As people age, they often feel that they look older than they truly are. However, you don’t have to settle for a life full of wrinkles and lines. At Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, Il, we offer a liquid facelift, a series of treatments that is far more effective than over-the-counter anti-aging serums, creams, and lotions. Today, we’re providing a comprehensive guide to this life-changing series of treatments.
What Is a Liquid Facelift?
A liquid facelift is a series of injectables designed to enhance the appearance of your face by relaxing overactive muscles and restoring volume to areas experiencing significant volume loss. Here are some of the cosmetic concerns injectable dermal fillers can correct:
- Flat, thin lips
- Hollow temples
- Bags under the eyes
- Nasolabial folds
- Sagging cheeks
With age, our skin loses the ability to grow connective fibers that once were grown in abundance, keeping the skin looking youthful. Collagen and elastin are two such supportive substances.
This leads to the loss of fat in the skin’s deepest layers and the skin sags and wrinkles without sufficient support from collagen and elastin. What’s great about a liquid facelift is that not all benefits are derived from injectable dermal fillers. Rather, it also provides the benefits of injectable muscle relaxants.
The Benefits of Injectable Muscle Relaxants
Injectable muscle relaxants do what no other non-invasive anti-aging treatment can do. They can erase dynamic wrinkles. Dermal fillers can’t treat dynamic wrinkles because they aren’t caused by volume loss. Rather, they are caused by overactive muscles that wrinkle after years of overuse.
This wrinkles the skin. Injectable muscle relaxants are effective because they relax the wrinkles out of the underlying muscles, relaxing the skin. Injectable muscle relaxants are also beneficial because the results of this treatment look natural and you will still be able to emote. Some of the cosmetic concerns most commonly treated by injectable muscle relaxants include:
- Marionette lines
- Smile lines
- Smokers lines
- Forehead folds
- Sagging eyebrows
- Nasolabial folds
Now that we’ve taken a closer look at injectable muscle relaxants, let’s take a closer look at injectable dermal fillers. Fat loss results in a loss of definition, making you look older and more fatigued than you feel. Commonly, this definition loss results in severe skin sagging. Injectable dermal fillers add a significant amount of volume to the areas that have lost fat, such as the temples, cheeks, and jawline.
We use hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers because they are far more beneficial than other types of dermal fillers. Hyaluronic acid, often abbreviated as HA, is a polysaccharide that your body produces naturally. It serves many functions, including cushioning the tendons, lubricating the joints and eyes, nourishing the scalp, and hydrating the skin.
An Incredibly Powerful Ingredient
HA is astonishingly powerful. It creates an immediate boost in volume because the HA molecules immediately combine with over 1,000 times their weight in water and keep the extra moisture in the area. Even better, the results of dermal fillers are long-lasting because the extra HA and water molecules in the area are used to create extra collagen.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body and absolutely crucial for healthy, beautiful skin. It is one of the three most important supportive structures that act as skin scaffolding. When your skin starts to produce less collagen than it uses, wrinkles, skin sagging, and severe volume loss occurs. Thanks to the extra collagen production that occurs in response to this treatment, you can expect your final dermal filler results to last for up to two years.
Benefits of a Liquid Facelift
There are many benefits of a liquid facelift beyond the obvious aesthetic benefits of looking years younger. For example, it is far more convenient than a traditional facelift that only improves the appearance of the lower face while taking two to four hours to complete. A liquid lift only takes around an hour to complete and can improve the appearance of the lower face, midface, and upper face. Here are some more benefits of a non-invasive facelift.
Few Post-Treatment Requirements
After a traditional facelift, there are many restrictions that last for several weeks. For example, you must be able to go six weeks without intense physical activity to qualify for a traditional facelift. Unfortunately, this isn’t feasible for most people who have physically demanding jobs. On the other hand, the only post-treatment restrictions you have to worry about after a non-invasive facelift are:
- Protecting against sun damage
- Avoiding excessive heat
- Holding off on vigorous activity for 24 hours
Ideal for Those Who Fear Invasive Procedures
If you want to shave years off of your face but you’re not quite ready to commit to an invasive anti-aging procedure, a non-invasive facelift is an ideal fit for you. You get the anti-aging benefits of a facelift, brow lift, and cheek augmentation without any of the pain or discomfort that occurs following invasive procedures. Non-invasive anti-aging injectables aren’t just great because the recovery is easy, though.
They are also great because the treatments themselves are comfortable without anesthesia or sedation. Since there is no general anesthesia required, you are free to drive yourself home after your treatment, and you won’t feel exhausted for one to three days after your treatment. This means that you can return to work as soon as your session is over if you don’t have a physically demanding job.
Ideal for Men
People often think that aesthetic treatments are designed for women. However, men also can use a non-invasive facelift to improve their appearance. Like women, men develop wrinkles caused by both volume loss and overactive wrinkles.
To qualify for an invasive facelift or any other invasive procedure, you have to be in very good health. This is particularly true if you will be intubated and put to sleep under general anesthesia because intubation places a lot of strain on your heart and lungs. On the other hand, the health requirements to qualify for a non-invasive facelift are much less stringent. This is due to the non-invasive nature of the treatment.
Yet another benefit of a non-invasive facelift is the results look completely natural. The results of dermal fillers look completely natural because they are completely natural. The initial results are derived from water that was already present in your skin. The final results are derived from collagen that your skin produces naturally in response to the injections.
Also, you can rest assured that the results of your injectable muscle relaxant treatments will look completely natural. To reiterate, you will be able to emote exactly as you could before the treatment. Moreover, the underlying musculature of your face will not be manipulated in any way so your face will look exactly the same, just free from dynamic wrinkles.
We’ve already mentioned that the initial results of injectable dermal fillers become apparent immediately. However, we’d like to expand upon this a little more. The final results of injectable dermal fillers become apparent just 10 to 14 days after treatment.
Also, the results of injectable muscle relaxants become apparent very quickly. Specifically, you can expect to see your final results within 96 hours of treatment. You may even be able to see your dynamic wrinkles relaxed away just 48 to 72 hours after treatment.
To reiterate, you can expect your final dermal filler results to last for up to two years. However, this depends significantly on the specific filler formula used. Each filler is designed to be particularly effective in a different region of the face and each filler features hyaluronic acid molecules with a unique molecular weight. In some cases, the final results of dermal fillers may only last for 12 to 18 months.
Also, the final results of injectable muscle relaxants are long-lasting. While individual results vary, you can expect your final results to last anywhere from two to six months.
Reverse Your Signs of Aging Today
A liquid facelift can provide you with all of the anti-aging benefits of an invasive procedure without any of the drawbacks. We can use this series of treatments to erase wrinkles, volumize hollow areas, and restore your self-confidence. The best part is you won’t need anesthesia or sedation. Contact us today at Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, Il to schedule your initial consultation and find out if this treatment is right for you.