Surgery vs Fillers: what is the best option for a face lift?

It’s January, which means it’s cold and dreary in Manchester at the moment. So if you’re feeling a bit down and overrun, now is the perfect time to start thinking about a pick me up, so you head into this year with your best foot forward.

One option is invasive, non-reversible and everlasting (a surgical face lift). The other has substantially less downtime, can be reversed but the results will fade overtime (non-surgical face lift – VivaLift).

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    So, what is the best option for those considering reversing the signs of ageing? Dr Sharan believes that it’s the best of both worlds:

    “If we had all the money in the world, we would ideally do both. This would involve having the volume replaced with Dermal Filler, followed by a surgical face lift which would reduce the signs of any sagging. My personal feeling is, that in an older face, having a surgical face lift alone doesn’t make you look fresher and younger, it just makes you look pulled, tight and unnatural”.

    Click here to read about Julie who had a VivaLift by Dr Sharan.

    How can fillers provide a face lift?

    Dr Tim Pearce has designed a treatment called the VivaLift (non-surgical face lift) that uses Dermal Filler in different parts of the face to help lift, plump and soften wrinkles.

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    Dermal Fillers are made up of a replica of a molecule that is already found in your body and their aim is to replace the fat pads that are lost in the ageing process – helping with a subtle lift to the skin for a more youthful appearance.

    This is a great option over surgery as you can spread different parts of the treatment over time, helping to achieve a gradual and subtle result to suit your lifestyle and budget.

    What will a surgical face lift do?

    Whereas surgery doesn’t aim to replace these fat pads that are lost over time, but instead looks to pull the skin back in order to reduce sagging that happens over time.

    A surgical face lift is a good option if you have both the time to recover from a serious operation and the budget to afford it. However, a face lift in isolation can sometimes result in a tight, pulled back and unnatural look that is very hard to reverse.

    To discuss whether you would be suitable for a VivaLift, you are more than welcome to book in for a free Advanced Facial Analysis (AFA) with one of our clinicians on 0161 865 1141. If you have any questions about a VivaLift, please comment below.

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