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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.







Why Millenials Are Choosing Botox & Fillers

Choosing Botox & Fillers

Botox is typically associated with those that are middle-aged looking to turn back the clock. However, in our social-media obsessed world it’s no surprise that millennials are also turning to Botox and fillers to look the best online! According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botox procedures have seen a 28% increase and dermal fillers have seen a 32% increase since 2010 among the people between the ages of 20- 29.

Older generations are concerned with correcting damage already done, while people in their 20’s and 30’s are trying to stay ahead of the game and be pro-active in preserving their skin tone and avoiding unwanted lines. Increasingly popular among millenials is preventative Botox. In order to ward off wrinkles, this treats the facial muscles you use more frequently. Many consider it just another form of grooming, like getting a facial or a wax.

What is Botox and how does it work?

Botox is a popular name brand for Botulinum Toxin Type A, an injectable neuromodulator that can weaken select facial muscles to smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles. This popular treatment can be used in the upper face to improve crow’s feet, forehead lines, frown lines, and even lift the eyebrows.

What age should I start getting Botox?

The FDA has approved the formula for those 18 and older. There is no exact age when you should start, but the sooner you treat facial signs of aging, the better your results will be. If a patient is seeing traces of lines in the mid-to-late twenties or early thirties, it’s best to act now! The later you start, it will be much more difficult to achieve the same results.

Will I look frozen?

Botox is not noticeable if injected in small doses by a trained physician. Results will be subtle and natural looking, with patients looking well rested, more open and youthful eyes and more defined brows. Our board certified plastic surgeons at Suffolk Plastic Surgeons will never make your face appear frozen!

What Are Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable formulas, similar to Botox, but they do not affect the facial muscles. Fillers add subtle volume and to fill certain facial areas. They are used to improve the appearance of wrinkles, enhancing sunken eyes and achieving fuller cheeks and lips. Fillers can help improve facial proportions, helping patients of all ages achieve subtle results that enhance their natural beauty. It is important to note that with constant changes to the types of filler used and the different approved uses that you should always consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

In the age of selfies and online reviews, millienials feel more comfortable sharing their injectable experiences. That stigma about “having work done” has left as the population in general becomes more open about cosmetic enhancements. Many people feel comfortable sharing their experiences with injectables and even more significant procedures, thanks in part to the popularity of online reviews.

While we never want to rush plastic surgery, Botox and fillers can be a great option to prevent signs of aging. Contact Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, P.C. today at 631-364-0333 to book your appointment!



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