The “Liquid Facelift”

September 21, 2011 / 4:40 pm

The combination of injectable fillers, neurotoxins and professional chemical peels is often referred too as a “Liquid Facelift”. When combined, these 3 procedures have a profound anti-aging effect that can replace or delay invasive surgery.

Neurotoxins like Botox and Dysport act to temporarily disable the nerve signals that cause muscle movement. Injections of neurotoxins are common in the forehead, the glabella (between the eyes; “the elevens”), and the outer edge of the eye, the “crows feet”. These injections can be performed by a dermatologist or a nurse.

Botox has been on the market for over 10 years and onset of action is about 1-2 weeks from treatment. Dysport was approved 2 years ago, has a smaller molecule size so onset of action is a little as 2-3 days and is priced slightly lower than Botox. The smaller molecule also causes the product to spread more which can result in a softer look.

Fillers like Restylene, Juvaderm, Perlane, and Radiesse temporarily fill in deep smile lines, add volume to lips, under eyes and cheeks. Each filler varies slightly; some are softer therefore better for use in the lips or other areas with a lot of movement, some are more dense so they work well in the cheeks or under the eyes. Most fillers last between 6-9 months depending on the filler and the area that was injected.

A medium or deep chemical peel will produce the most profound results. This procedure can be done the day before or the day after the injections but not the same day. Having injections during the same visit at a chemical peel, can cause scabbing at the injection site.

The “Liquid Facelift” is a great option for people who want a profound anti-aging effect without anesthesia and surgery.

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