Liquid Facelift: Do I need a Facelift?

Many patients come to my office for a facelift consultation thinking it might be time for them to get a facelift. Four components of the facial structure change as one ages: the skin, muscle, bone, and fat. Loss of elasticity in the skin and soft tissues, a loss of volume, reabsorbing of the bone and gravity are all signs of aging. A facelift does not solve all of the problems of aging such as age spots and surface texture changes, as well as fat loss and bone loss. A variety of techniques are available to help with the aging process.

How a Liquid Facelift or Lunchtime Face Lift is done:

After an examination, Esther Polaha, RN will draw up a treatment plan designed specifically for signs of aging and one’s personal goals. Temporary fillers such as hyaluronic acid-based (JUVÉDERM® XC, Restylane® and Perlane®)as well as longer-lasting injectables like Sculptra® are all candidates that we may use. BOTOX® is often used in conjunction with fillers to relax facial muscles that contribute to wrinkles and furrows. Injecting fillers at varying depths to fill creases creates a more youthful contours and appearance. Depending on the number of injections sites and the injectables used treatment can take as little as 30 minutes. Restylane® and JUVÉDERM® XC fill lips and creases, fill fine lines and thinner tissues, and Sculptra® creates new curves or fill deep crevices in facelift procedures.

After a Liquid facelift: What to Expect

Injectable lunchtime facelift results are usually visible instantly; however, if Sculptra® is used it can take up to three sessions to see improvement. Sessions are spaced about a month apart. Some of the initial plumping may be due to overfilling or swelling. It is common for multiple injection sites, but swelling and bruising may be experienced the first few days after treatment. To minimize swelling, patients leave with a pack of ice and are advised not to exercise for the first few hours to prevent an increase in heart rate or blood pressure. Patients should avoid vitamin E, anti-inflammatories, herbal supplements and other medications that promote bruising.

How long does a Liquid Facelift or Lunchtime Face Lift Last?

Duration depends on which fillers were used in the facelift procedure and longevity is measured in months. Lasting results are highly variable; the patient may notice subtle changes in their own skin as the months pass. Collagen-based fillers last three to four months, hyaluronic acid-based fillers can last from six to 12 months, and Sculptura® can last one to two years or more. BOTOX® lasts from three to six months and may help temporary fillers to last longer by decreasing muscle action.

For more information about Liquid Facelift, please contact Dr. Dahan’s office at (775) 826-4477.

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