What Is Liquid Facelift?

March 18 2021

At first glance, the term “liquid facelift” might look a bit like a marketing gimmick. The injectables that are central to liquid facelift are mostly gels: thickened compounds of hyaluronic acid. But a deeper look at the word’s ancient meaning is enlightening: One definition of the original term was “flowing, continuing.” Applied to liquid facelift, it suggests a youthful look that endures through the years — a tide of perpetual rejuvenation.

Here, the experienced plastic surgeons of Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists review the basics of liquid facelift, including the newest injectables that can extend the appearance of youth far into the future.

Rebuilding Volume

The first step in finding an effective cosmetic solution is always to understand root causes. In the case of facial skin, changes occur over time as skin loses its integrity and begins to sag. Meanwhile, areas of volume in the face decline, along with concentrations of collagen and elastin, the natural proteins that give your skin a youthful glow. To reverse these effects, any solution needs to focus on building volume and stimulating the production of collagen and elastin.

Dermal fillers are specifically designed for this purpose. Products such as Juvéderm Ultra, Juvéderm Voluma, Juvéderm Volbella, Juvéderm XC, Restylane and Radiesse Volumizing Filler plump up volume at the injection site, while triggering the production of your body’s revitalizing proteins. A skilled plastic surgeon is able to use these rejuvenating gels as a sculptor would craft a three-dimensional work of art, filling hollows and areas of depression, softening contours, and smoothing wrinkles and fine lines by naturally tightening skin.

Waves of Energy

Liquid facelift is not limited to these remarkable gels. From visible to invisible light, the power of the electromagnetic spectrum is today being used to enhance facial appearance and reverse time. With laser skin resurfacing, a plastic surgeon uses a fraxel laser to abrade away a thin layer of the facial surface to reveal new cells below, skin that is unmarred by fine lines and imperfections. The laser is painless and cool to the touch, but your skin perceives that it is under attack, and floods the zone with collagen and elastin. The resulting tightening further softens lines and features.

Ultrasound energy used in ultherapy has a similar effect, agitating subdermal layers and triggering a natural healing response. Some of the newest treatments use radiofrequency (RF) energy to add volume and subtract fat from facial areas. Radio wave pulses restore texture, tone and flexibility to skin. A series of these spa-like treatments achieve improvements that are at once subtle and dramatic.

To learn more about facelift alternatives, schedule a personal consultation with one of the experienced plastic surgeons of Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists. Call our Northside office at (404) 255-2975 or our Piedmont office at (404) 343-0897 today.