Liquid Facelift with Fillers
How does it work and how does it compare to facelift surgery?
The term “Liquid Facelift” is really a misnomer since it is not a surgical or lifting procedure; it really is a non-surgical rejuvenation treatment involving injection of fillers and Botox or Dysport.
A “Liquid Facelift,” sometimes called a “lunchtime facelift,” refers to a procedure in which a filler or “toxin” is injected, with a small needle, into areas of the face where wrinkles, lines and folds have begun to appear. In contrast to a facelift, which generally addresses severe drooping, a liquid facelift addresses moderate signs of aging resulting from sun damage or a loss of volume in the face.
The term liquid facelift comprises fillers such as Restylane and Perlane, as well as toxins like Botox and Dysport. Fillers fill in wrinkles and creases, such as nasolabial folds, while toxins paralyze muscles that cause wrinkles, such as the muscles between the eyebrows. The effects of a liquid facelift can last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years, depending on the treatment and the patient’s individual circumstances. Most people who have a liquid facelift need multiple treatments over a period of months of years.
Having a traditional facelift may be the better option when non-surgical methods such as the liquid facelift no longer suffice. Depending on the person, this may occur in a person’s 30s, 40s, 50s or 60s — when the effects of gravity, genetics and sun damage take over. There are several types of facelifts, including the full facelift, mid-face lift or lower facelift. The procedure that suits you will depend on your goals and your degree of aging. Dr. Rizk can help you make this determination. The effects of a surgical facelift may last a decade or longer.