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A non-surgical or liquid facelift is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a combination of various fillers and injectables for subtle facial rejuvenation. This customizable treatment is a great alternative for patients with mild skin laxity hoping for subtle, natural-looking results.
The first step in a non-surgical facelift procedure is to determine which fillers and injectables are being used. Neuromodulator injectables smooth fine lines and wrinkles for surface-level rejuvenation while fillers target areas of volume loss and deeper facial folds. There are also different types of dermal fillers. Those with a thicker formula providing a firmer texture can be used for structural support to accentuate the cheekbones, jawline, and chin.
Other fillers with a softer, more flexible formula can be used to fill in facial folds, augment the lips, and smooth static wrinkles that are visible when your face is not moving. Neuromodulators or botulinum toxin injections work by preventing muscle movement so they only target wrinkles caused by movements, such as wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, and mouth.
Our team will discuss your cosmetic goals and determine which fillers are right for you and which areas you should receive injections. A topical anesthetic can be applied to the treatment areas to minimize discomfort and then a fine needle will be used to inject the fillers and injectables into various points of the face. The entire procedure takes less than an hour to complete.
People who benefit most from a non-surgical facelift are men and women with mild to moderate skin laxity (loose skin). Patients with excessively sagging skin will benefit more from traditional facelift procedures since the more invasive measures allow for more dramatic rejuvenation. Other options such as chemical peels can also be considered for patients with an allergy to botulinum toxin or other ingredients in the injectable or filler formulas.
One of the main reasons people choose a non-surgical facelift is because it is a minimally invasive treatment that requires virtually no downtime or recovery. Mild pain, swelling, and bruising around the injection site(s) are common but temporary and there will be no signs you had a cosmetic treatment after a few days. Although you should wait a few days to exercise or perform other strenuous activities, all other activities can be resumed immediately after treatment.
How long results last varies for each patient and the products used. Neuromodulator injectables often last 3-4 months while dermal fillers last about 6-12 months on average. Collagen-stimulating fillers will give your skin long-lasting, gradual improvements that slow down the aging process.