Austin Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
11200 Manchaca Road, Suite 201, Building 2
Austin, TX 78748
Phone: (512) 244-1439
Fax: (512) 244-1445

Monday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
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Round Rock Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
7700 Cat Hollow Drive #103
Round Rock, TX 78681
Phone: (512) 244-1444
Fax: (512) 244-1445

Monday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
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Synergy Plastic Surgery: Mahlon Kerr, MD, FACS

Facelift or Fillers: Which One Are You Ready For?

Planning your facial rejuvenation can be a bit like trying to hit a moving target. With a good bit of overlap between what popular treatments can accomplish, as well as the natural variations in the human face, nailing down your perfect anti-aging solution is difficult. To be more specific, I routinely hear from prospective patients who aren’t sure if they’re better candidates for injectable dermal fillers or a surgical facelift here in Austin. To help you make your own decision, let’s examine the possibilities and limitations of these 2 popular options.

Dermal Fillers

Today, injectable fillers are among the most popular products in any plastic surgery practice. Their ease of administration, coupled with their instant results, makes them especially appealing to busy people who want a subtle touch-up in the areas most often affected by aging.

At Synergy, we use only FDA-approved fillers, meaning they’ve been carefully vetted for safety and efficacy. Individual filler products can be used on their own or in conjunction with one another to create a thorough, full-face improvement. Popular treatment areas include:

  • Nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines (lines that descend from the corners of the mouth)
  • Lips and lip lines
  • Hollow cheeks
  • Tear troughs, hollow areas beneath the eyes

Dermal fillers don’t create permanent results, however. While this can be good for patients who want to “try on” fillers or look their best for a special event, it can become time-consuming and costly to maintain the results of fillers over a long period of time.

Facelift

If facial rejuvenation was a hierarchy, facelift would be placed above dermal fillers. This popular surgery is the go-to for treating more significant signs of aging, especially loose, lax skin in the mid and lower face.

The facelift procedure includes an incision made around the ears and behind the hairline so the surgeon can manipulate fat and tissues beneath the skin, lifting them to their more youthful positions. During the procedure, the surgeon also removes redundant skin and smooths the remaining skin, creating a contour that’s tighter but not taut. A skilled plastic surgeon can create dramatic, age-defying results while still respecting each patient’s unique facial structure and maintaining a natural look.

Facelift is not a solution for every type of facial aging, however. It’s best at improving the lower face. Although this is the area where most people report the most significant signs of aging, improving the area around the eyes or forehead will be better served by another procedure.

The outcomes of facelift surgery can endure for years, with patients often saying they’re enjoying their results even a decade later. You can learn more about facelift surgery on our FAQ page.

The best way to determine whether you need a facelift or injectables is through a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. Many patients come to my practice believing they need 1 treatment or procedure, when in reality they’re better candidates for another option.

To learn more about your options with fillers or facelift surgery, request a consultation or call our office at (512) 244-1439.

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Austin: (512) 244-1439
Round Rock: (512) 244-1444

Austin Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
11200 Manchaca Road, Suite 201, Building 2
Austin, TX 78748
Phone: (512) 244-1439
Fax: (512) 244-1445

Monday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Get Directions

Round Rock Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
7700 Cat Hollow Drive #103
Round Rock, TX 78681
Phone: (512) 244-1444
Fax: (512) 244-1445

Monday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Get Directions

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Dr. Mahlon Kerr, Dr. Ross Blagg, and Dr. Amy Bekanich are highly regarded, board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in cosmetic plastic surgery at their offices in Round Rock and Austin, Texas. Patients travel from throughout the Southwest to have Dr. Kerr, Dr. Blagg, or Dr. Bekanich perform breast enhancement surgery such as breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction. They also specialize in body contouring procedures, including plastic surgery after weight loss, liposuction, and tummy tucks. In addition, Synergy Med Spa offers a range of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, including BOTOX® Cosmetic and injectable fillers. Dr. Kerr, Dr. Blagg, and Dr. Bekanich serve communities surrounding Northern Austin and other cities, including Killeen, Cedar Park, Leander, and Pflugerville.

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