Fillers & Injectables vs. Plastic Surgery: How to Know Which One Is Right For You

  • Posted on: Aug 26 2021
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With so many different anti-aging procedures to consider, knowing whether you should go the surgery or filler route can be challenging. As you age the body loses collagen and volume in the cheeks, lips, temples and forehead causing fine lines and loose skin, as well as hollowness in the cheeks and under eye area. Deciding between fillers or surgery to counteract the signs of aging requires research and speaking with certified medical professionals to make the best decision for you. 

At MunkMD, we provide some of the most popular and effective anti-aging treatments including fillers, injectables, and a variety of laser treatments and peels. Each serves a different purpose and targets unique elements of the aging process while helping you look refreshed and reverse the signs of aging. 

Here is a complete breakdown of how fillers & injectables and surgery can be used to turn back the clock, and how to know which option is the right one for you.

Fillers & Injectables: 

Injectables are recommended in the early signs of aging. Injectables such as Botox, are used to relax facial muscles that cause crow’s feet and brow furrows to give the face a more rested and refreshed appearance. These types of injections are relatively painless with little to no downtime needed. Effects can last anywhere from 3-6 months before a retouch is needed.

Fillers are used to add volume and help restore a youthful structure to the face. Fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane, can take years off by improving shadows, addressing tired facial expressions and ensuring an overall balanced and harmonious aesthetic.  The most common areas used for fillers are:

  • Cheeks, temples and facial contours
  • Chin projection, jawline definition
  • Lips and vertical lines around the lips
  • Under eye hollowness

Dermal filler results are not permanent. Results typically last about 6 months with some up to 2 years depending on the facial area and require touch-up treatments 1-2 times a year. 

When dermal fillers are injected in the right areas and with the right quantities, they can deliver surgical type of results with little to no downtime.

Plastic Surgery:

Plastic surgery is the avenue to take when gravity needs to be reversed and the aging process can no longer be prevented through dermal fillers or injectables. A face lift can treat more advanced signs of aging that need significant facial enhancement. Face lifts are suitable in the following areas:

  • Sagging of the skin
  • Deep fold lines around the nose and mouth
  • Cheek or jaw jowls
  • Excess fat around the neck or double chin

A face lift involves removing excess skin in the desired areas (face or neck) and repositioning the tissue using small incisions with minimal visibility to tighten and smooth the skin. Downtime is longer with return to normal activities within 2-3 weeks, and you may experience bruising, swelling, pain and numbness. 

The results from a face lift may remove up to 10 years off your appearance, however the results are not permanent. The skin will still continue to age so it’s important to continue follow ups to ensure your desired skin aesthetic is maintained. 


While both options can be considered, Dr. Munk can help provide a non-surgical plan that fits your personal needs and reaches your goals. Call us today to book a consultation and discover which is the right option for you. 

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