Age-related concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles can add several years to your overall appearance. However, if you want to tighten and lift your skin, you may be surprised to learn that a traditional plastic surgery facelift is not your only option. At Adoro Medical Spa in Severna Park, MD, we know that a customized treatment such as a liquid facelift can make you look years younger and achieve natural-looking results.
How Long Does a Liquid Facelift Last?
The average duration of liquid facelift results will usually be between six and 24 months. The longevity of your results will depend directly on the specific dermal fillers and neurotoxin treatments that are used, the areas that are being treated, your age, and lifestyle factors. Just like any other injectable treatment, the products used to achieve your anti-aging result will be highly sensitive to stress, hydration, metabolism, and other factors.
For the most part, neurotoxins such as Botox can usually produce results that last between three and four months for most people. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, can produce results that last from six months to two years. It’s common for injectable treatments placed in mobile areas of the face, such as around the mouth, to wear off more quickly than products that are injected into the cheeks or forehead.
How Does This Treatment Work?
This treatment works by injecting a combination of neurotoxin and dermal fillers directly into the skin. This treatment focuses on addressing all areas of age-related concerns all over the face, particularly areas that are showing deep wrinkles and skin laxity. Essentially, instead of using injectable treatments on only a few areas of the face, you are using injectable treatments in multiple areas to reverse the effects of time.
How Much Product Is Used for Optimal Results?
The amount of product used for your injectable treatments to achieve your ideal aesthetic goals will depend on the severity of your skin concerns, the precise products being used, and the areas that are being treated. For example, it’s common to use between 50 and 100 units of a neurotoxin and between four and ten syringes of a dermal filler to address all age-related concerns on the face.
What Concerns Can This Treatment Address?
The combination of a dermal filler and neurotoxin treatment can address virtually all of your age-related skin concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, hollow areas, skin laxity, and thinning skin. In particular, this treatment can be used to reduce horizontal forehead lines, frown lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, eyebrow sagging, thin tear troughs beneath eyes, hollow cheeks, marionette lines, gin wrinkles, perioral lines, and so much more.
Why Should You Consider This Treatment?
The main reason patients may consider a liquid facelift treatment is that using dermal fillers to revitalize the face is non-surgical. A non-surgical treatment reduces the risk of scarring and undesired results from plastic surgery. Additionally, because the effect of a dermal filler is temporary, if you aren’t happy with your results, you always have the option of undoing the dermal filler or altering your treatment plan until you have achieved your desired aesthetic.
Finally, patients who are not healthy enough to withstand plastic surgery can also use this treatment. The surgical procedure for a traditional facelift may involve the use of general anesthesia, and some patients with certain health conditions may not be qualified for this procedure. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, can generally be used by most people regardless of health conditions. Other reasons to consider this treatment include:
Fast and Convenient Treatment
Usually, your injectable treatment appointments will take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete, which means that you can work your treatment into your everyday schedule very easily. The treatment is completed in the office, which means you won’t need to check into a hospital to complete your treatment.
Short and Simple Recovery Time
In general, there is zero downtime after injectable treatments to reverse the visible signs of aging on the face. At most, your immediate recovery time will be the first 48 hours after your injectable treatment, which is when you should follow your aftercare instructions most closely.
Other than your aftercare directions, you will usually be able to resume all of your normal daily activities, including returning to work, exercising, and running errands.
Anti-Aging and Customizable
The final benefit of this treatment is that it can address all anti-aging concerns all at one time. Volume and texture-related concerns, such as fine lines and wrinkles, can be addressed simultaneously, even if you have a combination of static wrinkles and dynamic wrinkles on the face. Static wrinkles are caused by volume loss, whereas facial movements cause dynamic wrinkles.
This treatment is also highly customizable. You will be able to tailor this treatment based on your specific needs and goals. You will have the option of several dermal fillers and neurotoxins, including Botox, Juvederm, and Restylane. The ability to customize your treatment is also a major reason why the results of the liquid facelift will look natural.
Is There a Best Age for This Treatment?
Unlike a traditional facelift, where candidates are ideally aged between 40 and 60, there is no best age to use a liquid facelift treatment. Both young people and mature people can use this customizable treatment to address age-related concerns. Younger people may want to use this treatment to delay the development of dynamic wrinkles and treat early static wrinkles at the same time, while mature people use this treatment to address even the most severe age-related concerns.
What Can You Expect From Treatment?
Before your treatment, you will need to attend a consultation appointment. A consultation is very important, particularly if you have never used a dermal filler or neurotoxin before. Although the risk of an allergic reaction to injectable treatments is rather low, it’s still a good idea to complete a short allergy test during your consultation when you are selecting the products that will be used to complete your treatment.
During your consultation, we will also gather relevant medical information about you, such as the medications and supplements you are currently taking. We will discuss your aesthetic goals, the skin care products you use every day, and how committed you are to preserving your results with healthy lifestyle choices, such as using sunscreen.
What Should You Do Before Treatment?
Before your treatment, you may be directed to temporarily stop using blood-thinning medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen. If you are taking antibiotics, anti-coagulants, and certain other medications, you may need to discuss temporarily discontinuing these medications for at least two weeks with your primary care physician.
About a week before your treatment, you should discontinue the use of skincare products that contain active ingredients such as retinol, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, and other exfoliating agents. To ensure your skin is healthy, it’s best to use gentle skincare products and avoid direct contact with the sun. If you have a cold sore, fever blister, or other skin infection on the same day as your appointment, you will need to reschedule.
What Should You Do After Treatment?
After your treatment, it’s imperative to follow aftercare instructions so that your dermal filler and neurotoxin treatments can develop as desired. Immediately after your injections, the treatments will be massaged in your skin to ensure even distribution. However, during the first 24 to 48 hours, you should avoid massaging your skin or putting any pressure on any areas that have received treatment. It’s a good idea to sleep with your head elevated as well.
As for skincare, you will not be able to wear makeup for at least 12 to 24 hours. You should continue to use gentle skincare products and only cleanse your skin with lukewarm water for the first few days. Be sure to wear sunscreen for at least the first one to two weeks, anytime you are outside.
Revitalize Your Appearance Today
A liquid facelift can address all age-related concerns at one time and can produce natural-looking, long-lasting results. Compared to traditional plastic surgery facelifts, many people may prefer to use injectable products because these treatments are faster and more convenient. If you think this is an excellent aesthetic treatment option, schedule a consultation today at Adoro Medical Spa in Severna Park, MD or our other locations in Annapolis, MD and Columbia, MD.