The Liquid Facelift…What is it?
To my knowledge the fountain of youth has yet to be discovered. We live in a society where beauty and youth are placed on a pedestal…whether that is good or bad is for a future blog post. For a variety of reasons, whether financial, emotional, or logistical, some patients do not want to undergo a facial aging surgery.
There are many factors that contribute to facial aging. The most common factor is, believe it or not, age! The skin loses its elasticity as we get older. Other factors include the environment (sun exposure), as well as smoking, loss of facial volume, and facial muscle use over time which leads to certain lines and wrinkles.
The liquid facelift is using injectables to rejuvenate the face. Botulinum A (commonly known as Botox©) is used to treat lines that are caused by muscle movement. The most common areas are the forehead lines, scowl lines, and crows feet that are present on the outside of the eyes. The toxin binds to receptors on the muscles which prevents them from becoming activated. Because these muscles have connections to the skin, when the Botox is working, the muscles aren’t and the lines fade.
For areas of the face that may have lost volume, such as the cheek are, under eyes, lips, and smile lines, fillers are a great way to increase volume. A youthful face is not just a face with less lines, but also a face that has more fullness. Fillers, whether a hyaluronic acid product like Juvederm©, or a synthetic product such as Radiesse©, can dramatically rejuvenate and enhance these signs of aging.
The advantages of injectables are that they do not require anesthesia, have little to no down time, and is at a significantly lower price point than surgery. A simple and quick office visit is usually what any patient needs to get that much desired rejuvenation.