As you age, skin loses collagen and elastin, resulting in facial features that sag (as the skin does not possess the necessary volume and elasticity). Liquid facelift is a non surgical procedure that can be used to treat aging skin. In a liquid facelift procedure, certain FDA-approved dermal fillers are injected in order to lift the facial contour and to reduce the wrinkles and fine lines.
When you have decided to undergo liquid facelift, it becomes very important to choose an experienced surgeon or dermatologist who has been certified to perform this procedure.
Fix an appointment with the selected doctor for consultation. Generally, you will be informed about the liquid facelift procedure. You will be introduced to various dermal filler injectibles and their effects on your face. You can get your doubts cleared and also details about the cost of treatment, downtime, side effects, risks and complications involved during this consultation.
Once you have decided to go for the liquid facelift, your surgeon will examine your face and discuss the possible enhancements with the dermal fillers. Injectable dermal fillers are used in this liquid facelift procedure in order to fill the volume lost in the face due to age. A combination of Juvederm®, Restylane, Sculptra, Hylaform and Botox are used by surgeons.
Botox is combined with other dermal fillers because it is capable of giving the added lift to the face. Juvederm is effective in adding volume to the face and smoothes facial folds and wrinkles. Sculptra is used for correcting nasolabial folds in particular. It can also stimulate the collagen production. Restylane is also effective in correcting the wrinkles and facial folds. So, the dermal filler suitable for your skin condition is decided by the surgeon after a consultation with you.
As dermal fillers can be used to correct nasolabial folds, lips, cheeks, and areas around the mouth and temple regions, based on your requirements, the surgeon will identify the spots where the injections will be given. You may get an idea of possible facial enhancement by going through the before and after pictures of patients with similar requirements.
Injection of Dermal Fillers
A local anesthetic agent is used on the spots identified for treatment. Then, the selected dermal filler is injected in those spots using a hypodermic needle. It is injected just underneath the skin and injected slowly. The result of the procedure is almost instantaneous and your face exhibits a "plump" appearance.
You may have to visit the surgeon a day after the facelift in order to review the situation. You may be advised to repeat the treatment after 6 to 9 months.
Word of Caution
Though the procedure is termed as facelift, it is not actually a process of face lifting. Only a gentle lifting effect can be achieved. Actually, the dermal fillers fill the spaces in the targeted spots temporarily. When these fillers disappear gradually, sagging will reappear again. You have to repeat this to maintain your facial contours.