The “Liquid Facelift” is a procedure that has become very popular recently. This trend is directly reflective of the common desire for people to get the most improvement from non-surgical enhancements of their natural features and beauty. Nowadays, more people are trying to put off the larger surgical procedures that require more healing and more downtime for a little longer. Some are just too busy. However, just because you don’t have the time in your life to recover from surgery, doesn’t mean that you still can’t get an incredible cosmetic enhancement of your appearance that will leave you looking more energized and refreshed!
It is also important to understand that surgical procedures, such as facelifts, do not always address all of the signs of aging. Facelift surgery does not always include volumizing procedures as well, and frequently, volume replacement is required in someone who has age-related changes to the face in order to achieve the most natural and rejuvenated effect. In general, even your best surgical results will come from also having more fullness in certain areas of your face to restore youthful balance and proportions, rather than just having tighter skin.
The Liquid Facelift is a great option for adding fullness and effecting a lift in certain areas of your face in order to restore youthful volume and proportions to your appearance. As we collect more birthdays, our faces tend to gradually lose collagen and facial volume. This loss of volume tends to cause a loss of form and structure, and a deflation of certain areas of the face that eventually will cause the skin and tissues to sag and droop. This also frequently leads to the formation of wrinkles, lines and folds.
With the Liquid Facelift procedure, Dr. Lewen uses expert and precise placement of various facial filler products to create natural fullness and restore youthful contours and shapes to give your face a refreshed and more vibrant appearance. Often times, Dr. Lewen will also create more symmetry in certain areas of the face as well. This skillful approach to restoring cosmetic balance and harmony to the face is very effective in achieving pronounced natural results with minimal downtime. Full results are typically expected to be achieved in about 1-2 weeks.
During your consultation, Dr Lewen will create an individualized treatment plan that is designed specifically for your personal cosmetic goals. At that time Dr. Lewen will discuss which facial filler products are ideal for specific areas of your face, and which will provide you with the most natural and rejuvenating treatment. Often times, Dr. Lewen will combine hyaluronic acid-based facial filler products such as Voluma, Restylane/Restylane Lyft/Restylane Silk, Juvederm Ultra/Ultra Plus and Belotero with other products such as Radiesse or Sculptra, depending on the rejuvenating effect that he is trying to achieve for you. Dr. Lewen uses each facial filler product in varying depths of the tissue, and in various areas, in order to achieve the most youthful balance and harmony in your face. For some areas, Dr. Lewen may use a cannula for specific injections. A cannula is shaped like a needle, but it is different in that it has a blunt tip on the end. This advanced injection technique has the advantages of being safer, causing even less risk of bruising, and being somewhat more comfortable when used in specific areas of the face. Dr. Lewen will be more than happy to discuss this treatment option with you during your consultation to determine if this would be the best approach to achieve your cosmetic goals.
During a Liquid Facelift, it is common to have multiple injection sites. Although all patients react a little differently, it is normal to have some degree of swelling and/or bruising after facial filler injections are performed, and which may be experienced in the first few days/weeks after treatment. In order to minimize the risks of additional swelling and bruising, patients are provided a post-Liquid Facelift kit that includes items such as ice packs, Arnica, and detailed post-treatment instructions that should help guide you through the healing process.
At times, Dr. Lewen may also recommend complimentary non-surgical treatments such as Botox, laser or light treatments, peels, and/or medical-grade skin care in order to help you attain your best rejuvenating result. Such complimentary procedures will work to enhance the results of your Liquid Facelift by addressing issues such as fine lines and wrinkles, skin tone, skin texture, pigmentation, scars, and acne, as well as other skin conditions. Dr. Lewen and his staff will provide you with a customized treatment plan that incorporates such recommendations, and he will be happy to discuss any concerns or questions you may have regarding the best time frame for pursuing such treatment options at the time of your consultation.