What is A “Liquid Facelift”?

liquid-faceliftA “Liquid Facelift “is the non-surgical rejuvenation of the face through injections. These injectables include Botox© (sometimes referred to as “neuromodulators”) which relax the muscles, and fillers which restore volume. The “Liquid Facelift” should not to be confused with the mini or short scar facelift which are surgical procedures.

As our faces age we lose volume, develop lines and lose skin elasticity. Our facial muscles enable us to smile, frown and express our feelings, but over time, these muscles contract, leading to lines or wrinkles on the forehead (frown lines), eyes (crow’s feet) and around the mouth. Loss of facial volume with decreased skin elasticity leads to the development of folds, jowls and the appearance of a sagging face.

Botox©, and similar muscle relaxants such as Dysport©, Xeomin©, help to soften or eliminate the lines on the forehead, around the eyes, elevate and reshape the brow and the area around the mouth. The face appears less wrinkled, more relaxed and rested. The result of muscle relaxants last between four and six months.

Fillers replace lost volume by filling hollowed areas of the face and reducing skin laxity. The effect makes the face appear to be “lifted”. There are a variety of fillers, varying in composition, thickness, longevity and cost. Some are suited for deep injections, others for more superficial placement. Each has its role in facial volume replacement, and it is not unusual to inject two different types of fillers into the same face – deep placement with one type of filler and more superficial with another. Fillers can also be used to soften deep lines and wrinkles in conjunction with muscle relaxants.

Not everyone is a candidate for a “Liquid Facelift”. It is best reserved for patients with early stages of facial aging – those that when relaxing the muscles and adding volume will lead to a “lift”. For those in the later stages of aging with excess and inelastic skin, a surgical facelift may be better served where the excess skin is removed and the deeper tissues are rearranged. A cosmetic surgeon will be able to evaluate your face and make recommendations based on your individual need.

“Liquid Facelift” Frequently Asked Questions

How is the procedure performed? It is an office procedures which may take up to an hour depending on the number and extent of the injections. Some physicians may wish to stage the procedures and spread them over two sessions. A topical anesthetic (numbing cream) is typically applied prior to injection. Some fillers contain local anesthetics. Following the injections ice may be applied to minimize bruising. There is little, if any, down time associated with the procedure, although there is always the possibility of bruising.

Is this an expensive procedure? Costs will vary depending on the amount and type of materials injected. Typically one or two sessions are much less expensive than a surgical facelift. However, the cost of injectables does add up and over a number of months or years may surpass the cost of a surgical facelift.

How long do the results last? These treatments are not permanent nor do they last as long as a surgical facelift. In general, the relaxants last four to six months and the fillers last anywhere from two to four years. Some fillers last longer than others.

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  • Rubina

    Who & what number do I call for a consultation?

    • Rubina, you can call 404-778-6880 to schedule a free consultation with one of our physicians. To see a listing of the physicians along with their bios, visit the Emory Aesthetic Center website at http://www.emoryaesthetic.org. Hope this helps, and let us know if we can help with anything else!