Over the years, the face we see in the mirror slowly changes. Loss of collagen and elastin lead to changes in skin texture and tightness. Shrinkage of facial fat pads lead to volume loss and sagging or loss of definition of along the jawline. Although there is no way to stop the hands of time, there are a variety of options to help improve or enhance the facial features for those who would like to maintain a more youthful appearance.
Liquid facelifting refers to using a combination of injectable products to either enhance the appearance of certain facial features, or reverse signs of facial aging. Using botulinum toxin to treat dynamic facial lines, such as lines in the crowsfeet area or the scowl lines, can help give smooth the skin and soften wrinkles. Strategic placement of fillers, can help restore lost volume and can create a lifting effect in the lower face to improve sagging tissues. This is an excellent options for early facial aging changes or for people who are not yet candidates or prefer to avoid more aggressive options, like surgery. It is an in-and-out procedure that generally has little if any downtime, and can be performed very comfortably with numbing medicine. It is important to keep in mind the effects of botox will wear off after around 4 months and fillers will be broken down and absorbed by the body over time. This means that periodic retreatment will be necessary to maintain the effect. But, when expertly applied, injectables can give very nice, natural-appearing results.
Although injectables are effective for a variety of concerns, there are some situations that necessitate a more aggressive option for a significant correction. Drooping of the eyelids, large bags under the eyes and significant sagging in the lower face and neck are issues for which fillers and botox are either not good options, or would not give an adequate result. These issues are best managed by sculpting and repositioning the tissues to give a more aesthetically pleasing result. Of course, too much, or overly aggressive surgery can result in a “done” look and even just a minor lack of attention to detail can leave some telltale signs of surgery. Choosing a surgeon with experience and a willingness to recognize that no detail is too small, will provide the best result and overall experience. Naturally, surgery is not appropriate for everybody or every situation. It is important to find a surgeon who will take the time to understand your goals and find a treatment plan that will be best suited to your needs. They should also have the experience to know if a procedure will achieve those goals so that you can decide if a surgical option is right for you.