As you mature, your face shows signs of the aging process, developing changes in tone and texture that reveal the passing of time. If you’d like to be proactive in keeping the signs of age at bay, there are many rejuvenating options available to restore your youthful appearance.
A liquid facelift is a non-surgical full rejuvenation of the face that uses state-of-the-art injectable technology to reduce the appearance and formation of wrinkles. As no incisions are necessary, this procedure is often chosen for its substantial positive impact with very little downtime.
If you’re ready for a younger-looking you, call Waltzman Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at (562) 448-6100 to schedule your initial consultation and find out more about the many aesthetic enhancement options we offer. Our office is located in Long Beach and our surgeon and staff have years of experience reversing signs of the aging process to enhance patients’ natural beauty.
How does a Liquid Facelift Work?
The liquid facelift procedure is a non-surgical facial enhancement that uses injectable treatments – neuromodulators and dermal fillers. As you age, you develop two main types of wrinkles, and the injections are chosen to target each variety of wrinkle type specifically.
Dynamic wrinkles are those that develop from contraction of certain facial muscles, such as the fine lines around the eyes when you smile. These lines are best prevented with neuromodulators, such as Botox® and Dysport, that work by stopping the contractions which cause the appearance of the wrinkles. The effect is smoother, younger looking skin. An added benefit is that the use of neuromodulators over time also slows the development of deeper wrinkles.
Static wrinkles are deeper lines that are caused by the loss of fullness in certain areas of the skin. This change occurs because of decreasing amounts of collagen and other compounds such as hyaluronic acid produced by the body with age. The subcutaneous fat just underneath the skin droops over time, creating lines and contours that emphasize the appearance of age. With natural aging, your skin will gradually forms deep lines that are present even without movement, such as those across the forehead or from nose to the corner of the mouth. During a liquid facelift, dermal fillers are used to replace lost tissue volume and fill in these lines. Different dermal fillers, such as hyaluronic acid or an autologous transplant, may be used to create a fuller and more youthful facial appearance.
The combined treatment of both types of wrinkles is what makes the liquid facelift so effective at erasing cosmetic signs of aging. By using neuromodulators and dermal fillers, we can tailor treatment to your natural facial contours, creating a substantial difference and beautiful enhancement. As many injectables contain lidocaine to numb the area, you can expect a comfortable procedure with little to no downtime.
There is some variation in how long the effects last. While the Botox® or Dysport patients may need additional injections after several months, the effects of dermal fillers can last up to a year or even permanently. Patients occasionally return for touch-ups to specific areas to maintain their youthful appearance.
Who can Benefit from a Liquid Facelift?
As we age, we may begin to feel less confident with the appearance of our faces. Because it is a non-surgical procedure, the liquid facelift can help refresh your look with very little, if any, recovery time. Some patients choose to combine the liquid facelift with a professional peel, such as the ZO Controlled Depth Peel, to simultaneously address changes in texture and coloration; this combination is particularly effective in restoring a youthful look to your face.
Our patients often choose this procedure when they are unhappy with the appearance of lines around the eyes, across the forehead, and around the mouth, or when they have loss of volume in the lips or hollow-looking areas under the eyes or cheeks. For more advanced signs of age, such as deep skin folds or excessive sagging of the skin, patients may choose a traditional facelift. There is no “right” age for a facial procedure; when you decide that you are ready to look younger and feel more confident about your appearance, Dr. Waltzman can help.
What can I Expect from my Initial Consultation?
At Waltzman Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of Long Beach, we are committed to your comfort and aesthetic goals. During your consultation, you will meet with Dr. Waltzman one-one-one; he will study the natural features of your face and make recommendations about which procedure or combination of procedures would be most beneficial to you. We want to make sure you are comfortable and fully understand your treatment, so your consultation will take as much time as necessary for us to comprehensively discuss your goals, as well as the risks and benefits associated with your procedure.
We pride ourselves in reducing the signs of aging and helping patients feel their best. Dr. Waltzman strives for results that enhance your appearance in a completely natural way and full alignment with your aesthetic goals.
What can I Expect in Recovery?
There is very little downtime after the liquid facelift procedure, which is non-surgical and completed in-office; walk in and walk out on the same day! You will not have scars, and you will enjoy the full effects of this treatment within days.
While some patients may have slight bruising, redness, or swelling around some injection sites, you can expect to return to most of your daily activities right away. Experience the immediate results of a firmer, smoother, and fuller facial aesthetic that restores your youthful appearance.