Botox or Facelift: Which Procedure Is Right for You?

 In General

Plastic surgery has come a long way over the last few decades. These days, injectables like Botox and dermal fillers allow patients to achieve a more youthful look without going under the knife. However, every face is different. Botox can be an ideal treatment for some patients, but not others. Here are three things to consider if you are interested in either procedure:

1. Effects and limitations

Botox is used for treating very fine lines, such as crow’s feet and smile lines. Meanwhile, facelift surgery reverses signs of advanced aging such as deep wrinkles, jowls, and sagging skin. The results of Botox are temporary, and it’s best used for early signs of aging, when the skin still has some degree of elasticity. Facelift surgery provides the most dramatic results and addresses the issues that Botox can’t fix, but it requires going under anesthesia, which comes with its own risks.

2. Cost

Generally speaking, facelifts are more expensive than Botox. The cost of Botox can be several hundred dollars per session. On the other hand, facelift procedures can cost several thousands. The relative affordability of Botox makes it seem like the more appealing option at first. Just keep in mind that the results are temporary (three to six months) compared to the more permanent facelift. Repeat visits will be necessary to maintain the fresh, fully-rested look of a Botox treatment. Therefore, it’s entirely possible for Botox to end up being more expensive than a facelift when factoring in the cost of multiple treatments.

3. Healing

Facelifts are a surgical procedure, and recovery can take around two weeks with full results seen after several months. Facelifts also carry the same risks as any other major surgery, such as infection, bleeding, scarring, and anesthesia complications. On the other hand, Botox requires virtually no recovery time, and most people are able to return to work on the same day after receiving their injections. Patients are only advised to avoid strenuous activity during the first twenty-four hours.

Whether Botox or facelift surgery is right for you depends on many other factors, including lifestyle, age, and personal goals. Seeking the opinion of an expert in the field can help you make your decision. If you are looking to rejuvenate your facial appearance, contact Ciao Bella Medical Spa to get started. We have convenient locations in Scottsdale and Chandler in the East Valley.

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