The term “liquid facelift” has become fashionable in the last few years because of the popularity and successful results obtained with facial injectable fillers. Facial injectable fillers such as Restylane, Perlane,Radiesse, Juvederm and Belotero are used to restore youthful volume and fullness that is lost as we age. Such popular areas enhanced by facial fillers include the lips, nasolabial folds (lines from nose to mouth), cheeks , under eye areas and marionette lines(lines running from end of lips to jaw line). It should be noted that in some areas it is considered an off label use of the products. Here at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery, we have all seen some very natural, refreshed results!
It is important to understand that injectables such as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin (called neuromodulators) are also used in the face but accomplish a different goal. These products help to reduce lines of expression such as the frown lines between the eyebrows. They, however, do not add fullness or volume to the face as do the facial-dermal injectable fillers. A combination of dermal injectable fillers and neuromodulators such as Botox, Dysport or Xeomin are usually what are used for the result we know as the “liquid facelift”. This is considered a non surgical procedure and can be done in the office.
There is usually some swelling and possible bruising after the procedure but this usually fades within 10 days to 2 weeks and can be covered with makeup the next day. Most activities can be resumed in 24-72 hours after the procedure. The results can last up to two years depending on the patient and the areas involved. Maintenance of the results will be required.
Because every patient is unique and every face is unique, any procedure or procedures should be customized to the individual’s goals and desired results. In certain cases, I will suggest a surgical facelift followed by facial injectable fillers about 6 weeks after the facelift for those patients who are good candidates.
There are many tools available to Plastic Surgeons for the benefit of their patients and, as always, it is important to choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for your cosmetic needs.