Want to look significantly younger but are afraid of going under the knife? That's where a liquid facial can help. It uses injectables, such as Juvederm, along with Botox to help plump up, relax, and fill in fine lines and wrinkles, restoring youthful volume to the face while recontouring it.
How does a liquid facelift work?
In simple terms, a liquid facelift uses injectable dermal fillers along with Botox to lift, plump, fill, smooth, and recontour the face, instantly shaving years off your appearance. Popular dermal fillers include Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse, Juvederm, Artefill, and Sculptra.
In general, Botox used in addition to dermal fillers leads to better, longer-lasting results. This is because Botox relaxes the muscles that are responsible for making certain facial expressions that lead to deep creases and expression lines.
Before a liquid facelift procedure, your doctor will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area. Each injection takes only a few minutes and targets areas such as the temples, sagging cheeks, nasolabial folds, and creases.
How long does a liquid facelift last?
Liquid facelifts typically last between one and two years, if you have a full correction. Remember that different dermal fillers have longer-lasting results than others do. Maintenance throughout the year can also help prolong your liquid facelift results.
What are the pros and cons of a liquid facelift?
There are several benefits to liquid facelifts versus traditional plastic surgery, including:
- Liquid facelifts are non-surgical and non-invasive
- The injections only take a few minutes
- Recovery time is minimal
- Results can be seen immediately
- Liquid facelifts cost less than surgical facelift procedures
That being said, you should understand that the results achieved with a liquid facelift are less dramatic than traditional cosmetic surgery. Other potential drawbacks are:
- Liquid facelifts last one-to-two years
- Excess skin isn't removed
- The procedure doesn't lift the skin, and can't correct jowls or sagging skin
Is a liquid facelift right for me?
It depends. If you wish to achieve dramatic results without substantial recovery time, then a liquid facelift might be right for you. To determine if you're an ideal candidate for a liquid facelift, you should schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dermatologist and/or plastic surgeon.
- "Is a Liquid Face Lift Right for You?," Johns Hopkins Medicine, n.d.
- "The Liquid or No-Surgery Face Lift,"
Verywell, September 7, 2018.