Did you know that one of the most common misconceptions concerning plastic surgery is that it’s only for women? The reality is that cosmetic treatments and plastic surgery have become a very popular and effective way for men of all ages to also reach their aesthetic goals.
The other important misconceptions to address is that plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments aren’t always necessarily the same thing—did you know that oftentimes dramatically positive results can be had without any surgery at all?
What is a Liquid Facelift?
A liquid facelift refers to the use of dermal fillers to provide a more rested and youthful appearance to the face. Dermal fillers are injectable gels which are used to significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and creases. They work by restoring or enhancing volume to the shape and contour of the face that has been lost with age. Other common terms for this kind of procedure include “filler injections,” “injectables,” or “non-surgical facelifts.” They all refer to the same thing: the use of a dermal filler.
What are the Different Kinds of Dermal Fillers Used in Liquid Facelift Procedures?
There are many different kinds of dermal fillers and each one has a unique property, allowing it to be custom-tailored to an individual’s specific facial features and aesthetic goals. The best way to learn more about which kind of dermal filler is optimal for you is to speak with a qualified plastic surgeon or other trained medical professional experienced in fillers.
Two of the most popular dermal fillers on the market are Juvederm™ and Restylane®. Like many dermal fillers, the primary acting component of this filler is hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring sugar molecule and thus can be safely absorbed by the body. These fillers not only significantly reduce the appearance of lines and creases, but they can also restore volume to areas of the face which have become deflated over time. They are also a popular way to naturally restore volume and plumpness to the lips.
It’s important to understand that dermal fillers, while highly effective, are generally not permanent. Most dermal fillers used for a liquid facelift will yield results for six months to two years, depending on the type used and the patient’s aesthetic goals.
What is it Like Getting a Liquid Facelift?
The first step a patient takes before getting a liquid facelift will always include a consultation with a plastic surgeon or experienced medical injector. This will provide the patient with the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about what this kind of procedure entails. It will also allow the professional the opportunity to fully evaluate the patient, their anatomy, and to develop a firm understanding of the patient’s goals.
The procedure itself can often be performed on the same day as the consultation and typically does not last more than 30-45 minutes. Most patients are able to return to work the same day but there can occasionally be some minor swelling and bruising. For this reason, patients are advised to avoid having this procedure done any sooner than 10 days prior to any major event such as a wedding.