You may know all the facts about a traditional face lift, but Baton Rouge, LA dermatologist Ann C. Zedlitz, MD is here to break down the ins and outs of the trending liquid face lift, which involves injecting dermal fillers into the skin versus surgically lifting it. Scroll through to find the answers to all of your burning questions.
What does a Liquid Lift typically involve at your office?
A liquid facelift involves injecting dermal fillers into the skin to plump up or re-volumize the skin. It differs from a surgical facelift in that it does not involve cutting into the skin. My go-to filler for re-volumization and structure is Radiesse. Sometimes I will finesse the area after structure is laid with a hyaluronic acid filler such as Restylane or Revanesse.
Who is typically a good candidate, generally speaking?
The ideal candidate for a liquid facelift is someone with mild to moderate wrinkles and experiencing sagging of the skin. If you have a lot of loose skin, a surgical facelift might be a better option for you. Around age 35 is when most patients begin to see the first signs of volume loss. It is very important to not overfill. I always tell my patients, ‘If you can tell you have had something done, then I haven’t done my job.’ A natural result is always my end goal for every patient.
Is there any downtime involved?
Swelling from a liquid lift usually goes down within the first 48 hours and possible bruising may take 3 to 5 days to subside. For my patients, I have them stop any NSAIDS, aspirin and certain vitamins one week prior to the filler treatment to reduce the risk of bruising. Patients should avoid heavy exercise for 24 hours post filler treatment and try to sleep elevated to help reduce swelling.
What is the typical upkeep (i.e. should a patient expect to come back in 3-4 months)?
I recommend that all my patients come in for a two-week filler follow-up appointment. At that time, after pictures are taken, I decide if the patient may need a little more. Less is more in my book.
Typically, a liquid facelift will last about a year, and touch-up filler treatments are recommended at that time. Most patients will need 25% of what I used initially to fill the face as maintenance each year, depending on the patient’s age and volume correction.