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.