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, our team will draw up a treatment plan designed specifically for signs of aging and one’s personal goals. Temporary fillers such as hyaluronic acid-based JUVEDERM® and VOLUMA® as well as longer-lasting injectables like Bellafil® 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. JUVÉDERM® fill lips and creases, fill fine lines and thinner tissues, VOLUMA®adds volume to the cheek area, and Bellafill® creates new curves and fills nasolabial folds (laugh lines) lasting up to 5 years.*
After a Liquid facelift: What to Expect
Injectable lunchtime facelift results are usually visible instantly; however, if Bellafill® is used, it offers a new level of filler rejuvenation. In addition to immediately adding volume to smooth away facial wrinkles known as smile lines, Bellafill® helps your skin re-create its own firmer structure for beautiful, younger-looking skin and lasting results. 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 Lasting results are highly variable; the patient may notice subtle changes in their own skin as the months pass. JUVÉDERM® can last from six to 12 months, VOLUMA®can last up to 2 years and Bellafill® can last one to 5 years. BOTOX® lasts from three to six months and may help temporary fillers to last longer by decreasing muscle action.*
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*Individual results may vary