Over the years, the face begins to lose collagen and elastin which contribute to sagging facial features. The loss of facial volume and elasticity also lead to the formation of wrinkles, creases and folds. During the past few years, Dr. Amyia Prasad, along with other specialized physicians began treating wrinkles with the FDA-approved dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic. During this time, they began to notice an accompanying benefit. As these procedures were performed with particular products and with certain injection techniques, facial features exhibited a gentle lift, as well.Dr.Prasad refined the technique to focus on lifting and contouring, with an ancillary benefit of wrinkle reduction (rather than the other way around). This has spawned a somewhat revolutionary new approach in treating sagging facial features, which has begun to be called a Liquid Face Lift.
In broad terms, a non-surgical Liquid Face Lift can be undertaken to accomplish any of the following:
- Gentle lift of individual (or overall) facial features
- Reduced wrinkles, creases or folds
- Restoration of natural, curved facial contours
- A more rested, energetic look
- A friendlier smile
In some patients the goal of a non surgical Liquid Face Lift procedure is to lift the entire face. In others, the goal is to lift or contour specific facial features. Liquid Face Lift products and procedures may be used to accomplish a number of objectives when it comes to facial contouring and lifting.
For example, bags can be masked under the eyes by using Liquid Facelift techniques; eyes can be opened up and lids lifted; jowls can be lifted and diminished; natural shape can be restored to flattened cheeks or temple areas; corners of the mouth can be lifted; as well as several other facial feature benefits. Many of these conditions and contouring procedures will be discussed on this web site, as well as treatment procedures for a variety of wrinkles, folds and lines.
A Liquid Face Lift involves the use of advanced dermal fillers, usually in combination with BOTOX® Cosmetic. The dermal fillers used are among a group of second generation dermal fillers that provide more enduring results than earlier products. The new group of sedond generation, advanced dermal fillers include Juvederm® Ultra, Juvederm® Ultra Plus, Radiesse®, Restylane®, Perlane® and Sculptra®.
Each of these dermal fillers has unique attributes that work in their own special way to contour specific areas of the face. In general, dermal fillers replace lost volume in the face or help the body regenerate its own collagen. Dr. Prasad has found that precisely placed, the dermal fillers can be used to lift or contour any number of facial features.
It is common knowledge that BOTOX® Cosmetic relaxes and diminishes wrinkles. However, BOTOX® Cosmetic is also used in conjunction with the dermal fillers to provide added lift and to help the endurance of the dermal fillers. In the face, there is a constant tug of war among muscles that pull up (levators) and muscles that pull down (depressors). BOTOX® Cosmetic is placed in the depressor muscles to relax the downward pull and to let the upward-pulling muscles win, providing a lift to various facial features.
All of the products used by Dr. Prasad are FDA-approved for treatment of at least one area of the face. The manufacturers rarely seek FDA approval for multiple cosmetic uses. However, once approved, a qualified physician such as Dr. Prasad may use any of these products for other cosmetic uses, known as “off label usage”. Most plastic surgeons, dermatologists and other physicians who regularly use dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic in cosmetic medical procedures perform both on-label and off-label procedures.
As a facial surgeon, Dr. Prasad not only takes into consideration that product choice is important, but it is fundamental that the patient’s unique facial characteristics and goals are considered when performing a Liquid Face Lift procedure. Each person has unique facial features and individual skin types, as well as varying degrees of skin damage, collagen depletion and skin laxity. Goals and desires also vary from patient to patient.
Results from Liquid Lift procedures are usually gradual and can range from subtle to astonishing. It is common for patients who have had Liquid Face Lift procedures to say that they receive compliments on their appearance without others knowing that they have done anything. In some instances, the results can be so uplifting that they change an individual’s life. As with any cosmetic medical procedure, results vary from patient to patient.
If you are interested in determining if you are a good candidate for the Liquid Face Lift we recommend you contact Dr. Prasad in his New York office at (212) 265-8877 or in his Garden City office at (516) 742-4636 .