The Liquid Facelift: How the Combo of BOTOX and Fillers Erase the Signs of Aging
You’ve most likely heard of a traditional facelift. But are you familiar with an alternative rejuvenating facial procedure known as a liquid facelift? Unlike its predecessor, there is no surgery involved with this innovative cosmetic procedure that works to erase fine lines and wrinkles while restoring youthful fullness and vibrancy to the face. Also, unlike a traditional facelift, it does not require any recovery or downtime and allows patients to begin experiencing their smoother, more-contoured results as soon as the procedure is complete, usually in about an hour. The experts at Novo Med Spa in Frisco, TX explain how a liquid facelift is effective at helping patients turn back the hands of time, without the recovery time and cost of a surgical facelift.
What is a liquid facelift?
A noninvasive and less costly alternative to a traditional surgical facelift, a liquid facelift employs a combination of BOTOX and dermal fillers that are injected throughout the face to reduce or eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, boost volume and fullness, and gently lift the overall appearance of the face to achieve a younger, revitalized appearance. Natural contours can be restored as much-needed volume is added to hollowed areas on the cheeks, temples, and beneath the eyes. Areas where deep creases and folds have formed, such as the so-called “laugh lines” that stretch from the nose to the mouth, can be filled in. With a liquid facelift, the entire face can be rejuvenated for an overall refreshed look. With a liquid facelift, there is no recovery time, no post-surgical care, and it can be done over your lunch hour.
What is BOTOX?
A household name, BOTOX is a strain of Botulinum toxin that has been purified. This naturally occurring protein is a proven powerful weapon in the battle against dynamic wrinkles that form as a result of repetitive movements such as squinting, smiling, and laughing. Common areas for BOTOX to be applied include around the eyes or Crow’s Feet, as well as lines or creases in the brow or forehead.
Small but potent quantities of BOTOX are injected below the skin’s surface to block the nerve signals that are sent to muscles in the face. This renders them temporarily unable to contract or tighten and relaxes and reduces the appearance of wrinkles so that the skin appears smoother. It is a misconception that BOTOX causes the face to take on a frozen appearance and makes it impossible to display expressions. In fact, when the nerve signals are blocked, it simply becomes more difficult for Frisco-area patients to perform wrinkle-inducing facial movements.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers may be better known by their brand names, which include Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Belotero Balance, and Revanesse Versa. Some fillers are made of hyaluronic acid (HA), a gel-like substance that occurs naturally in the body. Often referred to as “nature’s moisturizer,” it keeps the joints lubricated and the skin smooth, soft and supple. As we age, the body’s production of HA decreases. This impacts the skin’s ability to retain moisture. At the same time, collagen and elastin levels drop, which makes the skin look and feel dry. Wrinkles form, especially around the eyes, mouth and on the forehead, as volume decreases and the cheeks begin to sag toward the jawline. When dermal fillers are injected into these and other areas of the face, wrinkles are smoothed, and fullness is restored to hollowed areas below the skin.
Popular treatment areas
Liquid facelifts can be used to treat several areas of the face. The staff at Novo Med Spa in Frisco, TX works closely with each patient to determine his or her aesthetic needs and concerns. A customized treatment plan is devised that includes the injectables best suited to create the enhanced results that are desired. Liquid facelifts can improve the appearance of:
Nasolabial folds, better known as laugh lines or smile lines
Marionette lines that run from the corners of the mouth to the chin
Frown lines between the brows (aka “11 lines”)
An undefined jawline, which can be reshaped to correct sagging skin and eliminate jowls
Crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes
Sunken areas of the cheeks, temples and under the eyes
The lips, as well as areas around the mouth, can also be improved and enhanced as part of a liquid facelift. Dermal fillers work to boost lip plumpness, smoothing the fine lines that form around them in the process. Smoker’s lines that develop around the lips can be addressed and the corners of the mouth can be made to look less saggy. A liquid facelift can even enhance the tip of the nose, making it appear better defined and more even.
What happens during the procedure?
Once your treatment plan has been determined, your liquid facial can proceed. A topical anesthetic may be applied to the skin in the targeted treatment areas before the injections of BOTOX and dermal fillers (which feature lidocaine to help prevent discomfort) begin. The procedure may include several injection techniques to create natural-looking, smooth, and well-balanced results throughout the face. Because it is a noninvasive procedure, most patients do not require any recovery period or downtime following a liquid facelift. In fact, since the procedure usually can be completed in about an hour, many women and men schedule the treatment at Novo Med Spa in Frisco, TX during their lunch break and can return to work or their normal daily activities immediately afterward.
What results are expected?
Following a liquid facelift, it is common for patients to experience some degree of bruising, swelling, and redness at the injection sites. These symptoms should be temporary and likely will quickly resolve themselves. The improved facial volume will be evident as soon as your procedure is over and will look even better once any swelling has subsided. However, it may take up to a week to experience the effects of BOTOX injections, as it becomes more difficult to perform certain facial movements. The long-lasting results of a liquid facial vary with each Frisco-area patient. In general, the effects of dermal fillers such as Juvederm, which contains hyaluronic acid, may last up to a year or more, while BOTOX injections may need to be repeated every six months in order to maintain the optimal results of your liquid facial.
Do you wish you could look years younger without having to endure the downtime and cost of traditional facelift surgery? A liquid facelift, which relies on a powerful combination of dermal fillers and BOTOX to banish wrinkles and fine lines while adding volume to various areas of the face, may be the right fit for you. Contact the skin specialists at Novo Med Spa in Frisco, TX to learn more
* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.