July 3, 2012 – So you aren’t quite ready for a facelift but you feel like you need some type of cosmetic surgery procedure to erase those worry lines and crow’s feet. There are several other minimally-invasve options, and you certainly wouldn’t be in the minority if you opted for one of them. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has stated repeatedly that soft tissue fillers were one of the fastest growing segments of cosmetic surgery in 2011. But which one is right for you, or would Botox be your best bet?

Whether you opt for Botox or a dermal filler for facial rejuvenation depends on what you hope to accomplish and how long you expect the results to last. Botox is great for creating a younger-looking facial appearance and smoothing out lines and wrinkles. The injections only take a few minutes and there is no downtime. But you can only expect the results to last around four to six months. So for an upcoming event, Botox may be your wrinkle solution.

Soft tissue or dermal fillers like Juvederm, Radiesse, Hylaform and Artefill also smooth out facial lines and wrinkles. But they also can add fullness to hollow areas and the effects last longer than Botox, usually from six to twelve months according to the manufacturers. The positive results from Artefill are often permanent. The injections take a little longer than Botox and you may have to have more than one sessions for optimum results. There also may be a little more temporary redness or localized swelling, but if longer-lasting results are important, soft tissue fillers may hit the spot for you.

The most important first step is to find a qualified cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist who is experienced in the use of the facial rejuvenation procedure you want. During an initial consultation he or she can evaluate the level of your facial wrinkles, discuss treatment options and help you decide which procedure will best meet your expectations.

[tags]Facial Rejuvenation, Botox, Juvederm[/tags]