What is a Liquid Facelift?

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Dermal Fillers Can Restore Volume to the Aging Face

Utilization of dermal fillers is sometimes called a “liquid facelift” because of the restorative enhancement that an experienced cosmetic physician can achieve by artfully placing small amounts of dermal filler in problem areas. At BHSkin, we use a variety of treatments to treat or reverse the signs of aging, especially those due to loss of facial fat and collagen. Some physicians will choose to use a variety of dermal fillers in combinations suited to the patient’s needs. Skin tightening may also be accomplished by the use of other facial rejuvenation treatments, including neuromodulators (Botox, Dysport), laser or radiofrequency / ultrasound skin tightening.

Autologous fat transplantation

Autologous fat filling utilizes fat cells from liposuction. Autologous fat is fat harvested from the patient’s body. This requires liposuction to extract the fat, the fat is used to fill other areas with no risk of allergic reaction or rejection by the body. The transplanted fat cells don’t all survive transplantation, and for that reason your physician may overfill the area at first, but the rapid reabsorption will soon give you the look you desire. Fat injections give a natural look, and can be used to sculpt other parts of the body in addition to the face.

Hyaluronic Acids

Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in the body and fillers include Juvederm, Perlane, and Restylane. It is a key component of the collagen in the dermis and can hold many times it’s own weight in water.

Calcium Hydroxyapatite

Calcium hydroxyapatite is found in your bones, and it is a mineral-containing compound that is often used to fill in the deepest lines and creases in the face. These areas include the marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and glabellar, or frown lines between the eyebrows. This type of filler is composed of calcium-based microspheres suspended in a gel, and is utilized to contour the fullness of the cheeks and other facial areas. Radiesse is the calcium hydroxyapatite filler that is widely used.

Sculptra

Sculptra is a synthetic material containing poly-L-lactic acid, and when it is injected, the body is stimulated to produce collagen. Because it works by stimulating the body to produce collagen, results appear more gradually over a period of time. Your doctor may use Sculptra in combination with other dermal fillers to fill out the lower half of the face, including the areas with deep nasolabial folds.

Artefill

Artefill is a semi-permanent filler that contains polymethylacrylate microspheres, which are suspended in purified collagen gel. PMMA has been used for years in permanent surgical implants and is also used to treat medium to deep wrinkles or to fill out pitted acne scars. Some physicians prefer to under fill with Artefill, and add more later on if needed.

What should I expect?

Injection of dermal fillers is a painless procedure. Your doctor will prepare you for the injections by cleaning the area of injection with an antibacterial agent. Then, a topical numbing cream will be applied. The dermal filler will be injected into the areas predetermined prior to the treatment. These injections will take only seconds, and the entire rejuvenation procedure will take only minutes to perform. Ice is usually applied after the treatment, and you will walk out of the clinic free to return to your normal activities immediately. The improvement in your facial lines and creases will be immediate, yet subtle. This brief in-office procedure will leave you with immediately pleasing results, and depending upon the filler utilized, those results will normally improve over the next few weeks. Call us today for a consultation with a cosmetic dermatologist at BHSkin at our offices in Beverly Hills, Encino, or Glendale. At your initial consultation, your doctor at BHSkin will carefully evaluate your skin tone and appearance, planning a strategy for utilizing cosmetic fillers to enhance and restore your youthful appearance.

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