Experts Say Liquid Facelift Alone Won’t Create Youthful Look

liquidfaceliftThe Liquid Facelifthas become a popular procedure in the midst of the economic downturn because it is usually priced much lower than conventional facelift surgery, and offers instant results.

Many people who want to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles and achieve a more youthful look can enjoy significant result with a series of dermal fillers injected into various compartments of the face. Many surgeons today use a combination of Restylane, Juvederm, Botox and Hylaform to create a sculpted, toned and rejuvenated appearance.

However, some doctors believe that fillers alone cannot restore volume as effectively as surgery, and that patients will receive the best results with a combination of light surgery and filler treatments. According to Dr. James Zins, department chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, “In a ‘liquid facelift’, there is no lifting of the tissue – this term is inaccurate and we have to be careful about misconstruing and giving the patient false, misleading information.”

Even though some injectable fillers have the power to increase collagen production and improve the skin’s appearance naturally, others only fill up the cheeks and tissues temporarily, so more sagging may occur when the filler disappears. Since fat atrophy and poor skin texture are to blame for wrinkles and fine lines, some surgeons believe that injectables alone aren’t enough. Skin tightening treatments such as Thermage, and procedures like the Threadlift that involve inserting sutures into the face to tighten the skin naturally may be a better solution for many.

Does this mean the liquid facelift is ineffective? That depends. Age, genetic makeup and the overall condition of the skin all play a role in what the outcome will be, and results vary significantly for each person. A patient must have a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon or anti aging specialist to determine if their skin will be able to tolerate various types of fillers, and whether facelift surgery may be the only viable treatment option for them.

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Further Reading

  • Reducing the signs of aging with facial treatments such as microdermabrasion and dermal fillers can provide temporary results, but innovative procedures such as Fraxel C02 Laser Treatment show more promise for those who want to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles for the long-term.

  • Khloe Kardashian made headlines recently after the paparazzi caught her with the infamous “trout pout” – the result of too many injectable fillers in the lips. Kim Kardashian’s younger sister appeared to have some very swollen and lumpy lips after leaving a Beverly Hills salon last week and many are suspecting that that star had cosmetic surgery. Celebrity plastic surgery doctor Dr. Anthony Youn did not treat Khloe Kardashian but believes that the star did have some type of injectable filler. He tells, “Khloe has a trout pout! The excessively plump appearance of her lips could be due to injections of a filler like Juvederm. Her upper lip is larger than her lower lip, causing her mouth to resemble a trout’s. Most injectable fillers last about 6 months in the lips, so given enough time we may see her lips shrink to a smaller and more typical size.” Another plastic surgery doctor, Dr. Michael Fiorellio who is based in New York City, made a similar conclusion. He suspects that Khloe had some type of filler treatment because, “Her lips look swollen and bruised. The product looks lumpy as well”. Dr. Fiorellio is suggesting that this Kardashian sister had either Juvederm or Restylane injections to make her lips appear larger and fuller. Injectable fillers are among the most popular types of non-invasive cosmetic enhancements around the country, and are an attractive option for women who want to add volume to their lips, fill out hollows in their cheeks, and diminish the appearance of wrinkles and lines. They’re also more affordable than having surgery and can be a convenient option for those who don’t want to deal with the long downtime and recovery process associate with a surgical procedure like lip implants or a facelift.

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