Are you in need of facial rejuvenation but you don’t have time to recover from a full Facelift; you don’t need that much correction; or you want a more economical option? Check out the Liquid Facelift, sometimes called a Lunchtime Facelift, to rejuvenate your appearance in rapid fashion with a recovery time of only a few hours!
What is a Liquid Facelift?
A Liquid Facelift, sometimes called a chemical or lunchtime lift, is performed with a combination of Botox® and injectable fillers. Botox® is injected to treat wrinkles by relaxing the “muscles of animation,” which are the muscles that move when you smile or frown—such as the crow’s feet, forehead and that little spot between your eyebrows called the 11’s. Botox® relaxes those muscles to eliminate the wrinkles. Dermal fillers, such as Juvéderm®, AlloDerm®, Restylane® and Fat transfer, fill the wrinkles to make them invisible. The result? A refreshed, younger-looking appearance!
How Much Time Does a Liquid Facelift Take?
Once you arrive at my Dayton cosmetic surgery office, we’ll apply an anesthetic cream that will stay on your skin for about 45 minutes to an hour. After washing that off, I’ll inject the right amounts of Botox® and fillers to improve your appearance. All in, that takes about an hour. Some patients stick around for another 30 minutes with ice packs, but you can always take them home with you and apply them there.
If you’re interested in Fat Transfer, that’s a step beyond a 1-hour office visit. With Fat Transfer, liposuction removes unwanted fat, which is then processed before injecting it into the wrinkles in your face and/or the backs of your hands. Because the results of Fat Transfer last longer than fillers, it’s actually less expensive in the long run and you have the benefits of less fat in the liposuctioned area, such as your tummy, thighs, back, etc.
What are the Risks of a Liquid Facelift?
Risks of a Liquid facelift are extremely small. Some patients have a little bruising and occasionally a patient will get a temporary “pinprick” mark where the injections are performed, although this is usually only the case when a patient takes blood thinners, aspirin or Vitamin E (all of which you should stop taking a week prior). There’s no general anesthesia, sutures or invasive work done, so a Liquid Facelift doesn’t have any of the risks inherent in a surgical facelift, which is especially nice for patients with chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes, which might rule out a surgical procedure.
What is the Recovery Time for a Liquid Facelift?
Most patients go about their business right after they leave the office, although some will have their Liquid Facelift done on a Friday just in case they have a little swelling, so that it goes down by Monday. Remember, there are no sutures or bandages, so there is no need for follow-up visits to remove them.
If you have concerns about your facial aging, come in and see me for a consultation. Together, we’ll discuss your goals and review all the options to improve your appearance. When you leave, you’ll have a plan for improvement including prices and dates. Can’t wait to see the new you!