This non-surgical technique relies on injectables and dermal fillers to give your face a smoother, softer, more youthful look. It can effectively conceal the effects of aging and eliminate the need for an extensive and invasive surgical procedure. This alternative involves the injection of various substances into your muscles or beneath the skin. Liquid facelift substances may include hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane® and Juvederm®, dermal fillers such as Radiesse® or Sculptra®, and Botox®. You may have also heard these referred to as “wrinkle fillers” because they are primarily used to treat wrinkles and fine lines of expression.
Although the effects of a liquid facelift are temporary and may need to be repeated over time, they are fast, can provide immediate results, have few adverse side effects, and some of them can be reversed if you’re dissatisfied with the results. Be sure to look at liquid facelift before and after photos to see what can be accomplished with this technique.
- Liquid Facelift with Hyaluronic Acid Fillers (e.g., Restylane®, Juvederm®, Elevesse®) – Hyaluronic acid is a gel-like natural substance that sits between our skin and the connective tissues that support it. It occurs naturally in the human body and is essential for keeping our skin hydrated and well-lubricated – hence it is often referred to as nature’s moisturizer. The amount of hyaluronic acid in our body tends to decrease with age and this in turn results to wrinkles, lines around the eyes, deep creases, smile lines, and hollow cheeks. Liquid facelifts with injections of synthetic hyaluronic acid fillers can alleviate all of these problems. The substance is eventually absorbed by the body, so the effects typically last from six months to one year.
- Liquid Facelift with Other Dermal Fillers (e.g., Radiesse®, Sculptra®) – Radiesse® is a type of calcium-based filler, similar to the material found in our bones. It is heavier and more durable than hyaluronic acid, making it the preferred choice when treating advanced and deep skin problems that require long-term structural rigidity. This dermal filler is preferred for procedures involving nasolabial folds. It can last up to 8 or 9 months but can be difficult to remove.
Sculptra® is a type of poly-L-lactic acid filler that is injected to add volume to the skin. When used for liquid facelifts, these fillers are preferred to treat hollow cheeks and eyes or areas of the face where fat has been lost. The effects of PLLA fillers are not immediately visible and could take several months to become fully apparent. However, the results can last for two years.
- Liquid Facelift with Botox® – Botox® is a drug manufactured from a toxin produced by the bacterium known as Clostridium botulinum. It can be used alone in a liquid facelift, or in combination with other fillers. Botox® is primarily used for the treatment of wrinkles, crow’s feet, forehead creases, neckbands, and other lines that are caused by overactive facial muscles. Botox® injections work by relaxing or paralyzing the muscles so the wrinkles become less prominent. The muscles will start to function again as the body absorbs the drug, so you may need re-treatments every 3 or 4 months to maintain the results.
Potential Side Effects
Liquid facelifts are increasingly becoming more popular because they can often be performed in less than 30 minutes! However, just like any medical procedure, there are certain complications and side effects. These liquid facelift products have different characteristics, so it is imperative that you discuss them with your doctor and know what to expect. Here are some of the most common side effects and complications:
- Allergic reaction
- Bruising or tenderness
- Redness at the injection site
How Much Does a Liquid Facelift Cost?
The cost varies depending on the types of fillers used, the number of areas being treated, who performs the treatment, and your geographic location. Also, some of these products come in pre-measured syringes and you may need multiple units based on the area of your face that is being treated. In general, you can expect to spend the following average prices per liquid facelift treatment: