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Facelift Vs Botox: Which one to Choose?

Aging is inevitable but looking old is not. Thanks to the miracles of modern technology, you can turn back the clock and reclaim your youthful visage. But with the myriad of anti-aging treatments available today, finding the right treatment for your skin can be daunting.

If you are torn between choosing a facelift or Botox, this article is for you. Keep reading to learn about the key differences between these two popular anti-aging treatments.

Understanding Facelift and Its Benefits

You must have come across videos of people with dramatically different appearances before and after a facelift. It is almost as if they have turned back the aging clock by 10 or 15 years. But how does this transformation happen?

A facelift is a cosmetic surgery that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as sagging skin, jowls, parentheses lines around the nose and mouth, and loose skin under the chin. The goal of a facelift is to improve your appearance and make you look younger.

Facelift used to involve a scalpel slicing through skin, a needle poking and prodding, and a long, arduous recovery process. But contrary to popular belief, facelifts have come a long way since the early days of cosmetic surgery. Nowadays, the procedure is much less invasive, thanks to advances in surgical techniques and technology. Read more about facelift recovery process.

Modern facelift techniques typically focus on the lower half of the face, including the cheeks and jowls. The forehead, eyebrows, and eyelids may also be addressed in some cases. A facelift can be performed on its own or in conjunction with other procedures, such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery. The exact approach will be determined based on each patient’s goals and needs.

Advantages of Facelift

Recovery from a facelift can take from two to four weeks. During this time, it is important to allow your body to heal. You should avoid any strenuous activity, such as exercise, lifting, and bending during the recovery period.

Below is a general timeline of what you can expect during your facelift recovery:

Few Days After the Facelift

A few days after the facelift, the swelling and bruising will start to reduce. You may also have some numbness in the affected area, which is completely normal. The majority of the swelling should be gone within two weeks, but it can take up to six weeks for all of the swelling to disappear.

During this time, it is crucial to keep your head elevated as much as possible to help reduce the swelling. You should also sleep on your back with your head and shoulders propped up on pillows. This will help keep the swelling down and prevent it from settling in certain areas. Additionally, you should avoid bending over or doing any other activity that could put strain on your face.

It is also essential to keep the area clean during this time. You will be given specific instructions on how to take proper care of your incisions, but in general you should clean them twice a day with soap and water. You should also avoid putting any makeup or lotions on your face until your surgeon advises you so.

First Week After a Facelift

One week after your facelift, you will have made significant progress in your recovery. You will probably feel better and have more energy. Your bruises and swelling will also begin to subside. Although you may still be conscious about your appearance, it is important to remember that you are not yet seeing the final results of your surgery. Just as it took time for the aging process to occur, it will also take time for your face to heal and for the full effects of your facelift to become apparent.

During this phase of your recovery, it is important to be patient and follow your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions carefully. You should still avoid strenuous activities, but light exercise such as walking is encouraged. You can also use cool compresses to help reduce any remaining pain or swelling.

Second Week After a Facelift

Reaching the two-week mark after a facelift is a big milestone. At this point, most patients are able to return to work, as long as their job is not physically strenuous. However, if you have a labor-intensive job, you may need to stay out of work for a bit longer. Even though you may still have some bruising and/or swelling, these should be minimal. You can cover bruising if your doctor allows it. Many patients feel comfortable going out in public at this point.

As your face heals and swelling goes down, you may feel tingling in your skin. This is a normal part of a facelift recovery, but if you are ever worried about a symptom, please call Dr Stavrou.

Your scars may still be visible at this point, but they will continue to heal and fade over time.

One Month After a Facelift

As you try to determine if a facelift is right for you, it is important to weigh the benefits of the procedure.
Below is a more comprehensive take on the advantages of a facelift:

Facelift Lasts Longer Than Other Procedures

Unlike other cosmetic procedures, such as Botox injections or dermal fillers, the results of a facelift are long-lasting. In fact, most patients enjoy the benefits of a facelift for 10 years or more.

This is because a facelift addresses the underlying structures of the face, not just the surface. By tightening loose skin and repositioning deep tissues, a facelift can restore a youthful appearance that will last for many years.

Natural-Looking Results

When done by a skilled and experienced surgeon, a facelift can give you results that look natural and are not overdone.

This is in contrast to some of the more popular non-surgical procedures which can sometimes give patients an “overinflated” or “unnatural” look.

A facelift can also be customized to meet your unique needs and goals. This means that your surgeon will tailor the procedure to give you the exact results you are looking for.

Improved Self-Confidence

Many patients report feeling much better about themselves after a facelift. This renewed sense of self-confidence can lead to improved personal and professional relationships. In addition, looking younger and more refreshed can give you the boost you need to pursue new opportunities in your life.

Addresses More Than One Problem Area

A facelift can address a number of different problem areas on the face, including sagging skin, jowls, parentheses lines, and loose skin under the chin. This makes it a very versatile procedure.

Botox: The Benefits and Drawbacks

When it relates to anti-aging treatments, Botox is one of the most popular options out there. That’s because it is a minimally invasive procedure with very little downtime.

Botox is a neurotoxin that, when injected into specific muscles in the face, relaxes them temporarily. This relaxing of the muscles then diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes, mouth, and forehead – giving the face a smoother, more refreshed look. Botox works by blocking nerve signals to the injected muscles. This blockage prevents the muscle from contracting, which is what causes wrinkles in the skin above.

Botox is most commonly used on forehead creases, crow’s feet (lines that fan out from the corners of your eyes), and frown lines between your eyebrows. But it can also be used for other purposes, such as treating excessive sweating and improving the appearance of your jawline. Botox treatments are usually quick and relatively painless, with minimal side effects.

Advantages of Botox

Do you dread the idea of going under the knife? Many people do. If you are looking for a way to achieve similar results to a facelift without surgery, Botox may be the right option for you.
The difference lies in the fact that Botox is a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure. This means there is no cutting of the skin, no stitches, and no recovery time required. You can have the procedure done on your lunch break and return to work immediately afterward. That’s convenient!

Minimal Discomfort

Botox is injected into the muscles with a very fine needle. The needle used is much smaller than the ones used for other injectable treatments, such as dermal fillers. This means that the injections are relatively painless.

Quick Treatment Time

Botox treatments usually take less than 30 minutes from start to finish. This makes them very convenient for busy patients who do not have a lot of time to spare.

Minimal Downtime

There is no recovery period after a Botox treatment. You can resume your normal activities immediately after the procedure.

Temporary Results

The results of Botox are not permanent. This is generally seen as an advantage, as it gives patients the option to try out the treatment and see how they like the results before committing to something more permanent. In addition, the results of Botox will typically last for 3-4 months before gradually wearing off.

Can I Get Botox After a Facelift?

We normally get asked this question a lot. The answer is usually yes, you can. While facelift can produce excellent, long-lasting results, some patients may still elect to have additional treatments to achieve optimal results. Injectables such as Botox can be used to complement the effects of a facelift, and help patients maintain their results for an even longer period of time.

As experts in the field of facial rejuvenation, we recommend consulting your board-certified plastic surgeon prior to receiving any injectable treatments. The general recommendation based on our experience is to wait at least 4-6 weeks after your facelift surgery to allow your tissues to heal properly and prevent any potential complications.

Facelift vs Botox: Which is Right for You?

Sure, you do not want a face that looks overly stretched or unnatural- but you also do not want to look like you have had “work” done. The key is finding a balance, and that is where a skilled plastic surgeon comes in.

At the end of the day, the best way to determine which procedure is right for you is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. During the consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your unique facial anatomy and discuss your goals for the procedure. 

The cosmetic surgeon will take into account your age, skin type, degree of skin laxity, and the location of your wrinkles. They will also consider your overall health and any medical conditions that could affect the surgery. Based on this information, they will develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve the best possible results.

But to give you a better idea, Botox is typically recommended for patients who have mild to moderate wrinkles. If your skin laxity is more severe, a facelift may be a better option.

Get a Personalized Treatment Plan For Your Skin Concerns

Decided to take the plunge and improve your appearance with a facelift or Botox? Remember, the final outcome of your surgery will depend on the skills and experience of your plastic surgeon. Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience performing facial procedures.

The European Institute of Plastic Surgery in Cyprus is led by Dr. Demetris Stavrou, a board-certified plastic surgeon, performing facelifts and other cosmetic procedures for over 30 years. We invite you to schedule a consultation to learn more about your options for facial rejuvenation.

Book an appointment with us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Wondering how visible are acne scars after a facelift? Read our article to find out more.


Dr Stavrou is a board-certified and highly experienced plastic surgeon in Cyprus, Greece and Malta, with a keen interest in informing patients about the latest updates on reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery.

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