One of the newest trends in cosmetic surgery is the introduction of the “Liquid Lift.” This non-invasive injection gives a structural lift to your face and is a sought-after alternative to going under the knife. The goal of this injection is to add volume (that we lose as we age) to the face, which gives it the appearance of young and taught skin. As many doctors have pointed out, the “classically beautiful” face has high and wide cheekbones with a defined jawline and chin. With age, muscle bone and fat begin to shrink underneath the skin and, thus, pushes the skin downwards. The liquid lift will perk up the skin with volume and help realign it to where it used to be.
As previously mentioned, this lift is non-invasive, and it can also be performed the same day as the consultation. The only risks with this injection are swelling and potentially some minor bruising (although many only experience some slight redness at the injection site). In order to ease any pain or discomfort, a doctor will give several shots of Novocain to relax and numb the areas where the filler will be inserted. Once the doctor has outlined the points of injection on your face, he will use a medical instrument that lifts the muscle and places the filler on top of the bone. Although there is a slight pressure associated with the procedure, at no point should a patient feel pain. Depending on the type of filler that the patient chooses to purchase, the injections can take as little as 30 minutes and results can be instant with downtime lasting as little as an hour.
At the Center for Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety of fillers for you to choose from. Below, you will find a list of our current fillers and what to expect from them.
Juvéderm is the number one dermal filler in the United States. It’s an instant cosmetic enhancement that gives you a refreshed look by smoothing wrinkles and restoring volume to reverse the signs of aging. It can also be used to enhance facial features, such as your lips and cheeks, for added fullness and definition with a natural look. Juvéderm is made of hyaluronic acid, which is the acid that naturally exists in the human body to give skin volume and fullness. Juvéderm is also the first hyaluronic acid facial filler that has demonstrated effectiveness in people of color. Another main advantage of Juvéderm versus other semi-permanent fillers is that it is reversible. Your doctor will inject Juvéderm directly into the skin with an ultra-fine needle. The smooth gel flows easily into the skin, providing a soft, natural look and feel. The entire treatment will take between 15 and 60 minutes, depending on the areas being treated.
Juvéderm Voluma XC
Don’t let your cheeks give away your age. Reverse gravity for a more youthful appearance. As you get older, your cheeks can naturally lose volume resulting in sagging facial skin. Juvéderm Voluma XC instantly adds volume to your cheek area, enhancing your facial features. As the first and only FDA-approved injectable gel, it will provide a natural and delicate lift for up to two years. It is a favorable treatment to reverse the signs of aging due to volume loss in adults over the age of 21.
Sculptra is the first facial injectable that gives you a promising yet natural-looking appearance over time. Made from poly-L-lactic acid, it helps replace lost collagen and correct facial wrinkles and folds caused by aging. The main ingredient in Sculptra is a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material that has been used by physicians for decades, making it safe and reliable. Treatment consists of approximately three injection sessions over a few months and can last more than two years. Other dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvéderm are designed for immediate results, whereas Sculptra’s results are designed to emerge gradually so you can reverse the signs of aging and return to a more youthful appearance without anyone wondering if you’ve “had work done.”
Perlane is a cosmetic dermal filler, similar to Restylane. Unlike BOTOX, which smooths the skin by relaxing facial muscles, Perlane plumps areas that have lost fullness. It’s used to smooth away moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds and replace lost volume and youthful contours to the skin. Perlane is most widely used to fill the folds extending from the nose to the corners of the mouth, but it’s also used to plump eyebrows, smooth under-eye hollows, enhance the lips, define the curve of the upper lip commonly known as the Cupid’s bow, and to enhance volume and define contours of the cheeks, chin and jawline. Thanks to a patented stabilization technique, the effects of Perlane last at least six months and all the way up to nine months in some patients. As mentioned, Perlane is similar to Restylane as they are both made out of hyaluronic acid, an acid that occurs naturally in the human body to provide volume and fullness to the skin. Perlane differs because its particles are bigger; therefore the solution is thicker and contains more hyaluronic acid. That’s why it’s so effective at treating deeper facial folds and wrinkles.
Tackle the initial signs of facial aging with Dysport. This prescription injection is used to temporarily enhance the look of moderate to severe frown lines. The results are subtle without altering the appearance of your overall face. Untreated facial muscles will continue to function naturally, allowing you to show facial expressions, such as smiling, without restraint in untreated areas.
Kybella is a non-surgical injection used for the improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe convexity or fullness associated with submental fat in adults. Kybella is specifically designed to treat fat on the upper neck with virtually no down time. Results from Kybella are virtually permanent, and without major dietary changes, those fat cells will not return. Kybella causes the destruction of fat cells. Once those cells have been destroyed, they can no longer store or accumulate fat. Results can be expected within two to four treatment sessions spaced at least one month apart. Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved injectable that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness. With injections of Kybella, fat cells are broken down, which the body then removes through natural process.
For more information on our cosmetic procedures, please see www.CenterPlasticSurg.com/Cosmetic