LIQUID FACELIFTS IN NEW ORLEANS
Many patients seeking facial rejuvenation choose a surgical procedure like a neck lift/facelift, blepharoplasty, or brow lift. While surgery may be the best option for these patients, it is not the only one available. There are several non-surgical treatments that provide natural-looking results for patients not interested in undergoing surgery or for those who have health issues and are not surgical candidates.
A liquid facelift is a combination of multiple non-surgical techniques designed to add facial volume, subtly lift facial tissue and reduce lines, wrinkles, and folds.
LIQUID FACELIFT DEFINED
A liquid facelift is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment option for patients who want to improve their facial appearance without surgery. These treatments rely on the use of various injectables like Botox®, Dysport®, Restylane®, Juvederm®, or RHA to rejuvenate facial contours, fill in hollows, and diminish facial wrinkles and fine lines.
At the New Orleans Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery, board-certified facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Parker Velargo and Dr. Celeste Gary, or board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Hendrick, can customize liquid facelifts to resolve the specific facial issues for each of their patients.
These issues may include:
- Weak Chin
- Forehead creases
- Low cheekbones
- Droopy eyebrows
- Platysma bands
- Crow’s feet
- Hollow temples
- Thin lips
- Under eye bags
- Under eye hollows
- Marionette lines (smile lines)
- Volume loss
- Poorly defined jawline
- Expression lines
Drs. Velargo, Hendrick, and Gary have at their disposal an arsenal of injectables including neuromodulators for dynamic wrinkles and dermal fillers for static wrinkles and volume loss. With these injectables they can resolve your specific facial concerns. These injectables include:
UNDERSTANDING THE "LIFT" IN A NON-SURGICAL FACELIFT
As we get older, we begin to lose facial volume because of underlying tissue loss. As this tissue diminishes, the facial skin begins to sag and droop. When we add facial volume, the sagging skin will stretch and lift.
Adding cheek volume and redefining the jawline will elevate sagging skin in these areas. This technique effectively replenishes volume, resulting in a natural, rejuvenated facial lift. The most common statement we hear after this procedure is, “This is what I used to look like.”
WHY BOTOX OR DYSPORT?
These neuromodulators relax facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles from facial expressions. The muscle movements necessary for smiles and laughing can create lines and wrinkles in areas around the eyes, brow, and forehead.
Botox and Dysport prevent this muscle movement, allowing these aging effects to diminish. These injectables can also raise the eyebrows and the corners of the mouth to define the neck area.
WHY DERMAL FILLERS?
Dermal fillers do exactly what their name suggests; they fill in hollows and creases. They add volume to facial areas, more specifically in the midface, around the mouth, cheeks, and under the eyes. With lost volume replenished, hollow cheeks or tear troughs are filled to restore a youthful, plump and taut skin appearance.
THE LIQUID FACELIFT PROCEDURE
After a consultation, patients can address their facial imperfections with a strategic plan using specific injectables. Our customized treatment plans often incorporate one injectable in one or more areas or use multiple injectables in several areas to provide the best results.
The procedure can be as quick as thirty minutes or can last an hour or so depending on the areas we are treating. Dr. Velargo, Dr. Hendrick, and Dr. Gary use a micro-cannula, tiny gauge needles, or a combination of both for injections. In addition, we offer laughing gas to ensure minimal discomfort. These techniques produce less bruising and swelling and are usually more comfortable for patients. Proximal downtime is minimal, and you will see the results quickly.
NON-SURGICAL FACELIFT FAQS
Results vary from patient to patient and from injectable to injectable. Hyaluronic-acid based dermal fillers like Restylane can last well over twelve months. Botox or Dysport results usually last three to four months. During your consultation, you will receive instructions on when is the best time to have to follow-up treatments.
Major side effects are rare after a liquid facelift, but there is a possibility of swelling, redness, and bruising for a few days after treatment.
This non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure offers no downtime for our patients. Many patients return to their normal routine right after leaving the office.
Healthy men and women who wish to fight the effects of aging like facial lines, wrinkles, and folds and restore their youthful facial appearance are great candidates for a liquid facelift.