Getting older is unfortunately something no one can avoid, but some of us suffer more noticeably with the physical signs of ageing than others. Emerging wrinkles, fine lines and loosening skin are all due to alterations in our collagen, the protein in our bodies that supports body tissues and forms a major component of cell support. The production of this protein begins to slow down with age, and it’s strengthening effects on cell structure begins to weaken. These changes may be worsened by our environment, diet, daily habits and genetic coding but no one can pinpoint the exact cause, nor prevent it from occurring. It is just an inevitable part of ageing.
It seems somewhat unfair to be rewarded each year with increasingly sunken cheeks, grey, creased skin and subsequent low self-confidence. Depending on the person, this can even begin to happen as young as the mid to late thirties. You can’t completely stop or reverse this natural process, but can you improve the effects of it?
Of course there are many anti-ageing treatment available, but if you are just starting to notice the premature signs of ageing you may just want to add a bit of a youthful glow back into your cheeks without looking as if you’ve had ‘work done’. It can be frightening to take the big leap into cosmetic surgery as there are some risks involved, also, some milder treatments claiming to subtly rejuvenate the skin might not do anything at all.
If the above is similar to your own thoughts and feelings on cosmetic surgery then you might want to consider the ‘liquid facelift’. This is a non-invasive procedure that doesn’t take weeks to heal, requires no pain relief and can be completed in less than thirty minutes. It does not completely transform the face but does provide gorgeous-looking results. It is described as a pick-me- up that refreshes the skin. Patients often say that their friends and family have asked them “Have you lost weight?” or “Are you wearing new makeup?” because, although subtle, improvements are clearly visible.
It has been dubbed the liquid facelift because it involves injecting a liquid into the face that creates a gentle lifting effect. The treatment is also known as Dermal Fillers, which are most commonly made of hyaluronic acid – a substance that naturally occurs within the tissues of the body.
During the treatment your face would be cleansed with an antiseptic and a local anaesthetic cream applied to the area. The clinician would then insert small amounts of the dermal filler into 8 pre-selected treatment sites with a very fine needle.
Once injected, the dermal fillers get to work by mimicking the depleted supply of hyaluronic acid in your body. The effects of this can be seen immediately as the skin lifts, tightens and appears slightly plumper.
The liquid facelift is not just used for anti-ageing. It can also correct facial lines, folds, restores lost facial volume and is commonly used to augment or enhance the lips. You would be a good candidate for dermal filler treatment if you have nasolabial folds (deep folds between the nose and the mouth), marionette lines (folds around the corners of the mouth), glabella lines (lines or wrinkles between the eyebrows, thin or wrinkled lips, sunken or hollow cheeks, facial depressions or contour deficiencies.
The best candidates are healthy men and women with a good immune system and realistic expectations. Dermal fillers are not recommended if you have any active skin infections or if you have previously experienced an allergic reaction to similar treatments.
The benefits of the liquid facelift are long-lasting but not permanent. The products used are biodegradable, which means they will gradually be metabolised by the body. The effects can remain for three to twelve months depending on which product is being used, but future treatments will be required to maintain results. Side effects are uncommon for this procedure but may include hypersensitivity or mild bruising, swelling or redness at the injection site.
If you are suitable for the liquid facelift and have considered your options carefully, you will need to choose a safe and qualified expert to administer the treatment for you. Although the outcome to the treatment is subtle and adverse side effects are rare, there are still risks if wrongly applied by unqualified clinicians. We at Courthouse Clinics have rigorously tested our dermal fillers and can therefore guarantee they are completely safe for use. Only our qualified doctors dispense the treatment and a consultation is always held beforehand to ensure suitability.
We offer the following products for the liquid facelift:
- JUVÉDERM® Ultra
- Restylane Lipp®
The correct product will be determined during your consultation depending on your individual needs and treatment expectations.
Our Dermal fillers can be combined with other non- surgical treatments such as skin peels, Omnilux™ Light Therapy and Microdermabrasion, all of which can further improve age-related skin issues. If you wanted a more significant change, you can also use dermal fillers in conjunction with cosmetic surgeries such as the brow lift, face lift, eyelid surgery and laser resurfacing. It can enhance and maintain results from these surgeries for longer periods of time.
We currently offer the liquid facelift at the following locations:
- Haywards Heath
- London (Wimpole Street)