What are the pros and cons of a liquid facelift?

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What Are the Pros and Cons of a Liquid Facelift? Pros of Liquid Facelift? Sculptra, Voluma, Botox Are Quick and Nonsurgical

A liquid facelift with some combination of Sculptra, Voluma, Juvederm, Restylane, and Botox is a wonderful solution for someone who is experiencing early signs of aging and wants to rejuvenate their face without undergoing surgery. In the right hands, it is a very natural looking rejuvenation that will make you appear more vibrant and refreshed, without looking “done.” It's performed in the office with just local anesthesia. And once the dermal fillers are under your skin, they actually stimulate the skin to rejuvenate itself by producing more collagen. You can add in a laser resurfacing or another skin tightening treatment for extra rejuvenation and to stimulate the production of even more collagen and elastin. There is a little bit of bruising and/or swelling that may last for several days. 

The downside for a liquid facelift is that it is not permanent. The fillers and Botox (if used) will need to be re-administered to maintain the effects. Also, liquid facelifts will not work well for people who already have significant sagging. Consulting a board-certified dermatologist will help you determine if a liquid facelift is the right choice for you.

San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Pros and Cons of Liquid Facelift? Liquid Facelifts Look Great for Early Aging

There are many pros to a liquid facelift, the most obvious of which is that you do not have to undergo major surgery. A liquid facelift consists of a series of injections of dermal fillers, such as Sculptra, Voluma, Radiesse, Belotero, Juvederm, and Restylane. Your dermatologist may layer two or more of these to create the most beautiful curves and lift. Sometimes Botox or Dysport are also used. 

The rejuvenation of a liquid facelift works best on early signs of aging, such as a little bit of lost volume in the cheeks and slight jowling. A liquid facelift can also improve more advanced aging, but the effect will not be as dramatic. Results can last for up to two years, depending on which fillers you have used. The main con is that the effects are not permanent. You will have to consider regular touch-ups to your liquid facelift as part of your beauty maintenance. Consulting a board-certified dermatologist will give you a better idea of which injectables will be needed for your liquid facelift and how often you will need to have it re-done.

Karen Beasley, MD
Baltimore Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews


A liquid facelift helps restore your face’s naturally young and healthy appearance. The treatment uses dermal fillers such as Restylane and Bellafill which help your wrinkles dissipate and any sunken areas of your face. Results are immediate and will typically last 9-12 months. There is no downtime and it is minimally invasive.  However a liquid facelift doesn’t last as long as a traditional facelift. For more information, please get a in person consultation from a board-certified dermatologist.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Advantages and Disadvantages of Liquid Facelift

Thank you for your question. Some of the advantages of a Liquid Facelift include minimal or no anesthesia required (ie general aesthetics and hospital admission is not required), immediate results without any downtime, can be performed within a relatively short period of time, produces more natural results with fewer complications and risks compared with invasive surgical facelifts (eg, infection, bleeding, clotting, etc). The disadvantages include a shorter longevity for the treatment (typically lasts for up to 2 years in general terms) and not effective in addressing heavy jowling / lower face sagginess.

I recommend that you consult with an experienced and well trained practitioner to ensure your safety and to achieve optimal results.

Best wishes.

Tom Jodlovich, MBBS, MPH
Sydney Physician
4.7 out of 5 stars 14 reviews


The benefits of a liquid lift is: little to no downtime, little discomfort, relatively quick procedure, done with local anesthesia, and no risk of scarring.  The downside to it is: doesn't last as long as a traditional facelift, and doesn't lift very saggy skin.  Always seek treatment from a qualified professional.  Good luck!

Jennifer Trent, MD, FAAD
Sarasota Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Pros and cons

The "liquid" part requires :

GOOD: No anesthesia. less downtime. relatively quick to perform. quick overall recovery. More natural.

BAD: Not long lasting. Cannot lift very saggy faces. 

Facial surgery is SURGERY: So longer recovery, increased pain, more downtime. Can be more effective, but may lead to "overdone" faces occasionally.

Best, Dr. ALDO

Aldo Guerra, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 201 reviews



“LIQUID FACELIFT” is a misnomer.  A facelift is a surgical procedure or procedures
to correct sagging, redundant facial tissue such as jowls,  hanging necks,  brow 
ptosis, etc.  Attempts to correct these deformities  with fillers, or neurotoxins, or 
noninvasive “tissue tightening ” technologies are usually disappointing.

"LIQUID TUNE-UP" would be a more appropriate term for the use of fillers in 
patients that are not ready for surgical facelift. Some practitioners without
surgical expertise are pushing expensive non-surgical options in patients that
really need surgery to get a respectable result.  !f you are seeking fillers, it would be prudent to see a surgical specialist with expertise in all options, that can give you an honest evaluation.   Wasting thousands on fillers when you need surgery, or having surgery before you need it, can be very disappointing.

Luis Villar, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Pros and Cons


-Restores facial volume lost from fat atrophy and bony atrophy with little downtime          

- Does not involve a surgical incision or scar          

- Easily completed in an office under topical/local anesthesia


-Temporary result, regardless of filler material or fat transfer           

-Doesn't truly lift the underlying structures of the face           

-Doesn't address poor jawline and neck contours

Nathan Eberle, MD, DDS
Weston Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Injectables - Technique and Technician Matter Most

The face ages in three ways: Sags and bags, Lines and Hollows, Tone and Texture. When we are young our face is like an inverted triangle, with the fullest part being from the forehead to the bottom of the nose. As we age, the triangle flips upside down with our upper face being the most narrow. A "liquid facelift" is achieved with injectables like Voluma, Radiesse, and Juvederm plus Botox for smoothing lines in the forehead, around the eyes, lip and chin areas.  The first step to determine if a liquid facelift is right for you is evaluating your face to determine where your facial aging in occurring. Often times patient complain of nasal labia folds (the lines that form from the nose to the mouth area), fallen or sunken cheeks, hollowed under eyes and temples, thin lips and weakened jawlines. The key to a liquid facelift is keeping it natural looking and not getting overfilled, therefore technique and the skills of the injector make a significant difference. We use mostly micro-cannulas for our injections, which minimize bruising and allow for smooth contouring of the face. There is an Abraham Maslow saying, "If all you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail." In this case it applies to choosing a plastic surgeon to access your facial aging process and determine a course of action. Often times, a patient is not a good candidate for a liquid facelift and needs to consider an alternative procedure such as a non-incisional Radio Frequency facelift or a traditional facelift. While fillers can be a fantastic solution for staving off the aging process, eventually, you will want to know your options for continuing to look natural as well as youthful. 

Mark Anton, MD, FACS
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Liquid Facelift

A liquid facelift uses dermal fillers to add volume and smooth the skin. Fillers have varying lifespans. For example, Juvederm and Restylane both are hyaluronic acid fillers and generally last no more than a year. Radiesse, a calcium hydroxylapatite filler, can last a year or more. To maintain the volume these fillers add, patients need to go in for touch ups at least once every 12 months, if not sooner, which can be costly. A pro is that it allows you some of the results with no downtime or cutting. 

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

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