If you’ve begun to notice laugh lines, crow’s feet, and other signs of aging on your face, you may be researching the different options available to help you look your best. A liquid facelift is one procedure that doesn’t require surgery and can provide amazing results.
A liquid facelift combines multiple injectable fillers in different areas of your face to get the desired results. Doctors may recommend products like BOTOX®, Juvederm®, and other effective treatments known to reduce lines and wrinkles. Fillers minimize imperfections by plumping up areas of the face that commonly droop, sag, or have lost their fullness due to aging.
You may choose to have your lips plumped, cheeks contoured, the eye area lifted, or the jawline more defined. You will discuss your goals with your doctor who will recommend the best products and placement. The actual treatment is simple and painless: a numbing cream is applied to prevent discomfort, and the product is injected with a small needle into the target areas of the face.
Areas commonly treated with a liquid facelift include:
The procedure takes about an hour, depending on how much work is being done. There is very little downtime, and you can expect to be able to go back to work right away. The results are evident immediately but may take a few days to be fully visible, as the swelling goes down. The “after” of a liquid facelift often appears more natural than that of surgical procedures because the doctor has even more control over how the details will look based on where the injection is placed.
We often hear patients asking, “How long does a liquid facelift last?” The effects will generally last up to two years, and you can have the injections done in phases. The exact timing for the results will vary based on the products used and any touch-up treatments done afterward.
There are very few side effects with the liquid facelift and most are minimal. You may notice mild bruising and redness at the injection site along with slight swelling and itching. These side effects will recede quickly, typically within a day or two.
Anyone who wants to look younger without the time and expense of a surgical facelift is a good candidate for a liquid facelift. If you can’t afford to take time off or don’t want to deal with the recovery time of surgery, this option is more appealing. This procedure is also ideal for younger patients who have fewer lines and wrinkles or those that are less pronounced.
If cost is a consideration, a liquid facelift is a much more affordable option over surgery.
The answer to “how much is a liquid facelift?” will depend on the exact procedure you and your doctor choose. It is dependent on the products used and the amount injected.
Once you schedule your free evaluation, you and your doctor can discuss your goals as they perform an evaluation of your face. At this point, you will receive a more accurate estimate of the cost for the treatment.
Dr. Leo Lapuerta is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon with over two decades of experience in these procedures. He will help you determine the best products to get the results you desire. Dr. Lapuerta is an expert when it comes to liquid facelifts and helping you turn back the hands of time.
Wondering what to expect after facelift surgery? After surgery, there will be some swelling and bruising, and the face and neck will feel tight. This will gradually improve within a few days and any discomfort or pain can be managed with oral pain medication. Many patients only require over the counter Tylenol for pain control or only a couple of days of prescription pain medication. The use of local anesthesia during surgery helps to make facelift surgery one of the least painful cosmetic surgeries. Most patients report minimal discomfort in the postoperative period. Patients are encouraged to keep their head elevated to assist with the resolution of swelling.
If you’re concerned about being able to make time for a facelift surgery, we have some good news for you: this procedure doesn’t require too much down-time. Patients are usually able to return to work and their everyday routine in as little as a week, although they should hold off on strenuous activity for several weeks. Patients who work from home are frequently able to work the first day after surgery. During the recovery process, it is common to feel anxious about how one’s face will appear, but it is important to remain patient and allow the face to fully heal. Dramatic changes will be visible approximately six weeks after the facelift and healing will continue for up to six months.
Each facelift surgery is unique and will be tailored to meet the needs and goals of each patient. Because of the customization required to consider the type of facelift for optimal results, it can make it difficult to come up with one accurate blanket price of a facelift.
For example, a less invasive or skin-only facelift is usually somewhere between $7,000-$14,000+, while more invasive procedures, such as the SMAS facelift or the deep plane facelift, can run anywhere between $8,500-$14,000+. RealSelf.com lists the average cost of a facelift at $11,050. With these ballpark figures, we highly recommend that anyone considering this procedure actually speaks with a doctor for an accurate quote.
We would love for you to come and visit Dr. Lapuerta for a facelift consultation. During the consultation, Dr. Lapuerta will carefully listen to your needs and desired results, and determine the best way to make those goals a reality. It’s this level of care and commitment which has earned us the reputation of being the best facelift Houston has to offer. To learn more or to schedule a facelift consultation, contact Dr. Lapuerta today.