Plastic Surgery Trends: Non-Invasive Facelifts
In the past, both men and women looking for a way to reverse signs of aging would often not consider a surgical facelift. While surgical facelifts are still the best way to address more advanced aging symptoms, patients with mild lines and skin sagging may see excellent results today with a minimally-invasive procedure known as a non-invasive facelift or a liquid facelift. If you are ready to achieve a younger look, but you are not ready to commit to a surgical procedure, a non-invasive facelift might be a good option for you. What is a Non-Invasive Facelift? A non-invasive facelift is a cosmetic procedure that addresses signs of aging in the face using a combination of injectable treatments. Muscle relaxers like Botox can be used to smooth away some types of wrinkles in the upper face, while soft tissue fillers like Juvederm and Voluma provide support to the underlying skin structure, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and restoring youthful facial volume. The procedure can be customized to your unique needs, so you get the precise treatments you need to turn back the clock and refresh your appearance. Procedure and Recovery A liquid facelift often takes just a few minutes to complete, depending on the number of injections required to achieve the desired results. No anesthesia is needed for the procedure and most patients report little discomfort during the injections. Fine needles are strategically placed in areas where the formulas will address fine lines, facial creases, hollowing and mild sagging in the skin. Treated areas might include the forehead, eyes, cheeks, jawline and the area between the mouth and nose. Patients are able to return to regular activities as soon as the procedure is over. Depending on the number of injections uses, you may experience mild swelling and bruising around the injection sites. These side effects usually subside within a few hours, although some may last for a day or two. There is little discomfort after a liquid facelift and you will start to see your results within a short period of time after the procedure. Results: Dramatic but Temporary The results of a liquid facelift can be dramatic, since multiple injections may be performed at one time. However, results are also temporary and will need to be repeated to maintain results. While muscle relaxers like Botox and Dysport last approximately 3-4 months, some dermal fillers may last up to 12 months or more. You will likely need to schedule touch-up injections at different times to maintain proportion and balance to the face. A liquid facelift can be an excellent option for patients that are not yet ready to undergo surgery. The procedure is relatively quick and painless and can achieve superb results over the short term. To learn more about your options in a non-invasive facelift, contact Rodeo Surgical Art at 310-652-4500.