As we age, collagen and facial tissues shrink, causing a loss of skin elasticity and overall facial volume loss. Gravity will also result in facial tissues to drop. These three factors, the loss of skin elasticity, volume loss and lax skin results in the typical signs of facial aging. Lines and wrinkles will also become more visible as the result of environmental factors and genetics.
What Is a Liquid Facelift?
A liquid facelift is a nonsurgical option for facial rejuvenation. It uses injectable liquid fillers to restore a more youthful look.
By injecting target areas with volume and wrinkle-correcting injectables such as BOTOX or Juvéderm, Dr. Michel Siegel can create the youthful look similar to a facelift, in the right candidate, without undergoing surgery.
Liquid Facelift vs. Traditional Facelift
A liquid facelift is a much less invasive procedure than a surgical facelift. Patients receive a series of injections to replace volume loss and smooth wrinkles in our office, with no need for surgery. The procedure is relatively painless, and the effects are visible directly after treatment.
While facelifts are a specialty of Dr. Siegel, and he is known for producing natural results with seamless incisions, facelift surgery a surgical procedure, requiring some downtime for recovery and healing.
While the effects of a traditional facelift are longer-lasting, a liquid facelift requires maintenance treatments every 8 to 12 months to maintain results.
Not every patient will benefit from a liquid facelift, proper selection is the key to ensure it is an appropriate treatment and your expectations for correction can be accomplished with a liquid facelift. A liquid facelift may improve the signs of facial aging but will never deliver the same results as a surgical procedure.
Cost of Traditional Facelift vs. Liquid Facelift
While elective surgery may provide superior results that last longer than a liquid facelift, it is a costlier procedure. A good candidate for a surgical facelift may opt for a liquid facelift, as it is easier to fit in the budget, or they may be able to “buy some time” with a liquid facelift until they are ready for surgery. The exact price of a liquid facelift will depend on the number and areas requiring injections. Still, the cost will still be significantly lower than surgery.
How Soon Are Results Visible with a Liquid Facelift?
The effects of a liquid facelift are immediate. Often, optimal results are evident after only one treatment session, while some people may need two sessions to achieve their desired results. BOTOX, if this product is part of your liquid facelift, will take a few days to a week to achieve the smoothing effect.
How Long Does a Liquid Facelift Last?
Typically, this combination of filler treatments can last up to two years, although some people may achieve the best results with a follow-up session. Follow-up treatments should be scheduled before all the effects wear off to continue your body’s natural collagen-building response. The combination of fillers, and an additional treatment with Ultherapy can also prolong results.
Risks of a Liquid Facelift
There are very few risks associated with a liquid facelift. Most patients experience only minor swelling at the injection sites or slight bruising. Ensure this procedure is performed by a highly-skilled facial plastic surgeon for superior results.
If you are exploring the option of a liquid facelift in Houston, Dr. Michel Siegel and staff are standing by to help you with all your questions. Contact us to schedule your consultation and we will help you get started on the path to a more youthful you.
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