What’s Different About a Liquid Facelift?
Most people are familiar with the term, “facelift” and that it is a surgical procedure designed to tighten up the skin and deeper tissues on your face. A newer procedure that’s known as a “liquid facelift” is growing in popularity, mostly due to its differences from the conventional version.
The Main Difference
The main difference between the two types of facelift is the level of “invasiveness.” A conventional facelift involves surgically repositioning and tightening the skin and underlying structures of the face, which requires downtime and recovery time. A liquid facelift involves the injection of dermal fillers to add volume and reverse signs of aging.
Some people will argue that a liquid facelift isn’t really a facelift at all, but we can pick at those details another time. It is technically true that your face won’t be cut and lifted to a higher position, but the procedure is known as a liquid facelift, so that’s what we are calling it here.
The liquid that’s used here for the liquid facelift procedure is Sculptra. This is a sculpting agent that restores volume and corrects the sagging skin often associated with the aging process. Sculptra has the approval of Health Canada and has been used on over 150,000 patients in Europe to treat facial aging. It is injected into facial lines, wrinkles and depressions to increase volume and create the appearance that they were never there to begin with.
Another difference between the conventional and liquid facelift is that the liquid procedure often requires multiple treatments to create the desired effect. The Sculptra is injected just below the skin’s surface and it triggers a natural reaction for your body to manufacture its own collagen. The Sculptra won’t stay there, but the added volume will.
For a complete result that lasts at least a couple of years, you will likely need three or four treatments that are spaced four to six weeks apart. A conventional, surgical facelift only requires one session, but it is obviously more involved and the likelihood of something going wrong is a lot higher.
The more that fillers and similar cosmetic treatments are used, the more skilled the doctors and practitioners become and the more exact the results are. Opponents will argue that a liquid facelift isn’t “permanent” or that you’re just covering up imperfections temporarily, but when compared to actually moving your face, these cosmetic injections start to look very appealing.
Dr. Kesarwani was one of the first surgeons in Canada using Sculptra. He trained other phsicians in the use of Sculptra, and was an investigator in the first study about the cosmetic uses of Sculptra in Canada. Sculptra is truly the liquid facelift.