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What is a Liquid Facelift?

By: RoyDavid November 27, 2009

“Liquid Facelift” was probably coined in regard to Sculptra, which is a “large volume” injectable filler. Unlike a syringe of restylane or juvederm or even radiesse, sculptra comes in a bottle which generally prodcuces 5-6 syringes of product for injection. While scluptra can target specific lines like the nasolabial folds, it is better known for adding plumping volume to thin, “hollow” faces. By changing these hollow areas (below the cheek bones and in the temple, for example) to more convex or rounded, the face looks naturally more youthful. In some cases, if no volume were added and the skin was simply pulled, these thin faces could look unnatural and “operated.”

Indeed, sometimes a “liquid facelift” can be better that a regular facelift for the right candidate!The principle of liquid faceliftcan also be applied to fat grafting. This is another way of adding to volume to the face to make it look more youthful. It involves an addtitional procedure- liposuction- but the filler is one’s own fat and the supply can be plentiful and relatively inexpensive.So how long will it last? Sculptra has been known to last 2 years PLUS. Fat, after trasnplantation to the face, is generally lasting after six months, with most patients retaining 40-50% of the fat that is grafted.In our San Diego practice, a “liquid facelift” is generally topped off with a “Total FX” fractionated skin resurfacing treatment. In this way, the refreshed, volume enhanced face receives a new, smooth layer of skin. The Total FX treatment removes lines, wrinkles, scars, hyperpigmentation, and tightens loose skin. The overall look is amazing, and in many cases rivals a surgical facelift.When considering a liquid facelift, it is important to consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon who will examine your face and tell you if you are a good candidate. If you truly need a surgical lift, this may still be the best option, and save you substantial money on fillers. Remember, a “Mini Lift” can be performed with no general anesthesia in about 1-2 hours.

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Total FX Skin Resurfacing

By: RoyDavid November 14, 2009

Many patients have expressed confusion about the differences between Total FX, Active FX, and Deep FXskin resurfacing, so I’d like to clarify a few things.

All these names refer to treatments performed with the same laser- the Ultrapulse CO2 Laser from Lumenis. Active FX is the term coined to refer to a frationated treatment with a 1mm spot size. Active FX allows for quick healing, minimal risk, while still achieving excellent skin contraction and tightening and removal of brown spots and sun damage. Deep FX refers to a fractionated treatment with the 120 micron (smaller) spot size, which penetrates deeper into the skin, enabling treatment of deeper scars, wrinkles and irregularities. Because of the smaller spot size, deep fx is not as effective for superficial brown spots. For that reason “Total FX” combines one pass each with each of these different spot sizes, theoretically providing the best of both worlds.

So what kind of results have we seen?

The look and feel of skin after a Total FX treatment is truly impressive, and our patients have been very satisfied. I believe that for patients with moderate skin laxity and wrinkles- Total FX is a great choice.

I advise patients not to be too concerned about the “name” of the treatment they receive. We customize all laser treatments to the patient: to their desires, their skin quality, and the downtime they want. The best choice will be made after a comprehensive consultation in our office.

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