Over the years, the aesthetics industry has been no stranger to the various treatment trends that have surfaced. The latest in a long line of anti-ageing treatment trends is the liquid facelift, a treatment that seeks to create a youthful look.
The liquid facelift is a non-surgical procedure intended to help tighten wrinkles and plump lax skin for a fresher appearance. But is this approach to anti-ageing the most effective for patients looking for an alternative to the infamous surgical facelift?
Why Do People Get A Liquid Facelift?
Surgical facelifts were once the go-to option for patients looking to turn back the clock. However, the procedure entailed lengthy and intensive recovery, potential complications and a high price tag, creating demand for a minimally invasive alternative.
Aside from being an alternative to traditional facelifts, patients may opt for the non-surgical option for rejuvenation purposes. As we age, our skin becomes thinner, drier, and subsequently, laxer. From 30 onwards, our bodies begin to lose collagen, a protein naturally produced by our bodies. Collagen plays an essential role in maintaining the structure and function of the skin. As the body’s collagen stores deplete, we begin to lose the fullness and volume that contributes to the youthful look that many patients seek, hence the choice of a liquid facelift.
What Is a Liquid Facelift?
A liquid facelift is a minimally invasive, restorative procedure that offers a quicker and safer alternative to the traditional surgical facelift. The procedure features a combination of anti-wrinkle and dermal filler injectables that work in unison to address the visible signs of ageing. The myriad of injectables helps to temporarily restore a plumper look for patients with mild signs of ageing.
The injectables are expertly placed in areas such as the forehead, around the periorbital area, corners of the mouth and jawline. Both injectables work simultaneously to restore lost volume, tighten the skin, eliminate fine lines, soften deep creases, redefine 3D facial contours, and improve facial symmetry and harmony of the face.
A liquid facelift is a bespoke treatment, individually tailored to each patient and their aims. The procedure uses a range of dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections depending on the practitioner’s preference, with REVOLAX and BOTOX being popular choices. Adding volume to the skin’s structure via the injection of dermal fillers creates a smoother-looking, revitalised appearance. Anti-wrinkle injections work to block the nerve impulses that cause muscle contractions within the face, the fundamental cause of fine lines and wrinkles.
Essentially, a non-surgical facelift makes it possible to gently lift the entire face without the need for a scalpel. Patients will experience a relatively painless procedure with minimal downtime and immediate results.
What Are The Benefits Of A Liquid Facelift?
Aside from evading the potential risks associated with surgery, there are various facial rejuvenation benefits to the liquid facelift, including:
- Lifting the eyebrows to improve upper eyelid laxity and to create prominent eyebrow arches
- Restoring volume in temples to eliminate harsh facial shadows and unflattering angles
- Enhancing the cheekbones and accentuating zygomatic arches for a more chiselled definition
- Softening smile lines and marionette lines around lips to achieve a younger look
- Lifting mouth corners
- Softening pre-jowl sulcus and redefining the jawline
- Improving the angles between nasal tips and lips
- Reshaping the nose with non-surgical rhinoplasty
- Enhancing the chin front and side profile and enhancing facial harmony
How Long Does A Liquid Facelift Last?
As with many injectable treatments, the liquid facelift does not provide a permanent solution to the visible signs of ageing. How long a liquid facelift will last is completely depending on the individual patient, including age, general health, lifestyle and the products used.
Although the results are not permanent, effects can be seen immediately after the procedure, more in areas treated with dermal filler. Dermal fillers offer instant results, while anti-wrinkle injections will reveal their full effects within 1-2 weeks. The overall treatment results will last anywhere between 12 and 18 months. Maintenance treatments are recommended after 6-18 months, in order to upkeep the more youthful-looking profile. Many patients opt for touch-ups twice a year.
Ultimately, the liquid facelift can help to smooth, firm and lift the complexion, ideal for patients who want to reinstate volume and smoothness lost due to ageing. It is a popular procedure for both men and women seeking to restore youthful vitality to their complexions.