Facial Surgery vs. Fillers: Which Is Best for You?

Facial Surgery vs FillersDermal fillers have become much more popular over the years because they have shown to have significant results. The problem is that it’s not best for everyone when considering people’s desired results. Although fillers have the potential to change the appearance of the face, they do have some limitations that are important for people to be aware of when trying to decide between facial surgery and fillers.

Overview of the Differences Between Facial Surgery and Dermal Fillers

The differences between facial surgery and dermal fillers can help people understand if it’s right for them.

Dermal Fillers

Fillers are best for people who show minor signs of aging. It is noninvasive and the results last for 4 to 6 months. Follow up treatments are required to keep the results they deliver.

Facial Surgery

This is best for people who have moderate to severe signs of aging. It’s invasive and recover can take up to 3 weeks. The results last about 10 years and no follow up treatments are needed.

Dermal Filler Details

Dermal fillers can address many facial aging issues. Most fillers, such as Juvéderm and Volbella, contain hyaluronic acid (HA). This provides instant volume to smooth wrinkles. It’s this volume that can change the appearance of the face.

The draw to fillers is that they require little downtime and the treatments are fast. Many people can get a treatment in during their lunch break.

The downside to fillers is that they don’t last very long – as little as four months. They also can’t correct some of the more advanced signs of aging.

People under the age of 50 years will usually try dermal fillers first because they don’t have the volume loss and sagging skin that those over this age experience. As people grow older, they start to see that fillers simply aren’t effective in giving them the youthful appearance they desire. This is when they start to consider facial surgery.

About Facial Surgery

Facial surgery is an efficient way to tackle advanced aging effects. It involves a manual excision and tightening of loose and sagging skin. Several incisions are also made along the hairline, past the front of the ears and under the chin. Excess fat can be removed and muscles can be tightened as needed. The skin is then pulled and stitched back when the cut was initially made.

People choose facial surgery because it can drastically improve the look of their face, making them look years younger. It’s also long lasting, so follow up treatments are not needed like with dermal fillers.

The drawbacks include the recovery time of about three weeks and the lump sum cost versus paying for treatments every 6 months, although the total cost of fillers vs. surgery end up being similar.

The Cost of Fillers and Facial Surgery

Many people choose dermal fillers over facial surgery because they believe they are less expensive. The truth is that the cost of fillers over time can be just as much or even exceed the cost of facial surgery. Most people do not want to spend a lot of money at once, but it can be the most cost-effective way to achieve desired results. Financing is available for those who would like to have facial surgery but do not have the money to pay for it.

Facial Surgery on Long Island in East Setauket

Contact Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC for more information on facial surgery. We would be happy to help you make the decision on what would help you achieve your desired results for a more beautiful and younger looking you.

5 Signs You Should Consider a Breast Reduction

Breast ReductionA breast reduction goes through the minds of many women. If you’ve been thinking about it, the following are 5 signs you should book a consultation with Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC.

#1: Pain

Breasts can weigh a lot and may cause pain in your shoulders, upper back, and neck. Reducing the size of the breasts reduces the weight, which will relieve the pressure on those areas. Women with large breasts usually suffer from redness, rashes and on occasion, open wounds. Most patients report their reduction changed their lives because they no longer suffer with pain every day.

#2: Unwanted Attention

It’s hard not see them, no matter what you wear. As much as you want attention, your breasts are bringing the wrong kind of attention. This can be especially bothersome at work or at social functions where you want to be noticed for your intelligence and personality rather than the size of your chest. A breast reduction reduces the breasts to a size where the real you can be seen.

#3: Troubled Sleep

It can be difficult to find a position to sleep when your breasts are in the way. Lying on your side means the breasts fall to that side, causing pain. Lying on your back can seem like an elephant is sitting on your chest. Lying on your stomach isn’t comfortable either because it’s almost impossible to lie flat. Reducing the size of the breasts can make all these positions possible.

#4: Difficulty Finding Clothes

Finding clothes that fit large breasts can be difficult. Some simply won’t fit in the chest, and those that do, may be too large in other areas. This can make an outfit just not “look” right. It may also keep a woman from wearing more trendy styles.

A breast reduction will make it possible to wear just about any clothing in a comfortable and beautiful way. The breasts will be in proportion to the body.  Showing too much cleavage will be a thing of the past.

#5: Hard to Exercise

Large breasts can make exercising or any physical activity nearly impossible. A sports bra big enough for large breasts may not provide the support needed to run, jump, or even strength train. The breasts can easily get in the way and slow down activity levels.

A reduction of the breasts will make it much easier to be physically active. Sports bras will be able to support all the areas of the breasts and keep them in place. It will be easier to lift weights because you can lift your arms without the breasts getting in the way. Patients often report they can breathe better as well because they aren’t carrying around the weight of their breasts when they are running or walking.

Making the Decision to Seek a Breast Reduction

We know you’ve probably gone back and forth many times about getting a breast reduction. It can be a difficult decision to make because your breasts are a special part of you. The best way to know if this procedure is right for you is to ask yourself “will my quality of life improve if I have them reduced?”  If the answer is yes, then the next step is to schedule a consultation. A consultation will help you learn more about the procedure and ask specific questions, including the cost.  A breast reduction, unlike a number of cosmetic procedures, can sometimes be put through insurance.   A pre-determination will be submitted to your health insurance company, who,  based upon certain criteria, will determine your eligibility under the plan.

Contact Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC for a Breast Reduction

Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC is a cosmetic and reconstructive practice located in East Setauket, NY. Our board-certified plastic surgeons are highly experienced in breast reduction.  Contact us now at 631-364-0333 to schedule a consultation. We would love to help you achieve the look you want.



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