Liquid Facelift vs. Surgical Facelift: What Are the Differences?

The first signs of aging can often affect the face first, resulting in wrinkles, loss of volume, fine lines, and a sagging appearance. If you’ve been considering enhancing your look for a younger appearance, you might be considering a surgical procedure like the popular facelift. However, more and more people are gravitating towards the nonsurgical solution to facial aging with a liquid facelift instead. Before you make a decision, go over the pros and cons of each with the board-certified surgeons at Allure Anti-Aging and Aesthetic in Huntington Beach, CA.

What is a Liquid Facelift?

The liquid facelift doesn’t actually involve any surgical lifting. Instead, a liquid facelift involves injectable fillers such as Botox and dermal fillers to be strategically placed into areas of the face where signs of aging are most prevalent. These areas can sometimes include the cheeks, eyes, lips, and chin, effectively smoothing out wrinkles and folds. The procedure appeals to many because it doesn’t involve any incisions, which means significantly less downtime and discomfort. The one drawback of a liquid facelift is the fillers will naturally break down, requiring touch-up sessions in the future. You can expect your results to last from 3-12 months.

Botox: Also known as a neuromodulator, Botox disrupts the body’s connection to muscles that contract and cause wrinkles. In turn, this prevents new wrinkles from forming and current wrinkles from showing and getting any worse.

Dermal fillers: A facial filler is a liquid injectable typically made of hyaluronic acid, a compound found naturally inside the human body and is responsible for keeping the skin hydrated and healthy. When injected into the skin, this treatment instantly adds volume where your face needs it most.

What is a Surgical Facelift?

A surgical facelift involves incisions that are carefully placed around the ears and within the hairline. The facial tissue is then lifted and tightened, and excess or sagging skin is removed. This results in more definition in the cheeks, reduced sagging in the mid-face and jowls, and smoothed wrinkles and lines. This procedure is often appealing to patients because of its dramatic and long-lasting results. However, just like any other surgery, it does require anesthesia and a recovery period. Since the results aren’t immediate, a traditional facelift will require some patience before you can enjoy the results.

Deciding Between the Two

When considering either one of these two procedures, ask yourself how severe your signs of aging are and if you’re ready for a surgical procedure that will involve time off work and caregiving while you recover. If you experience lines, wrinkles, and mild volume loss, then a liquid facelift will likely provide the results you desire.

You can also choose the liquid facelift first, find the results that you like, and opt for a surgical procedure in the future if your signs of aging worsen or become more challenging to treat non-surgically.

Ready to Put Your Best Face Forward? Visit Allure!

Our board-certified surgeons at Allure Anti-Aging and Aesthetic can examine your concerns and help you determine which treatment option is right for you. To schedule your friendly consultation, call us at (714) 804-5460 or fill out an online form to schedule your consultation today.