Liquid Facelift

In Washington, DC, board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Houtan Chaboki specializes in designing non-invasive facial rejuvenation procedures, and one of his most popular is the liquid facelift, also called the nonsurgical facelift. People from Arlington, Silver Spring, and other nearby communities considering a facelift often choose this procedure when they’re not quite ready for surgery or to enhance the appearance of prior surgical results.

What Is a Liquid Facelift?

Dr. Chaboki offers a nonsurgical alternative to a facelift that’s customized to your needs, which may include:

  • Reducing wrinkles
  • Replacing lost facial fullness
  • Restoring thicker, fuller hair
  • Creating a more youthful appearance

For example, you may want to fill out the hollows in your cheeks while smoothing away the wrinkles and lines around your mouth. Combining several of the minimally invasive options available can help you achieve your cosmetic goals while saving you time and money. Dr. Chaboki will determine whether nonsurgical options can give you the results you desire or you’ll require a surgical facelift to address more significant sagging.

What Does a Liquid Facelift Include?

You feel energized and youthful in spirit, but your face may tell a different story. Gravity, weight loss, pregnancy, sun damage, stress, genetics, and other factors can result in lost facial volume, skin wrinkling, and related concerns. These nonsurgical options can be performed quickly and often are combined with other med spa treatments to achieve an overall more youthful appearance:

Fat Transfer

This method of facial rejuvenation involves removing fat from one section of your body and then using the harvested fat to fill areas of your face that have lost volume, such as your cheeks, jawline, or “parentheses” (nasolabial folds). Also known as liposculpture, this procedure provides a minimally invasive option for achieving a more youthful look.

Dermal Fillers

Injectable fillers can restore lost volume to areas such as your cheeks as well as smooth out wrinkles. Bring back that youthful appearance with a facial filler such as Restylane®, JUVÉDERM®, RADIESSE®, or Sculptra® Aesthetic:

  • JUVÉDERM is a hyaluronic acid gel that provides a way to restore your skin’s hydration and volume, smoothing away facial wrinkles and folds and adding volume.
  • Restylane, also made of hyaluronic acid, is particularly effective for reducing folds and lines around your mouth, eyes, nose and forehead. It also can add definition.
  • BELOTERO BALANCE® replenishes your skin’s natural hyaluronic acid to provide immediate and smooth improvement of facial lines, folds, and wrinkles. BELOTERO BALANCE integrates with your skin and unique facial contours.
  • RADIESSE restores the youthful radiance of your skin by stimulating collagen production, which enhances your skin’s volume, strength, and elasticity. Benefits may last up to a year or more.
  • Sculptra Aesthetic corrects lost facial volume, such as hollowed cheeks, with a safe, synthetic injectable material known as poly-L-lactic acid. Benefits appear gradually over 6 weeks following treatment.

BOTOX® Cosmetic

Ranking as the most popular physician-administered aesthetic procedure in the U.S., BOTOX Cosmetic can be combined with other nonsurgical facelift options to smooth out wrinkles in your forehead and crow’s feet, as well as elevate drooping eyebrows. Some patients with extreme skin laxity in the upper eyelids may need eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).

Dr. Chaboki

Houtan Chaboki, MD

Double Board-Certified
Facial Plastic Surgeon

Houtan Chaboki, MD

Certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Chaboki has extensive knowledge of the intricacies of the face and neck. When you choose him for your procedure, you’re choosing one of the most reputable facial plastic surgeons in DC, as well as a nationwide leader in preservation rhinoplasty.


Cosmetic injections of KYBELLA offer gradual neck fat reduction in the office without surgery. For patients with submental fullness, or a “double chin,” who don’t want surgery, KYBELLA is a quick procedure performed via local anesthesia that targets fat. Results develop gradually after several weeks. KYBELLA can be combined with other nonsurgical treatments, too, for enhanced nonsurgical rejuvenation.

PRF Hair Restoration

We offer platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) as an all-natural method to restore hair in men and women. A small amount of blood is taken for your arm and immediately processed in the office to separate its component platelets, stem cells, and fibrin from the red blood cells. This PRF is then injected into the desired scalp area. PRF is 100% you and natural. PRF has no additives or chemicals.

PRF works to activate dormant hair follicles for hair growth and thicker hair. PRF is most effective when the patient notices early hair loss and thinning, but isn’t effective for complete balding. For patients with significant hair loss, then combination treatment is often recommended, which may include drugs (ex. Minoxidil, Finasteride) and hair transplant along with PRF.


Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) are similar, but critical differences exist that suggest that PRF is superior for hair restoration. PRF is PRP with the inherent fibrin and stem cells included, which are normally present in the blood. PRP discards the fibrin and stem cells along with the red blood cells.

Micro Infusion

Micro infusion is the next advance in skin treatments. Beyond traditional facials and peels, micro infusion can help improve the overall look and feel of skin.

Micro infusion, which may be referred to as “BOTOX facial” or “meso BOTOX”, is significantly different from traditional microneedling procedures. First, microinfusion has less discomfort and downtime as compared to needling. Patients may choose to return to work the same day. Second, a custom cocktail of skin relaxers (ex. BOTOX, Dysport®, Jeuveau®), hyaluronic gels (ex. BELOTERO BALANCE), and growth factors is placed in a device with tiny needles. These nearly microscopic needles effortlessly deliver the custom cocktail directly into the superficial dermis.

Results may be seen within 24 hours and fully develop several days after treatment. Treatments may be repeated every few months. Results are described as “glowy” or “photo filter”-like. Skin may feel tighter with a more uniformed smooth texture.

Liquid Facelift FAQ

How much does a liquid facelift cost?

Each liquid facelift at our Washington, D.C., practice is priced based on the specific products used during your procedure. During your consultation, we provide you with a written quote that accurately reflects the details of your nonsurgical facelift.

When will I be able to return to work?

If you undergo a nonsurgical facelift that uses only injectables, it’s likely you’ll be able to return to work the same day. Injectables typically don’t require much downtime, even when they’re administered in conjunction with each other. If your procedure involves a fat transfer, you’ll likely need a bit more downtime since that approach is slightly more invasive than a procedure that uses strictly injectables.

How long will my results last?

This depends on the exact nature of your procedure. While the results of a nonsurgical facelift aren’t permanent, they can be prolonged by following Dr. Chaboki’s aftercare instructions and practicing good skincare habits. During your consultation, Dr. Chaboki offers you a more specific idea of the results you can anticipate, as well as their longevity.

To learn more about the liquid or nonsurgical facelift, as well as other procedures to minimize the signs of aging, request a consultation with Dr. Chaboki online or call his DC plastic surgery office at (202) 800-2085.

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