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How Much Does a Liquid Facelift cost? Is It Worth It?

If you want to look younger without surgery, a liquid facelift can provide noticeable results with minimal cost and recovery time. As we age, individuals commonly develop hollows around the eyes, sunken cheeks, and folds and creases around the mouth. The natural contours of the face can change drastically.

The aging process can result in a facial appearance that causes an older, more tired, less-engaged look.

The liquid facelift is gaining a great deal of attention as a non-surgical alternative to the traditional facelift. This procedure offers patients the benefit of minimal recovery time and immediate results. It is a popular choice for people desiring a younger look quickly, or those who are unable to take time away from work and family obligations. If you want to appear more youthful, but feel apprehensive about surgery, a liquid facelift may be the right procedure for you.

In this article, we'll define the liquid facelift and review the pros and cons. You'll discover pricing factors, and emerge with a better understanding of whether this unique procedure is the right fit for you.

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What is a Liquid Facelift?

A "liquid facelift" is a nonsurgical technique that uses injectable treatments to rejuvenate the face. Treatments include injectable fillers to restore lost volume, and Botox to relax selective facial muscles. The end result is a subtle lifting of certain areas of the face such as the brow, eyes, cheeks, and perioral region, as well as filling in deep folds of the face and giving a more relaxed and refreshed look. Commonly used fillers can include Juvederm, Restylane, Volume, Restylane Lyft, Juvederm Vollure, Restylane Refyne and Defyne, and Radiesse.

Some patients may want to target the entire face, creating an all-around more youthful appearance. Others may wish to focus on particular areas or features, such as smoothing the eyes, lifting the cheeks, or filling in the lines around the mouth.

The goals of a non-surgical, liquid facelift can include the following:

  • Lifting subtly specific or all facial features
  • Reducing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, or creases
  • Restoring facial contours to a more youthful, gently curved appearance
  • Creating a more relaxed, refreshed, and friendly look

The use of fillers and Botox to restore a youthful appearance can make patients appear years younger.

What is the Average Cost of a Liquid Facelift?

Depending on a number of factors, the price of a liquid facelift typically ranges from $2,000 to $8,000.

Factors that affect the cost of a liquid facelift include the:

  • Desired results
  • Types of injections used (Juvederm, Restylane, Botox and others)
  • Quantity of injections

Ultimately, a consultation with a trusted plastic surgeon is the only way to determine the precise cost of your liquid facelift. A patient who opts for minor facial smoothing may require fewer injections, and a less aggressive treatment plan, than a patient who is going for a more significant change.

What are the Pros of a Liquid Facelift?

Much like any cosmetic procedure, a liquid facelift carries both pros and cons. Benefits of this non-surgical approach to creating a more youthful appearance can include:

  • Liquid facelifts are non-surgical and non-invasive
  • Injections and Botox can be completed in just minutes
  • Recovery time is minimal, and patients can typically return to normal activities immediately
  • Patients can see an immediate improvement, with minimal swelling and bruising
  • Lower cost than surgical facelift procedures

For patients who want to look better immediately, this procedure offers quick results for weddings, reunions, and other events. Additionally, a liquid facelift can typically be completed with minimal interruption to work and other normal activities. The main side effects are bruising and swelling, which typically resolve in a few days up to a week or so.

By contrast, surgical facelift procedures have a typical recovery time of 2-3 weeks.

What are the Cons of a Liquid Facelift?

While the liquid facelift is non-invasive, it's important for patients to note that the results are not permanent and will require additional treatments over time to maintain the results.

Cons of a liquid facelift include:

  • An estimated 6-12 month lifecycle between touch-ups
  • Not intended to remove excessive skin
  • Does not truly "lift" the skin and often cannot correct jowls or sagging skin on the face or neck

While the liquid facelift is a powerful tool for smoothing the face and eliminating creases and wrinkles, the results are less dramatic than a surgical facelift. And unlike a surgical facelift, patients who undergo a liquid facelift cannot have excessive skin removed.

How Do I Know if a Liquid Facelift is Right for Me?

If you're considering a liquid facelift as a minimally-invasive tool to achieve drastic results quickly, the next step is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

A qualified plastic surgeon will take lifestyle factors and personal goals into account and help you create a personalized treatment plan based on your unique needs and wants as a patient. Schedule your free cosmetic consultation with Dr. Fan, or take our online quiz to determine if you are a good candidate for a liquid facelift.

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About the Author

Dr. Larry Fan is a Harvard educated, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in San Francisco, CA. He is a Master Artist who is known for creating beautiful, stunning, and natural results. Dr. Fan has been named One of America's Top Plastic Surgeons for the past 10 years running and has received several national awards for his work in Plastic Surgery. He has successfully performed more than 10,000 cosmetic procedures of the face, breasts, and body over a 20 year period. Dr Fan has been an invited speaker at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons, and has been featured in national media outlets such as CNN, NBC, and ABC.

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