Liquid facelift involves placing dermal fillers into the face in such a way that it fills the face in the right areas and creates more volume and a V-lift. The procedure does not involve general anaesthetics, scalpels or surgery. The result tends to be shorter-term and needs to be topped up once a year, or alternatively repeated every two to three years. It is an excellent method of accomplishing instant corrections with relatively low risks and minimal down time. Over the long term, it may cost more than surgery but it leaves a more natural and fresh look.
Depending on the age and how advanced the ageing process is, results are just as good. The “liquid facelift” uses one or several injectable fillers in conjunction with Botulinum Toxins (muscle paralytics). This combination reduces dynamic wrinkles and restores facial volume.
Botulinum Toxins are safe and effective and have been approved for cosmetic use by the FDA. Botulinum Toxis have become the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure and have been used for more than ten years in aesthetic practice and more than twenty years in neurology and ophthalmology. There are many publications supporting its use. It has a long and impressive safety record.
Dermal fillers (Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Belotero®, Radiesse®) are all FDA approved. They have been used in millions of patients for more than ten years with a very low incidence of side effects and are considered very safe.
Botulinum Toxins and dermal fillers should be injected at a physician’s office by an experienced and trained doctor with an intimate knowledge and understanding of the muscular anatomy of the face as well as the aesthetic and medical implications of proper placement.
The final outcome and side effects of a liquid facelift procedure will be minimized by an experienced injector.
Nearly any individual in good general health, who wants to achieve a more youthful, rested and rejuvenated appearance is a candidate. A liquid facelift does not substitute for a surgical facelift and won’t do anything for a loose neck. Young patients - but also some older patients with volume loss - can have a very good improvement that a surgical procedure wouldn’t achieve.
Many thirty-year-olds plus have preventative, non-invasive procedures such as liquid facelift and this is an ever growing trend, resulting in a much different type of ageing than older generations. The risks are far less than those of surgical approaches, and the results are impressive aesthetically. There will be a lot of fourty-, fifty- and sixty-year-olds around looking VERY young.
You may not be an ideal candidate for the liquid facelift if you experience any of the following:
Neuromuscular or cardiovascular disease
Bleeding disorders or autoimmune disorders
Allergies to individual products which are used in the liquid facelift
When we are younger, the brow and jaw line elevators (uplift muscles) are more active and the face appears more lifted. As we age, the dynamics change and the depressors (down lift) take over and combined with gravity, a gradual sagging of our brow and jaw line takes place. If we can keep the dynamics between elevators and depressors neutral with strategically placed Botulinum Toxin injections every three to four months, then the sagging that occurs with ageing will be reduced. Once the Botulinum Toxin “kicks in" ten days after the injection, the face takes on a relaxed and refreshed look and the face appears to glow. The dermal fillers are injected to create volume in the upper part of the face and thereby lift the face into a V-shape.
The liquid facelift can treat nearly any area of the face, including:
Under eye hollows
Enhance cheeks and cheek bones
Wrinkles and lines occurring in the frown area, forehead, around the eyes, lower face, neck lines and naso-labial lines
Depending on the fillers being used and the areas being treated, a topical or local anaesthetic will be used to numb the injection sites before beginning your procedure. In some cases, a nerve block may also be used. Once the treatment areas are numb, each area is injected with a dermal filler, using a different needle for each individual product. You can expect most injections to last only a few seconds, with the entire procedure taking less than an hour to perform.