A Liquid Facelift is a technique for injecting advanced dermal fillers, such as JUVEDERM®, Radiesse® and Restylane® to lift and contour facial features. A non-surgical Liquid Face Lift can be undertaken to accomplish any of the following:
- Gentle lift of individual (or overall) facial features
- Reduced wrinkles, creases, line or folds
- Restoration of natural, curved facial contours
- A more rested, energetic look
- A friendlier smile
In some patients the goal of a non surgical Liquid Face Lift procedure is to lift the entire face. In others, the goal is to lift or contour specific facial features. For example, under eye bags and dark circles can be masked by using Liquid Facelift techniques; eyes can be opened up and lids lifted; jowls can be lifted and diminished; natural shape can be restored to flattened cheeks or temple areas; corners of the mouth can be lifted; and bumps on the nose can be hidden. Many of these conditions and contouring procedures are discussed on this web site, as well as treatment procedures for a variety of wrinkles, folds and line.
Results from Liquid Face Lift procedures can range from subtle to astonishing. It is common for patients who have had Liquid Face Lift procedures to say that they receive compliments on their appearance without others knowing that they have done anything. In some instances, the results can be so uplifting that they change an individual’s life. As with any cosmetic medical procedure, results vary from patient to patient.
As we age, our faces start looking old because we develop wrinkles, our skin and connective tissue weaken and sag, and we loose the chubby youthful volume we had in our younger years. As children and young adults, we always sought to be thin and trim. That is the goal for exercising and staying fit. However, as we mature, our goal should be to look a little chubbier. If you look around at all the personalities on TV and those around you, you will notice that older individuals look younger when their faces are chubbier. When we become more mature, a major factor in our faces looking wrinkly and saggy is that we are loosing our facial volume. Our facial fat pads have shrunken away and our faces look deflated and crinkly.
Botox and other muscle relaxants may relax your muscles of facial expression, and keep them from producing temporary or permanent wrinkles in your face, but they will not restore your lost volume. That is where fillers come into play. They will restore the lost volume in your midface, cheeks, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and your temples. Restoring lost facial volume keeps you from looking like skin and bones while restoring a youthful fullness to your face.
Currently there are traditional fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, and Radiesse. These are based upon putting hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxylapetite into your face to replace the volume that would normally be fat cells in a younger person. These temporary fillers, meaning they last anywere from 7 months to 2 or 3 years. On the permanent side, Artefill provides long lasting volume restoration.
A new and exciting concept in volume restoration is offered through Sculptra Aesthetic. Its purpose is to grow your own collagen to restore your lost youthful facial volume. Unlike traditional fillers, you do not get the immediate gratification of instant volume restoration. It takes 6-8 weeks to grow out your own collagen to replace your facial volume. Depending on how much volume you need restored, you may need 2-3 sessions. However, the wait is well worth it and your patience will pay off. The restored volume will last longer than most traditional fillers. It will also give you a more natural appearance, especially if you need a lot of volume restored. When you palpate your face, you won’t feel the fillers as you would with a traditional filler. Also, when you animate your face, your facial expression won’t be stiff from having space occupying fillers in your face that hinder your facial expression.