Navigating the Transition: When Injectables Aren’t Enough for Aging Skin


As we age, our face undergoes significant changes, losing elasticity, volume, and firmness. While injectable treatments like Botox and dermal fillers can work wonders in addressing fine lines, wrinkles, and volume loss, there comes a point where these treatments may not be enough to achieve the desired results. This is especially true for more advanced signs of aging, such as significant sagging skin and deep wrinkles, which may require a surgical approach like a facelift.

By Ashley Denam, RN

Knowing when it’s time to consider surgery can be a daunting decision. Here are some key points to consider when educating yourself about navigating this transition:

  1. Understanding the Limitations of Injectables: While injectables can provide excellent results in rejuvenating the face, they have certain limitations. They can only do so much to address aging and cannot provide the same level of lift and long-lasting results as a facelift.
  2. Signs Injectable Treatments May Not Be Enough: It’s important to recognize signs that suggest injectable treatments might not achieve your desired results. These signs include noticeable sagging of the skin, deep folds and wrinkles that remain prominent despite fillers, a desire for more dramatic and longer-lasting improvements, and finding yourself using your hands to pull back your face to envision a tighter look. If you’re noticing these signs, it may be time to consider surgical options.
  3. Benefits of a Facelift: A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that can address sagging skin, deep wrinkles, volume loss, and other signs of aging in the face and neck. It can provide a more comprehensive and long-lasting solution compared to injectables, with results that can last for years.
  4. Managing Your Expectations: It’s important to understand what you can realistically expect from both injectable and surgical treatments. While surgery can provide significant improvements, it’s essential to have realistic expectations about the outcome and aging in general.
  5. Financial Considerations: In Utah, the average cost of a facelift is around $20,000, which can vary based on the extent of the surgery and other factors. During your consultation, you can discuss the cost of your procedure and explore financing options that may be available to you.

Combining Facelift with Injectables for Optimal Results

After undergoing a facelift, many patients find that they still benefit from injectable treatments to fine-tune their results. In fact, combining these treatments can often lead to better outcomes than either treatment alone.

How Does a Facelift Complement Injectable Treatments?

A facelift primarily addresses the underlying structures of the face, such as muscle and skin laxity, providing a more youthful and refreshed appearance. While a facelift can dramatically improve sagging skin and deep wrinkles, it may not address all signs of aging or achieve the desired level of volume restoration.

Injectable treatments like Botox and dermal fillers can complement the results of a facelift by targeting specific areas that may not have been fully addressed by surgery. For example, fillers can be used to restore volume to areas such as the cheeks and temples, which can enhance the overall rejuvenation achieved with a facelift.

Benefits of Combining Treatments

  • Enhanced Results: By combining a facelift with injectables, you can achieve a more comprehensive rejuvenation of the face. The facelift provides a strong foundation by addressing sagging skin and muscle laxity, while injectables can target fine lines, wrinkles, and volume loss.
  • Natural-Looking Results: Using injectables to fine-tune the results of a facelift can help achieve a more natural-looking outcome. The combination of treatments can restore a youthful appearance without looking overdone or unnatural.
  • Longer-Lasting Results: Patients who combine facelifts with injectables often find that their results last longer than with injectables alone. The facelift provides a more stable foundation for the injectables, which can lead to more durable results.
  • Less Product Needed: Because the facelift addresses the underlying causes of aging, patients often find that they need less product to achieve their desired results with injectables. This can lead to cost savings over time.

Navigating the journey of facial rejuvenation as you age involves understanding the evolving needs of your skin and the available treatment options. While injectables can provide remarkable improvements, there may come a time when a surgical approach, such as a facelift, becomes a more suitable choice.

By recognizing the signs that injectables may not be enough and understanding the benefits of a facelift, you can make an informed decision about your treatment plan. Combining facelift surgery with injectable treatments can often yield optimal results, providing a comprehensive rejuvenation that addresses both the underlying structures of the face and the visible signs of aging.

Ultimately, the goal of any facial rejuvenation journey is to achieve natural-looking results that enhance your features and boost your confidence. Consulting with a qualified and experienced aesthetic practitioner can help you explore your options and create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and goals. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about facial rejuvenation options, book an Injectables Consultation with one of our skilled injectors at Rise Rejuvenation Center. We are here to support you in your journey to youthful and radiant skin!

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