What is a Liquid Facelift?
As we age, our face can begin to lose collagen and elastin resulting in lines, wrinkles, and folds. The fat pads of the cheek begin to fall and lose volume, resulting in folds between the edge of the nose and the corner of the mouth, known as nasolabial folds. The appearance of facial volume loss often starts to become apparent in the late 30’s and early 40’s. For those who are not ready to undergo a surgical procedure such as a facelift, a liquid facelift may be the answer. A liquid facelift is a technique that uses dermal fillers to contour and lift the facial features for a more youthful appearance.
Who is a Candidate?
Individuals who are looking to accomplish a gentle lift of overall facial features, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, lines, or folds, or restore a more rested, energetic, and friendlier appearance can often benefit from a liquid facelift. The procedure can also help to make the appearance of the lower lids more youthful. The best way to determine if this treatment is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sweat, his nurse practitioner, or a member of the nursing staff.
A liquid facelift involves the use of dermal fillers, sometimes in combination with Botox, to create a more youthful facial appearance. These fillers may include Juvéderm Vollure, Juvéderm Voluma, Juvéderm Volbella, and Juvéderm Ultra and Ultra Plus. Each of these fillers works in their own unique way to rejuvenate different areas of the face. Created with hyaluronic acid, they work to bind moisture to the skin to create youthful volume. Unlike some types of fillers, since these are made of hyaluronic acid which occurs naturally in the skin, they can be dissolved with hyaluronidase if there are any issues or dissatisfaction with the results.
Because dermal fillers and injectables are nonsurgical treatments, there is little to no downtime required following a liquid facelift. Mild redness, swelling, bruising, or itching at the injection sites may occur but should resolve quickly. Most people return immediately to their normal activities, though light activity for 24 hours following the injections is recommended. The longevity of your liquid facelift will depend on the combination of fillers used.