With the recent availability of injectable fillers for improving the signs of aging, many women are choosing these non-surgical options instead of face lifts – the “gold standard” for facial rejuvenation. But are these temporary treatments better than traditional surgical options?

A new study found that in women younger than 50 years old, a SMAS face lift had a very high satisfaction rate and tended to provide good long-term results. These findings support the concept of considering younger patients with early or minimal signs of aging for surgical facial rejuvenation (“maintenance face lifts”). It appears that these younger women may be the preferred candidates for a face lift since this age group had consistently positive overall satisfaction with longer lasting results.