What is a liquid facelift procedure?
Liquid facelifts are referred to as such because, rather than utilizing a series of surgical techniques to lift and rejuvenate a patient’s facial features, a series of injectable treatments are used to improve the visible signs of aging. The use of the term facelift is a bit of a misnomer, as excess skin is not removed, nor is there any true “lifting” of the face. Instead, a series of injections are used to relax muscles causing wrinkles and to “plump” the supporting layers of our skin to restore the fullness lost as we age.
As we age, our bodies begin producing lesser amounts of collagen than in our younger years. Collagen functions This can lead to sagging skin and the formation of wrinkles as we begin to lose some of the supporting layers under our outermost layer of skin.
Liquid facelift treatments function to relax the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles while concurrently restoring volume and fullness to a patient’s face. Liquid facelifts are one of the most popular treatments on the market today because they offer almost instantaneous results with little to no recovery time. Many patients will be attracted to the fact that some of the injections commonly used in liquid facelifts are reversible, so there is little commitment if the patient does not like his or her new look.
Who is a good candidate for a liquid facelift?
Both men and women of almost all ages are good candidates for liquid facelift treatments. If you want to help restore a more youthful appearance, but have concerns about invasive surgical procedures or anesthesia, you may be particularly interested in a liquid facelift. Those who have budgetary concerns about the price of a surgical facelift may also find the lesser cost of liquid facelifts desirable.
Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, and those with allergic reactions to particular injectables should not receive liquid facelifts. At NW Face & Body, we can perform tests during your consultation to determine whether you may be at a heightened risk for complications.
How do Botox and Dysport work?
Over time, our facial muscles pull on our skin, which can eventually lead to the appearance of wrinkles and creases and a general appearance of aging. Botox and Dysport contain safe amounts of a mild toxin which has been shown to gently relax these muscles and release their pull on our skin. While this may sound dangerous, it is safe when used at the levels administered by those working under the supervision of a trained physician. Botox and Dysport are some of the most commonly-sought treatments in the cosmetic industry, with an estimated 6 million Botox procedures alone performed in the United States each year.
How do facial fillers work?
Facial fillers refer to a wide variety of injectable treatments designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by adding fullness and volume to the supporting layers under our skin. By restoring this fullness, we can reduce many of the commonly-seen signs of aging and restore a more youthful appearance without it being obvious a patients has had work performed.
How long does a liquid facelift last?
As opposed to traditional, surgical facelifts, the results from liquid facelift procedures are not as permanent. How long you see results from a liquid facelift depends largely on what injectables you and your physician decide are best for you and your individual goals. It is not uncommon to see results for a year or more.
How much does a liquid facelift cost?
The injectables used in a liquid facelift are sold by the vial. Your final cost is going to be variable, depending on the amount of work you would like performed, and how many vials are used during your treatment regimen. Please contact us at NW Face & Body to schedule a consultation to discuss further.
What are some of the potential side effects of liquid facelifts?
Liquid facelifts, and the various injectable treatments performed during liquid facelift procedures are, by and large, very safe procedures. All injectable treatments have been carefully scrutinized by the FDA. A small minority of patients may have allergies to some of the protein or ingredients in some injectables. However, the wide variety of various treatments allows for customized treatments tailored to the individual. Some of the more commonly-reported side effects include minor swelling, itching, bruising and tenderness at the injection sites.