Do you find yourself standing at the mirror squinting at sagging skin, frown lines, or forehead wrinkles that weren’t there a year ago? Aging happens to everyone, but no one appreciates the toll it takes on their skin. As you get older, connective fibers in your face skin such as collagen and elastin break down over time, causing volume loss. This is what leaves you with looser, saggier-looking skin and wrinkles.
Over 1.5 million men and women in the United States undergo cosmetic surgical procedures per year, from intensive plastic surgery to less invasive procedures, and one of the chief concerns that drives many people to schedule these procedures is the sagging skin, lines, and wrinkles that appear as their faces change with age. However, not everyone is comfortable undergoing surgery. Instead, many people are turning to a surgical facelift alternative that’s getting more popular: the liquid facelift.
What Is a Liquid Facelift?
During a liquid facelift, a plastic surgeon will inject dermal fillers into your skin to promote plumper and fuller facial tissue. Once these fillers are injected, they act as your collagen and elastin to support a more youthful look. The process goes like this:
Once you’ve determined where your skin needs support, the plastic surgeon marks one or more injection locations on your face. They then clean the injection site and sometimes apply a topical numbing agent such as lidocaine to minimize any pain or discomfort. Once the skin is numb, filler is injected using a very thin needle, and the injection areas are massaged to help the filler settle.
The most common types of injectable dermal fillers include:
The human body naturally produces hyaluronic acid. When used as a filler during a liquid facelift, it acts to fill space between your weakened elastin and collagen fibers to create plumper and younger-looking skin.
This complicated-sounding mineral is also present in the human body, specifically in bones. It’s often used to heal acne-scarred skin, and it can last up to 18 months.
This filler is the same ingredient used in dissolvable stitches, so it’s safe for facial skin. It acts as a support to fill out skin and create desired results. It can last several years, making it one of the longer-lasting filler options.
These plastic particles are usually injected around the mouth area. Your body cannot absorb them, but they prompt your facial tissue to make more collagen, meaning your skin can appear more “tightened up” and youthful.
Liquid Facelifts: The Pros
There are pros and cons to all cosmetic procedures, and the same goes for liquid facelifts. However, many people find them to be an appealing alternative to surgical facelifts for the following reasons:
Surgical facelifts often include anesthesia and intensive adjustments to all parts of your face. Liquid facelifts are minimally invasive, done using tiny needles that cause little to no discomfort.
Surgical facelifts can get very expensive, especially when multiple areas are being worked on. Liquid facelifts tend to be much more affordable than surgical ones because they’re outpatient, require no anesthesia or local anesthesia in injection areas only, and are almost always quicker than surgical facelifts.
Fewer side effects
The term “facelift” often brings to mind tabloid magazines emblazoned with “FACELIFT FAIL!” highlighting celebrity facelifts gone wrong. Traditional surgical facelifts aren’t nearly as dramatically disastrous as they are made out to be, but it is true that the more invasive a procedure is, the more likely it is that there will be side effects. Because liquid facelifts are a more subtle modification to your skin, fewer potential side effects are associated with this procedure.
Easier recovery process
The other thing the word “facelift” calls to mind for many people is a fully bandaged, stiff, and bruised face and a long recovery process. While much of this is also significantly exaggerated, it’s true that the recovery process from invasive surgery is always uncomfortable at best and painful at worst. Recovery time and discomfort are both minimized when you choose a liquid facelift over a surgical one.
Liquid Facelifts: The Cons
There are situations where a liquid facelift might not be what you need. These are some of the cons of liquid facelifts:
They don’t last forever
How long your liquid facelift lasts depends on the types of fillers used, but no liquid facelift lasts forever because your body does absorb or settle the injected material over time. This means you might end up needing multiple touch-ups as you continue to age and your skin changes in new ways.
Changes to skin are subtle rather than dramatic
If you’re looking for a Hollywood-style total “glow up,” a liquid facelift might disappoint you. Liquid facelifts are typically performed to re-establish youthfulness and skin elasticity rather than provide a “new face” and thus look much less drastic. However, this can be beneficial as well — many patients find that their results end up looking more “natural” than if they’d changed significant parts of their faces.
Can’t fix everything
If you have significant wrinkles, severely sagging skin, or tons of acne scars, liquid facelifts can help you get back a fuller facial tone but can’t completely make your problem areas disappear. Liquid facelifts are intended as more of a touch-up procedure than a major overhaul for your skin. While anyone can benefit from a touch-up, it’s important to know what kind of changes you can realistically expect from the procedure.
How Much Does a Liquid Facelift Cost?
If you’re thinking about scheduling a liquid facelift now or in the future, you’re probably wondering how much they cost. As you may have expected, the answer to the question is “it depends.” Everyone’s needs are different, and costs vary based on the types of fillers used, specific procedures performed, and the location(s) chosen for treatment. However, don’t despair. You can still get your youthful skin back! Liquid facelifts are more affordable than you might think, and a reliable and reputable practice will work with you to discuss financing and insurance coverage if available.
It’s Your Body — Love It!
Now that you’ve got the facts about liquid facelifts, are you ready to make a change and be more confident “in your own skin” this year? If you’re in the Bucks County or Philadelphia areas, you can trust Glo Derma with all of your cosmetic surgery needs. Contact us today and start loving the skin you’re in!