The Liquid Facelift is a facial rejuvenation treatment using a combination of Botox and injectable fillers. It is known as the Liquid Facelift because although surgery is not involved, the treatment does lift the facial tissues and reduces wrinkles. The Liquid Facelift can be very effective in postponing the need for major surgical procedures.
Botox is used primarily on "dynamic" wrinkles: forehead lines, between the eyes and around the eyes.
Forehead: When used on the forehead, Botox is more effective than a forehead lift at erasing lines.
Between the eyes: Botox will achieve a lift of the brows almost similar to the results of a brow lift.
Around the eyes: Botox in the crow's feet area will achieve results at erasing lines that no facelift or brow lift can achieve. In fact, there is no surgical procedure that can address the crow's feet.
Around the chin: Botox can be injected into the chin area to get rid of the horizontal line below the lower lip. Botox can also be used to lift the corners of the mouth. Once again, no surgical procedures can address these issues.
There are a variety of fillers available, depending upon the goal.
Thicker fillers such as Radiesse and Juvederm Ultra Plus can be used to "lift" the cheeks or to create higher cheek bones. They can also be used on the lateral part of the brows to achieve a lift, or in the lower portion of the face to hide the jowls. When these fillers are used to achieve volume enhancement in the temporal areas and mid-cheeks, the results are almost like a mini-face lift.
The thinner fillers are used for fine lines or wrinkles around the mouth and, most commonly, for lip enhancement. They can also be used after Botox if the "11" lines between the eyes are not gone completely. Fine lines on the cheeks can be treated with the thinner fillers as well.
To achieve best results, the thicker fillers are used first for lifting the tissues, followed by the thinner fillers to refine the skin.
One of the main advantages to using Botox and fillers is that there is almost no downtime. Some swelling can be expected for 2 to 3 days at most, following treatment with fillers.
Since all fillers are now mixed with lidocaine (local anesthetic) the discomfort is very minimal.
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