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Liquid Facelift

Performed by a skincare professional, dermal fillers are one of the most widely used treatments when it comes to restoring smoothness and facial volume. When injected, they fill in space and absorb water to create a smoother, fuller appearance in the face or to enhance the contours of the face. Dermal fillers are most commonly used to fill nasolabial folds, marionette lines, the jawline, cheeks, lips, and the under eye area.

What it is

A liquid facelift is the lifting, plumping, filling, smoothing, and/or re-contouring of the face through the use of injectable dermal fillers, such as Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse, Juvederm, Artefill, and Sculptra. These products are produced in different ways using different materials, and their specific applications vary somewhat, too. As part of the overall procedure, these products are often used in conjunction with each other and in addition to Botox.

What They Can Do

 

With the proper skill, injectables like BOTOX®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, along with various dermal fillers can be used to create a non-surgical “Liquid Facelift.” 

The effects of a Liquid Facelift can last for 1-2 years if you have a full correction.

​Solutions for

 

  • Wrinkles and Fine Lines

  • Crows Feet

  • Sagging Skin 

  • Thin Lips

  • Hollowed skin

  • Scars

Key Benefits

  • Reduces lines, wrinkles, folds, and creases.

  • Subtly lifts drooping facial features like the brows.

  • Improves eye bags, dark undereye circles, and sunkenness under the eyes.

Products Used in a Liquid Facelift

  • BOTOX

  • Dysport

  • Xeomin

  • Restylane

  • Restylane Lift, and 

  • Resylane Silk

  • Juvederm, Juvederm Plus

  • Juvederm Voluma

  • Juvederm Volbella

  • Radiesse

  • Sculptra

  • Belotero

Cost


Unfortunately, there are far too many variables to give an accurate estimate of the cost of how much a liquid facelift will run you. These variables include number and location of injection sites, type(s) of dermal filler(s) used, the degree of existing facial volume loss, maintenance costs, physician experience, geographic location, and more. Costs can vary anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars.

Common Side Effects

  • Pain

  • Swelling

  • Redness 

  • Allergic reactions

  • Bacterial infections, such as staph or strep infections, which enter through the needle puncture

  • Triggering herpes simplex virus (HSV) flare-ups

  • Filler that may enter the blood vessels in the injected areas of the face, which can lead to skin necrosis

Worsening of Preexisting Medical Conditions

Injection of dermal fillers can possibly cause problems in patients with neuromuscular disorders like Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Lambert-Eaton Syndrome or Myasthenia Gravis, certain types of cardiovascular diseases, or hypersensitivity to foreign objects or medicine. Pregnant women and children under the age group of 18 are also prone to serious risks if they undergo a liquid face lift. Liquid face lifting can result in serious issues in such high risk prone people.

Necrosis

Necrosis is the death of facial tissues, a condition that results due to damage caused to the blood supply to the facial tissues. Necrosis is irreversible and is a result of improper and novice ways of injecting dermal fillers.

Anaphylaxis

This is a severe allergic reaction caused by the liquid face lifting injection, which rapidly onsets and might even result in death in rare cases. Main symptoms are urticaria and angioedema, with branchospasma and hypotension.

Eye Problems

Ptosis is a side effect of the liquid face lift. This means a temporary inability to lift the eyelids. It can be corrected only with application of eye drops. Some patients also experience a temporary eye brow droop. The only way to correct it is to inject small amount of fillers in the opposing muscles.

Other Side Effects

Other potential risks associated with liquid face lifts are: Dysphagia, Dyspnea, Myasthenia Gravis, Focal Facial Paralysis and Spatial Disorientation. Mild side effects include: bruises, redness, swelling or tenderness can happen around the areas of injection. Invisible lumps may be formed at injection site and can lead to an outbreak of cold sores. Superficial injections of certain dermal fillers can result in a faint bluish line under the skin. Formations of papules or nodules can result as a reaction in the injection site.

Touch-Up Programs

A liquid face lift does not provide a permanent solution and requires periodical touch-up treatments in order to have a desired facial contour for extended periods. If you do not undergo touch up treatment before the fillers are exhausted from your body, you may develop wrinkles, dark circles, noticeable jowls and sagging face after six months of the facelift surgery.

A Word of Caution

As there are many risks and complications involved with the liquid face lift, it is vitally important to choose a physician who is apltly certified and uses best quality products for the procedure. Be aware of the potential risks and complications before hand, and be prepared mentally if anything goes wrong.

Recovery Expectations

  • An "overfilled" appearance to treated areas

  • Swelling or bruising ranging from mild to severe

  • Temporary numbness or redness

  • Palpable lumps or hard areas at the injection sites

  • Hypersensitivity reaction that can seem like an allergic reaction with hives and swelling

Long Term Results

To complete a liquid facelift, a variety of different injections can be utilized to create the desired look for the patient. Juvederm Ultra is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler that is used to smooth wrinkles. Results last for up to a year. Juvederm Ultra Plus is used for deeper wrinkles while Juvederm Voluma can create more volume in the regions of the cheek. These are longer lasting dermal fillers with results lasting up to 2 years. Radiesse is comprised of calcium hydroxyapatite and provides wrinkle-filling effects that are both immediate and long lasting. As the gel begins to dissolve, scaffolding is created for further collagen production. This filler is incorporated mostly for diminishing marionette/smile lines and for cheek augmentation. Sculptra is a collagen replacing dermal filler that is primarily used for candidates with deep wrinkles and severe fat loss in the face. While it does not create immediate results, it will stimulate collagen growth over time and typically requires an average of 3 treatments over the period of a few months for best results. Finally, Botox can be used alongside any of the above listed injectable fillers to enhance and extend results.