One of the most significant trends in the field of aesthetics is the increased popularity of nonsurgical treatments as alternatives to plastic surgery. The demand for anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers at our Sydney cosmetic clinic has skyrocketed thanks to the expertise of our cosmetic doctors, who produce remarkable liquid facelift results.
Who Can Benefit From a Liquid Facelift?
When you think of why faces appear older, what comes to mind? Wrinkles and lines? Sagging skin? Brown spots? Yes, all of these factors contribute to an aging face but the loss of structural support as soft tissue and bone diminishes is the primary culprit. The lost volume causes the face to appear thinner and creates wrinkles and folds. This can be corrected using dermal fillers. People with naturally narrow faces or who exercise often and have little excess fat begin appearing gaunt as they age. A liquid facelift—which may also include anti-wrinkle treatments—can create a fuller, more youthful appearance without the downtime associated with plastic surgery.
Good candidates for liquid facelift treatments have early signs of aging and are typically in their 30s or 40s before the skin begins to sag significantly.
Liquid Facelift Treatment Areas
Dermal fillers can be used in different areas of the face to restore volume. The face is typically divided into thirds: the upper face, midface, and lower face. Here’s how dermal fillers can improve the appearance of each area:
Anti-wrinkle injections are often used here, but volume replacement for the temples, forehead, and tear troughs under the eyes is also important to consider.
Cheeks are often the first place where you’ll notice volume loss. Cheek volume is crucial to a youthful appearance. As we age, we lose the structural support of the overlying skin tissue. Our injectors not only restore volume but also shape the cheeks to ensure harmony of the overall appearance. Some patients need more volume in the front of their lower cheeks, some patients need more volume at the side of their cheeks, and some just need “holes” in the lower cheek filled to replace lost fat. Nasolabial folds are also treated with fillers.
How Is a Liquid Facelift Performed?
Because each patient’s needs vary, there is not a single treatment protocol for a liquid facelift. Our cosmetic doctors begin by assessing the patient’s face and then asking about her or his medical history. The amount of filler or fillers used depends on the assessment and the patient’s cosmetic goals.
Some patients apply numbing cream about 45 minutes before the treatment session to minimize discomfort. In some cases, the injector will use a local anaesthetic (in addition to the anaesthetic that is pre-mixed in most fillers). We also use ice to decrease pain and reduce post-treatment bruising. Nitrous oxide (happy gas) is also available for patients to use.
Occasionally a patient will take some muscle relaxants 30 minutes before treatment. With this option, the patient will need someone to drive them home.
After thoroughly cleansing the face, the treatment begins with the injector using a cannula (a thin tube similar to a syringe) to inject fillers using a very fine needle. Pressure is then applied using gauze. The number of injection sites during a liquid facelift is usually about 4.
What Is Recovery Like After a Liquid Facelift?
There is little or no downtime following filler injections but bruising and swelling that lasts for about 48 hours is common. In some cases, patients notice one side of the face appears to improve more than the other. This is usually because the patient’s facial features are slightly asymmetrical to begin with. This usually resolves on its own after a few weeks. Follow-up treatments for patients who get lip fillers are usually needed.
We provide patients with detailed post-treatment instructions and safety information regarding fillers. The instructions include:
- No makeup for 4 hours
- No heavy exercise that day
- No acid face products for 24 hours
- No spas, saunas, or hot yoga for 1 week after the treatment
You’ll see the effects of a liquid facelift immediately after the treatment.
How long do fillers last?
The answer to this depends on several factors, including:
- A patient’s facial anatomy and metabolism
- The dose used
- Injection sites
- Specific filler products used
With the filler we use most often, patients who are happy with the results 1 month after the procedure should get 2 follow-up treatments every 6 months and then yearly treatments after that. If the patient is not satisfied with the results at 1 month—meaning they would like more filler to get the desired results—then treatments should be scheduled every 1 to 3 months until the desired appearance has been reached. Follow-up appointments are then recommended as with patients who were happy with results from the outset.
What Is the Cost of a Liquid Facelift?
Our Sydney cosmetic clinic sets the price per syringe used during the procedure. The cost starts at $750 per milliliter. Packages for liquid facelifts are sometimes available at the cost of $2,000 for 4 milliliters. Visit our pricing page to get more details about the cost of fillers.
Get in Touch
Our Paddington cosmetic clinic serves patients from the Eastern Suburbs to Bondi and throughout the Greater Sydney area. You can book online, or call us at (02) 9331 5005 to schedule your appointment.