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Dermal fillers can last for a long time — sometimes a year or more. So if you’ve decided to get a surgical facelift after already having fillers, you might be wondering if you need to wait for your fillers to fully fade away or have them dissolved early prior to your facelift. 

The answer to that question is: it depends. However, here are three general rules of thumb to follow to make the most of a facelift combined with fillers.

1. Don’t Schedule Fillers Right before a Facelift

If you already know you’ll be getting a facelift soon, avoid scheduling an appointment for fillers beforehand. 

It is especially important not to get any type of fillers other than hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers shortly before a facelift, since HA fillers are the only kind that can be dissolved. Otherwise, you’ll have no choice but to wait for the product to break down on its own before moving forward with your facelift.

2. Talk to Your Plastic Surgeon about Existing Fillers

Existing dermal fillers don’t necessarily need to be fully gone before a facelift, but you should disclose to your plastic surgeon exactly when you last had any injectables, what type and where they were placed. 

Whether or not previous filler will be compatible with your upcoming facelift will depend on what area(s) of your face they were placed and how much was injected.

3. Fillers Can Complement Your Facelift

The good news is that fillers can often be combined with a facelift to enhance your results — so if you were holding off on getting injectables, you can still have the best of both worlds. Talk to your facelift plastic surgeon about combining your facelift with fillers prior to your procedure so that he or she can come up with an appropriate treatment plan for your goals.

Ready to start planning your facelift? Call our office at 805-484-2855 or contact us online to schedule your consultation today!

Dr. Daniel G. Kolder

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

As a highly trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Kolder’s specialties include:
Tummy Tucks + Liposuction + Breast Augmentation + Breast Lifts + Breast Reduction + Facelifts + Armlifts + Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty, as well as a variety of non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Dr. Kolder is also known to have a warm, easy manner, compassionate care, with surgical results that are beautiful and natural.

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“I was so pleased I chose to go to Dr Kolder! Not only do I love his staff, they are so helpful, efficient and just plain fun to talk to, Dr. Kolder makes you feel at ease with his knowledge and disposition. My surgery results were amazing and my recovery was made easy knowing I could call any time and get immediate attention and information. I highly recommend Dr. Kolder and his entire staff…”