Combine the Benefits of Rejuvenating Treatments in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Many people want to improve their appearance but are not quite ready for surgery—and that's OK! The "Bengtson Beauty Lift" is a liquid facelift for Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Birmingham patients who are seeking a younger look without a lengthy recovery time. The term "liquid facelift" actually refers to a combination of "lunchtime" treatments involving injectable gels and formulas made specifically to rejuvenate particular regions of the face and address or even prevent specific signs of aging. When used strategically and in harmony, they can generate temporary results that give an entire face an overall look of rejuvenation.*
Also, since the liquid facelift is not a set, single procedure, it can be customized to the patient. Women in their 20s may need only a slight smoothing and some preventative muscle relaxing in order to look their best, while women in their 30s and 40s can target increasingly visible "problem" areas where wrinkles have formed. Age-related loss of volume can be countered by injectables specifically designed to lift sagging tissue and stimulate new collagen production. There is truly something for patients of any age.
What Does a Liquid Facelift Include?
A liquid facelift may include dermal fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic, skin-tightening Ultherapy®, and more. BOTOX® relaxes key facial muscles to reduce the appearance of certain lines, and tissue fillers such as JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® Refyne can restore lost volume and treat facial lines and wrinkles. Ultherapy® lifts, tones, and tightens loose skin on the brow, neck, and under the chin. The result? A face that looks naturally rejuvenated and refreshed!*
What Does a Liquid Facelift Address?
Over time, the face loses volume, including fat, and the skin loses collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. The facial bones also subtly recede. Combined with the long-term effects of gravity, the face begins to droop and lose fullness and definition. Although a good number of women and men turn to surgical procedures such as facelift, eyelid surgery/blepharoplasty, or brow lift surgery, Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon Dr. Brad Bengtson believes that many patients can benefit from early intervention with a proactive, non-surgical approach, combatting the visible signs of aging and successfully delaying the need for more extensive, invasive procedures.
- BOTOX® is the liquid facelift element that addresses dynamic wrinkles by preventing signals from reaching specific facial muscles and causing them to contract. A forehead at rest is less likely to reveal lines in places where the skin bunches up as expressions are made. The FDA approved BOTOX® for the treatment of frown lines and crow’s feet.
- JUVEDERM® XC, VOLLURE®, Restylane®, and Restylane® Refyne are all hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers. For these liquid facelift components, an injector introduces smooth gel directly into the tissues where moderate to severe lines—including nasolabial folds and marionette lines—have formed in the mouth and nose areas. The gel can soften the appearance of these lines.
- VOLUMA® is also a filler in the JUVEDERM® line, though this injectable is for adding volume to the apple area of the cheeks, where collagen loss and other changes create hollows that make the face look more gaunt, as well as sagging that manifests as jowls farther down on the fact. Gel injected here as part of a liquid facelift can re-create the structure of a youthful face, filling the hollows and lifting the sagging tissues.
- ULTHERAPY® also addresses sagging, but by delivering ultrasound energy into the skin to get new collagen growing. Rejuvenated collagen in the face and neck typically means tighter skin with a more even skin tone, making this treatment a frequent part of liquid facelift sessions.
Surgical vs. Nonsurgical Options
Each nonsurgical treatment offers its own results that generally last for a specific amount of time. BOTOX®, for instance, has been shown to smooth out wrinkles for three to six months, while the added volume from VOLUMA® can last for two years.* The Bengtson Center team takes all of this into account when creating the unique elements of a liquid facelift for you. The ultimate goal is to generate natural results that create a youthful impression for the face as a whole.
Surgical results are intended to be longer lasting than the effects of a liquid facelift, as many lifting procedures involve Dr. Bengtson physically tightening loose skin, removing the excess, and suturing the tissues into place. Once incisions heal and sutures are removed, your face should look years younger and will continue to age from that point.*
Other patients benefit from a combination of surgical and non-surgical procedures. Dr. Bengtson might recommend combining a short-incision facelift with a liquid facelift's dermal fillers and BOTOX®, or he might recommend some of the newer technologies such as Ultherapy® or a nonsurgical lifting and tightening system using focused ultrasound.
No matter the specifics involved in your liquid facelift, know that Dr. Bengtson is one of the top board-certified plastic surgeon national trainers for BOTOX® and JUVEDERM® products, including VOLUMA® XC, VOLLURE® XC, and more. If you're interested in a liquid facelift at the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center, you’re in good hands with Dr. Bengtson and his team of Aesthetic Experts!