Facial Implants or Fillers: How Do I Decide?

Blog: Facial Implants or Fillers: How Do I Decide?

Your face is a focal point for people you talk to, whether it’s their first impression or they’ve known you for some time. Unfortunately, as we age, unwanted flaws emerge, like wrinkles, lines, and sagging folds. At Connecticut Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer dermal fillers and facial implants to address these cosmetic issues.

Aesthetic medicine will most likely have the answer to your cosmetic concerns. Either surgical or non-surgical options for facial enhancements can help you look your best. If you need help deciding which route to take, we can help. Our board-certified facial plastic surgeons can discuss your aesthetic goals and guide you toward the best decision for you.

There are multiple factors to consider when trying to choose your anti-aging plan. Here are the primary topics we will discuss during your consultation.

Cosmetic Goals

Why are you considering facial enhancement? What are your top aesthetic concerns? While fillers and implants change facial contours, they achieve this objective differently. Your surgeon will listen to your concerns and your desired outcome, then recommend how to attain your treatment goals.

How Long Your Improvement Will Last

While surgical intervention offers long-lasting results, injectable dermal fillers’ benefits are temporary. Facial implants provide structure and balance to facial shape until such time as you choose to have them removed.

So, for patients who are looking for a permanent change, facial implants may be the best route to take.


Not all our patients can take several days off from their busy lifestyles. Some need quick and convenient treatments with little or no downtime. For example, facial implants will take a few days to recover, which means time spent at home. On the other hand, you can get your dermal filler treatments during a lunch break, then return to your regular activities immediately after.

Number of Sessions

Many of our patients only want to make one visit to our surgical center to attain their cosmetic goals. Others don’t mind follow-up treatments and coming in every few months if necessary.

Facial implants attach to facial bones, becoming part of your anatomy. In contrast, your body will metabolize facial fillers over time.

How many sessions are you willing to have? Implants provide augmentation to facial structure with fewer treatment sessions.


Some of our patients don’t like the idea of general anesthesia. They prefer to be awake during surgery and be alert when they leave our office. Dermal fillers do not require an anesthetic during treatment. The process is quick and relatively painless, and they leave as alert and energetic as when they arrived.


Surgery costs more than non-surgical treatment options initially. But in time, facial implants may become less expensive because implants are permanent, and fillers are a recurring cost.

How to Choose

We understand this article is only one part of your journey toward becoming a more informed aesthetic patient. To learn more about non-surgical dermal fillers and facial implants, give us a call at (860) 676-2473 or contact us online today.