You have several options if you want to get rid of lines, wrinkles, and loose skin. A facelift makes a good choice for some people, while laser skin resurfacing will work better for others. The right procedure for you aligns with your skin concerns, goals, and lifestyle. Both procedures have pros and cons, determining which will work best for you.
What is a Facelift?
A facelift corrects lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity. It removes excess skin and tightens the remaining skin and underlying structures. During a facelift, your surgeon uses small incisions hidden by the ears and hairline to lift your skin. This procedure can remove significant skin laxity and smooth even deep wrinkles.
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing improves the firmness and elasticity of your skin using laser energy. The laser creates tiny areas of controlled damage to the skin. This process triggers the surrounding cells to increase collagen production and stimulate cell regeneration. This new collagen tightens the skin and restores a more youthful smoothness.
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.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift or Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Only a surgeon can determine if you are a good candidate for a facelift. Laser skin resurfacing can be customized to work for most people. Certain medical conditions or pregnancy might make you ineligible.
Take the Next Step
Interested in learning more about facelifts or laser skin resurfacing for yourself? Schedule a consultation at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery in El Paso, TX today by calling or texting (915) 351-1116.