Liquid Facelift Pasadena
Remarkable new advancements in office-based enhancement techniques now allow for significant and affordable facial rejuvenation without surgery. By relaxing over-active muscles and restoring lost facial volume, Dr. Chow can provide many of the benefits of a facelift without surgery. In addition, the use of lasers or medi-peels can improve the appearance of your skin.
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Most commonly known as the “Liquid Facelift,” this modern technique employs a combination of Botox, Juvederm, Radiesse, and Sculptra, as well as skin treatments to help you look and feel refreshed with minimal downtime or healing. You can come in during your lunch break and touch up your make up before you leave our office.
In order to determine what unique combination works best for you, you should first have a consultation with Dr. Jen Chow to discuss your cosmetic concerns. Many of the most common elements of the liquid facelift are listed below. To learn more, simply click on one of the links below.
For most of us, the appearance of aging in the face is caused by several major factors. Volume loss can create folds or shadows in the face. Your skin may have been damaged by sun and other environmental factors such as smoking, diet, and chemical exposure. Stress and the need to express ourselves can overwork certain muscles in the face, causing a permanent frown, crows feet, or any of a number of other fine lines and wrinkles. And gravity can take its toll in a variety of ways, pulling the face downwards and causing it to lose its shape.
Fortunately, there are now a variety of treatments to rejuvenate the face without surgery. One set of techniques is often called the Liquid Facelift, because there is no surgery, and a variety of different fillers and Botox can be used to improve your appearance. There is no single method or procedure for the liquid facelift. Dr. Chow will design a treatment plan based on your unique facial features and aesthetic goals. Before any treatment, you will have ample opportunity to discuss any and all of your cosmetic concerns with Dr. Chow personally in order to better ensure your ultimate satisfaction.
Before the Procedure
You can have the liquid facelift on your first visit with Dr. Jen Chow, after you have had your in-depth consultation and all of your questions have been answered. You can also explore additional options for facial rejuvenation at the Chow Center. Some patients choose to schedule a specific date for their liquid facelift to work around their busy schedules.
No specific regimen is required before your treatment. In general, to reduce your chances of bruising, foods, supplements, and vitamins that may thin the blood should be avoided. Aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve, and other over the counter non-steroidal inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) should be avoided as well. Many patients choose to take Arnica Montana, a supplement, up to five days before their procedure in order to reduce the likelihood of bruising.
You will be able to drive to and from your appointment without difficulty. You should expect to spend a full hour at the office if you are having the liquid facelift done, depending on which specific treatments you will be receiving.
During the Procedure
The liquid facelift will consist of any or all of the following (please click on the treatment itself to learn more):
After the Procedure
Immediately after your procedure, you will likely be able to reapply any sun block, lotion, or make-up before you leave the office should you wish to do so. Some patients choose to return to work immediately afterwards.
In general, you should avoid strenuous activity (such as exercise) for approximately four hours after your liquid facelift. This will reduce any swelling that may occur and also make bruising less likely. If you receive Botox, you should avoid rubbing or massaging the areas that have been treated except as directed by Dr. Chow. You should also refrain from lying flat for four hours after the procedure.
Depending on the specific treatment you receive, you should have different expectations on what may occur. For many liquid facelift patients, however, one concern is the possibility of bruising. In order to reduce your chances of bruising and to hasten the resolution of bruising should it occur, we recommend the use of Arnica Montana before and after your treatment. For specific information regarding any single treatment, please click on the links provided above to learn more.
For those who have not previously had treatments at the Chow Center, we recommend a two week follow-up visit in order to see results of your facial rejuvenation. This appointment can be scheduled before you leave the office. We look forward to meeting you!
What is the Liquid Facelift (also known as the nonsurgical facelift)?
The reason for the word “liquid” in “Liquid Facelift” is because this non-surgical facial rejuvenation is accomplished with a combination of Botox and fillers such as Juvederm, Radiesse, and Sculptra, all of which are used in liquid form. Depending on the specific cosmetic needs of your face, any number of different components in the Liquid Facelift might be used. There is no surgery involved in the liquid facelift, and most results can be seen on the day of treatment.
Does the Liquid Facelift require surgery? Do I need general anesthesia?
The Liquid Facelift is a procedure that can be done in the office, without the use of general anesthesia. Depending on the amount of change desired, the procedure can be performed in minutes. In order to make the procedure more comfortable, topical and/or local anesthetics that minimize discomfort may be used. Ice gel packs are also used in order to minimize discomfort. One of the great advantages of the Liquid Facelift is that it does not require any surgery and can be done in the office in a single visit.
How long does the Liquid Facelift last?
The cosmetic improvement from a Liquid Facelift lasts for a variable amount of time. The duration of improvement depends on a variety of factors, including the product(s) used, the area(s) of the face being treated, the timing of touch-up treatments, and your own aesthetic goals and concerns. In addition, the combination of products (such as Botox with a filler such as Juvederm), may enhance and extend the results that either might achieve alone. Most dermal fillers, including Juvederm and Radiesse, last up to a year on average, though the products can last longer or shorter depending on the area being treated.
Is the Liquid Facelift painful?
In general, a topical anesthetic (numbing cream or ointment) is used before treatment. Some patients do without any anesthetic due to their personal preferences. The actual injections themselves are usually done within minutes, and any discomfort rarely lasts beyond the actual injection period. In addition, Dr. Chow is a skilled injector and uses very fine needles, minimizing discomfort.
Why would I choose the Liquid Facelift rather than the traditional surgical facelift?
While surgical facelifts continue to gain in popularity due to their long-lasting results, a sizeable number of folks would prefer something less invasive, even if it is not as permanent and effective. Having little to no recovery time (you can apply makeup before you walk out the door!) and the ability to receive treatment on the same day as your initial consultation are two reasons patients frequently choose the liquid facelift. Others have lost facial volume, which is not treated by the facelift, and therefore restore rejuvenating volume with fillers such as Juvederm, Radiesse, as well as a treatment such as Botox to relax hyperactive muscle.