How is a liquid facelift better than surgery?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
A liquid facelift is different than a surgical facelift (rhytidectomy). A liquid facelift involves dermal injectables and fillers into the perioral, periorbital, and nasolabial folds. Skin is normally not directly removed with a liquid facelift, rather the facial areas are rejuvenated by reestablishing voolume through fillers. Popular fillers include restylane, juvaderm, collagen, fat grafting, and perlane. This can be combined with Botox to reduce wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, and crows feet. A true facelift requires scars in front of the ears, behind the ears and posterior hairline and sometime under the neck.
William I. Kestin, MD

The so-called "liquid face-lift" involves the injection of various fillers into the face to restore lost volume and provide a more youthful, refreshed appearance. It typically involves a series of injections to restore the jawline by reducing the appearance of "jowls," as well as restoring lost volume in the mid face and cheeks. The procedure is often coupled with BOTOX or other neuromodulators to achieve the desired result. It typically takes under an hour to perform and is rarely associated with significant down time. Patients can often return to work the very same day and the results typically last about 6 months. Cosmetic surgery is much more invasive and usually involves anesthesia. While the results are often wonderful, there is significant down time involved, as well as the potential for extensive bruising and the possibility of scarring. Your appearance can be permanently altered. While the results of surgery tend to be longer lasting, they are not permanent and further surgery is often required later in life. A liquid face-lift allows for an immediate result and can always be followed by conventional surgery if the patient so desires.

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