Do You Need a Surgical Facelift or a Liquid Facelift?

October 10, 2014


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1SAES-ciJ5lU4V1itqDjMwQ_G_6phLGP5mwcRofHT84For many years, the recommended procedure for addressing moderate to severe signs of aging on the face was a surgical facelift. This procedure has evolved considerably, with a variety of techniques now available that allow surgeons to tailor the procedure to the unique concerns of the individual patient. However, another evolution has also occurred recently, with the introduction of injectable treatments that can address signs of aging like fine lines, deeper facial creases and loss of volume in areas like the cheeks and jawline.

A combination of different injectables can be used effectively to create what is now called a “liquid” facelift. This customizable procedure can produce excellent results for some patients, lifting and smoothing the face for a visibly younger appearance. As the liquid facelift continues to gain popularity, some patients are left wondering whether a traditional surgical facelift or a liquid facelift might be the best choice.

What a Surgical Facelift Can Do

A surgical facelift can address the following issues:

  • Deep facial creases around the nose, mouth and jawline
  • Sagging skin in the middle and lower portions of the face
  • Appearance of jowling along the jawline
  • Loss of facial fat with replacement of lost fat in the targeted areas in the face
  • Sagging around the jawline that gives the appearance of a double chin
  • Neck creases and other signs of aging below the jawline

A surgical facelift is typically performed under general anesthesia. While it is often performed on an outpatient basis, most patients need 3-4 weeks of recovery time before returning to work and regular activities.

What a Liquid Facelift Can Do

The right combination of injectable treatments in a liquid facelift can enhance the following concerns:

  • Mild drooping in the mid-face and along the jawline
  • Fine lines and deeper creases from the brow area
  • Wrinkles around the nose, mouth and chin
  • Loss of volume in the cheeks, under the eyes and along the jawline
  • Eyes that look tired, baggy or puffy 
  • Lips that have lost their volume and definition

A liquid facelift may take less than an hour to complete, depending on the number of injections needed. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, possibly using a topical numbing cream to ensure patient comfort during treatment. Patients may return to work and regular activities as soon as the procedure is completed.

While a liquid facelift can be effective in reducing the signs of mild to moderate aging on the face, surgical facelifts are preferable for reversing more significant signs of aging. Choosing the right procedure for you is a personal decision that should be made between you and your surgeon. To learn more about these procedures, contact PCI Plastic Surgery Center at 319-382-8230 to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Andrews.

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