A liquid facelift is a great non-surgical option for patients who want to rejuvenate their appearance without undergoing a surgical facelift. All of the doctors at Goldman Butterwick Fitzpatrick Groff & Fabi are experienced in injectable treatments. As we age, the face begins to lose elasticity and volume, resulting in sagging, wrinkles, fine lines and folds. In the past, visible aging was corrected with a surgical facelift. But today, we can rejuvenate the face by using a combination of non-surgical filler and Botox treatments.
What is a liquid facelift used for?
When we are young our faces look full and wrinkle-free because we have plenty of collagen and elastin. The visible signs of aging begin to appear as the face loses its collagen and elasticity. A liquid facelift can effectively restore youthful facial features. At our San Diego dermatologist office the doctors will use a combination of dermal fillers and Botox or Dysport to rejuvenate the face. A liquid facelift can address and improve the following signs of aging:
- Loss of volume
- Expression lines
- Hollow features
- Deep lines and wrinkles
- Under eye circles
- Lip borders and vertical lip lines
How does a liquid facelift work?
Each liquid facelift our cosmetic dermatologists perform is tailored to the specific needs of the patient. During your consultation you and the doctor will discuss which issues you want to correct and decide on the best treatment plan. In general a combination of dermal fillers, like Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse or Sculptra, are combined with Botox or Dysport injections to achieve the patients desired results. The fillers are used to add volume back to the face and to smooth out unwanted wrinkles and furrows. Expression related creases like crow’s feet or 11-lines are treated with Botox or Dysport, which relaxes the muscles and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. This combination flattens wrinkles as well as tightens up loose skin, giving patients a more youthful appearance.
What are the benefits of a liquid facelift?
Liquid facelifts are a great option for patients who do not have severe volume loss and sagging, or patients who do not want to undergo a surgical facelift. The results of a liquid facelift are usually visible immediately after the treatment (unless Sculptra is used, which takes a couple of months to appear) and requires minimal downtime. Our doctor’s expert technique provides patients with natural-looking results. Many of our patients tell us they receive compliments on their “well-rested” appearance, but friends and family can rarely tell that they have had work done.
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Liquid facelift frequently asked questions
How is a liquid facelift performed?
First, you will have a consultation with one of our cosmetic dermatologists, who will design a treatment plan that will address your specific anti-aging needs and goals. Our doctors will determine the best combination of dermal fillers and Botox to rejuvenate your face. The liquid facelift will be performed in our San Diego office. Filler injections will be used to smooth out the wrinkles you have, while the Botox injections are used to relax facial muscles to prevent new wrinkles from forming. Depending on the number of injection sites and the injetables used, the treatment can be as quick as 30 minutes or as long as an hour.
How many liquid facelift treatments will I need?
Patients generally only need one treatment to achieve the desired results from their liquid facelift. However, if Sculptra is used, you will need a few treatments before you see the full effects. Also, keep in mind that the results of a liquid facelift are temporary. You will need to come back for touch-up treatments as the injectables begin to wear off.
When will I see the results of my liquid facelift?
You will see the results of your liquid facelift almost immediately, but this depends on which injectables are used. In general, you can expect to see full results within a week of the treatment. Botox and Dysport take a few days to take effect. If hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane are used, you will see the results immediately after the treatment. If Sculptra is used it will take a couple of month before you see full results because the volume is not create by the product itself, but by Sculptra’s ability to stimulate the body’s own production of new collagen.
What injectables are used in a liquid facelift?
The injectables used in a liquid facelift depend on the patient’s individual needs. Any combination of temporary hyaluronic acid fillers (Juvederm and Restylane), long lasting fillers (Radieese and Sculptra) and neurotoxins (Botox and Dysport) can be used to rejuvenate the face.
Can fat grafting be used in a liquid facelift?
Yes, fat grafting is another option that can be used in a liquid facelift. Multi-level fat transfer is a longer-lasting alternative to injectable fillers. Fat that is harvested from another location on your body is injected into your face to replace lost volume or contour the face. Fat grafting is a very specialized procedure and our doctors are known experts for their technique.
How much recovery time should I expect after a liquid facelift?
Since this is a nonsurgical facelift there is minimal downtime. Most patients are able to return to work or their normal daily activities immediately after the treatment. You may experience some redness or swelling around the injection site, but this can be covered with makeup.
How long do the results of a liquid facelift last?
The duration depends on which fillers were used in the nonsurgical facelift procedure. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers (Juvederm and Restylane) can last from 6-12 months, while the semi-permanent fillers (Radiesse and Sculptra) can last up to 2 years. Botox and Dysport generally last up to 6 months. You can come back for touch up treatments as the effects start to wear off so that you can maintain your youthful look.
What are liquid facelift side effects?
The side effects of a liquid facelift are minimal. However, common side effects for most injectables can include localized pain, bruising, inflammation, redness, itching, bruising and/or swelling.
How much does a liquid facelift cost?
Since each patient’s liquid facelift is customized to his or her personal needs and goals the cost varies. To find out the cost of your liquid facelift set up a consultation with one of our dermatologists.
Please contact Goldman Butterwick Fitzpatrick Groff & Fabi, Cosmetic Laser Dermatology at 858.657.1002 for more information on liquid facelifts and to schedule a consultation. We are located in the UTC area of San Diego, minutes from La Jolla, Del Mar, and Downtown San Diego.
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