Facial Surgery vs. Dermal Fillers

facial surgeryDermal fillers are growing in popularity because many people believe its all they need to improve the look of their face. While dermal fillers are effective, they won’t provide the results many people want. Understanding when you should choose facial surgery vs. dermal fillers will help you save money and time.


Age is an important consideration when deciding between facial surgery and dermal fillers. People who are in their 20s or 30s probably have fine lines and minor wrinkles on the face. Dermal fillers may be enough in smoothing those out, but people in their 40s and beyond will likely be more satisfied with facial surgery, as it can reduce the appearance of deeper wrinkles.

What Needs to Be Done

Those who need minor improvement in the face including smoothing away small wrinkles or add more volume to help with lose skin will be happy with dermal fillers. However, those who need much more to achieve their desired look will need facial surgery. For instance, if someone has a lot of loose skin on their face, which has caused deep wrinkles and sagging eyes, a facelift is an effective way to remove the skin and lift the entire face.

Longer Lasting Results

Dermal fillers only last a few months, and then people need to have them again to keep up their results. Facial surgery is permanent, which means you don’t have to keep going in for treatments and paying for it.


Facial surgery may be expensive when looking at the lump sum you’ll have to pay, but dermal fillers is a continued expense. Over time, people spend more money on dermal fillers than on their one facial surgery.

Dramatic Results

Fillers can only do so much in changing a person’s appearance. For those who seeks dramatic results, facial surgery is a much better choice. With facial surgery, a surgeon can adjust the face in ways that dermal fillers cannot. This makes patients much happier.

Tone Facial Muscles

Fillers simply fill the face, but facial surgery can re-sculpt lost muscle tone. As people age, muscles become smaller, and then the skin droops. Facial surgery can correct this, especially in the orbicularis oculi (eye muscle), buccinator (jaw muscle), zygomaticus major (cheek muscles), and platysmal (neck muscle). When these muscles are tightened, people look younger because their face has a more youthful toned appearance.

Improving the Neck

The neck is another area that many people want improved as they age. It’s common for the skin to sag in this area giving people a double chin or “turkey neck”. Fillers don’t usually treat this area effectively because there is a lot going on with it. There’s a loss of volume, sagging skin, and there may even be some excess fat in the area. Facial surgery can take care of all of that in one procedure. The plastic surgeon can remove the excess fat and skin, and that will create a tight, smooth appearance.

Remove Jowls

People who have jowls often report it’s the most embarrassing part about their face. Loose jowls look much like the ones on a bulldog. Facial surgery can take care of the loose skin along the jawline, which completely removes the jowls forever and creates a younger looking appearance.

How to Make the Decision Between Facial Surgery vs. Dermal Fillers

It’s important to ask yourself the following questions when trying to decide between facial surgery vs. dermal fillers.

  • Do you want dramatic results or just a slight improvement in appearance?

If you answered dramatic results, facial surgery is what you want. If you want slight improvement, choose dermal fillers.

  • Do you want to be on a schedule for getting dermal fillers every few months?

If yes, you should choose dermal fillers. If no, facial surgery is better for you.

  • Are you looking to remove excess skin, fat, and tighten the look of your face?

If yes, facial surgery will do that. If no, dermal fillers may work for you.

  • Do you have a sagging jawline or neck?

Facial surgery is the best choice if you want to tighten the jawline or neck.

  • Do you have the means to pay for facial surgery?

If you can pay for facial surgery now, it will save you a lot of money. Dermal fillers may seem less expensive, but when you must continuously pay for it every few months, it will quickly end up costing you more money.

Choose Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, PC for Facial Surgery in East Setauket

If you’ve decided facial surgery is for you, contact us at 631-364-0333. We have a team of experienced facial surgeons who can help you achieve a more youthful, beautiful appearance. We offer consultations to those who would like to explore all the services we have to offer. Call us now to schedule an appointment.









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