How do I know if I need a surgical facelift or if I can get away with some combination of non-surgical options like Thermage, Botox, fillers, etc.?
The only way to know whether or not a surgical facelift is the appropriate treatment versus less invasive measures is to have a consultation. In general however, a facelift becomes the best option when significant jowling or neck laxity is present. Botox is useful for the upper half of the face more so than the lower and fillers are more useful for the middle portion of the face and perioral area. While the jawline can be concealed to some extent with fillers once neck laxity is present a facelift is usually better. Thermage and Ultherapy have variable and unpredictable results with difficulty demonstrating longevity. We believe that a limited incision facelift is more useful and predictable than these therapies.
Posted by Dr. Buckingham