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Facelift vs. Fillers: Comparing the Cost

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The face is one of the first areas to show signs of aging, but modern medicine provides many ways to restore a youthful glow. For patients considering their facial rejuvenation options, both the facelift and injectable fillers are popular choices. But which is right for you?

Each option can help patients fade fine lines and look noticeably younger. But there are a few things to consider when deciding between dermal fillers or a facelift in Harrisonburg, VA.

Treatment & Recovery

One notable difference between fillers and a facelift is fairly straightforward: one is a nonsurgical treatment, and the other is a traditional surgery. The facelift is a transformative way for a surgeon to tighten loose skin and lift sagging facial muscles. Dermal fillers are a quicker treatment that focuses on fixing imperfections on the surface levels of the skin.

For those who want to avoid surgery, fillers are a nonsurgical procedure with little to no recovery time. A facelift is a more intensive approach and requires patients to take about a week off from work.


Another major difference between dermal fillers and a facelift is the price point. While procedure expenses vary from patient to patient, traditional facelift surgery is more costly than a standard dermal filler treatment.

Fillers are more cost-effective, and they’re good for those who want to “try out” a low-risk treatment. Injectables are great for “tweakments” that adjust subtle problems on the face. A facelift, on the other hand, is a larger investment. But a facelift also doesn’t require repeated touch-up sessions like dermal fillers do. Those follow-up dermal filler injections can add up over time, so consider your long-term costs versus your long-term benefit.

You can learn more about how facelift costs compare to the costs of a liquid facelift with dermal filler in our related blog post.

Results & Longevity

Both facelifts and fillers can rejuvenate your face. But a facelift addresses multiple areas of the face at once in a single surgery; fillers are more limited and best for targeting specific smaller issues.

Facelift results last 7 to 10 years, but fillers have to be refreshed every 9 months to 2 years. Men and women who are ready for a long-term solution may prefer a facelift, while those who are all right with regular injections are well suited for fillers.

So, facelifts versus fillers: which is right for you? Overall, the choice depends on your desired results.

Facelift surgery is a long-term solution to tightening saggy skin, removing excess fat, and taking years off your appearance. Dermal fillers are an excellent choice to fade wrinkles, restore gentle volume to the face, and touch-up other imperfections on an as-needed basis. Talk things over with a board-certified plastic surgeon to see which option will best help your individual anti-aging goals.

Browse our before-and-after gallery to see real example photos from past patients. If you’re in the Harrisonburg, VA, area and would like to learn more, please request a personal consultation online.

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