While getting a good botox treatment can be a great option for many people who are seeking to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, botox has its limits. Botox is considered a fast acting, but short term solution for many of the issues people deal with when trying to get a younger looking face. One of the great things about botox in fact, is that the full effects of botox can be seen within 72 hours of the injection. Another great thing about botox is that it is a super simple operation which is usually done in office and requires no more than one post operational check up. The issue that some people have with botox is that it after 3 months or so, the patient needs to return to the doctor to have a new injection. If you are the kind of person who is looking for a longer term solution; a facelift might be just what the doctor ordered.
What separates a face lift from a botox injection? A face lift is an actual surgical procedure where the doctor makes small cuts in the skin of the face and then tightens the skin back in order to reduce the look of age in the face. On the other hand a botox injection is just a small amount of a toxin that is injected into areas on the face that have wrinkles and lines, the toxin relaxes these areas and therefore lessens the look of the wrinkles. The facelift is actually pulling that skin back to eliminate the wrinkles and not relax the skin into a smoother look.
While it is true that a facelift requires a longer recovery time, up to 3 months in some cases for full results, a face lift also lasts as long as 4 years. That means that apart from the general post operation checkups, your cosmetic operation will be around for years instead of months. A lot of people feel more comfortable opting for a procedure that has more longevity.
A facelift is also able to correct some aspects of an aging face which botox cannot. For instance, one of the areas that people most complain about is the area of their neck that sags with age. A botox operation could not reduce the appearance of the sagging skin whereas a facelift can greatly tighten the area of skin around the neck, making a person’s neck skin seem tighter and more youthful. A facelift also tends to be more effective in eliminating lines around the eyes since with some people; the amount of skin that builds up and sags on the corner of the eyes can be too excessive for a simple botox injection to remedy by itself.
In the end you will need to have a talk with your cosmetic surgeon in order to weigh out all the pros and cons of having a facelift, but if repeated botox injections have started to feel like more of a hassle than a help, it may be time to consider a facelift operation.