If you have started to notice lines, wrinkling, and skin sagging in your face, you may have thought about a facelift. This procedure can improve your face’s appearance by removing extra skin and tissue and tightening what’s left.
But what if you want to improve how you look without surgery? Then you might think about a liquid facelift, which offers some improvements to the face without anesthesia or incisions.
This popular procedure offers almost immediate results, and the effects can last up to two years.
Below is detailed information about the liquid facelift and what you can expect.
Liquid Face Lift Overview
The connective tissues in the face tend to lose elastin and collagen as you age, making you look older. Also, you may lose fat in the face, which makes it look hollow or gaunt. Many feel this makes them look older than they are, so they may want a liquid facelift.
According to Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Dr. Nicholas Lahar, “The most common liquid facelift involves the injection of dermal fillers into the face to plump it and add fullness. The primary goal of the liquid facelift is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, sagging, and fine lines.”
This surgery also can:
- Add fullness to the lips
- Reduce a hollow appearance under the eyes
- Fill the cheeks if they have gotten hollow
- Reduce wrinkles around the eyes, lips, and forehead
- Make scars less noticeable
Some of the other areas that your surgeon may target with dermal fillers are:
- Near the eyebrows
- The temples
- The jowls, which can give you the dreaded ‘turkey neck’
- Deep folds between the mouth and nose
However, every patient’s face is different, so the area that your surgeon injects depends on your anatomy and goals.
Types Of Dermal Fillers
There are several dermal fillers your healthcare provider may use on your face, depending on the area and how much you need:
- Hyaluronic acid, which is found in tissues and fluid in your body that makes the skin plumper
- Calcium hydroxylapatite, which is located in the bones
- Polyalkylimide, which is a synthetic gel that’s compatible with human tissues
- Polylactic acid, which stimulates your skin to produce collagen
- Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA), which is a semi-permanent dermal filler
- Fat: Some patients can have fat removed from part of the body and injected into the face
Each works differently and is best for various parts of the face. Some last about six months and others up to two years.
Note that Botox is another option, but it’s not a dermal filler. Instead, botox freezes face muscles to smooth lines and wrinkles, usually around the eyes and mouth.
Liquid Facelift Risks And Side Effects
This procedure doesn’t involve surgery, so the side effects and risks are minor. However, some patients experience bruising, especially if the fillers are placed under or around your eyes.
If you take blood-thinning medication, you could have more bruising. So it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider about all medications and supplements you take.
Some patients also have redness, swelling, and pain after a liquid facelift.
A few patients may have more severe side effects and complications, such as:
- Allergic reactions to the dermal filler
- Bacterial infection, such as strep or staph, might enter through the needle puncture
- Filler can enter a blood vessel in the face, which can cause skin necrosis
These severe complications are rare, but you should watch your skin for the first two or three days and tell your doctor if you notice anything unusual.
You should only use a trained healthcare provider for your liquid facelift. If you choose someone untrained or inexperienced, you may have severe complications, and the results may be puffy and unnatural looking.
Liquid Facelift Recovery
Most people can go back to work the next day after a liquid facelift. But you may want to take one or two days off if you have excessive bruising.
Your doctor will advise you on how to care for your skin after you have dermal fillers. For example, it can help to ice the face after the session to reduce swelling. It’s also wise to avoid intense exercise for 24 hours and stay out of the sun.
It also helps to massage the injected area if your doctor uses a filler with poly-L-lactic acid. However, unless your doctor told you to massage the injected regions, you shouldn’t touch them for at least 72 hours.
Depending on the fillers used, you can enjoy your results for 6 months to two years. But eventually, your body will absorb the fillers, so you’ll need touch-ups to maintain your results.
Talk to your doctors about how long the fillers they’re using will last and when you may need another treatment.
Liquid Facelift Ideal Candidates
The ideal candidate for this procedure is a young or middle-aged patient with early aging signs, such as minor jowls, volume loss in the cheeks, crow’s feet, or marionette lines.
You may not be an ideal candidate for a liquid facelift if you’re pregnant, nursing, or have an allergy to a dermal filler or lidocaine.
Liquid Facelift Limits
Many people opt for liquid facelifts because the procedure has a faster recovery, fewer complications, and is less expensive than a facelift. Also, a facelift requires several weeks of recovery.
However, remember that a liquid facelift won’t do as much as surgery. And you won’t get significant results with dermal fillers for these issues:
- Jowls around the jawline
- Loose skin in the neck
- Deep folds between the mouth and nose
- Drooping tissue in the midface
- Double chin
Millions of people have liquid facelifts every year to reduce the signs of facial aging without surgery. If you have tried dermal fillers on an individual part of the face but want a comprehensive approach to facial aging, talk to your healthcare provider about a liquid facelift today.