As we age, the face begins to lose collagen and elastin which contributes to sagging facial features. The loss of facial volume and elasticity also leads to the formation of wrinkles, lines and folds. Fortunately, you could undergo one of the primary anti-aging procedures by getting a liquid facelift in Washington DC. Aging breaks down connective fibers, such as collagen and elastin, and causes a loss of fat and elasticity in the skin’s deep layers. The result may be the appearance of loose, sagging skin that gets wrinkles more easily. While many patients want to adjust their looks, not everyone feels comfortable having a full plastic surgery procedure in order to look younger. However, a liquid facelift is an available nonsurgical option.
What is a Liquid Facelift?
Liquid facelifts involve dermal injections that plump up the skin and reduce lines. During a liquid facelift, the patient receives multiple injections of dermal fillers, which should give their facial features a more youthful appearance. The advantage of this technique is that patients in Washington DC can often have their mini facelift done in one session. To prevent any pain, the doctor numbs the area with a local anesthetic. Each injection takes just a few minutes and can target areas such as the temples, lower eyelids, cheeks, and “marionette” lines that form between the mouth and nose.
Although this technique is nonsurgical and convenient, the fillers used in liquid facelifts do not last forever, and patients may require additional injections after a year to maintain results. However, natural and subtle rejuvenation generally produces the best results to avoid the overdone appearance.
What Does a Liquid Facelift Consist Of?
A liquid facelift contains fillers such as hyaluronic acid (HA), poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), fat, or calcium hydroxyapatite. Hyaluronic acid is the most common type of filler and it is a substance naturally present in the human body that attracts water, allowing the skin to become more hydrated. HA’s effects can last up to 6-12 months and are entirely reversible, while collagen and fat fillers temporarily treat wrinkles and scars. PLLA fillers stimulate collagen production, and its effects can last up to 24 months, while calcium hydroxyapatite fillers can last from 12 months.
Additionally, Botox or Dysport is used to relax the wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, and between the eyebrows.
The Benefits of a Liquid Facelift
A liquid facelift can reduce loose skin and wrinkles, as well as provide the following benefits:
Help firm up lips, giving them a fuller appearance
Mask dark circles and bags under the eyes
Firm up cheeks and provide a fuller appearance
Tighten and reduce wrinkles around the eyes, lips, and forehead
Lift and diminish jowls
Reduce bumps on the nose
Reduce the visible appearance of scars
In addition, a liquid facelift in Washington DC can be a same-day appointment which only takes about 15 to 20 minutes and requires almost no recovery time. Ideal patients for nonsurgical facelifts have relatively few wrinkles and only a small amount of loose skin around the face and neck.
Potential Side Effects
When considering this procedure, it is always best for patients to discuss their medical history with their plastic surgeon beforehand. Although the side effects for liquid facelifts are not as severe as those from a surgical facelift, a doctor can use blunt tip microcannulas to administer the dermal fillers which avoids bruising and virtually eliminates any downtime associated with the procedure.
Schedule a Liquid Facelift in Washington DC to Regain a Youthful Appearance
If you are looking for a fast and convenient way to tighten up some areas of your face, you have options available that do not require invasive surgery. Consider getting a liquid facelift in Washington DC in less than half an hour. Contact us to learn more about the benefits of this procedure.
Dr. Troy Pittman is an internationally recognized expert in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast and body. Dr. Pittman is Board-Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and practices the full spectrum of Plastic Surgery procedures. He has specific interest and expertise in aesthetic surgery of the breast, including complex revision breast surgery.
Michael Somenek, M.D., is a facial plastic surgeon in Washington, D.C. whose practice offers specialized cosmetic and reconstructive services. In addition to his high levels of experience and talent, Dr. Somenek is also a compassionate and warm surgeon who finds personal fulfillment in helping patients rejuvenate their appearances and their confidence. Request a consultation online to meet personally with Dr. Somenek, or call our office to schedule a consultation.
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Somenek + Pittman MD 2440 M Street NW Suite 507 Washington, DC 20037 (202) 810-7700