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It’s an often-asked question: “BOTOX vs. facelift – which anti-aging treatment is right for me?” Whether you choose to go with a tried-and-true facelift procedure or opt for a more noninvasive injectable procedure like BOTOX, the board-certified plastic surgeons at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery in the Jacksonville, FL area will discuss the best options for you and your particular aesthetic needs.

The differences between BOTOX and a facelift are many, and deciding which treatment is right for you may feel like a daunting task. However, once you do a little research and learn the basics about each procedure, you’ll be well-equipped to choose the facial rejuvenation technique that will have you looking like your youthful self once again.

In order to decide if you should consider BOTOX or a facelift, let’s start with the basics about each procedure and compare these two common anti-aging cosmetic treatments.

What is BOTOX?

BOTOX is one of the most commonly used FDA-approved injectables on the market. It is administered by the experienced team at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL to minimize unwanted wrinkles and fine lines in the face. Composed of the neurotoxin botulinum toxin type A, BOTOX works beneath the surface of the skin to temporarily freeze the underlying muscles that cause moderate to severe Crow’s feet around the eyes, frown lines around the mouth, and horizontal lines on the forehead, making them look smoother.

How long does a BOTOX injection appointment take?

Typically, each in-office appointment takes about 30 minutes, though this may vary depending on the specific areas you wish to treat.

How long does BOTOX last?

The answer to this question will differ based on each patient, but you can expect a BOTOX injection to last approximately 3 – 6 months. It is not a permanent fix for wrinkles and fine lines, so if you like or dislike the ensuing results, you have the option to stay with or alter your course of treatment when you schedule your next visit.

What are the top benefits of BOTOX?

  • BOTOX is minimally invasive, so your treatment time will be quick, taking around 30 minutes to administer the injections
  • Minimal recovery time is needed. You’ll be feeling great in a matter of hours
  • BOTOX costs less than most surgical procedures that treat wrinkles and signs of aging such as a facelift
  • BOTOX is not permanent. One treatment can last for approximately 3 – 6 months

If you are seeking a longer-lasting solution, a traditional facelift performed by the board-certified plastic surgeons at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery may be a better fit. Here are a few facts about a facelift procedure you should take into consideration before you decide if it is a more viable option to fight the signs of aging.

What is a facelift?

A facelift is an invasive surgical procedure and can include the removal of unwanted skin, the tightening and repositioning of your facial muscles and tissue layers, and the reduction or displacement of fat deposits.

How long does a facelift take?

There are numerous types of facelifts to choose from based on your overall aesthetic goals, so the estimated time any given procedure may take can vary. But because it is a cosmetic surgical procedure and you will need to be under general anesthesia, you can expect a facelift to take approximately 3 – 4 hours plus additional recovery time.

How long do the results of a facelift last?

Here’s where a facelift really shines when compared to BOTOX. Results last far longer with a facelift versus BOTOX injections, and you can expect to enjoy the benefits of looking significantly younger for at least 10 years or more.

What are the top benefits of facelifts?

  • Jacksonville-area patients experience more noticeable results from a facelift than injectables and ongoing treatments can provide
  • Results of a facelift last longer and require fewer touch-ups and reassessments
  • Facelifts can solve more significant structural facial problems than injectables, such as excess skin, drooping jowls, or a sagging neck
  • A facelift should not drastically alter your original appearance. You will merely look like a younger and more energetic version of yourself

Which anti-aging facial procedure is right for you?

That’s for you and the professionally trained staff at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery in the Jacksonville, FL area to decide. During your consultation, be sure to ask your plastic surgeon about any additional concerns you may have about both procedures, including length of recovery time, pain and soreness levels, scarring, safety, and preexisting medical conditions.

Your face is usually the first thing other people see when you meet, and having a renewed confidence in your appearance after a facelift or BOTOX injections will have you feeling great about your latest look. Begin your journey to a rejuvenated-looking you by contacting Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery today.

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