An alternative to surgery
Everyone knows that injectables can be used to correct wrinkles and deep folds in the skin of the face. Radiesse®, Juvéderm®, Restylane®, and even BOTOX® Cosmetic (although in a different way) can hide fine lines and wrinkles, shedding years off of your appearance.
What is relatively new, however, is the concept of a “liquid face lift.” In essence, a liquid facelift is using safe, injectable material to sculpt your face. This procedure opens up brand new techniques, such as a “liquid blepharoplasty” (eyelid lift), a “liquid rhinoplasty” (nose reshaping), and “liquid cheek implants.”
Liquid Facial Contouring
As you age, your face loses collagen and elastin, which contributes to sagging features, one of the most common and most visible signs of aging. This loss of facial volume and elasticity also leads to wrinkles, creases, and folds. While most plastic surgeons treat these conditions in a piecemeal approach with FDA-approved dermal fillers and BOTOX®, some physicians have refined their techniques to focus on lifting and contouring, with wrinkle reduction a mere secondary benefit (rather than the other way around). This development has launched a new way to treat sagging facial features called a “liquid face lift.”
The non-surgical liquid face lift can accomplish the following:
- Gently lift specific (or entire) facial features
- Reduce wrinkles, creases, and folds
- Restore your natural, curved facial contours
- Create a more rested, energetic look
- Give you a friendlier smile
- Provide all these benefits with no downtime
Because a liquid face lift can address specific areas of your face, specially trained plastic surgeons can perform procedures that somewhat mimic the results of surgical procedures. For example, if you have bags under your eyes, liquid face lift techniques can open up your eyes and lift your lids, lift and diminish your jowls, restore the natural shape of flattened cheeks, or lift the corners of your mouth. This means you can now have a liquid eyelid lift or a liquid brow lift.
How a Liquid Face Lift Works
A liquid face lift involves the use of advanced dermal fillers, usually in combination with BOTOX®. The dermal fillers used are among a group of second-generation dermal fillers that provide more enduring results than earlier products. These products—such as Juvéderm® Ultra, Juvéderm® Ultra Plus, Radiesse®, Restylane®, Perlane®, and Sculptra®—replace lost volume in your face or stimulate your skin to regenerate new collagen. Precisely placed, these dermal fillers can lift or contour any facial feature. Each of these fillers works differently to contour specific areas of your face. Dr. Obi knows how to combine the products to get the best results, based on your unique needs and facial contour.
A liquid face lift is typically more subtle than surgery. It might not, therefore, provide the type of dramatic improvement you need or desire. Another issue is that most liquid face lift procedures don’t provide permanent results, so you will most likely need to have periodic treatments to maintain your new look. If you maintain your results, however, you may need far less product over time and experience gradually longer intervals between touch-up treatments.
While not for everyone, a liquid face lift has benefits that transcend the results of surgical techniques. For example, it can restore your natural facial contours and volume. In fact, a growing number of cosmetic surgeons are augmenting surgery with liquid face lift touches to restore the natural three-dimensional contours to your face. Also, an increasing number of individuals are trying liquid facelift procedures before traditional face lift procedures. Contact Dr. Obi to find out if a liquid face lift is right for you.
- For more information on liquid face lifts, visit the Liquid Face Lift Association.