Facelift vs. Laser Skin Resurfacing: Which One is Right For Me?
During your consultation, your aesthetics professional will discuss your concerns and which procedures might help you see the desired results. Topics they will discuss include:
Laser skin resurfacing works best for skin concerns such as line lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and mild laxity. A facelift is better if you have a significant amount of sagging skin or deep wrinkles. Laser skin resurfacing can also improve hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and acne scarring.
The cost of laser skin resurfacing varies widely depending on the type of laser used and the number of treatments needed. The facelift cost also varies, but the average is $7448. This does not include anesthesia, medication, or other expenses. A facelift costs substantially more than one laser skin resurfacing treatment, but you will only pay the price of a facelift once.
If you choose a facelift, you can expect your recovery to take about four weeks. You will usually be able to return to work after one to two weeks. You can expect some swelling and soreness, especially during the first few days. Recovery from laser skin resurfacing may involve a few days of redness and sensitivity. Some intensive laser treatments cause peeling and require several days of healing.
The results of a facelift typically last up to ten years or more. The results of laser skin resurfacing may last from a few months to several years, depending on the type of treatment. You will often need several sessions for lasting results.