Liquid Face Lift: A Nonsurgical Solution
by Julie Marks
For about a decade, Europeans have used the liquid face-lift as a popular alternative to traditional face-lift surgery. More recently, the liquid face-lift made its way to the United States, and has been used nationwide to help maintain a youthful appearance. Read on for more information about how the liquid face lift works, the results that can be expected from it, and why it may be a useful solution to treat wrinkles and turn back the common signs of aging.
How does the Liquid Face Lift Work?
In practice, the liquid facelift is a synthetic injectable treatment that combines advanced dermal fillers like Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, Perlane, or Sculptra with Botox to help improve the volume and smoothness of the face. Patients can undergo a series of treatments, with the exact combination of fillers and number of sessions varying from person to person. Generally, the liquid face-lift will work gradually, tightening the skin around the cheeks and jaw line, and smoothing away laugh lines, nasolabial folds, and crow’s feet.
Liquid Facelift Results
Results from the liquid face-lift can range from subtle to dramatic, depending on the extent of the treatment and the number and location of injections. In all cases, the results will present themselves gradually, as the synthetic injections help increase collagen production over the span of several months, filling in facial folds and sculpting the face. Minimal bruising, swelling, or down time has been reported by patients that have undergone the liquid face lift, and the patient can generally return to work or resume their normal daily activities the same day as their liquid face lift procedure—- something that certainly can’t be said about a facelift surgical procedure.
Liquid Facelift vs. Facelift Surgery
Unlike the liquid face-lift, during traditional facelift surgery, an incision is made from temple to ear on both sides. Facial skin is separated from underlying muscle and excess fat is removed to aid in tightening facial muscles. To complete the face-lift, skin is pulled up across the face, trimmed, and sewn. The incision from the facelift is hidden in the hairline and behind ears, so no visible scarring occurs. By contrast, the liquid face-lift uses synthetic injections to add volume and fullness to the face and to create structure that may have been lost with age. There are no incisions, no anesthesia needed, no long recovery times, little to no pain, and best of all, far less damage done to the wallet!
Liquid Facelift Costs
A liquid or nonsurgical facelift will cost you a fraction of what a surgical procedure will. However, it is very difficult to estimate what the exact cost of a liquid face lift will be, as there are numerous variables in play, including:
- Types of injectables used
- Number of sessions
- Areas of the face treated
- Specific doctor rates
All told, though, a liquid facelift could potentially cost you well under $1,000, which stacks up pretty well against the $6,000 to $7,000 of an average surgical facelift.
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