Advances in modern medicine allow us to look forward to a greater longevity, and it is a natural extension that technology can now help us look as good as we feel. Although Dr Young is a cosmetic surgeon, new technologies and products that are available today that provide an alternative to the knife, or at least help us bridge the gap between now and when we are ready to have surgery.Fillers can provide lasting changes to your face shape.
According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s 2006 Statistics, the number of women undergoing non-surgical cosmetic procedures is up 69% in women and 91% in men since 2000. It seems that today no matter what magazine you pick up, radio show you listen to, or television show you watch, there is regular discussion about the newest and greatest injectable treatments that, over a few minutes, can help rejuvenate the face. What is interesting is not only the types of products available, but how they are being used differently to help lift the face and rejuvenate our appearance.
The two major groups of injectable treatments are fillers, that can fill lines, folds and add volume to a deflating face, and anti-wrinkle injections that paralyses certain muscles in the face helping wrinkles smooth.
Today there are many more fillers available with better safety and staying power. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar based gel that is injected regularly for folds and wrinkles, comes from a non animal source (it is engineered), and lasts on average 6 to 12 months.
Anti-wrinkle injections are different from fillers as it paralyses muscles that fold the skin when we animate our face. This can help with crows feet, vertical lines in the forehead (the ones between the eyebrows I call the elevens), and horizontal forehead lines.
The liquid facelift is the result of using these fillers and anti-wrinkle injectables in an ingenious new way to lift the face. As we age the face loses volume, and droops, almost like a deflated balloon. Instead of surgery to lift the facial tissues, restoring the volume of the face with these fillers supports the face. Where as we used to just inject these fillers into lines and wrinkles like spackle, now we place them differently. For example, injecting a filler underneath a droopy eyebrow will support and elevate it. This also works well when injecting the material underneath eyelid bags, making their appearance flatten, or beneath the corner of the mouth/jowl when it sags. Adding volume back to a deflated and droopy cheek will help elevate it, and camouflage the nasolabial folds and marionette lines.
An important part of the liquid facelift is using the properties of anti-wrinkle injectables simultaneously with fillers. The best analogy to understand how anti-wrinkle injectables lifts the face is to think of there being a tug-of-war acting on all points of the face, there are muscles that pull things down and muscles that pull things up. If you block the muscles that pull things down, the muscles that pull things up win, elevating that facial structure. An example of this is the browlift, where by blocking the muscles that pull the brow down the brows and eyes open up, a non-surgical browlift. Anti-wrinkle injections can also be used to relax the muscles of the neck and improve vertical neck bands and sagging.
When fillers and anti-wrinkle injections are used in the appropriate combination, the result can approach surgical treatments. The resultant rejuvenated eyelid, brow, cheek and neck appearance is the liquid facelift. The obvious drawback is these treatments need to be repeated twice a year for maintenance. It is, however, a great alternative for those who either do not have the time for recovery, or are not psychologically prepared for surgery. What’s even better it can be done on your lunch hour!
Please note we do also offer long lasting filler, and Lipofilling, or fat grafting.