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Posted November 19, 2018 in Faceift

Some patients who wish to refresh their appearance look into nonsurgical treatments like BOTOX® Cosmetic and injectable fillers, while others may be interested in surgical procedures like facelift surgery. However, the best cosmetic procedure for you depends on the amount of correction you need. The wrong treatment can leave you with disappointing results that do not create the youthful appearance you desire. If you are not quite sure which treatment you need, learning a bit about each type of treatment can help you make your decision.

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Why Facial Treatment?

Facial treatments can work wonders on a person’s appearance, restoring their confidence. Volume loss, wrinkles, and poor skin texture are just some of the inevitable changes that can develop on our faces due to the natural aging process. There are certainly times when our financial options or the physical anatomy of our faces can make the use of BOTOX® Cosmetic and injectable fillers an excellent choice. But while some patients require only a minor “touch-up,” others may need a more drastic approach, like facelift surgery, due to more severe facial imperfections.

What Is Facelift Surgery?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, facelift surgery is in the top five most popular cosmetic surgical procedures. Facelift surgery addresses signs of aging in the lower third of your face. This is accomplished by removing excess skin while gently lifting weak facial tissues to achieve natural, long-lasting results. Dr. Hand offers the following facelift techniques for his patients:

  • Traditional facelift surgery can lift the cheeks, give the jawline more definition, and firm the neck using the neck lift procedure.
  • Mini facelift surgery will improve the appearance of jowls and loose skin along the neck, but with less dramatic results than a traditional facelift.
  • Mid-facelift surgery can tighten sagging skin in the cheekbone area and improve nasolabial folds. It can also improve skin laxity beneath the eyes, depending on where the incisions are made.

What Is a Liquid Facelift?

A “liquid facelift” is merely the use of a combination of injectable dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic with the intention of filling in wrinkles and relaxing muscles in various regions of your face. These treatments are safe and usually made from substances such as hyaluronic acid to help reduce visible signs of aging. BOTOX® Cosmetic is known to treat pleating wrinkles on the upper face, while fillers like JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® can be used to correct nasolabial lines. JUVÉDERM® can also be used for volume loss in the mid-face.

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Cosmetic Differences

While both methods can address wrinkles and droopy skin, facelift surgery and liquid facelifts do have their differences.


When properly performed, facelift surgery can restore youthfulness and tone to both the face and neck for a natural, refreshed appearance. This procedure is also considered the best option for patients who need extensive correction of wrinkles and sagging in the:

  • Cheeks
  • Jowls
  • Neck
  • Jawline

Liquid Facelift

Patients who have developed fine lines and wrinkles but have skin that has retained its firmness are good candidates for nonsurgical treatments. Dermal fillers and/or other injectables (like BOTOX® Cosmetic) are ideal for treating issues such as:

  • Nasolabial folds
  • Furrows between the eyes and forehead wrinkles
  • Crow’s feet
  • Smile lines
  • Fine wrinkles in the lower face and above the lips
  • Volume loss in the cheeks



If you would like to learn more about facelift surgery or injectable fillers, please contact Dr. Hand today by calling our office at (415) 461-6742 or schedule a consultation with us online today.