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Facial Injectables During A Facelift: 3 Things to Know

Facial Injectables
It can seem tempting to try to do more than one procedure at a time when it comes to cosmetic surgery. And often, that approach makes sense: Some patients, for example, opt to have breast augmentation and a breast lift or a tummy tuck during breast augmentation.

One common question from patients is whether it’s possible to have facial injections during a facelift. But before we dive into the answer, let’s first take a minute to clearly define the purpose of each of these procedures.

Facelifts

A facelift gives individuals a more youthful appearance by tightening sagging skin and smoothing lines and wrinkles. During a facelift, your surgeon will make several small incisions around your ear. Then, your surgeon will very carefully remove excess skin and slowly pull the skin up around your jawline and to your ears. This helps smooth the neck, add volume to your cheeks, and get rid of lines around the mouth and eyes.

Facial injectables

Facial injectables, on the other hand, are anti-aging treatments that target the fine lines and wrinkles that appear as you age. These botulinum toxin injections reduce the appearance of certain facial wrinkles – including crows’ feet, laugh lines and many others. Botox® is the most well-known brand of botulinum toxin.

Other popular injections include:

  • Dermal fillers that inject collagen into the skin to smooth wrinkles
  • Hyaluronic acid fillers to improve the fullness of lips
  • Kybella to help minimize the appearance of a double-chin

Generally, these injectables and fillers are temporary – lasting anywhere from three to six months, depending on the procedure and target area.

Can I have facial injectables with my facelift?

Now, let’s answer the question: Is it possible to get a facial injection during my facelift? After all, you may be eager to have two procedures done at once for many different reasons, including:

  • Cost savings
  • Fewer office visits
  • Less anxiety
  • Less time under anesthesia (though many injectables do not require general anesthesia)

Ultimately, the decision comes down to two factors: 1) what you’re comfortable with and 2) your target areas. Here are three questions to consider when making your decision.

1. What are your goals?

Before you make any treatment choices, there should be a very open and honest conversation with your cosmetic surgeon about your goals. He or she will likely encourage you to consider:

  • Any specific events where you’re hoping to unveil your “after” appearance
  • Whether you want to spread your procedures out to ensure you get exactly the look you want
  • Your desired appearance

You and your surgeon will navigate these questions together and zero in on your exact goals before creating your personal treatment plan.

2. What areas of the face are you targeting?

Many times, whether or not you can have facial injections during a facelift comes down to the areas you’re targeting. If you want fuller lips, in addition to smoother and tighter skin, then your surgeon can likely do an injection in the lips.

However, if you’re hoping to remove crow’s feet or lines from a furrowed brow with Botox, it may be best to wait until after recovery is complete. This gives your face the time it needs to heal and for you and your surgeon to assess the final results and address any additional areas that remain.

3. What am I comfortable with?

Maybe you don’t want the added discomfort of another trip to the doctor’s office. Or, maybe you don’t want to do another procedure when you’re already under general anesthesia. Sometimes, anxiety can be a driving force in what – and why – people decide for their treatments.

Emory Aesthetic Center

The expert cosmetic surgeons at Emory Aesthetic Center are experienced in performing facelifts. Our team also performs a wide range of minimally invasive procedures with little downtime. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and speak to a cosmetic surgeon about the approach that’s right for you.

Request an appointmentor call us at 404-778-6880.

About Dr. Sethna

Anita Sethna, MD, FACS, is double board-certified in Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery since 2010. She is also an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine where she has taught since 2011. Dr. Sethna is the recipient of the AOA Research Award, and she is an accomplished expert in her primary areas of interest: rhinoplasty and injectables.

Is Liquid Rhinoplasty Right for Me?

liquid rhinoplastyWhile rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed worldwide, it can be extremely complex. Liquid rhinoplasty, on the other hand, offers a nonsurgical option to help improve the shape of your nose while avoiding costly surgery and a long recovery.

This relatively new, nonsurgical alternative may not be the best solution for everyone, though. That’s why it’s important to consult with a cosmetic surgeon before deciding between liquid or surgical rhinoplasty. During a consultation, you’ll be able to ask questions, share concerns and discuss the outcomes you hope to achieve — all of which will help you make the best possible decision.

What is Liquid Rhinoplasty?

Nonsurgical rhinoplasty involves using dermal fillers (also used in many other facial procedures to reverse signs of aging) to fill in or lift parts of the nose. This form of injectable can “plump up” targeted areas, as well as reshape and lift tissue — for example, to fill in the area around a pronounced bump on the bridge of the nose or to help lift the tip of the nose.

How is Liquid Rhinoplasty Performed?

During the procedure, your doctor will apply numbing cream to the target area. Then, when you’re ready, will inject the filler. Because your doctor will only inject a small amount at a time, you may need multiple appointments to achieve your desired changes. Administering only a little bit of the filler at a time will help ensure the changes are incremental, and can reduce the risk of complications.

The procedure typically takes less than an hour. Since it doesn’t involve any incisions or anesthesia, you’ll be able to go home immediately after the procedure. You can also return to normal activities a short time later.

Is Liquid Rhinoplasty Permanent?

Cosmetic injectables are not permanent. While most dermal fillers last around six to nine months, because the nose doesn’t move as much as other parts of the face, most people see results that last 12-18 months.

Once the results start to diminish, you can see your doctor for another session to maintain your appearance.

How Do I Know if Liquid Rhinoplasty is Right for Me?

If you’re looking to make mild to moderate changes to your nose, liquid rhinoplasty may be a great choice for you. It may also be a good first step for someone wanting to try out changes before deciding on surgery.

When considering a cosmetic procedure of any type, one practical consideration is often expense. Since liquid rhinoplasty is more affordable than traditional rhinoplasty, you may likely consider it first. But it’s important to remember that multiple treatments can add up to be just as expensive as a surgical procedure.

You’ll also want to keep in mind that while some issues can be easily corrected with liquid rhinoplasty, others may require surgery. For example, dermal fillers cannot fix internal nasal issues, such as a deviated septum. Results from liquid rhinoplasty are also temporary and not as dramatic as traditional, surgical rhinoplasty.

For all of these reasons, it’s important to discuss your concerns and options with a cosmetic surgeon before deciding on any type of aesthetic procedure. Be sure to have an open and honest conversation with your doctor about what you want to achieve, as well as the limitations and risks of each procedure.

Emory Aesthetic Center

The skilled cosmetic surgeons at Emory Aesthetic Center are experts in both surgical and nonsurgical rhinoplasty, and are available to help you make the best possible decision for yourself. Schedule your consultation today.

About Dr. Sethna

Anita Sethna, MD, FACS, is double board-certified in Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery since 2010. She is also an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine where she has taught since 2011. Dr. Sethna is the recipient of the AOA Research Award, and she is an accomplished expert in her primary areas of interest: rhinoplasty and injectables.

 

 

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