Liquid Face Lift

July 26, 2008

The Rachel Ray Show

The Rachel Ray Show

“The Rachael Ray show recently did a segment called “The Liquid Face Lift” and it featured a physician using Injectable Fillers (Restylane®, and Perlane®) and BOTOX® Cosmetic to restore a youthful appearance in one of his patients. The patient was around 45, and she wanted to look “refreshed”, but not different, with no down-time. The injections were performed behind the scenes, and in around an hour, the patient was revealed.  She was very pleased with the result.

You’re probably wondering whether BOTOX® Cosmetic and Injectable Fillers really simulate the results of a surgical face lift? The answer is: yes. If you want to look five to ten years younger, you can achieve this with a non-surgical approach for facial rejuvenation. BOTOX® Cosmetic is excellent at smoothing frown lines, forehead lines, and crows-feet; it is also extremely effective at lifting the eyebrows.

Injectable Fillers work by restoring lost facial volume, and minimizing the appearance of wrinkles. Your face ages as a result of sun damage, gravity, and loss of facial fat. Sun damage causes decreased skin elasticity and wrinkles. Gravity causes descent of skin, fat, and muscle. On top of this, you get age-related loss of facial fat, which tends to be more pronounced if your face is thin. The first place you see loss of facial fat-volume is in the cheeks, just below the eyelids. This may cause you to see “bags” in the lower eyelids. You may also notice that your eyes and temples appear sunken, and that your lips have lost their youthful fullness.

You can have Injectable Fillers to minimize your wrinkles and folds. You can see an immediate reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, and you’ll also notice immediate restoration of youthful facial volume. You can have lower eyelid grooves, laugh lines, hollowed upper eyelids and temples, and deflated lips easily corrected with a painless office procedure. If jowling is early and mild, you can also have Filler injected along the jaw-line to minimize their appearance.

You can have both BOTOX® Cosmetic, and Injectable Fillers without any pain. You’ll have a special topical anesthetic placed 10-15 minutes before the procedure, and you won’t feel a thing. You can resume regular activities immediately, and minor bruising is infrequent.

If you have prominent jowls, or sagging neck skin, you’ll probably need  a Natural Lift. This is my version of the European MACS-Lift: a small incision, minimally invasive face lift that involves repositioning of the skin and underlying soft tissue in a purely vertical direction. A “wind-swept” appearance is avoided, and your results are completely natural. This operation has been embraced by  my patients and me, since there is typically only two weeks of down-time, and results have been spectacular.

If you have excessive upper eyelid skin that is obscuring a youthful upper eyelid crease, you’ll likely need an upper Blepharoplasty (eyelid lift). This can be performed as an isolated procedure, or typically in combination with a Natural Lift.

I hope you schedule a free consultation with me today. You’ll see as soon as you call that my staff and I will exceed your expectations, and work to restore the youthful look you deserve. You’ll look younger and better, without any evidence that a procedure has been performed ”

Eric M. Joseph, M.D.


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