Liquid Facelift or Cheek Lift

The term “liquid facelift” refers to a non-surgical procedure where a combination of injectables are used for facial rejuvenation. By restoring volume and providing a subtle lift, a liquid facelift can be an excellent procedure for patients with signs of mild to moderate facial aging. However, it is not a replacement for surgery but when done correctly in the right patient, a liquid facelift can give excellent results with minimal downtime.

In the past, treatments to restore a youthful look to the face have focused on the lower face only. Furthermore, restoration of lost facial volume has been ignored until recently. Nowadays we know that facial volume loss and soft tissue descent are the main contributors to facial aging. Restoring facial volume in the proper areas makes you look younger and more refreshed without looking done or unnatural. Today, we have the knowledge and ability to rejuvenate not only the lower part of the face, but also the midface, cheeks, periorbital areas (around the eyes), and forehead.

What is a Liquid Facelift/Cheek Lift?

A liquid cheek lift is a procedure performed in the office that can produce results comparable to a surgical cheek lift without the risk, expense, or recovery time that a surgery has.

As the name suggests, a liquid (dermal filler) is injected into the area around and above the cheek bones to restore fullness. As an added bonus, the skin of the lower face is lifted in this process, which will soften the nasolabial folds (smile lines).

The procedure is associated with minimal discomfort. Numbing creams and local nerve blocks are sometimes used if desired by the patient. The procedure usually takes 30 to 60 minutes, and the results are immediately visible. For most patients, the results will last at least one year and can be repeated as needed without any problems.

Who is a good candidate?

  • Realistic expectations (a liquid facelift cannot remove excess skin or provide substantial lift to the jowls, jawline, or neckline)
  • Mild/moderate wrinkles around the eyes and forehead
  • Early volume loss in the face

What is the recovery?

Downtime depends on the extent of the procedure and the type of injectable(s) used. In general, injection site redness resolves in an hour. Mild swelling may last a couple of days. Bruising, if present, may last up to one week, but can usually be covered with light makeup.

Getting the Best Results

Even though the liquid cheek lift is not a surgical procedure, it is still extremely important that it is performed by a highly trained professional with experience performing this specific procedure. Knowing exactly how much to inject, where to inject, and maybe most importantly where not to inject is both an art and a science. Having the right professional is vital to achieving the desired results.

A consultation with your cosmetic surgeon will allow Dr. Walker to determine which procedure will give you the results you are looking for - with the least amount of discomfort, expense, and recovery time. Call us today to schedule your consultation and see what we can do to make you look and feel your absolute best.