Are you looking to turn back time on your face, but not ready for a surgical facelift? If symptoms of aging such as wrinkles, loose skin and hollowed eyes are starting to make an appearance on your face, the liquid facelift may be the ideal treatment for you. Dr. Levine combines a variety of injectibles, fillers and non-invasive technology to give your face a rejuvenated, natural look.
What is a Liquid Facelift?+
A liquid facelift, or a liquid lift as it is also referred to, is a non-surgical procedure that involves the combined use of liquid fillers such as Voluma, Restylane, Juvederm and Belotero and neurotoxins like Botox, Dysport or Xeomin. Depending on the patient’s individual needs, Dr. Levine will determine the appropriate combination of fillers and neurotoxins to use during the procedure.
After the Procedure:+
Once the liquid facelift is completed, Dr. Levine administers post-procedure cream and may massage the injection sites to help properly distribute the injectable and optimize smoothness of the areas.
How Long Does a Liquid Lift Take?+
*A liquid facelift is a true New York minute procedure. It can be completed during a patient’s lunch hour, as it takes approximately 45 minutes, depending on the individual needs of the patient.
How Long do the Results Last?+
The results of a liquid facelift depend on several factors, including the type of fillers used, the lifestyle of the patient and the skill of the physician performing the procedure. *One of the longest lasting fillers used is Voluma, which can last up to 2 years at full correction. *More superficial fillers such as Restylane last approximately 6-9 months. The skill of the physician is an important factor because the proper placement of the injections and the use of appropriate products for the individual patient can help make the results last and look more natural. *Depending on your lifestyle and other factors, touch-up treatments may be needed every 6-9 months.
Is Downtime Required after a Liquid Facelift?+
*While liquid facelifts do not require downtime, swelling can last approximately 48-hours. This is due to fillers being hydrophilic, which means they bring water to the area of the injection site, causing swelling. Cold compresses will be applied most treatment to minimize swelling.
Do I Need to Go to the Hospital for This Procedure?+
*Dr. Levine performs Liquid Facelifts from the comfort of her office in NYC; no hospitalization is necessary.
True Liquid Facelift vs. True Transformation+
The liquid facelift consists of fillers, as described in the above procedure. However, as a medical sculptor, Dr. Levine’s goal is to achieve a patient’s desired transformation that brings out the optimal beauty of their face. *In order to do so, Dr. Levine may suggest a combination of procedures, all of which can typically be completed within an hour and a half in her NYC office and require no downtime. The combination of natural, non-surgical facelift procedures such as Ultherapy with the liquid facelift allows for a deeper, longer lasting effect that brings out the patient’s beauty rather than looking artificial.
Prior to starting the liquid lift, renowned NYC Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Jennifer Levine, will thoroughly examine each patient and review the patient’s anatomy and goals. Dr. Levine then cleanses the injection site and determines the patient’s anatomic planes, this helps determine where the injections need to be placed in order to create a natural, rejuvenated look. The primary injection will be made in the upper-outer quadrant of the outline. Starting the injections on the side allows the patient’s entire face to be lifted before any injections are started in the front. This helps the patient’s face look naturally rejuvenated rather than “filled.” After, Dr. Levine addresses smile creases and wrinkles towards the front of the face. By starting an injection laterally, Dr. Levine minimizes the amount of product and injections that will be needed on the bottom or center of the face, giving a more oval or heart-shaped look. Once the fine wrinkles around the bottom of the mouth are injected with filler, Dr. Levine may use products such as Dysport™ on the brow area and on the white part of the lip to release fine lines, improving the natural, rejuvenated look of the face. Products such as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin simply relax the nerves in the immediate area, which cause muscle action that is responsible for the lines. It is also inserted into the skin of the neck, if necessary, which allows for the smoothing of the skin.
Which Fillers Are Used?+
Dr. Levine recognizes that every face is unique, so the combination of fillers used during a liquid facelift procedure highly depends on the individual person. To give you an idea of the combination, Dr. Levine may use Voluma face filler for the lateral parts of the face, *which has a duration of about 2 years due to its VYCROSS™ technology. *For nasolabial folds towards the front of the face, Restylane filler can be used, which lasts approximately 6-9 months. Belotero or Restylane Silk could then be injected into the fine wrinkles around the bottom of the mouth. Keep in mind that how long the effects of the filler last depends on the composition of the filler as well as how fully you were “corrected,” or if you were given the full amount of filler and where the physician has injected the filler.
Is the Liquid Lift Painful?+
All fillers have a numbing component allowing for the patient to be comfortable during the procedure. Additionally, Dr. Levine continuously switches the injection needle throughout the procedure, as the use of sharp needles reduces the pain and minimizes bruising. In order to minimize any swelling or discomfort, ice is periodically placed onto the injections sites as well.
How Long Does it take to see Results?+
*While some results are immediate, it may take up to 2 weeks for the patient to see the full effects. *Swelling can last approximately 48-hours. *If a patient chooses to do Ultherapy, otherwise known as a non-surgical facelift, with a liquid lift, full results may take approximately 3 months to appear, as Ultherapy works naturally to stimulate collagen production. To find out the best option for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Levine today.
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