What is a liquid facelift, would you recommend it?

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A liquid lift is a temporary minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure to decrease lines and wrinkles, and restore volume to the face.  Depending on the filler products used, results can last up to 2 years. Botox will last about 3-4 months.  It does not replace a surgical facelift.


Sarasota Dermatologic Surgeon
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What is a liquid facelift?

This is typically a non-surgical procedure which restores volume to the aging face. As we age, the bones and fatty volume of the face disappear and the facial skin begins to loosen and drop. Adding the volume back into the cheeks, jawline, and mid facial region seems to really help give a more youthful appearance. The effect is temporary and may last up to 2 years in some patients, but sometimes fillers are needed before 2 years. The other component occurs with the use of the neuromodulators which stop or relax muscles from contracting and as these muscles are the primary cause of wrinkling in the frown and forehead regions - this leads to a reduction in the aging appearance. Dysport and Botox are two popular neuromodulators and they require injection every 3 to 4 months to maintain the youthful appearance.

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Aldo Guerra, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Liquid face lifts can work to a certain degree. Video explains

Firstly, liquid face lifts can work to a certain degree. It does not and can not replace a proper deep plane face lift, nor a mini s lift, however it can help treat mild to moderate skin laxity. Fillers can be used to lift, or in this video stimulate your own collagen to contract, in turn causing a lifting effect. The type of filler depends on your profile, the location of lift, and your desired outcome. A expert in fillers can guide you as to the best type. All the best, Dr Davin Lim. Brisbane. Australia. 

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Liquid Facelift Procedure

For the appropriate candidate, a liquid facelift is an excellent option. Botox or Dermal fillers such as voluma, juvederm, or restylane lyft can provide a temporary correction. However, a patient needs to understand both its benefits and limitations. Consult in person with an experienced and expert physician to understand if it is appropriate for you.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Liquid Skin Lift

A liquid facelift is a customizable package of 

1. Minimally invasive instant revolumizing fillers

and/or collagen stimulating filler Sculptra with 

2. Botox or Dysport (to relax muscles). Instant fillers such as
Voluma Juvederm Restylane Radiesse are used to replace volume and fill
in fine lines or wrinkles. Sculptra is used to replace overall volume and
improve the integrity of skin by tightening. In combination with Botox, fillers
last longer and overall results are more significant. For patients needing
multiple syringes of filler, that may be getting a later start in cosmetic
treatments, and are not considering plastic surgery, the liquid skin lift is a
favorable full face antiaging treatment. I highly
recommend this treatment and my patients appreciate the combination treatment
for more thorough facial rejuvenation.

Anita Saluja, MD
Melbourne Dermatologist
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Liquid Facelift

In most cases the liquid facelift is a wonderful way to delay or even prevent a facelift. At the very least it will enhance your facelift results. Injectables such as Sculptra, Voluma and Restylane Lyft can be used in the cheek area to build volume lost due to the aging process. By restoring volume to the cheeks patients will see reduced smile lines and reduced sagging and jowling around the mouth which gives patients a sharper jawline. Sculptra in particular restores your body's own collagen to provide a very natural lift but it is important to note that this is usually not a one time treatment. For best results you may need to build upon treatments and always look at your before and after photos. Often times patients forget where they started and that can lead to disappointment. By looking at your photos with your doctor you will be more likely to feel satisfied with the results and prolong or eliminate the need for a facelift. 

Theresa M. Jarmuz, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Liquid Facelift

A "non-surgical liquid facelift" is for men and women looking to acquire a more refreshed and rejuvenated facial appearance, but do not want to spend the time, recovery, and cost often associated with surgical procedures. This treatment involves expert utilization of a combination of popular injectables, such as Botox, Dysport and/or injectable fillers, such as Juvederm XC, Juvederm Voluma XC, Restylane Lyft, Radiesse, and Sculptra. These treatments typically involve little to no downtime, can be performed quickly and easily in an office setting, and are an excellent option for individuals who opt for a less invasive treatment.  

Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS
Morristown Plastic Surgeon
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The Liquid Facelift And Facial Plastic Surgery

You ask an excellent question. In truth, the term "liquid facelift" is a misnomer. The only way that the the aging soft  tissues of the face can actually be lifted is by performing a facelift.

A liquid facelift is a series of techniques that use different combinations of fillers, of different  thicknesses and densities, placed at varying depths in a specific combination of tissues and anatomical areas of the face to expand and volumize these regions of the face in an harmonious and aesthetically pleasing fashion.  These techniques can be combined with neuromodulators such as botox to treat wrinkles, and chemical peels and lasers to improve the quality of the skin.  Ultimately, it is not a question of either/or. "The Liquid Facelift" is a way station on the journey to a more complete panfacial rejuvenation.

Peter Lee, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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What is a liquid facelift

Great question!  A liquid facelift is a non-invasive procedure, by injecting fillers into the soft tissue to provide volume so that the skin appears tighter and mimics a facelift procedure - just like blowing up a balloon, if you put more air in, the balloon gets tighter.  In a surgical facelift procedure, excess skin is removed, in an operating room.  A liquid facelift is performed awake, in an exam chair, with numbing cream and usually completed within an hour.

The advantages of a liquid facelift is that is it quick, relatively painless, performed awake, recovery only a few days, and low complication risks.  However, the disadvantages are that the results are temporary (lasts 12-18 months) and will require more injections as the filler fades over time.

Hope this information helps, best of luck!

- Dr. Roger Tsai

Roger Tsai, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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What is a liquid facelift, would you recommend it?

Thank you for your excellent question.  A liquid facelift is a popularized term for the combined use of fillers and botox to provide facial rejuvenation/enhancement.  Without photographs to make definite recommendations a liquid facelift can be very beneficial in the right patient by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, replacing soft tissue lost with time, and helping to reposition tissues into a more youthful position.  See a board certified plastic surgeon in consultation, they can offer you the best treatment recommendatins

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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