Happy Lift: Suture-free Injectable Facelift?

My doctor calls it happy lift and says it will absorb into the skin? I'm nervous. it doesn't have any surtures, Will the intection couse a scar?

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Suture-free injectable facelift

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Suture Free = Short lasting. The only long lasting fillers/regenerators are Fat, Silicone, PMMA, Artefill, and Selphyl (The Vampire Lift). Checks these out. From MIAMI Dr. B

Absorbable Threads

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Hello, Thank you for your great question regarding what sounds like a non-surgical facelift. Although I do not know of any procedure called the,  "happy lift". Your statement about, "absorbed into the skin" could be referring to absorbable PDO threads. PDO Threads are made of an suture material that can be inserted into the face to lift and help stimulate collagen. In our practice, we have found that combining  PDO Threads with injectable fillers help patients to achieve optimal results.Injectable fillers can be used all over the face to address aging and/or also enhance appearance.One should allow a minimum of about 2-4 weeks, (Brusing/ swelling can vary depending  on the area that is being treated.) before planning an event.   I hope this helps to answer your question. Best, Dr. Tomcik

Michael Tomcik, MD
San Ramon Dermatologist
4.2 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Injectable/Liquid Facelift

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Thanks for your question Ash13!

The procedure commonly referred to as a 'Happy Lift' is a non-surgical rejuvenation of the entire face (and sometimes neck) through the use of dermal and subdermal fillers, muscle relaxants and (occasionally) fat-dissolving injections. When performed in a carefully selected patient, this combination of volume replacement, muscle relaxant and slight redistribution of skin tension can create significant and very pleasing results with no 'down-time'.

There are some significant limitations, however, to be informed of including:

  • Excess skin and tension within the deeper tissues is not addressed with this procedure. For this reason the results are not comparable to the results of facelift surgery.
  • The products used in such procedures are not permanent (in the majority of cases - there are a few exceptions) meaning that maintenance and re-treatment are required in the longer term.

I recommend consulting with a local, reputable aesthetic practitioner (plastic surgeon, aesthetic dermatologist or aesthetic physician) so that they can perform an examination, make a thorough assessment of your individual anatomy and provide further guidance (including discussion of realistic treatment outcomes) to help you make any treatment decisions.

Hope that helps!

Dr Scott.

Happy Lift or Non-Surgical Face Lift

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It can be very confusing - all the various names for a non-surgical face lift.  The basis for  non-surgical face lifts is a combination of botox and dermal fillers.   It does not cause a scar because it is an injection.  You may experience some discomfort including minor bruising and swelling after the injections.  You can resume normal activities the same day.  The Non-surgical face lift is a really nice option to consider with minimal downtime and beautiful results.  Consult your Medical Aesthetics Physician to see if this procedure is right for you. 

Liquid Facelift

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Thank you for your question.

I would consult with your provider to find out what the "happy lift" all entails. A liquid facelift involves the injection of sometimes large amounts of filler in the face to restore facial volume and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. It is not a true facelift because it is not a surgical procedure. To be sure what would be best for you, see two or more board-certified providers in your area for a complete evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have treatment.

I hope this helps.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Injectable facelift?

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Injectable way to correct signs of aging is to add volume via fillers, and botox to correct upper face/forehead wrinkles.  However only a surgical facelift can tighten loose and sagging facial skin.

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 518 reviews

Liquid face lift

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There are many ways to achieve a more youthful appearance,  The best option for any given individual is determined after reviewing their facial anatomy, goals, and some old photographs (if available).  A plan can then be made.  Sometimes surgery is the only option and other times it is not an option at all.  Make certain you understand the procedure you are going to have performed and trust the surgeon who is performing it. 

Brian Biesman, MD
Nashville Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Liquid Face Lift - Limited by itself

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You are describing a "liquid facelift" which basically only takes care of one component of aging - replacing volume. What is of more importance is lifting the skin and underlying supporting structure to a more youthful position and removing redundant skin - that is a facelift. Volume restoration can also be accomplished at the time of a facelift. The "happy lift" may not make you the happiest

Liquid facelift, suture free

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You need to ask your doctor what a happy lift is. It sounds like your doctor is proposing using facial fillers. Make sure to ask which fillers are going to be used. Not all fillers are approved by the FDA. It’s important the doctor use fillers made directly from the company, not ones on the black market that can be improperly made and cause severe tissue reactions. The doctor should be able to tell you exactly which fillers he is proposing to use and where he is going to inject them. This is important for you to have for future treatment or if complications develop and you want to try to reverse some of the correction.

Joseph A. Eviatar, MD, FACS
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 68 reviews

Suture-free Injectable Facelift

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The so-called Happy Lift uses a dissolvable thread to “gather” the soft tissue under the skin and minimize wrinkles, while theoretically promoting collagen production. Since the thread is inserted with a needle, your surgeon is correct that there should be no scarring…but that does not mean you will get the results you want either. A surgical facelift actually tightens the facial muscles and removes excess skin. This is the only permanent solution to help you look younger. Yes, there will be scars, but a good surgeon will hide them so they’re not overly noticeable. Dermal fillers and BOTOX® can help extend the life of your facelift, and help you look younger without surgery, but they’ll only be temporary, just as the Happy Lift is.

John Alexander II, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

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