Should I Get a Facelift or Cosmetic Injectable Treatment? By dsherris on December 11, 2023

Older woman looking in a mirrorCosmetic procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, can yield similar results, such as reducing fine lines and wrinkles and tightening saggy skin. Since similar results can occur with different procedures, it can be difficult to know what the right choice is for you. At The Clinic of Facial Plastic Surgery in Buffalo, NY, Dr. David Sherris can help you explore facelift surgery and cosmetic injectable treatments to see which procedure is right for you.

Exploring the Three Options

There are many factors to consider when choosing what cosmetic procedure is right for you. Facelifts, BOTOX®, dermal fillers and Sculptra® all offer their own unique benefits, so it’s good to get a clear idea of what each option offers you. Here’s a breakdown of these treatments:

  • Facelift - A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical cosmetic procedure that improves signs of aging by tightening and lifting the facial skin and underlying tissues and by removing excess skin. 
  • BOTOX - BOTOX® Cosmetic is a non-surgical treatment in which botulinum toxin is injected into the skin to temporarily relax the facial muscles, thus reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Dermal Fillers - Dermal fillers are non-surgical injections of hyaluronic acid or other biocompatible materials, injected into the face to enhance facial contours, smooth lines, and restore volume.
  • Sculptra® -Sculptra® is a non-surgical injection to stimulate collagen production thus restoring lost collagen to the face and restoring overall volume. 

Whether a facelift, dermal filler, Sculptra®, or BOTOX is right for you depends on various factors, such as:


If you’re nervous about a surgical procedure, injectable treatments, like BOTOX, Sculptra and dermal fillers, may be better suited for you. Our board-certified plastic surgeon ensures that our Buffalo area patients are comfortably sedated for their surgical procedures, but if you’d rather avoid invasive plastic surgery, injectable treatments can help you improve signs of aging without any incisions.


Surgical procedures, like facelifts, can result in immediate transformations that address multiple concerns. With injectable treatments, results are more subtle or may take a few weeks for your wrinkles to fully relax after BOTOX treatment.

Cost and Longevity

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of facelifts is $10,000. The average cost of botulinum toxin injections is $466. While cosmetic injections may be a fraction of the price of a facelift, the results don’t last as long nor can they achieve the same results. BOTOX injections last generally three to four months, while facelifts can last about ten years. Decide if you want to invest in a long-lasting solution to your aging concerns, or if a shorter, less expensive solution is better for you right now.

Your Preferences

Lastly, the biggest factor for what cosmetic procedure is right for you is what your preferences are. Consider what you want corrected from your cosmetic treatment, how often you want to come in for touch-ups, what procedure works for your budget, and overall what will make you feel the most confident post-operation.

Contact Our Practice

Dr. Sherris and the team at The Clinic of Facial Plastic Surgery take the time to review your treatment options with you and see what procedure will help you meet your aesthetic goals. For personalized advice, contact our plastic surgery office in Buffalo.

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Dr. David A. Sherris

The Clinic of Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. David A. Sherris is highly qualified to perform your surgery, with distinguishing achievements such as: 

  • Double board-certification in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as otolaryngology
  • Regular invitations to travel around the world to teach other surgeons 
  • Annually voted as one of the "Best Doctors of America"
  • Thousands of patients around the globe, including other doctors

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Sherris and discuss your options for plastic surgery, contact our practice in Buffalo, NY, online or call us at (716) 884-5102.

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