Does a Liquid Facelift Compare to a Surgical Facelift?
- Posted on: Sep 30 2018
We are fortunate to have so many options for facial rejuvenation these days. Men and women who want to turn back the cosmetic clock can do so with surgical procedures like a facelift or eyelid lift, or they can choose to minimize the signs of aging using injectables and other non-surgical modalities. Because surgical facelifts and liquid facelifts are two of the most common approaches to anti-aging, it pays to compare how each can provide advantageous results.
What Is Facelift Surgery?
A surgical lift, also referred to as rhytidectomy, is performed to achieve significant improvement in sagging and deep creases in the skin. Contrary to popular belief, a facelift does not address the entire face. This procedure improves the lower regions of the face, from the cheeks to the jawline.
Sometimes, due to the repositioning of tissue on the face, the appearance of the upper neck just below the chin appears tighter. Facelift surgery has become more conservative and less invasive than it was in the past. However, patients usually need about two weeks for the bulk of bruising and swelling to go down. On the flip side, a surgical lift will last for years.
Injectables for Facial Rejuvenation
More recently, doctors have harnessed the power of injectable products like Botox and dermal fillers to reduce the signs of facial aging. Because treatment involves only a series of injections, there is no downtime to speak of. Patients may notice residual redness and minor swelling where injections are given. However, they are back to most normal activities the next day.
Lifting the face with injectable liquids can take less than an hour and involves the strategic use of various formulas for different parts of the face. For example, Botox is commonly used to lift the brows, whereas Juvéderm is a standard product for cheek augmentation.
Surgical Facelift VS Liquid Facelift
One of the areas in which a liquid facelift falls short is in the correction of sagging skin. A surgical facelift removes excess skin so the face looks tighter and smoother. Restoring volume to the cheeks and angles to the jawline is a subtler improvement. However, it may be possible for patients with mild to moderate facial atrophy to see tighter, smoother skin. This is done by combining a liquid lift with laser skin resurfacing at appropriate scheduling intervals. Aging is nothing like it used to be.
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