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Facial implants vs. fillers

The ability to erase fine lines and wrinkles is a wonder of modern cosmetic surgery–but choosing between dermal fillers and facial implants can be a challenging decision.

Fillers produce great temporary results at a price that’s a fraction of what patients invest in implants.

But cost aside, facial implants are a preferred long-term choice.

A more permanent solution

The effects of facial implants are long lasting with patients enjoying the benefits for many years following their operation. Fillers begin to lose their efficacy approximately 4-8 months following the injection. Fillers may need to be reapplied once or twice per year to maintain the desired results.

Situations where fillers are a good fit

In cases where the underlying issue is confined to a soft tissue deficiency it is more likely that a patient will be satisfied with the results of a filler. Patients who do not mind returning to the clinic for additional treatments may find that more frequent but less-invasive procedures are preferable to a single surgical solution.

Filler risks

The injection of dermal fillers is generally considered to be a very safe procedure–but fillers present a pair of risks that are not present with facial implants:

  • Infection
  • The death of skin and subcutaneous tissue

Improved facial definition

While both fillers and implants treat wrinkles and saggy skin, only facial implants can reshape the jawline, cheek and chin to create an attractive well-defined face. When used in conjunction with other procedures, facial implants can produce substantial results.

Always discuss all available treatment solutions extensively with your doctor prior to making a final decision on improving the aesthetics of your face.