Having a more youthful appearance is appealing to most women. However, the cost and recovery time involved with a traditional facelift may make some patients balk at having the procedure. There is an alternative that offers many of the same results at a fraction of the price. Is it worth it?
What is a Liquid Facelift?
Instead of undergoing an invasive surgical procedure, patients choosing this option receive injections to address areas of concern such as fine lines, crow’s feet, folds, laugh lines, or loss of volume. Though there are several different types of dermal fillers to choose from, the most common include Juvederm, Belotero, Voluma, Radiesse, and Botox.
What is the Cost?
Prices of any surgical procedure vary depending on the specific needs of the patient. A full facelift can cost thousands of dollars, depending on the extent of the procedure. A liquid facelift, however, can cost as little as half the price of a more invasive procedure.
How Long Does the Procedure Last?
This procedure is not a permanent solution. While the most common options last for a few months, there are brands available that can last a year or longer. In order to maintain a natural look, follow up injections might be needed. A qualified physician will help determine which brand works best based on the patient’s needs.
Each injection procedures take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete.
What is the Recovery Time?
With traditional facelifts, recovery time takes anywhere from 10 to 14 days. Doctors usually release their patients to go back to work after two weeks. With liquid facelifts, the recovery time is much shorter. Most patients can return to work within a day or two. Those who use Botox shouldn’t rub the area for 24 hours or lie down for a few days. Other fillers recommend no pressure on the area for a few days then treating the injection site with a five-minute massage, five times a day for five days. Each patient will be given specific instructions regarding their recovery.
Is this procedure worth it? Absolutely. For patients not looking to go under the knife, the reduced pain and recovery coupled with the reduced price make the liquid facelift a great way to restore a youthful appearance.