Liquid Facelift vs. Surgical Facelift: Which Would You Need?

Liquid Facelift vs. Surgical Facelift: Which Would You Need?

With so many options for reversing signs of aging or creating a better appearance, it’s worth looking at the advantages and disadvantages of the most popular procedures. Two of the main strategies for work on the face are a liquid or surgical facelift. “Liquid” in this sense refers to injectable materials that add fullness under the skin or in the case of Botox, affect underlying muscle to restore more youthful contours or reduce deep lines.


Types of injection

Many of the trademarked wrinkle filters are hyaluronic acid fillers. These injections can minimize deep wrinkles and creases. Side effects such as bumps or discoloration are possible, yet generally mild. Fillers also plump up sagging or thinned areas including the lips, jawline, temples and cheeks. The plumping effect gives a lifted look by raising the skin to a more youthful position. Preliminary studies on hyaluronic acid fillers suggest that repeat injection may trigger collagen production and that less filler is required over time to maintain the desired results.



Liquid Advantages and Disadvantages

The liquid options come with a far smaller price tag than a surgical lift. The injections take far less time than surgery. You can have the injections in half an hour and achieve results that least for at least a season. Generally the effects persist for a period of four to 12 months or longer. Collagen tends to break down the fastest, yet many prize it for giving natural looking results.


Botox Uses

Botox reduces muscle activity that causes wrinkles such as crow’s feet, worry lines and frown lines. When the underlying muscles relax and respond less to nerve signals, the expression lines smooth out. Generally the cosmetic effects of Botox show within five days and persist for up to six months. Its use with other injectables is increasingly common, resulting in a liquid lift.


Liquid Lift Advantages

The use of Botox fillers or dermal fillers alone or in combination tends to result in a fairly subtle change in appearance without downtime. This makes it an attractive option for people who want to look better but prefer not to have it be too obvious that they’ve had “work done” on the face. For many people, the liquid methods offer a sufficient anti-aging cosmetic treatment.


The Surgical Approaches

Depending on age, the condition of the skin and the results desired, a full lift may be needed to achieve significant improvements. Skin thins and loses elasticity, collagen diminishes, and in cases where there is pronounced sagging or loose skin, injections may not be sufficient. For older individuals — and those who have lost skin elasticity due to wasting or significant weight changes — surgery may be the best method. An alternative to a full lift is to choose specific facial procedures in consultation with a qualified surgeon.



Surgery Considerations

A single procedure can make a significant difference. An eyelift results in a more youthful, alert appearance by removing sagging in the eye area and restoring a firmer look. While surgeries for the face offer the benefit of long-lasting improvements, there are risks of complications and a much higher price tag. Surgery takes more time and recovery time as well compared to the liquid method. For overall tightening and dealing with problem areas such as jowls and the neck, surgery generally offers superior results to a liquid lift. Surgery for a full lift involves incisions at the hairline and behind the ears. The surgeon remove excess skin and sutures the tightened skin in place.

This article is for information purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Consult your medical provider before undergoing any cosmetic procedure.