Cosmetic Surgery vs Injectable Fillers

“I’d like to have something done but please don’t give me those ridiculous ‘chipmunk cheeks’ or overblown lips!”

Every cosmetic injector has heard this time and time again. Part of the reason is that most people judge all cosmetic enhancements by the extreme celebrity makeovers which are more often surgical and not injectable fillers. Sure you can put a bucket load of dermal fillers into a face and overdo it but why would you? It would cost a small fortune and would never look natural. The whole cosmetic injectable industry is about making small, subtle improvements done gradually over time so that your friends don’t all say, “My goodness, what have you done?!!” We’re going for, “You look so rested and healthy, have you been on vacation?”

Let’s look at cosmetic surgery vs injectable fillers in more detail.

It’s unfortunate that most people see a full facelift on someone that has changed their entire look and decide that they will never try Botox or fillers. Celebrities like Micky Rourke, Melanie Griffith, Kenny Rogers, Joan Rivers, Barry Manilow may have all had some injectable fillers done, but it was after or in addition to, major plastic surgeries.


What you are looking at are blepharoplasty (eyelids, upper and lower), brow lifts, cheek and chin implants, rhinoplasty (nose jobs), fat transfers and often, permanent lip implants like Gore-tex not a soft, temporary filler like Juvederm or Restylane. And that’s just on their faces!

People in the public eye can get a bit obsessed with trying to keep their youthful appearance that made them rich and famous so they have multiple procedures, often going too far.

The injectable world is for YOU, the person who just wants to look refreshed, soften some lines and get back to their life without weeks or even months of downtime. Looking at these photos below you can see that although a combination of Botox and Juvederm fillers were used, the patients look exactly the same, just not as tired and okay, maybe a little younger.

Juvederm beforeJuvederm after

Juvederm before 1Juvederm after 1

(Results vary by individual patient and  results cannot be guaranteed)

Cosmetic Surgery Cost vs. Injectable Filler Cost

In Canada, the average facelift costs between $6,000 and $12,000 and lasts 5-10 years.

An average treatment of Botox and dermal fillers combined costs about $1000 to $3000 and up and last, 3 months for Botox and 12 months or more for the fillers. If you do the math, you realize that you could easily spend the same amount in 5 years on injectables as you would on a full facelift. However, the emotional cost of a facelift is possibly never looking like yourself again and the risks of going into an invasive surgery which are infection, temporary or permanent nerve damage, raised scarring and loss of hair and untimely demise, sure make the simple and safe injections look pretty good doesn’t it?

Now, More Than Ever, People Choose Injectable Fillers

When people are criticizing the beauty industry, it’s easy to get caught up in it and just lump everything in together. If you actually knew how many people in your own circles and people in the public eye who choose injectable fillers over cosmetic surgery, on a regular basis, you would be shocked. Why?  Because they are everywhere and they are the ones who just always look good but never look like they’ve had anything done.

by M. Wally

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