Does a forehead lift with fillers last longer than with Botox?

I want to give my forehead an extra bit of lift and, since I don't have that much money to spend, I'm looking for the best and most long-lasting option. I've done some reading, and I've narrowed it down to either fillers or Botox. Over the years, I've developed hooded eyelids and I'm obviously interested in correcting this issue. Does anyone know how long these two treatments last?


F, 55, Virginia

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I needed to give my forehead an additional lift and, since I did not have that much money to spend, I am searching for the longest lasting option. I have done some online perusing, and I have narrowed it down to either fillers or Botox. Throughout the years, I have developed hooded eyelids and I am really trying to correct this issue. I would say that you need to consider an in-person assessment with a plastic surgeon. You also have options other than fillers and Botox that a chat with a board certified plastic surgeon might bring to your attention. Always find a friendly and experienced doctor who will help you with the cosmetic journey.

I absolutely did not want to go under the knife, but I did want to do something about my wrinkles. I asked my doctor about my options and she suggested that I try Botox or fillers to correct my fine lines. I wanted a treatment that would last long and reduce the appearance of new wrinkles. I understood that Botox and fillers are not permanent. However, I didn't want to spend money getting a treatment that would have to be repeated several times a year. My doctor told me that Botox would last 3 to 4 months. A dermal filler could last six months to two years depending on the brand. I decided to go with the dermal filler. My doctor decided to use Restylane.

I am happy with the results. My forehead has fewer wrinkles and I looked younger. I didn't really experience any side effects. There was some swelling after the procedure, but that was the only side effect that I experienced.

Forehead lifts with both the injectable filler and Botox combined would give you the biggest bang for your buck. Some injectable fillers can last anywhere from 18 months to two years. Botox does not last as long – it only lasts three to six months. There are still many benefits to Botox, and since people have been using it for many years now, it’s still considered a really great option. With injectable fillers you will see immediate results versus seeing results a few days after Botox injections. I think that if you are trying to not spend a ton of money and you don’t want to go to the plastic surgeon’s office a several times, your best bet is to get a combination of Botox and an injectable filler for your forehead lift. Your surgeon will tell you which filler will be the best one for you. I know that in my research Radiesse is a really great filler but there are other ones such as Juvederm and Restylane that are also good.

So facial fillers usually last from a few months up to a year. These injections cost on average about $600 and require refills which are cheaper than the initial injection. I would recommend Voluma. As for Botox injections, I usually don't recommend them to people just because it is usually used in conjunction with a facial surgery. In my opinion, Botox is a gateway drug. Everyone that I've ran into who has used Botox goes on to have more plastic surgeries because Botox treatments solve one problem, but create others. I consider Botox to be an unnecessary evil.

I've noticed that you expressed some concerns about having increasingly hooded eyelids, and I wanted to see if you've looked up some other non-surgical procedures to manage this issue. I've heard that there's a form of laser therapy called Dermatochalasis for this issue. I'm not sure that Botox will give you the results that you are looking for. I have a co-worker who recently had fillers done for the wrinkles in her forehead and crows feet at the sides of her eyes. She said that she was told it would last for 3-5 months. It's worth keeping in mind though, that the doctors are going to err on the conservative side of numbers to keep you coming in for your next treatment. I imagine that, for many, fillers would maintain themselves for 6-12 months. Best of luck to you.

Generally, fillers are going to last longer than Botox, but there are a lot of variations in brands and types. People are saying online that fillers can last between 2 to 12 months. That's a pretty wide range. Some last longer than others. My mother-in-law has tried both procedures and she says she didn't notice that much difference in terms of duration. My personal preference is fillers. I like the idea of something to fill in the wrinkles rather than directly affecting the firing and movement of my facial muscles. I don't want to be one of those people who has had so much Botox that they can't crack a smile!