The Liquid Face-Lift: “Filling” the Void between Surgical and Nonsurgical Alternatives
There are 4 major components of the facial structure change as one ages: skin, fat, muscle, and bone. Loss of elasticity in the skin and soft tissues, loss of volume, reabsorption of the bone, and gravity’s effects (sagging) are all signs of aging.
Why are there so many alternatives to a facelift? It’s not because we’re against facelifts—that’s for sure. However, it’s time to shift our perspective from the face-lift as cure-all to the facelift as a complement to several other viable, safe, and healthy alternatives. It’s also time to stop thinking of the facelift as the gold standard of facial rejuvenation; it’s simply not.
For example, a facelift does not solve all of the problems of aging, such as age spots and/or surface texture changes, nor does it create a three-dimensional, fuller, firmer, youthful effect—unless it’s complemented by various alternative measures such as injectable dermal fillers, Botox and/or lasers.
Very few procedures have wide-ranging results; most are specialized treatments for a particular problem, such as volume loss or laxity. Fortunately, nowadays a variety of techniques is available to help with the aging process.
For instance, various degrees of wrinkles and folds on different areas of the face can be addressed with the use of injectables in a facelift procedure. Plumping up facial volume and filling furrows (deep wrinkles) can be addressed by using dermal fillers. Expression-related creases are caused by muscle contractions; however, with the use of muscle relaxing agents such as Botox, such creases can be made to appear flatter and youthful on the forehead and can be improved by fillers elsewhere.
Injectables, which are the main materials used in a liquid facelift, can address the following:
- Lost fullness
- Expression lines
- Flattened or hollowed features
Watch Dr Azizzadeh speak about a cosmetic cocktailing, another name for a liquid facelift:
Watch Dr Azizzadeh perform a necklift and fat grafting on a real patient:
Dr. Azizzadeh discusses the liquid facelift on British TV-show Lorraine.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How is a liquid facelift done?
Q: What kinds of injectables are used in a liquid face-lift?
A: Generally longer lasting injectables like Radiesse and Sculptra are combined with Botox, hyaluronic acids and collagen fat grafting.
Injecting fillers at various depths to fill creases creates a more youthful contour and appearance. Treatment can take as little as thirty minutes, depending on the number of injections sites and the injectables that are used. Restylane and Juvéderm fill lips and tear-trough area under the eye while collagen products fill fine lines and thinner tissues. Radiesse and Sculptra create new curve, fill deep crevices and restore lost volume. Botox softens expression lines.
Q: Do you consider fat grafting in a liquid facelift?
Q: What should I expect during a liquid facelift procedure?
A: Injectable face-lift results are usually visible instantly; however, if Sculptra is used, it can take up to three sessions to see improvement. Sessions are spaced about a month apart with improvement occurring gradually.
It is common to have multiple injection sites, and swelling and bruising may be experienced the first few days after treatment. To minimize swelling, patients leave the office with a pack of ice and are advised not to exercise for the first few hours in order to prevent an increase in heart rate or blood pressure. It is helpful (though not essential) for patients to avoid vitamin E, anti-inflammatories, fish oil, and any blood thining medications (aspirin and ibuprofen) that promote bruising.
Q: How long does a liquid facelift last?
Q: What are the risks of a liquid facelift?
Q: What if I need more than just help with volume loss?
Liquid Facelift Before and After Pictures
Learn more about Liquid Facelift:
Read Chapter 1: The Aging Face Consultation from Dr Azizzadeh’s best-selling medical textbook “Master Techniques in Facial Rejuvenation”.
Contact Dr. Azizzadeh and Dr. Cabin today if you live in the Beverly Hills or Los Angeles, California area and would like to schedule an initial consultation. During your initial consultation Dr Azizzadeh will perform a throughout facial assessment and discuss treatment options to fit your unique needs.
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