What is a liquid facelift?
A liquid facelift is a non-surgical treatment which aims to tighten wrinkles and plump skin. Liquid facelifts involve injecting dermal fillers and/or anti-wrinkle injections into the skin. Unlike surgery, there is no cutting into the skin.
The main goal of liquid facelifts is to reduce sagging skin, wrinkles, and fine lines, leaving your skin with a plump, refreshed look. Dermal fillers can also be used to plump up the lips, cheeks, and chin, tighten wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, and forehead, reduce the appearance of scars and reduce hollow areas under the eyes and cheeks.
How does a liquid facelift work?
As we age, our body doesn’t produce as much collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. You can also lose fat in your face as you age, which can leave you looking gaunt and older. Dermal fillers work by being injected into the layers of the skin. The procedure is usually a series of injections, which can be done in one session.
What areas are targeted for a liquid facelift?
Liquid facelifts are generally for the face and neck, but dermal filler can also be used in other places, such as the hands. Dermal filler can be injected:
- Under or around the eyes,
- Near the eyebrows,
- Into the cheeks, lips, chin, neck, temples, or forehead,
- Into fine lines around the nose and mouth,
- Around scars.
How to prepare for a liquid facelift:
A liquid facelift requires very little preparation. On the day of the procedure, you should not have any makeup on, a sunburn, or a skin infection/wound on the parts of the face that are being injected.
You should also avoid alcohol, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Ibuprofen, and aspirin, in the few days leading up to the procedure as they can increase the bruising.
Make sure to get plenty of rest and ask your doctor if there is anything else you will need to do to prepare.
What are the risks and side effects?
As with all dermal filler or anti-wrinkle injections, the side effects are minimal, which is one of the reasons why they have become so popular. You may experience swelling, redness, or bruising around the injection site, but this is considerably less in comparison to surgical facelifts. Usually, any swelling or redness should go down within a day or so, any bruising may take a little longer, but for the most part you should be able to continue life as normal.
There have been some rare cases of side effects, for example allergic reactions and bacterial infections. Therefore, it’s important to inform your doctor of any medication you take, and your medical history, so that they can make an informed decision about the best method of treatment. Your doctor should also take you through any potential side effects and after care.
Liquid facelift vs surgical facelift
Many people will choose a liquid facelift over a surgical facelift because it’s cheaper, creates natural results with subtle changes, it’s much quicker with minimal recovery time, and it is less painful. However, surgical facelifts have more of a dramatic, and longer-lasting effect.
Surgical facelifts involve incisions around the ears and hairline, then the facial tissue is lifted and tightened, with any excess skin removed. This will create more definition to the cheeks, reduce any sagging skin, and smooth out any fine lines and wrinkles.
When making the decision between these procedures, you may want to consider how severe your signs of ageing are, and whether you are ready for a surgical procedure. Another point to consider is that you will need recovery time after surgery.
If you have lines and wrinkles with mild volume loss, a liquid facelift will likely give you the results. However, if you have severe sagging skin, a surgical facelift may be better. Other options are to choose the liquid facelift first, and then further down the line, you could opt for a surgical facelift.
What liquid facelift products can I purchase at Refine?
At Refine, we have a vast range of dermal fillers to choose from. There are lots of factors to consider when purchasing dermal filler, including price range, with some brands charging more than others. It’s also important to consider the areas which you plan to have filler injected, as filler brands will usually have a particular filler for a specific part of the face. Below, we have listed some of the top dermal filler brands, as well as what each specific filler is mainly used for.
Juvéderm have various fillers to choose from, including the Juvéderm Ultra range. Juvéderm 2 and 3 are ideal for mild to moderate wrinkles, especially around the mouth and nose areas. Whereas, Juvéderm Ultra 4 is used to treat deeper lines and wrinkles, as well as hydrating and plumping the skin. Juvéderm Ultra Smile is specifically used on the lips. Juvéderm also have a variety of other fillers including Voluma, Volbella, Volite and Volux.
Some of the benefits of Juvéderm include the immediate and long-lasting results. Also, most Juvéderm formulas include lidocaine, which is an anaesthetic to reduce pain and discomfort during the treatment.
Eloquence fillers are another great option, especially if you are looking for a cheaper brand in comparison to Juvéderm. Eloquence Deep is ideal for filling the cheeks, chin, and lips. Whereas, Eloquence Sub-Q is perfect for treating deeper lines and wrinkles. It’s also used on the cheeks, chin, nose, and jawline, to plump, tighten, enhance, and accentuate features. Eloquence Fine is a lightweight filler to rejuvenate fine lines and wrinkles, such as crow’s feet, smile lines and other expression lines. Eloquence Fine will give you a natural look, whilst plumping and hydrating the skin.
The benefits of Eloquence are the affordable price on the products. Also, the versatility of each filler is a bonus, with all of them being suitable for multiple parts of the face.
There are many options if you are looking at Teosyal fillers. Teosyal fillers can be dearer than Eloquence, but slightly cheaper than Juvéderm, depending on the product.
There are various fillers in this range, including Puresense Redensity 2, which is specifically used to treat the eye area and dark circles.
The benefits to Teosyal products are the reduced hypersensitivity as they have lower protein and bacterial endotoxin levels. This filler will stretch and move like natural tissue to reduce movement position, and it’s long-lasting with effects lasting around 22 months.
We have plenty more Dermal Fillers available on site for you to look at. If you are considering a dermal facelift, it’s always a good idea to do some research and speak to a doctor. They will be able to help advise you, as well as providing you with some information on which product will be best for your desired results.