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, a specialized group of physicians, including Dr. Tanne, began treating wrinkles with newly FDA-approved dermal fillers and BOTOX® and 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.
At Cosmetic Laser MD Dr. Tanne had refined her techniques 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 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 Face Lift 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.
A Liquid Face Lift involves the use of advanced dermal fillers, usually in combination with BOTOX or Dysport. The dermal fillers used at Cosmetic Laser MD are among a group of 2nd generation dermal fillers that provide more enduring results than earlier products. The new group of 2nd generation, advanced dermal fillers includes Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Radiesse, Restylane, Perlane and Belotero.
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. Precisely placed, the dermal fillers can be used to lift or contour any number of facial features.
It is common knowledge that the neuromodulators – BOTOX, Dysport or Xeomin – relax and diminish wrinkles. However, these neuromodulators are 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®, Dysport or Xeomin are 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.
Not only is product choice important, but it is fundamental that Dr. Tanne take into account a patient’s unique facial characteristics and goals 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. Dr. Tanne takes into account all of these variables when utilizing Liquid Face Lift products and procedures in order to help optimize patient outcomes.
Liquid Face Lift techniques are experiencing continual refinement among a few leading physicians such as Dr. Tanne. Results from Liquid Face Lift procedures 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.