Injectable treatments are a popular way to achieve a more youthful look without surgery or downtime. However, you may get to a point when you realize the injectables are not having the same positive effect they once did. Is it time to move from your injectable treatments to a more long-lasting solution? Surgery can produce durable rejuvenation and more dramatic results and sometimes with only minimal downtime.
How old are you?
As a general rule, younger men and women tend to benefit from injectable treatments, while older patients typically get better results from a surgery. However, since everyone ages at different rates and in different ways, there is no set age at which you should make the switch. There are better criteria to use when making this decision than age alone.
How long have you been doing injectable treatments?
Some patients that begin injectable treatments in their 30s or early 40s may find after a few years that they are tired of the time and cost required to maintain their treatments. If it is becoming more challenging to find time for your touch-up treatments, a surgical procedure can offer you more permanent results in a single surgery and recovery period.
What are your primary aging concerns?
Injectable treatments work best at reversing signs of aging like loss of facial volume and the appearance of fine lines and deeper facial creases. If you are noticing more skin laxity, resulting in loose, sagging skin, injectable treatments may not be sufficient in addressing these issues. Only a surgical facelift can effectively remove excess skin and tissue to create a smoother, more youthful facial profile.
Is surgery a safe option for you?
Not everyone is a good candidate for a surgical procedure. Smokers and those with underlying health conditions may discover the risks of surgery do not outweigh the benefits. If you are considering plastic surgery, talk to your doctor about any potential risk factors you may have before you decide to have surgery.
Are you ready to commit to surgery?
Injectable treatments are quick and easy, taking just a few minutes to complete and requiring minimal downtime afterward. Surgery is a more extensive process that involves anesthesia, incisions and downtime. If you are considering facial rejuvenation surgery, ask yourself if you are ready to commit to your recovery process, which can take weeks or even months, to ensure a full and healthy recovery.
It can be difficult to know whether the time has come to move from injectable treatments to surgery, with many factors to consider. If you are thinking about making the switch, contact Dr. Andrews Plastic Surgery at 319-382-8230 to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Andrews and find out if facial rejuvenation surgery is right for you.