If you’re concerned about the signs of aging and how they are affecting your appearance, you have several options at your disposal. The traditional surgical facelift is one such choice, but you don’t have to go under the knife to achieve outstanding results. Liquid facelifts are an increasingly sought-after solution, though many people wonder about the difference between minimally invasive and surgical procedures and which would be better. Here’s what you should know about the pros and cons of each option.
What Is a Liquid Facelift?
A liquid facelift is a procedure that combines dermal fillers and neuromodulators for a full-face rejuvenation. Small amounts of injectable products can provide subtle lift and volume in your cheeks and lips, minimize fine lines bracketing your mouth, and smooth out forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet.
If you are searching for a quick, convenient, and low-risk anti-aging procedure that you can get done in an hour or less, a liquid facelift is for you. This no-downtime treatment fits easily into even the busiest lifestyle, and because it’s minimally invasive, you can return to work or other daily activities immediately afterward. Unlike a surgical procedure, a liquid facelift doesn’t involve any anesthesia, stitches, or scarring.
The results of a liquid facelift are not permanent, but you can maintain them with occasional touch-up treatments. The best candidates for this treatment tend to be younger patients with a less pronounced degree of wrinkling and sagging who prefer to delay surgical intervention. You may also wish to consider a liquid facelift if anything in your medical history disqualifies you from getting surgery.
What Is a Surgical Facelift?
Dr. Schmidt physically repositions the facial muscles, connective tissue, and skin during facelift surgery. If you have significant skin laxity on your face and neck, leading to the appearance of jowls, in addition to deep-set wrinkles that make you look perpetually tired or angry, a facelift may be an excellent option for you.
The most significant difference between a liquid facelift and facelift surgery is that the former option only treats superficial wrinkles, while a facelift goes beyond skin-deep. The results of a facelift do not halt the normal aging process, but it can take 10 to 15 years off your appearance to give you a dramatic transformation.
While there is no such thing as an “ideal age” to get a facelift, since everyone ages at different rates, many of Dr. Schmidt’s facelift patients are in their 50s and report a desire to look younger and more vibrant and feel more confident in their appearance.
You will need to plan for a recovery time of up to two weeks after a facelift. The most common side effects are bruising, tenderness, and swelling, which you can manage with ice packs. You will also have pain medication to take for the first few days, allowing you to rest comfortably at home. Dr. Schmidt will provide you with highly specific instructions to follow during your recovery, including the need to sleep with your head elevated and when you can resume exercise and other strenuous activities.
Natural Results You’ll Love
Whether you are considering a liquid facelift or a surgical one, you can enjoy your refreshed appearance by entrusting your face to Dr. Schmidt. As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Schmidt will enhance your natural beauty by using his artistic touch and years of accumulated knowledge of the complexities of facial anatomy. Contact us today to set up your in-person consultation.