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  • Writer's pictureDr. Jean-Paul Azzi

Should I Dissolve My Fillers Before a Deep-Plane Facelift?

As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jean-Paul Azzi is often asked whether it's important for patients to stop using facial fillers or dissolve them before undergoing a deep-plane facelift. Some people even ask if they should wait to make a consultation until their filler wears off.


The quick answer is: there’s no need to stop using fillers or have them dissolved. And you do not need to wait to book a consultation. In fact, facial fillers and deep-plane facelifts can actually complement each other rather than pose obstacles.


Here’s the more in-depth explanation.


The Myth

There's a common belief that facial fillers should be avoided or dissolved before a deep-plane facelift due to concerns about interference or potential complications. This belief stems from a misconception about how fillers and facelifts address different aspects of facial aging. While fillers primarily restore volume, deep-plane facelifts target sagging skin and underlying tissue caused by gravity and aging.


Understanding the Relationship

Contrary to popular belief, facial fillers and deep-plane facelifts are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they can work synergistically to achieve comprehensive facial rejuvenation.


Here's why:


  1. Volume and Gravity: Aging affects the face in two main ways—loss of volume and sagging due to gravity. Fillers are effective in restoring volume in areas such as cheeks, lips, and temples, addressing hollowed or sunken features. On the other hand, deep-plane facelifts reposition and tighten sagging facial tissues, restoring a more youthful contour. By combining both approaches, patients can achieve a balanced and natural-looking rejuvenation.

  2. Customized Treatment Plans: Each patient's facial anatomy and aging process are unique. Dr. Azzi emphasizes the importance of personalized treatment plans that take into account individual goals and concerns. For some patients, maintaining facial fillers during a deep-plane facelift may be beneficial to achieve optimal results without compromising volume restoration

  3. Safe and Effective Techniques: With advancements in surgical techniques and facial fillers, experienced surgeons like Dr. Azzi can navigate these procedures safely. Proper planning, precise placement of fillers, and meticulous surgical execution ensure that both treatments complement each other without interference or increased risk of complications.

  4. Long-Term Results: Combining facial fillers with a deep-plane facelift can lead to more comprehensive and long-lasting results. While fillers provide immediate volume enhancement, a well-executed facelift addresses underlying structural changes, prolonging the rejuvenated appearance over time.


Dr. Azzi emphasizes the importance of patient education and thorough consultations. During consultations, patients can discuss their concerns, goals, and previous injectable treatments, allowing Dr. Azzi to create a tailored surgical plan.




Whether you're in South Florida or traveling from across the nation, Dr. Jean-Paul Azzi and the staff at Palm Beach Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery welcome you to schedule a consultation to explore your options. Reach out today to schedule your consultation. Give us a call or visit our website to get started on your journey to renewed confidence.

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