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

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

Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Liquid Facelift

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?

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 457 reviews

Liquid face lift

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 41 reviews

Liquid Face Lift - Limited by itself

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

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 154 reviews

Liquid facelift, suture free

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 66 reviews

Suture-free Injectable Facelift

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

There are many approaches being marketed to provide facial rejuvenation without surgery.

There are many approaches being marketed to provide facial rejuvenation without surgery. However, there are few studies available that show whether these methods work. Injections will certainly add volume to the tissues, which can be helpful, but the changes will be small – and also temporary. Large volumes of injected fat or fillers can change the shape of the face and create an unnatural look. It's important to talk with your doctor and discuss the risks and benefits of any procedure. Catchy names for the procedures are no substitute for a careful analysis of the results.

Thomas A. Mustoe, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

Can and injection "lift your face"

Injectable fillers are volume enhancers. If you have lost facial volume and would like to replace it, they are and excellent option. If you want your jaw and neckline to be more tight fillers will not do this for you. You may be better served by a facelift procedure. Have a consultation with an expert who performs both procedures to get an unbiased recomendation.

Thomas Buonassisi, MD
Vancouver Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 105 reviews

Happy lift, liquid lift, weekend lift are all marketing concepts based on injectible fillers

Fillers and neuromodulators (such as Dyport and Botox) have revolutionized the world of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures.  With age the face becomes depleted of volume as fat starts to atrophy and the skin loses is youthful vigor as a result of sun exposure, genetics and environmental exposure (ie tobacco).  It has been recognized that the lifting procedures (facelift, browlift) help in terms of removing lax skin, ameliorating wrinkles, and tightening the fascial sling (SMAS).  These surgical procedures provide great results when combined with autologous fat transfer to replace the lost volume in and around the cheeks and midface.  These are surgical procedures however and often lead to a downtime of 1-2 weeks depending on how aggressive a procedure is carried out. The fillers can accomplish this volume restoration in a short setting often with minimal to no swelling and bruising. The blunt tipped cannulas have really made a difference in my practice and truly allow the patient to return to everyday life almost immediately with a more refreshed and rejuvenated appearance. Usually this "liquid lift" does not cause any scarring.

Giancarlo Zuliani, MD
Rochester Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

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