The liquid facelift uses injectables known as fillers, along with Botox, to help relax, and soften the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. The liquid facelift also uses volumizers, such as Voluma, Restylan, Lyft, and Sculptra to restore volume. The lift can reduce sagging of the skin by filling it up from the inside, and it can re-contour drooping facial features or hollow eyes. It is a non-invasive cosmetic procedures and is touted as a less expensive and less risky alternative to a traditional facelift.
What Ages Us Most?
What do you think ages our appearance the most? Is it lines and wrinkles? Discoloration? Sagging skin? Truthfully, it is a combination of all of these factors, but there is one major underlying cause that contributes to the sagging, lines, and wrinkles—a loss of fullness.
It is a cruel irony of aging that as we grow older, we seem to accumulate fat around our middles, but lose it from our faces. Think of a youthful face, and you’ll most likely picture a face with full, rounded cheeks. That’s because fat plays a large part in filling out the skin and keeps our faces looking smooth and supple.
Of course, loss of fat is not the only factor in the equation. There is also a loss of collagen, which our bodies stop producing around age 25. To a lesser degree, our facial appearance is also affected by the loss of muscle that accompanies the aging process. All of this adds up to an overall decrease in facial fullness.
A liquid facelift is rejuvenating, but it does not mimic the surgical facelift. A liquid facelift will also have no impact on the neck. For those who don't have major sagging in the face and neck, the liquid facelift may be a good option.
What Is a Liquid Facelift?
A liquid facelift is the lifting, plumping, filling, smoothing, and/or re-contouring of the face through the use of injectable dermal fillers, such as Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse, Juvederm, Artefill, and Sculptra. These products are produced in different ways using different materials, and their specific applications vary somewhat, too. As part of the overall procedure, these products are often used in conjunction with each other and in addition to Botox.
The use of Botox in addition to dermal fillers can make for better, longer-lasting results. Botox blocks the nerve impulses that cause muscle contractions. When injected into specific areas, it effectively relaxes the muscles that are responsible for making certain facial expressions; these repeated facial expressions contribute to the breakdown of collagen in certain areas, leading to deep creases and expression lines.
Botox can be especially useful when dermal fillers have been used to fill in expression lines, such as the creases that form when you smile, as repeated over-use of the surrounding muscles will cause the filler to break down more quickly. This breakdown shortens the length of time before more injections are needed to maintain results.