Interested in "liquid facelift". Are there any side effects? What can one expect after the tx?

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Liquid Facelift

Side effects from a liquid facelift may vary from product to product utilized to have the effect. But in general are what one would expect from a filler and include bruising, swelling, and temporary lumps and bumps.

San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Side effects of liquid face lifts

Side effects are very uncommon with this minimally invasive procedure (see video). Bruising, bleeding can be seen, but are temporary. The most common unwanted side effect are lumps. The majority can be dissolved with an enzyme called Hylase if HA fillers are used. Liquid facelifting is a very low risk procedure in the scheme of things. Dr Davin S. Lim. Brisbane. Australia. 

Davin Lim, MBBS, FACD
Brisbane Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 74 reviews

Liquid facelift

Botox and soft tissue fillers are an excellent and safe nonsurgical option for facial rejuvenation. The most common side effects with these products are very mild and include injection site reactions such as bruising, swelling, and tenderness that commonly resolve within a short period of time after the injection. Rarely, contour irregularities and lumpiness can be seen if fillers are not properly injected. Most fillers currently available are made of hyaluronic acid (such as Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm XC, Juvederm Voluma, Belotero, and Restylane Silk), and there are several advantages in using these fillers including the immediate reversibility with hyaluronidase. The results of the liquid facelift are usually apparent immediately or within a few days. In order to determine if any of these procedures are best for you, a proper physical exam is necessary. I recommend visiting a board-certified facial plastic surgeon to learn more about your various options.

Corey S. Maas, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Side effects of liquid facelift

The most common side effects after Botox and injectable fillers used in a liquid facelift are injection site reactions such as bruising, swelling, bleeding, tenderness, and lumpiness that commonly resolve within a short period of time after the injection. Other potential side effects of treatment are specific to the filler being used, and should be discussed with your physician. Patients should expect some mild swelling and bruising which can last for several days to a week, and the results of the liquid facelift are usually apparent within 1-2 weeks after treatment, though some improvements are noticeable immediately.

Vito C. Quatela, MD
Rochester Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Interested in "liquid facelift". Are there any side effects? What can one expect after the tx?

Thank you for your question.  As a liquid facelift is performed through a series of filler and wrinkle relaxer injections, the common side effects include mild pain, soreness, bleeding/bruising, swelling, and slight redness at injection sites while more specific side effects may include asymmetry, poor cosmesis, contour irregularities, or palpability of the fillers.  

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

What to Expect After a Liquid Facelift

A liquid facelift utilizes multiple injectables to create a more youthful look.  The full list of side effects will depend upon the products used.  Your injector can review this with you.  In general, most side effects are temporary and including swelling, redness, tenderness, and bruising.  Occasionally, some fillers may temporarily feel a little lumpy.  An expert injector can give you a list of "dos and don'ts" to decrease your risk of bruising, and will give you ice packs immediately after treatment to reduce the risk of most side effects.  Even under the best care side effects can happen, so do not schedule a filler facelift for at least a week prior to an important event.

Nicole Hayre, MD
McLean Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Liquid Facelift and Side Effects

The benefits of a good liquid facelift far outweigh the possible bruising or slight swelling of the area.  These side effects generally last a few days and quickly resolve.  I also like to combine the liquid facelift with radiofrequency skin tightening of Thermage to have the best results  Best, Dr. Green

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

Liquid Facelift

Side effects of cosmetic use of fillers and neuromodulators are generally mild and include bruising, tenderness, headache, redness or swelling. These side effects don't last long and will usually be gone within a hours, but may last a few days if bruising occurs. Do not schedule treatment within 5 days of a special event.    

Melda A. Isaac, MD
Washington DC Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Interested in "liquid facelift". Are there any side effects? What can one expect after the treatment?

The side effects from liquid facelift injections can be similar to any injection - swelling and/or bruising.  On rare occasions a lump or granuloma may form following the procedure which may require treatment.  Most patients are pleased with the results and, depending on the filler, results can last from 9 months to two years.  Costs can vary depending on the filler and the number of syringes necessary to achieve the desired results.  Fillers typically cost between $500 to $1,000 per syringe (depending on the type of filler and syringe volume).  Most patients have between 2 and 6 syringes of fillers.  Best wishes, Dr. Lepore.

Vincent D. Lepore, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

What Exactly Is A "Liquid Facelift"

A liquid face lift is a good choice to rejuvenate the face without surgery. A liquid face lift consists of a combination of botox and dermal fillers. This fillers treat fine lines, wrinkles and areas of the face that would seem deflated or flat which happens with age. Dermal fillers would include, Sculptra, Restylane, Perlane, juvederm,Voluma, juvedurm, Belotero, ect. Juvederm, Voluma, and Belotero helps volumize the lips and cheeks. For other lines and folds around the mouth and nose can be softened with filler injections, like Restylane or Radiesse. Facial expressions can be controlled with Botox, Dysport or Xeomin. Side effects would be bumps, droopy eyelid, and bruising.

Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 117 reviews

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