A “Liquid Lift” comprises a variety of different injectable and filler products to give a smoother, fuller, line-free look to skin. West Palm Beach, FL, dermatologist Kenneth R. Beer, MD, who treated Beth, wanted to restore fullness to her cheeks and temples, and better define her nose and chin. “She has good skin, but adding a little volume to some of the areas where she’s a little hollow made a huge difference.”
“I’ve noticed over the years that my cheeks have started to look hollow. My face is naturally small and because I’ve lost volume over the years I thought that the added fullness would make me look better.”
What the doctor says: “The midface displayed signs of significant volume loss in the cheeks, making her face look too thin. The fat pads in her cheeks were essentially gone and I wanted to replace them. I chose to inject the midface with Juvéderm Voluma, which gave her the perfect amount of volume and took away that sunken appearance.”
What the patient says: “I feel like I have my cheeks back! Once the filler settled, it was amazing to see how my cheeks had just the right amount of volume. They don’t look overdone, rather naturally fuller. I’ve been complimented on how refreshed I now look.”
“I really want to be smooth around my eyes and get rid of the little lines. But, I still want to be able to show expression in my face when I laugh or smile.”
What the doctor says: “In order to give a better shape to her brows and open up her eyes, I injected Botox into her crow’s-feet and between her eyebrows. This relaxes the muscles that form frown lines and wrinkles, and those that pull the brow down. There was volume loss in her temples, which created hollowing and shadowing. Filling the area with Perlane gives shape, diminishing the hollows and changing the contour of her face, too.”
What the patient says: “I love it! I’m so smooth around my eyes but still have movement above my eyebrows so I don’t have that frozen-looking face. Filling the hollowness in my temples gave me a softer look. It’s a subtle and soft difference.”
“I have always hated my nose because of my profile. I just don’t like how it looks from the side.”
What the doctor says: “There was a small bump on the bridge of her nose. I evened it out with Juvéderm Voluma, changing the contour of her nose by straightening it and giving it some lift. Now, her nose is more defined and straighter.”
What the patient says: “I never thought to have filler injected into my nose. It’s such a small change but it made all the difference!”
What the doctor says: “Beth has a weak chin. In her profile, you can see that her chin is a little less defined. Instead of using a surgical implant to make it appear more in balance, I used Perlane, a thick filler, placed deep in the skin, which works best for this area. It sculpts the chin for overall balance to the face.”
What the patient says: “I hadn’t really considered correcting my chin. Seeing my chin more in balance with the rest of my face makes a difference. There’s obviously a science to creating balance with subtleties and I’m lucky that my doctor was able to maintain a natural look.”
What the doctor says: “Beth’s lips are full and I liked the shape. I didn’t want to augment them, but rather maintain the proportions. I used a small amount of Juvéderm Voluma in her lips. One reason why the lips thin is due to a decrease in estrogen. Just a little filler rolls them out so they look full and defined.”
What the patient says: “I was a little apprehensive about having my lips done because I’ve seen so many bad results and didn’t want to look like that. Once I saw how just a touch of filler could add definition to what I already had, I was sold.”
Dr. Beer used Botox, Juvéderm Voluma, and Perlane to achieve Beth’s overall new look. A neurotoxin that works to temporarily immobilize muscle movement, Botox is commonly used to treat the crow’s-feet, forehead lines and between the eyebrows (these areas were treated in this “Liquid Lift”). Juvéderm Voluma, a hyaluronic acid filler, is FDA-approved to add instant volume to the cheek area. “It works nicely to even out the hills and valleys that are common of the cheeks,” says Dr. Beer. Also a hyaluronic acid filler, Perlane contains large sized particles, which are why it’s good for treating more severe wrinkles and treating areas that need to be injected deeply.
A “Liquid Lift” does not eliminate excess skin, tighten skin or provide long-term results. “Liquid Lift” results last on average for about one year. Some areas may start to revert back to baseline quicker than others depending on the filler used, how much filler was injected and how deep the product was injected.
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