Liquid Facelifts

| June 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

“What is a liquid facelift?” This is a question I’m often asked as patients seek to counteract the affects of aging and wrinkling.

As opposed to a surgical facelift, the liquid facelift is a non-surgical procedure in which dermal fillers and injectables are used to yield results comparable to surgical procedures. Liquid Facelifts are designed to be onetime procedures. Fillers and other injectables, such as Botox, are used to fill hollows and plump features such as cheeks. The procedure eliminates or vastly reduced lines and wrinkles and also firms skin. This achieves a more youthful, fresh and rejuvenated appearance.

Individuals who seek a more youthful appearance and are in general good health are good candidates for the liquid facelift technique. It is very important to consult with a plastic surgeon, as neuromuscular or cardiovascular disease, diabetes, bleeding, autoimmune disorders and allergies can be factors in the success and safety of any cosmetic application. The goal is for the patient to look more rested and rejuvenated in the eyes, cheeks, chin, lips, forehead and in areas where wrinkling and creasing occur (specifically, the nasolabial lines).

The benefits over surgical procedures include:

  • No general anesthesia
  • No incisions
  • Outpatient
  • Treatment customized to specific areas
  • Immediate results that continue to improve
  • Speedy recovery

Depending on the areas of treatment, topical or local anesthetic will numb the injection sites, and in some instances a nerve block may also be used. Once the treatment areas are numb, each area will be injected with needles specific to each filler product. Most injections last only seconds, and the entire procedure is completed in under an hour. Recovery time is minimal,
and ice packs and over-the-counter pain relievers can help any redness, swelling, bruising and discomfort.

After your liquid facelift the initial results will be evident and will continue to improve over the next few days. Patients can resume their activities right away. Based on the type of filler and injectables used, the duration of your results will vary. Fillers can last from a few months up to two years. Botox generally wears off in about six months. Developing a touch-up schedule with your physician can keep you at your optimum.

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