Should I Get Botox or a Facelift?


There is a story behind every face, some sharable and some not, especially when it comes to wrinkles and fine lines writing their stories on your face. But thanks to advancements in aesthetics, you do not have to share your wrinkles with the rest of the world if you don’t want to.

When going for any cosmetic procedure, you’d want to be sure that you are making the right choice, and the face is not an exception. There are many procedures which can help you restore or maintain a youthful appearance. These include Facelift and Botox which are the most common.

Both Botox and Facelift can have a significant impact, but there are key differences between the two. Having a facelift is not an alternative for getting Botox and vice versa. Your concerns and your goals determine whether you’d be a good candidate for either of them.

What is a Facelift?

A facelift is a surgical procedure that tightens deep tissue and trims or lifts excess skin on the face. It requires the use of anesthesia, whether local or general. It mainly addresses sagging skin and deep wrinkles which is something that Botox cannot do. It also addresses brow and midface position (depending on the type of facelift performed).  Botox can certainly help raise the eyebrows and can be a temporary solution for brow position.  At some point though, surgery may be required.

You may be a candidate for a facelift if you have loose skin or fat around your chin or jaw, significant skin laxity, sagging skin tissue or deep folds around your nose, cheeks and mouth.

Benefits of Facelift

  • Significant and visible results than injectable treatments
  • Long lasting results that can last up to 10 years or more
  • Facelift often treats more serious issues that injections cannot

Drawbacks of Facelift

  • A facelift requires anesthesia, which can carry an additional risk
  • The recovery time is longer than non-invasive treatments
  • Bruising and swelling are more pronounced than with an injectable treatment


What is Botox?

Botox is an injectable treatment that works by relaxing facial muscles. It also smooths lines and wrinkles such as those on the forehead, around the eyes and those near the mouth which are mostly caused by consistent muscle action over time.

Benefits of Botox

  • It is minimally invasive
  • The treatment is fast, takes about 15 minutes
  • There is no downtime

Drawbacks of Botox

  • The effects are temporary, lasting between 3-6 months
  • Requires regular maintenance
  • Botox cannot correct more significant issues, such as skin laxity or deep skin sagging


Choosing the best procedure for yourself

A facelift in some cases can be the only procedure that can deliver your desired results. However, in most cases, a simple Botox injection can prevent and smooth wrinkles, giving you a younger looking appearance in less time and without spending quite as much.

Botox can be administered by nurses, dermatologists and licensed practitioners. However, only a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon can perform a facelift as he/she has the knowledge and experience of the underlying muscles. This makes a Plastic Surgeon the best person to give Botox injections as he/she has a better idea of where the injections can have the most effect. Having a consultation with an Expert Plastic Surgeon will help you to better decide which procedure is best for you.


Book your appointment for your consultation

Would you like to understand what options are available for Facelift in Dubai? Meet one of the experts at Al Shunnar Plastic Surgery in Dubai for a personal consultation to develop a tailor-made plan for you. You may contact the clinic or book an appointment at +971 4 395 3033 and a patient coordinator will identify the most suitable expert for you.