As we age, the face begins to lose collagen and elastin which contributes to sagging facial features. The loss of facial volume and elasticity also leads to the formation of wrinkles, lines and folds.
A Liquid Facelift is a technique for injecting advanced dermal fillers, such as JUVEDERM®, Radiesse® and Restylane® to lift and contour facial features. A non-surgical Liquid Face Lift can be undertaken to accomplish any of the following:
- Gentle lift of individual (or overall) facial features
- Reduced wrinkles, creases, line or folds
- Restoration of natural, curved facial contours
- A more rested, energetic look
- A friendlier smile
In some patients the goal of a non surgical Liquid Face Lift procedure is to lift the entire face. In others, the goal is to lift or contour specific facial features. For example, under eye bags and dark circles can be masked by using Liquid Facelift techniques; eyes can be opened up and lids lifted; jowls can be lifted and diminished; natural shape can be restored to flattened cheeks or temple areas; corners of the mouth can be lifted; and bumps on the nose can be hidden. Many of these conditions and contouring procedures are discussed on this web site, as well as treatment procedures for a variety of wrinkles, folds and lines.
A Liquid Face Lift involves the use of advanced dermal fillers, sometimes in combination with BOTOX® or Dysport®. The dermal fillers used are among a group of 2nd generation injectables that provide more enduring results than earlier products. These advanced dermal fillers includes JUVEDERM® Ultra, JUVEDERM® Ultra Plus, Radiesse®, Restylane®, Perlane® and Sculptra® Aesthetic.
Each of these dermal fillers has unique attributes that work in their own special way to rejuvenate specific areas of the face. In general, dermal fillers replace lost volume in the face or help the body regenerate its own collagen. Most of the fillers, such as JUVEDERM®, Radiesse®, Restylane® & Perlane® are comprised of natural substances produced by the body. Precisely placed, the dermal fillers can be used to lift or contour any number of facial features. For more information about the various advanced dermal filler products used by doctors in various Liquid Face Lift procedures, please see the Products section of this web site.
BOTOX® & Dysport® may also used in conjunction with the dermal fillers to provide added lift and to help the endurance of the dermal fillers.
Cost of a Liquid Face Lift
A Liquid Face Lift procedure is normally priced by the syringe. A 3 syringe Liquid Facelift procedure will typically cost in the neighborhood of $2,000. The number of syringes needed will vary from individual to individual. If BOTOX® or Dysport® is utilized with the dermal fillers, then the cost may increase from $200 - $600.
How Long Will It Last
A Liquid Face Lift will typically last from one to two years, depending on the products used and the facial area treated. JUVEDERM®, Radiesse®, Restylane® and Perlane® will typically last up to a year or more. Sculptra® Aesthetic lasts up to two years, but does not show immediate results. If BOTOX® or Dysport® is utilized with the dermal filler, then the results may last even longer.
All products discussed on this site are FDA-approved for treatment of at least one area of the face. Most plastic surgeons, dermatologists and other physicians who regularly use dermal fillers and BOTOX® in cosmetic medical procedures perform additional off-label uses with these products for non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments.
Before undergoing any procedure, make sure that your physician has extensive experience with the specific procedure. As with any medical procedure there are varying degrees of risk involved. Please consult your physician.
Results from Liquid Face Lift procedures can range from subtle to astonishing. It is common for patients who have had Liquid Face Lift procedures to say that they receive compliments on their appearance without others knowing that they have done anything. In some instances, the results can be so uplifting that they change an individualís life. As with any cosmetic medical procedure, results vary from patient to patient.Contributing Physicians:
Advanced Dermatology PC of NY & NJ Commack, Commack, NY ~ Laura E. Skellchock, MD, FAAD, Boca Raton, FL
W. Grant Stevens MD FACS, Marina Del Rey, CA ~ Vincent C. Giampapa MD FACS, Montclair, NJ
Tina S. Alster M.D., Washington DC, DC ~ Vivian W. Bucay M.D., San Antonio, TX
David K. Funt M.D. NY, New York, NY ~ George J. Bitar MD, Manassas, VA
Gilbert Lee MD, San Diego, CA ~ Jess Prischmann MD, Edina, MN
Carlos Wolf M.D., Miami, FL