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Experts Say Liquid Facelift Alone Won’t Create Youthful Look

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 16, 2009

liquidfaceliftThe Liquid Facelift has become a popular procedure in the midst of the economic downturn because it is usually priced much lower than conventional facelift surgery, and offers instant results.

Many people who want to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles and achieve a more youthful look can enjoy significant result with a series of dermal fillers injected into various compartments of the face. Many surgeons today use a combination of Restylane, Juvederm, Botox and Hylaform to create a sculpted, toned and rejuvenated appearance.

However, some doctors believe that fillers alone cannot restore volume as effectively as surgery, and that patients will receive the best results with a combination of light surgery and filler treatments. According to Dr. James Zins, department chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, “In a ‘liquid facelift’, there is no lifting of the tissue – this term is inaccurate and we have to be careful about misconstruing and giving the patient false, misleading information.”

Even though some injectable fillers have the power to increase collagen production and improve the skin’s appearance naturally, others only fill up the cheeks and tissues temporarily, so more sagging may occur when the filler disappears. Since fat atrophy and poor skin texture are to blame for wrinkles and fine lines, some surgeons believe that injectables alone aren’t enough. Skin tightening treatments such as Thermage, and procedures like the Threadlift that involve inserting sutures into the face to tighten the skin naturally may be a better solution for many.

Does this mean the liquid facelift is ineffective? That depends. Age, genetic makeup and the overall condition of the skin all play a role in what the outcome will be, and results vary significantly for each person. A patient must have a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon or anti aging specialist to determine if their skin will be able to tolerate various types of fillers, and whether facelift surgery may be the only viable treatment option for them.

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