Aging causes the face to lose a great deal of elasticity, fat, and collagen. These components contribute heavily to a glowing, youthful appearance, and as they start to disappear, the face may start looking gaunt, tired, and hollow. Fortunately, there are a few ways to combat this using surgical procedures or cosmetic treatments. But how do these treatments stack up to each other, and which might be the best choice for you?
No anti-aging procedure can stop the aging process entirely, but surgical solutions for aging cheeks produce more in-depth, longer-lasting results than injectable fillers.
Cheek lifts help smooth out skin and make it tighter and younger looking. Fat can be transferred to the area for a natural, youthful appearance. Cheek lifts produce great results, but the procedure is fairly invasive, and there is no way to stop the aging process altogether. This means the procedure may need to be repeated in several years to maintain results.
Cheek implants are inserted to fill out the cheeks or make the cheekbones appear higher and more prominent. This procedure typically takes less than an hour and can be performed using only a local anesthetic. However, it is a surgical procedure, with associated downtime.
Are You a Candidate?
Candidates for cosmetic surgery must be in general good health and have realistic expectations for the results of the surgery. Imaging during surgical consultations can help patients get an idea of what the final results of surgery might look like, but these images will only provide a goal or approximation of actual results. Only a plastic surgeon can determine candidacy for a specific procedure.
Surgical anti-aging procedures can be quite expensive, costing several thousand dollars. These fees include anesthesia, the surgery itself, equipment, and facility fees. Though the upfront cost is high, the results of surgical rejuvenation are very good and last a long time. Use of fillers over time may end up costing more than surgery in the long run.
Plastic surgery recovery varies, but cheek procedures typically require downtime of about 1-2 weeks. During this time, patients may not engage in strenuous activities, and must follow all instructions provided by the surgeon to ensure proper healing and good results.
Injectable fillers are often used to fill in wrinkles, but can also help with volume loss in the cheeks. These fillers do not last as long or produce the kind of results as surgical solutions do, but are cheaper up front and do not require surgery.
Types of Fillers
There are a number of different filler brands available, and they all work slightly differently. Only your plastic surgeon will be able to determine which filler will be best for you. Factors include skin thickness, desired results, and facial shape. Options may include:
These fillers last an average of 6 months to two years, though these are approximate. Everyone’s expectations and results are different. Your surgeon will let you know when you should expect to need a touch up.
New Filler on the Market
Juvederm Voluma XC, a hyaluronic gel, was recently approved for use, and directly addresses the problem of facial volume loss in the cheek area. It is the only filler that is FDA-approved in the U.S. to help restore this volume. Since it was only recently made available on the market, it may be difficult to find for a while. Voluma XC can also address lines around the nose and mouth. It is a long-lasting filler that can work for up to 2 years, if injected properly.
Are You a Candidate?
One of the best things about injectable fillers is that they are appropriate for nearly anyone who suffers from wrinkling and facial volume loss. Most fillers pose no risk of hyperpigmentation to the skin (discoloration) and have proven to be safe over time. It is important to get these treatments with a plastic surgeon, however, as a successful treatment depends on the skill of the person performing the procedure
Injections vary in cost, but most treatments come in between $500 and $1000, depending on the brand and how much product is used during the treatment. Though these treatments are cheaper than surgical options, they must be repeated fairly often to maintain results. This often means a higher cost in the long-term, unless the injections are stopped.
Some of the best aspects of injectable fillers are that they are nearly painless and require no anesthesia, downtime, or recovery. Typically, patients can get back to their normal routine immediately, or within 24 hours. Time in the office usually takes less than an hour or two, and the injection process itself takes mere minutes.
Consult with an Expert
No matter which option appeals to you the most, you should always seek an expert opinion on your candidacy and how effective the procedure is likely to be for you. If you’re looking for the best care and advice in the Toronto area, contact expert facial plastic surgeon Dr. Robert A. Mounsey to set up a consultation at Revesse. Dr. Mounsey offers many options for facial rejuvenation, has a great deal of experience, and boasts a high rate of patient satisfaction. Call 416.438.2499 to schedule your consultation.