What is it?

A liquid facelift is the name given to an overall rejuvenation of the entire face using only Botulinum Toxin and soft tissue fillers.  Using a combination of Botulinum Toxin and multiple fillers, it is possible to make a patient look so much younger that it almost looks as though they’ve had a real facelift!

A liquid facelift is a non-invasive alternative to a surgical facelift.

Who would benefit from it?

Any patient who feels that they have aged and their facial skin is sagging, would benefit from a liquid facelift.  Some patients have medical conditions that preclude them from having a surgical facelift.  Many others are unwilling to undergo a general anaesthetic or an invasive procedure.  Others would prefer to delay having plastic surgery for a few years.  All of these patients are good canditates for a liquid facelift.

As we age, our skins lose fat, collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.  Bone and fat pads gradually become resorbed. Our faces seem to deflate like a balloon, with the development of sagging, wrinkles and creases, and fine lines.  Years of frowning, smiling, and lifting the eyebrows leads to excessive wrinkles.

Botulinum Toxin is used to treat lines and wrinkles caused by overactive muscles (usually frown lines, forehead creases, and crow’s feet ) . Fillers are used to restore volume and to correct wrinkles.  Thicker fillers are used to replace volume in areas which start to sag or which decrease in size due to bone or fat resorption.  They can also be used to strengthen jawlines, restore chins, fill in hollow temples, and correct nose defects.  Medium thickness fillers are used to lift lines and creases, fill in hollows, and create contours.  Very thin fillers are used to fill small lines such as those around the eyes and lips.  Skin boosters may be used to help restore the quality of aging skin.

A  combination of Botulinum Toxin and different types of fillers is used to give optimal results.  Your doctor will be able to advise what kind of a result you could expect from your liquid facelift.

What does a treatment entail?

You will be photographed from various angles and your doctor will show use these photographs to determine exactly what is needed to achieve a liquid facelift.  This will be discussed with you and an accurate quotation given.  You may choose to undergo your liquid facelift in one session, or in multiple sessions. A treatment plan will be drawn up.

The liquid facelift involves multiple injections of Botulinum Toxin and soft tissue fillers.  Sometimes a cannula is also used to achieve widespread placement of the filler.  Ice is used to numb each area prior to injecting.

Is there pain and downtime?

Pain is minimal and most patients tolerate the procedure well.  The use of ice to help numb the area is usually sufficient.  If you are particularly scared of needles, please arrive 30min before your treatment time and ask for a topical anaesthetic to be applied.

Downtime is minimal, but as with any injection, bruising may occur.  You may experience mild tenderness in the injected areas for a few days afterwards.  Other rare side effects of Botulinum Toxin and fillers are covered in your consent form and can be discussed with your doctor.

When can I expect to see results?

Botulinum Toxin takes two weeks to reach maximum effect.  Results from fillers are immediate but improve over the next 2-4 weeks as they draw in water and integrate with your tissue.  The overall result from a liquid facelift is usually a more youthful, rested and natural looking appearance without any scars.

How many treatments do I need and how often?

Fillers last for varying amounts of time according to the type of filler used.  Your doctor will discuss the expected longevity with you. Results can vary from person to person and longevity may be influenced by your genetic aging process and other factors such as smoking, diet, and sun exposure.

Botulinum Toxin results last for 3-6 months.

Non-surgical “facelift”

Non-invasive

Look more youthful

Look healthy and rested

Soft, natural-looking results

Restores volume

Improves lines and wrinkles

Fills in hollows

Augmentation of jawline

Improvement of skin quality

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