A Liquid face lift is a new, non-invasive alternative to costly facelift surgeries. A quick trip to the doctor’s office can leave patients looking younger in as little as 10 minutes, with no downtime.
As we age, our faces tend to lose volume, resulting in saggy skin, hollow cheeks and wrinkles. In an effort to delay these effects, thousands of people opt for facelift surgery each year. Liquid facelifts achieve the effects of traditional facelifts, but without the incisions, scarring, or use of general anesthesia. This is accomplished through the use of dermal fillers, such as Juvederm or Restylane.
These fillers plump up hollow areas in the face, stretching the skin to decrease the appearance of wrinkles. They are sometimes used in conjunction with Botox or Dysport, which target dynamic “expression” wrinkles. The result is a natural-looking facial rejuvenation.
Liquid facelifts are carried out in the surgeon’s office. The patient rests comfortably in a chair and stays conscious throughout the procedure. The surgeon uses a topical anesthetic to numb the face, then administers the dermal fillers and Botox. Patients experience little to no pain during a liquid face lift, and the whole experience is over within minutes.
Besides filling in lines and plumping cheeks, a liquid facelift can also reduce the appearance of undereye bags and droopy eyebrows. The Botox injections prevent facial muscles from pulling features downward, allowing other muscle groups to pull the skin upward. This helps create a younger, more energized facial aesthetic.
Liquid Facelift Results
Results typically last for several months to a year. Over time, the patient’s body breaks down the dermal fillers and the Botox, so repeat treatments are necessary to maintain a youthful appearance.
Longer-lasting results can be had by using Sculptra, a dermal filler that was originally used to restore facial volume to terminally ill patients. It has been approved for cosmetic use, and is currently one of the most popular dermal fillers for liquid facelifts. A full facial Sculptra treatment is typically finished in 15 minutes or less, and the results can last between 2 and 3 years.
Patients find liquid facelifts to be safer, more affordable, and more convenient than surgical lifts, which involve days of pain and weeks of healing. A facelift with dermal fillers might cause some bruising at the injection site, but pain is minimal and recovery time is almost instantaneous.
The price of a liquid facelift depends on many factors, including surgeon’s fees, the dermal filler your surgeon chooses, and whether or not they elect to use Botox. A Sculptra-only treatment typically costs about $1000 dollars, but your cosmetic surgeon will be able to give you the best price estimate.
The bottom line? Liquid facelifts are a good choice for people with mild to moderate wrinkles, concave cheeks, and expression lines. Patients with very saggy skin or deep wrinkles will probably get better results from a surgical face lift. Schedule a consultation to find out if a liquid face lift is the best choice for you.
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