines

Facial injectables like Botox® and Juvéderm® are popular choices for those looking to minimize wrinkles and other signs of facial aging. However, they are not the best option for everyone. Injectables are a temporary fix and the ongoing costs of reoccurring treatments can quickly add up. Many patients start to consider if a facelift could provide longer-lasting results. Here are some of the pros and cons of each and what to consider if you do decide to transition from injectables to a facelift.

Injectable Treatments

Injectables like Botox® and Dysport are used to minimize deep lines and can often slow or stop the progression of some wrinkles. Injectables are popular since they are non-surgical with a quick recovery time. Appointments are usually pretty quick, and injectables usually work very well in patients with minimal or moderate amounts of aging. Injectables do have a reoccurring cost since they are temporary and often require multiple treatments. There is also the risk of rare adverse reactions to Botox® that can lead to other medical issues.


Facelifts are used to improve the appearance of the cheeks, jawline, and neck. Additional treatments are often used for patients who are interested in treating the forehead and areas around the eye. Facelifts are still regarded as the most effective choice for skin rejuvenation. The effects of a facelift can last for nearly a decade and the entire process is a one-time procedure. Facelifts are usually the best option for those who have moderate to severe aging. Facelifts do require a longer recovery time since the process includes various incisions and tissue repositioning. Most patients take a week off after a facelift.

When Should I Make A Transition?

Injectables are usually the preferred choice for patients who are in their early 40s and younger. A transition to a facelift is usually best for patients who are older than 50 since the signs of aging, like severe lines, creases, and wrinkles become more pronounced.

If You Have Excess Skin and Fat

Patients with finer lines and lost facial volume often find a lot of success with injectables. A facelift is the only way for treatment of loose or sagging skin in order to create more youthful contours. If you are having trouble with excess skin or fat, a facelift is usually the best option.

If You Are Interested in Long-Lasting Results

Injectable treatments like Botox® usually just last for a few months. Dermal fillers, like Restylane®, often produce results for about nine to twelve months. Re-injection is usually recommended once the original results start to fade. If you are not interested in making multiple trips to the doctor for cosmetic
treatments, a facelift presents a good long-lasting option that is more comprehensive than injectables.

Facelift Surgery Techniques

Patients who are interested in a facelift have a few options to choose from. If you are on the younger side, a mini facelift can be an effective way to lessen cheek wrinkles by lifting and repositioning facial skin. Mini facelifts do not have much of an effect on the jaws or neck. In a short scar facelift, skin is able to be tightened with just a bit of tension. This can give your face a dramatically different look while still maintaining a natural appearance. This facelift can make a big impact on the cheeks and jaws but can be used to improve the neck.

The full incision technique is best for patients with significant wrinkles or a lot of excess skin. With this type of facelift, muscles associated with the neck bands are tightened while extra fat is removed. Muscles on the face are also lifted and tightened before the skin is draped back over a newly-freshened
face. This facelift is a good choice if you have recently lost a lot of weight and are looking to reduce excess skin on the neck.

Your Consultation with Zochowski Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

People do age at different paces, so speaking with us at Zochowski Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery can help you make a choice to stick with injectables or to transition to a facelift. For both treatments, there are a variety of different approaches that can be tailored for each specific patient. Schedule a consultation today if you are ready to reduce the signs of aging and rejuvenate your skin.

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