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Liquid Facelift or Surgical Facelift: Which Is the Best Option?

Andrew | October 19, 2012 | Posted in Facelift

While many New Yorkers are looking for a way to turn back the clock on the skin, not all are sure how to achieve their goals. Options in cosmetic procedures take patients beyond the facelift to non surgical facelift procedures that require little discomfort or downtime afterward.

How do you know which procedure is the best choice for you?

Liquid Facelift vs. Surgical Facelift

In the past, the most effect method for achieving smoother, younger looking skin was a surgical facelift. This procedure involves an incision at the hairline, which is used to tighten and reposition the skin and underlying tissue. The procedure takes place in a surgical facility or hospital. While recovery could take some time, patients would enjoy dramatic changes to their appearance.

Next came the non-surgical facelift, also referred to as the liquid facelift. This procedure shunned the scalpel and sutures in favor of a single small needle and injectable solutions that would plump wrinkles from the inside out. These procedures, also referred to as dermal fillers, proved to be an effective solution to nasolabial folds, marionette lines and forehead wrinkles.

While these procedures were not considered permanent skin treatments, some of the newer products promise results that last up to two years.

Which Facelift in NYC is Right for You?

With more choices in cosmetic procedures than ever before, New Yorkers may now find themselves in a quandary over which treatment will best suit their needs. When you are choosing between a surgical facelift and a non surgical facelift, consider the following factors:

What Issues do You Need Addressed?

If your primary issue is fine lines and wrinkles, dermal fillers might do the trick. However, if you are more concerned about sagging skin and deep skin folds, a surgical facelift might be the better solution.

How Much Downtime Can You Afford?

If your schedule does not allow time to recover from a cosmetic procedure, dermal fillers might be the right choice. Dubbed the “lunch hour procedure,” a liquid facelift is fast and requires no downtime. Surgical facelifts typically require 10 days to two weeks of recovery time.

What is Your Budget?

Because surgical facelifts tend to take more time and require some sort of anesthesia, they generally cost much more as a general rule. However, when calculating cost, it is important to factor in the repeat treatments that are needed to maintain the results dermal fillers offer.

Are You Looking for a Permanent Solution?

Surgical facelifts are considered permanent treatments that do not need repeating after the initial procedure is completed. On the other hand, a dermal filler or non-surgical facelift will need to be repeated after a few months or years to maintain results. The time frame will depend on the type of filler used.

Dr. Thomas Loeb offers both the surgical facelift in NYC and the liquid facelift option. All procedures are performed at his private surgical suite in Manhattan or Great Neck. If you are still unsure which cosmetic procedure is the right choice for you, contact Dr. Loeb’s office at 212-327-3700 to schedule a private consultation.

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