The signs of aging affect us all. Our skin loses its elasticity, begins to sag and our face loses volume, and wrinkles and lines develop. But it’s not just gravity that weighs its toll on us- even environmental factors like sun damage effect our appearance over time.
Lines, wrinkles and loss of volume are caused by the natural aging process, which can all be reversed by surgical procedures like the facelift. But there are alternatives to the facelift, recommended particularly for people who are just not ready for a surgical solution.
This ‘Liquid Facelift’ is the term for a variety of non-surgical injectable procedures for rejuvenating facial skin, and reversing the signs of aging. The liquid facelift includes dermal fillers (such as Restylane or Juvederm), the revolumizers (such as Sculptra or your own fat), and neurotoxins (such as Botox).
Liquid facelift: revolumizers
One of the most successful liquid facelift techniques are the revolumizing effects of injectable dermal fillers. As we age, our skin produces less collagen. With less collagen, our skin loses its youthful firmness and texture. Facial fat may also be lost, and as a result cheeks can begin to appear sunken or gaunt, and the eye are may appear hollow.
Firmness and fullness can be restored with revolumizing fillers, such as Sculptra. This material replaces the facial fat lost as part of the aging process. Sculptra actually promotes the production of natural collagen to restore volume naturally. The Sculptra itself disappears, leaving a natural texture and fullness of your own collagen. Skin tone is improved, and sagging is corrected.
Liquid facelift: dermal fillers
There are many types of soft tissue dermal fillers. Most of these fillers consist of hyaluronic acid gels. These fillers are precisely injected to fill facial lines and creases, thus smoothing the skin and reversing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Dermal fillers such as Juvederm have been developed to add volume to the lips. Fillers will also effectively restore fullness to the cheeks, temples, and eyebrows.
Liquid facelift: Botox
Neurotoxins like Botox correct the lines and wrinkles which are caused by muscle contractions. Over time, the muscles which contract when we frown or laugh actually create the formation of permanent lines and wrinkles in the forehead, and round the eyes and mouth.
Botox is injected through very fine needles into precisely targeted muscles. The Botox weakens the muscles, thus making them relax. Lines and wrinkles smooth away and disappear. Botox has a temporary effect, but can safely be repeated.
Most surgeons will recommend a combination of dermal fillers and Botox treatments as part of a non-surgical liquid facelift.