Some patients are apprehensive about plastic surgery, whether it’s the anesthesia or recovery period after surgery. Others wonder if they’ll appear natural after cosmetic surgery. Multiple non-surgical treatments have become available that can enhance the face without surgery, as technology and the field of plastic surgery has expanded. One very popular nonsurgical treatment is a liquid facelift.
A liquid facelift is a combination of injections to rejuvenate the face without surgery. These injections fill hollows, reduce shadows and wrinkles, and lift cheeks. Some liquid facelift injections can stimulate your own body to rejuvenate the skin itself, alternatively known as “stem cell facelift”.
- Hyaluronic acid (HA) facial fillers – Juvederm®, Restylane®, Voluma®, Belotero®
- Wrinkle relaxers – Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin®
- Collagen stimulators – Sculptra®, Radiesse®
- Fat transfer
- PRP (platelet rich plasma)
Which liquid facelift method to choose? Which is best? The decision for cosmetic treatment is between the patient and facial plastic surgeon, based on many factors such as underlying anatomy, degree of facial aging, surgeon preference, and patient preference.
Liquid facelifts are a good option for many patients who are cautious about plastic surgery, but it doesn’t replace surgery. First, a liquid facelift is better to enhance the central face, including the cheeks, midface, lower eyelid, and lips. It generally is not as good for the neck area for most patients. Secondly, liquid facelifts do not improve skin laxity. We reviewed surgical facelifts for skin laxity in previous blog post.
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