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Are Fillers Really the Answer to Facial Aging?

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


Injectable dermal fillers remain one of the most popular cosmetic treatments today, and they can certainly be useful in some settings. However, early and long-term filler use can also have a few downsides, and it’s worth considering your options when it comes to facial enhancement. At VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi is committed to helping patients look youthful and natural with the most cutting-edge techniques available today. Keep reading for a closer look at the potential disadvantages of long-term filler use, and discover how early facelift surgery may actually be a more compelling alternative to filler injections.

What do fillers do?

Injectable dermal fillers, like JUVÉDERM®, can be injected into the face and certain areas of the body in order to restore lost volume, enhance flat features, and make other temporary improvements to a patient’s appearance. Most commonly, dermal fillers are used to address the following concerns:

  • Deep lines and wrinkles
  • Thin lips
  • Hollow cheeks
  • Sunken circles under the eyes
  • Weak jawline
  • Setback chin
  • Asymmetric nose

Fillers may not be the long-term answer

With more and more patients starting to use fillers at an early age and continuing to use fillers thereafter, many men and women are noticing that their skin has become stretched out and their natural look has been considerably distorted. This has been partially responsible for an uptick in facelift surgery among younger patients. To avoid the unwanted side effects of early or long-term filler use – like distorted features and stretched-out skin – more patients than ever before are turning to early facelift surgery.

What is early facelift surgery?

An early facelift – meaning facelift surgery in your 30s or 40s – can be a fantastic option for patients looking to restore or maintain their natural, youthful appearance rather than adding volume or distorting their look with fillers. In many cases, these patients can benefit from a mini facelift, which can be performed using local anesthesia and does not require an extended recovery period. Depending on the patient’s specific concerns and goals, Dr. Khorsandi may also recommend an isolated facial rejuvenation procedure, such as a brow lift, eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), or lower facelift.

Should I not use fillers at all?

All of this is not to say that fillers should never be used. In certain settings, injectable dermal fillers can certainly be beneficial. However, it is important for patients to understand the potential downsides of early and long-term filler use and to know what alternatives may be available to them. Oftentimes, a combination of early facelift surgery and minor fillers can provide the most pleasing outcome. During your initial consultation for facial rejuvenation in Las Vegas, NV, Dr. Khorsandi will thoroughly discuss your concerns, answer all of your questions regarding fillers, explain filler alternatives – including early facelift surgery – and recommend the most appropriate course of action to keep you looking and feeling your very best.

Find the perfect facial rejuvenation solution for you in Las Vegas, NV

There’s no shortage of options when it comes to restoring a more youthful look these days, and the expert team at VIP Plastic Surgery can help you find the right one for you. For more information on the wide range of cutting-edge facial rejuvenation solutions we offer, call to schedule your one-on-one consultation with award-winning board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi today.

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