Recently with the booming interest in dermal fillers especially amongst younger people, liquid facelifts are commonly requested at our Clinic. With the skilled application of dermal fillers, the face can be rejuvenated, sculpted and enhanced in various ways with the addition of natural-looking volume provided by modern dermal fillers. This particular use for dermal fillers is quite popular among ageing patients who want to fight back the advance of the signs of aging before they get extreme enough to warrant considering a full rhytidectomy facelift.
What is a Liquid Facelift?
A liquid facelift treatment is a non-surgical alternative to a facelift using dermal fillers to add volume to various areas of the face. There is no cutting or surgery involved, just a series of small injections with a fine syringe or cannula. As people age, they lose volume throughout their face, so often this can be a fantastic alternative to a full facelift as this volume can be replaced with dermal fillers. If you have quite substantial sagging, you may find this is not a suitable approach for you or should be used in conjunction with another treatment to reach an optimal outcome.
Best Areas for Liquid Facelift Treatment
Cheeks: The cheeks are one of the places where volume is quickly lost as people age. People that are very lean, such as runners will often find this is something that can start to leave them looking much older than they are due to the low-fat content of their face as well as reduced volume from ageing. Cheeks provide a lot of structural support for the skin on the face, so once this volume is lost, it can lead to a lot of wrinkling, folds, and skin sag.
Tear Troughs: Something that often shows peoples age is their tear troughs, the eyes, and surrounding tissues are in general very prone to showing the effects of aging due to the fine and delicate skin in much of this area. Filling these hollows can be an effective way to rejuvenate the look of your eyes non-surgically.
Chin: A loss of volume here can lead to neck sagging or a boney pointed look to the chin. This can be addressed as part of a liquid facelift treatment, just as it can on its own.
Jawline: A lean face can lead to the masseter muscles making a face start to look square or sharp, this can be less bothersome for men to generalise but for women is often somewhat frustrating, softening this area with dermal filler injections can add a more youthful look the face.
Forehead: This area is often neglected or hidden under hair, however, fine lines and wrinkles in this area can benefit quite dramatically from the application of fillers. A little filler in the right places can vastly reduce the visibility of fine lines in wrinkles across the face, but don’t underestimate the often neglected forehead.
Lips: Dermal filler lip enhancement is one of the things that has made dermal fillers so popular in recent years especially among younger patients, as people age they typically lose quite a lot of lip volume these can be treated with dermal fillers, or just enhanced to your preference.
Planning A Liquid Facelift Treatment
As with any cosmetic treatment, it’s essential to have a consultation to understand the risks involved and have your specific face be thoroughly assessed and develop a plan to reach your goals with your Cosmetic Doctor. This is also helpful for your practitioner to gather additional information such as any medical history that may need to be taken into account during the treatment, and discuss with you what is recommended to address your specific concerns. If you have budgetary concerns or any questions, this is also the time to address them, as there may be ways to suit your budgetary needs better while still providing an effective outcome.
Is a Liquid Facelift Painful?
Most patients find dermal filler injections to be tolerable. If you consider yourself to have a low pain threshold or are concerned about the pain involved, you can request numbing cream to be applied before the procedure; this can take a little while to take effect and is typically not required. Ice can also be used to decrease pain and reduce bruising risks at times.
When a cannula is used, a local anaesthetic injection may be given rapidly numbing the targeted area for treatment. Most dermal fillers also include a local anaesthetic mixed into the product, so typically after the first injecting into an area, the surrounding area will numb quite rapidly making following injections nearby even more tolerable. Overall, liquid facelift treatments are non-invasive and low pain.
If you are delicate with treated areas after your treatment, you are likely to have minimal issues by avoiding a few things. Try and avoid excessive sunlight or other extreme weather, avoid make up for at least four hours afterward, avoid spas and saunas for at least a week, and avoid strenuous exercise for a day or so. Beware of acidic face products at least for the first day and try and keep the area clean. An ice pack can help with minor pain and swelling after the procedure. Most of the swelling will resolve in 2-3 days after the treatment for most people. However, some swelling can linger for up to four weeks.
Potential Side Effects
While not a complete list and some risks may be enhanced by certain medications you take, and other factors here are some of the potential risks involved with receiving a liquid facelift treatment. While most of them are uncommon being aware that on rare occasions some more severe adverse outcomes can occur is essential to make an informed decision. Speak to your practitioner about the complete range of risks involved.
- Bruising is often seen to some degree.
- Swelling, especially of the injection sites, is common usually lasting around two days.
- Infection while rare is always a possibility when the skin is punctured.
- Necrosis caused by reduced blood flow or blockages is very rare but can cause scarring.
How Long Does a Liquid Facelift Last?
This will vary as individuals will metabolise and absorb the filler products at slightly different rates. The lasting time is also affected by the placement of the filler, the amount, and the specific product used. Your practitioner will be able to give you a close estimate based on their experience with the particular products being used, and what is being done during the procedure. While we can’t talk much about the specific types of fillers we use online due to TGA regulations, the lasting times typically vary between 6-18 months depending a lot of the particular product used and the other factors mentioned.