For individuals considering getting work done to improve the appearance of their face there are two major options: BOTOX and plastic surgery. Both make you look younger, healthier, and fresher, but they achieve this by different methods and require different investments on the part of the patient. If you are considering these procedures there are a handful of important factors to weigh.
First, it’s important to remember that these are distinct procedures. Be it rhinoplasty, a facelift, or a chin implant, plastic surgery is just that, surgery. The procedure is much more intense, includes a recovery period and is largely permanent, though a facelift cannot stop the aging process. BOTOX, on the other hand, is a simple injection. The minimally invasive procedures sooths lines and wrinkles and results are evident immediately. While the procedure is less expensive, it is temporary, only lasting about six months before a patient undergoes another treatment.
A facelift can treat far more symptoms of aging than BOTOX. To perform a facelift a surgeon removes excess facial skin that has sagged and sometimes modifies the underlying tissue and re-drapes the skin on the patient’s face and neck. The procedure, performed while the patient is under anesthesia, is often combined with eyelid surgery or a brow lift. Plastic surgery addresses deep creases in the skin, fat under the skin, and loss of muscle tone that can create jowls. BOTOX, on the other hand, is effective at treating frown lines, crows feet, forehead wrinkles, and skin bands on the neck. Patients sometimes combine the two procedures for maximum effect over time.
Deciding which procedure to choose is dependent on the patient’s goals and budget. It is also important to discuss any cosmetic treatment or procedure with a board certified surgeon.
To read more about these procedures, our resource guide offers more information.