The liquid facelift is a treatment using a variety of products that rejuvenates your face without surgery. The treatment is customized for each person based on their condition and concerns.
What happens to the face as we age?
There are multiple changes we see in the face as we age. The bones that support the facial structure change in size and position. We lose the fat pads in various portions of the skin that provide us with a youthful look, leading to an older and tired look. We also stop producing as much collagen in the skin. Collagen is the protein that keeps the skin nice, tight, firm, and youthful in appearance. At the same time collagen is broken down by sun exposure, pollutants in the air, and oxidants that get into our body such as from the diet or from smoking. In a youthful face, the volume is in the upper face while the lower face is more thin, giving an inverted pyramid appearance. We also use our facial muscles to produce expressions; over time this can lead to wrinkles formation primarily in the upper face. With age the volume goes down, the face gets deflated and the skin sags. We see volume loss in the apples of the cheeks and under the eyes. Wrinkles appear in the lower face. The jawline definition disappears and jowls form.
What does a liquid facelift do?
A liquid facelift addresses these concerns to restore lost volume, decrease or eliminate the appearance of wrinkles, and provide an overall more youthful and rested appearance. A number of products can be used in this treatment and the specific treatment is tailored to each individual based on their concerns.
Botox is used primarily in the upper face to address wrinkles associated with facial expression. Common areas of treatment with Botox include the horizontal lines seen on the upper forehead when we raise the brows, the vertical lines (frown lines) seen between the brows when we frown, and the crow’s feet seen around the eyes when we smile or squint. Botox will relax the muscles and smoothen out the wrinkles. Botox can also be used in the lower face for a variety of purposes. Botox can be placed around the lips to provide a subtle pout, it can elevate the corners of the mouth, it can improve a bumpy appearance on the chin, it can help with jawline definition (Nefertiti lift), it can reduce the appearance of neck bands, and it can contour the lower face.
Voluma is a dermal filler designed to restore volume to the upper cheeks. With a Voluma treatment you will get back the youthful apple of the cheek. Voluma also pulls the lower face upward, addressing wrinkles in the lower face and loss of jawline definition.
Restylane is another dermal filler that works well in the tear trough area under the eyes. Restylane will restore the volume in this area to eliminate the tired appearance.
Juvederm is also a dermal filler which works best in the lower face. It can be used to treat what we call the naso-labial folds. These are the wrinkles that go from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth. In some people this wrinkle continues all the way down to the jawline, forming what is called marionette lines, which can also be treated with Juvederm. Juvederm can also be used to provide volume and fullness to the lips, another common concern.
Volbella is a new filler in the Juvederm family designed for subtle enhancement of the lips. Volbella can fill in fine lines on or around the lips and help define the lip borders. Volbella can be combined with Juvederm in the lips for further enhancement.
Kybella is the first and thus-far only FDA-approved non-surgical treatment for the double chin. Kybella dissolves the fat in this area and improves the appearance of the double chin and at the same time improves the definition of the jawline.
The liquid facelift can also be combined with other treatments for even more enhancement. For example, a fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment will address the color and texture of the skin. A good skin care regimen such as products from the A E Skin line will enhance the results of all of these treatments.