Dr. Sly Nedic explains how a tired, ageing face can be revived by the use of injectables…
Facial Rejuvenation without Surgery
Dr Sly Nedic explains how a tired, ageing face can be revived by the use of injectables…
The liquid face-lift is a popular term used by aesthetic physicians to describe the combination usage of nonpermanent dermal fillers and neurotoxins.
Since these substances are in a liquid form and are used to achieve a lifting effect on an ageing face – the term Liquid face-lift was born. Despite its name however, it’s important to note that these procedures (liquid & face-lift) are entirely different. In majority of the cases, they cannot be used as an alternative to each other – but rather as a complementing tool. They can also be used in the different stages of facial ageing.
According to the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the amount of surgical rhinoplasties and face-lifts performed in 2011 has increased only by 1% and 9% respectively – while Botox injections increased by 150% – and dermal fillers by 110%.
Ageing: The Tell-Tale Signs…
Facial ageing is an inevitable event that is characterized by the sagging of the skin (which is caused by the gravitation effect). This is due to decreased skin elasticity, loss of volume in the facial fat compartments, hyper-dynamic wrinkles and folds becoming static, skeletal remodeling, muscular facial activity remodeling and skin photo-damage. From the above, we can determine that facial ageing is a very complex process, with it affecting different facial structures at different paces. Therefore one single procedure or product cannot resolve all of these factors in patients. In spite of this, an increased number of patients are requesting less aggressive treatments to improve their facial appearance. Why is the Liquid Face-lift so Popular?
1. Social Changes:
The younger generation now desires noninvasive treatments with no down time intervention, in order to achieve a more youthful appearance. This is applicable for both men and women seeking to achieve facial beautification, symmetry, balance and better proportion. The liquid face-lift has gained wide acceptance by the younger population as it’s seen as a necessity – and an on-going procedure rather than an isolated event to reverse the signs of ageing It is often included
in the monthly budget!
2. Non Invasive:
This minimal approach using the liquid face-lift offers faster results with no downtime (and is therefore dubbed the lunchtime procedure). Temporary swelling or possible bruising is a very short-lived side effect and cannot be compared to the long recovery time after a face-lift. Serious complications with dermal fillers are very rare.Some patients are reluctant to undergo surgery, or have medical contraindications for surgery – or simply don’t have time for a long post-operative recovery period. This procedure is typically associated with less pain, and mistakes can be easily corrected. All of the above makes the liquid face-lift a perfect procedure for “careful” or fearful patients.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is at present the gold standard of dermal fillers, and an essential part of the liquid face-lift. For over 10 years, Hyaluronic Acid has been used in aesthetic dermatology throughout the world – with numerous peers reviewing articles, conducting extensive research and reporting a high safety profile. The aesthetic physician can choose from a wide range of Hyaluronic Acids on the market, with different viscosity in duration – and never compromising on safety standards. The new series of low molecular Hyaluronic Acids with Juvéderm® VYCROSS® technology from Allergan, allows better managing of the entire face with different concentrations. It also contains a variety of viscosities while maintaining clinically proven safety.They can mimic the natural composition and biomechanics of the skin, providing more natural and longer lasting results.
Botulinum Toxin A is one of the most extensively, scientifically researched substances. Over 1,000 scientific papers and studies have been published on Botulinum Toxin A, and none of them report any long-term side effects in aesthetic medicine. However, it is important to bear in mind that a successful liquid facelift also requires adequate training, continual updating in aesthetic procedures and some level of artistic talent by the physician. It is the duty of the patient to check the qualifications and credentials of the practitioner performing the liquid face-lift. The patient can also request information about products used in the liquid face-lift.
4. Natural Look:
Combination treatments with dermal fillers and neurotoxins make it possible to achieve aesthetic results which are similar to the more invasive procedures. More importantly, it retains a natural look that is a priority for the majority of patients. A younger look will be restored and facial features will be refined, but they will not be changed completely and permanently. It is essential that all patients have realistic expectations for these procedures. Permanent changes can only be achieved with surgery. The liquid face-lift can also reshape and rejuvenate the entire face and neck by using dermal fillers and neurotoxin. Lastly, the most important point before performing a liquid face-lift is to elicit the patients concerns – and meet their expectations. In the case of severe skin laxity where surgical face-lift is more indicated, correct diagnosis and advice will help the patient make the right decision. The limitations of the liquid face-lift should be explained to the patient who expects the effect of a surgical face-lift.