Liquid Facelifts by Ronald H Schuster, MD, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Baltimore, Maryland

Wow! Ever since the episode of Real Housewives of NY aired the buzz has been about the Liquid Facelift!!

Well let me explain it to you.

The “Liquid Facelift” is the catch word for using injectable fillers to restore volume into the face. As the volume increases the more full one’s face looks. As we get older, we lose volume in our faces. A youthful face has more volume. So as the facial volume increases it will appear more youthful and in that respect appear to have been “lifted”. In some cases, especially when filling in the cheeks there can actually be a bit of a lift which occurs. Think of it as if your face was a ballon. As the ballon loses air it will appear deflated. As air is added back into the balloon it will be “lifted”. There are numerous fillers that can be used for this. The most popular are the Hyaluronic acid filler (HA fillers). The most popular HA fillers are Restylane, Perlane and Juvederm. Perlane is the same thing as Restylane but thicker. In general you want to have a thicker filler because it will work better and last longer. It is performed in the office with just a topical anesthetic. Results are pretty instantaneous but you can have some minor swelling for a day or two. So what’s the catch? It generally takes multiple syringes to get the effect that you want and can cost $2000 – $4000 in order to get the right job done. Also it will need to be repeated in about 9 months though you might not need as much to get the same result. For this reason I often prefer Sculptra. Sculptra is a different type of filler. Check out my blog on Sculptra to get more details. In short, it is a more gradual way to gain volume and look younger. It also lasts much longer, on the order of 2-5 years. Here’s another website for the liquid facelift: www.LiquidFaceLift.com.