What is a Liquid Facelift?

A facelift without surgery? A “liquid facelift” may sound like a dream, but it’s a real. Simply put, it’s a nonsurgical facelift. So, if you’re bothered by signs of aging, but aren’t quite ready to make the jump to cosmetic surgery, this may be your answer.

How Injections and Fillers Can Give You a Whole New Look

As you age, your skin loses elasticity and volume. This can cause sagging skin, hollowed eyes, and wrinkles. With the availability of injectables and dermal fillers, surgery is no longer the only option for combating these common signs of aging.


Repetitive movements, like smiling or furrowing your brow, eventually create wrinkles. Injectables are used to relax and limit the movement of specific facial muscles that are responsible for wrinkles. Injectibles are commonly used to temporarily soften or eliminate lines and wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes and mouth. The added bonus is they also prevent deeper lines and wrinkles from forming. You can typically expect results to last three to four months.

How Do Injectables Work?

Injectables use a safe form of botulinum toxin to reduce the appearance of certain facial wrinkles. Botox® is the most well-known brand of botulinum toxin. The toxin is injected directly into small muscle groups of your face to stop the normal chemical transmission between nerves and muscles; causing temporary paralysis of the targeted muscles and limiting the repetitive movements that cause problems. Your body metabolizes the toxins and your nerves regain their ability to transmit chemical signals within a few months. Most patients who get injections consistently over time find they need treatment less often because their muscles adjust to having fewer contractions.

Dermal Fillers

It’s common to lose volume in your lips, in the folds between your lips and nose, in your cheeks and under your eyes as you age. Dermal fillers can be used to get rid of marionette lines (deep lines that run from your mouth to your chin), restore your jawline, plump your lips and more. Results typically last between six months and one year.

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

Fillers are injectable gel treatments that temporarily add volume and fill in wrinkles caused by volume loss. There are several different brands and formulas of fillers available. A qualified cosmetic surgeon can help determine which is best for you. The most common type of dermal filler is the hyaluronic acid (HA) filler, but other formulas produce excellent results as well.

Hyaluronic acid fillers are made from a chemical structure found in our bodies, which means there is less chance for an allergic reaction. This filler offers a lot of flexibility to manipulate the thickness, volume, and longevity of its effects. Another benefit of HA fillers is they can be dissolved with an injection of enzyme filler, which means it’s completely reversible if you aren’t happy with the results.

Is a Liquid Facelift Right for Me?

Liquid facelifts are a great option for people with early signs of aging. If you have minimal wrinkles and/or volume loss, and you’re okay with temporary results, the liquid facelift may be right for you. It’s a good way to get immediate, long-lasting results with no downtime.

If you have moderate to severe wrinkles and/or volume loss, a surgical facelift is your better option. There is no question that a surgical facelift can reverse all of the outlined changes above, and for most patients, remains the best option for treatment of the aging face. Surgeons often choose to use a combination of surgical and nonsurgical techniques to provide the best results.

To find out what’s right for you, consult with an expert cosmetic surgeon who is experienced in both surgical and nonsurgical procedures.

Emory Aesthetic Center

Emory Aesthetic Center cosmetic surgeons will help you decide which procedures will give you the results you’re looking for. Schedule your free consultation today.

About Foad Nahai, MD, F.A.C.S

Foad Nahai, M.D., F.A.C.S., Maurice J. Jurkiewicz chair in Plastic Surgery and Professor of Surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, has taught for over forty years. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery where he served as a director of the board for six years.

Not only Dr. Nahai’s patients, but also his peers, benefit from his incomparable wealth of experience. His contributions to the field of plastic surgery make him a highly sought-after presenter, both domestically and internationally. He has developed and implemented many procedures, some of which he has been invited to demonstrate live.

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