Face Fillers vs Facelifts: Which is More Effective?
December 18, 2020
As we age, we tend to lose volume in many areas of the face. Most people suffer from loss of facial volume, with signs ranging from sagging contours to deepening wrinkles and more. In this article, we will address some of the common issues that face fillers can help with and the differences between face fillers vs facelifts.
Face filler facts
Traditional facelifts used to be the favourite anti-ageing treatment of choice, but face fillers are quickly becoming the preferred method of youthful restoration to the face.
Here are some facts you should know about the different facial filler types and who they are most suited for.
What are face fillers made of?
There are a variety of dermal filler products available in Singapore to help rejuvenate your skin and give you the lifting effects that you desire, and they are made from different substances.
The three most common active ingredients are:
Hyaluronic Acid (HA): Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar in our skin that helps to keep it plump and hydrated. It brings moisture to the surface, making it appear younger. Examples of face fillers made with this substance include Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero and Teosyal.
Salmon DNA: The newest entrant in the market, the building block PDRN obtained from salmon DNA is gaining popularity for its tissue regenerative properties, quickly reversing signs of damaged skin, and replacing dead skin cells with newer, healthier cells. It can do this for our skin because of it is biologically compatible with our DNA! We like the new Rejuran Healer, which is the dermal filler that contains PDRN.
Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA): This is another naturally occurring substance in our bones, which helps to stimulate natural collagen production to improve the surface texture of your skin. It helps correct moderate-to-severe facial lines as well as restore lost volume. An example of face fillers made with this substance is Radiesse.
Poly-L-lactic Acid: A less popular option, Poly-L-lactic acid is a biocompatible (safe to use in the body), absorbable semi-permanent substance that is used in face fillers to help stimulate collagen in the body to treat deep facial wrinkles. An example of fillers made with this substance is Sculptra Aesthetic.
What are face fillers used for?
Aesthetic doctors use and recommend face fillers for the following purposes:
Smooth out the wrinkles in the forehead
Get rid of bags under the eyes
Address bumps and unevenness to the nose
Rejuvenate earlobes to give them a rounder look
Restore volume and restore the skin around the cheeks, jawline and chin; and
Plump up thin lips and make them beautiful, fuller and more attractive.
Who are face fillers recommended for?
Face fillers offer a variety of enhancement options that can be highly beneficial to women of all ages:
Women in 20s: Fillers are beneficial to women in their 20s, who use them to add volume to their lips, cheeks or chin and boost collagen production to keep their skin looking smooth and radiant.
Women in 30s: Among other reasons, women in their 30s use fillers to get rid of dark circles as well as create fullness and definition in the cheeks.
Women in 40s: Fillers can be used to augment hollowness in the cheeks and smooth out the creases that make them look aged.
Women in 50s: Women in this age group use fillers to replace facial volume loss and reduce lines around the eyes as well as restore the fullness to the lips.
Face Fillers vs Facelifts
Plastic surgery like a facelift has always been the popular cosmetic treatment to counter the signs of ageing. More people today are turning to minimally invasive methods such as face filler injectables to turn back the clock.
Many people prefer the latter due to its low risk of complications. Also, minimally invasive methods like filler injections also result in minimal scarring, meaning you get to have smoother, tightened face without any evidence of any cosmetic treatment.
Facelifts can cost an average of $6,000 and up – whereas face fillers can range from $500 to $1,000 per syringe. It depends on the type and viscosity of the facial fillers that your aesthetic doctor recommends.
What are other non-surgical facelift alternatives?
Not everyone is suited for a facelift or facial fillers or would rather keep away from needles and cuts.
While facelifts provide instant, dramatic facelifting effects, non-surgical alternatives like laser resurfacing can help you achieve firmer, younger-looking skin with subtle and gradual progress.
Not to mention, some of these procedures have lesser downtime and risks as well.
This is hailed as one of the most effective skin-tightening procedures available. It gets rid of the signs of ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation. You can also expect to see results faster than other non-surgical facelifting treatments.
The difference between laser resurfacing and ultrasound waves is that heat is sent deep underneath the surface layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production, providing the lifting effect. You may need repeat sessions to achieve better results, with can be noticeable over a span of 3 to 6 months.
Polydioxanone (PDO) threadlifts are highly absorbable by the skin, and similar to a traditional facelift, requires insertion of these threads into certain areas of the face to hoist sagging skin back into its place, achieving an immediate youthful appearance.
Which is right for me?
Face fillers have become a preferred alternative to surgery as the side effects are minimal to none, they are suitable for all ages and they simultaneously manage the common signs of ageing and enhance your looks.
However, facelifting procedures – both surgical and non-surgical – do come with their own pros and cons, and the best and safest way to determine the right procedure for you is to see a board-certified aesthetic doctor. Check out our blogpost on the best aesthetic clinics in Singapore here.