Among the more popular choices are Botox and facelift surgery. They are quite different procedures and care should be taken to choose the one that best suits your need.

Botox is in fact a brand name of a toxin that when injected into facial muscles,makes them relax and thereby soften your wrinkles. The procedure itself takes only a few minutes with minimal discomfort. You’ll see results after just a few hours but to maintain your new look you’ll have to undertake the procedure regularly as the effect wears off after about four to six months. Botox isn’t suitable for all wrinkles. Those caused by sun damage or gravity will not respond to the treatment. On the other hand if you’re looking to get rid of crow’s feet, forehead and frown line, this is a suitable choice.

Facelift surgery can target deeper lines and sagging of the facial skin, neck and jaw line as well as drooping corners of the mouth. Contrary to Botox, this is a surgical procedure that involves making a cut in your hairline, removing excess fat and tightening your skin and muscles. The surgery takes several hours followed by recovery time to allow for bruising and swelling to settle. On the other hand, the results are long-lasting.

As with any medical procedures, it’s important that you do your homework and have realistic expectations. Although Botox carries fewer risks as a surgical procedure you always run the risk of having an allergic reaction or if the injections aren’t placed properly the medication can spread into adjacent tissues causing problems such as an eyelid drooping or a crooked smile. It’s therefore vital that you choose a trained and reputable professional to carry out the procedure.

Facelift surgery carries more serious risks of complications such as contracting an infection or that the surgery damages the nerves in your face. The latter will lead to numbness and a weakening of facial muscles. The procedure will leave scars in your hairline and although these will fade with time, some will run the risk of hair loss in the area around the scars.

You should be aware of the risks involved when contemplating undergoing a facial rejuvenation procedure. Doing your research and choosing a reputable professional is the first step to ensuring the result is just as good as you had hoped for.