What the Heck’s a Liquid Face Lift, Anyway?
Posted by tinselkitty on April 21, 2011
I knew there was something more than bangs pulled up and strategically applied makeup! After the first go ’round on this site with my Jill Zarin suspicions, I went back and performed the highly scientific side-by-side comparison of putting my finger over her forehead (I’m a professional – don’t try this at home) to see if it really was just the bangs being gone. It wasn’t. The eyes were my sticking point. They’re smaller now than they used to be.
The nose and the jawline were my other points of contention. I was willing to concede on makeup artistry on the sides of the nose but the distance from the her nose to upper lip increased. There is just no makeup trick that can do that.
Now that Jill’s admitted to doing a “liquid face lift”, it makes sense. Well, after I went snooping around to find out what exactly that was.
First, from Access Hollywood –
‘Real Housewife’ Jill Zarin: I Didn’t Go Under The Knife!
It’s a new season of “The Real Housewives Of New York City” and Jill Zarin has a new look, but the reality star said there are no knives involved.
The NYC socialite made headlines last week when she showed up at TV Land Awards with what appeared to be a fresh face free of lines and a more contoured nose leading some to speculate she’d gone under the knife.
However, the Bravo star told Access Hollywood that her new look is simply a series of injections, some makeup and a new hairstyle.
“I have a new makeup artist,” Jill told Access at NBC Universal’s Central Park Beautification project event in New York on Tuesday. “What really changed is he lifted my hair off my face… It just made me look longer. And I guess I have a good night, you know, sometimes you look better than others.
“I do a liquid face lift. It really works,” she continued explaining that she received Botox and Restylane shots in her face. “It’s very subtle, very subtle, but it works. It pulls out the smile lines.”
Jill said fans will see her receive the liquid fountain of youth in coming episodes of her series.
“I got it done in January,” she explained. “I did it on the show, which is really going to be interesting, when you see it on the show.”
Okay, semantics shmemantics. Jill might not have gone under the knife, but as you’ll see below, there seem to be enough needle pokes involved to make a needlephobe such as myself really weigh the pros (not having to go full surgery) against the cons (knock my ass out and get a hefty supply of painkillers).
So what is a liquid face lift?
The short answer, from Anand D. Patel, MD – Austin Facial Plastic Surgeon –
A liquid facelift hinges on the premise that by adding volume to your face (like blowing up a balloon) one can remove wrinkles and “lift” tissue. The problem is that many times too much volume can give an unnatural look. There is no doubt aging is due to a combination of laxity and volume loss. A traditional facelift will last longer (fillers last at best a few years) and give a more natural look when combined with limited volume enhancement.
That little paragraph totally explained the changes I was hung up on.
Now for the really long answer from LiquidFaceLift.com –
Over the years, the face begins to lose collagen and elastin which contribute to sagging facial features. The loss of facial volume and elasticity also lead to the formation of wrinkles, creases and folds. During the past few years, a specialized group of physicians began treating wrinkles with newly FDA-approved dermal fillers and BOTOX®. During this time, the physicians began to notice an accompanying benefit. As these procedures were performed with particular products and with certain injection techniques, facial features exhibited a gentle lift, as well.
Some of these physicians refined techniques to focus on lifting and contouring, with an ancillary benefit of wrinkle reduction (rather than the other way around). This has spawned a somewhat revolutionary new approach in treating sagging facial features, which has begun to be called a Liquid Face Lift.
In broad terms, a non-surgical Liquid Face Lift can be undertaken to accomplish any of the following:
- Gentle lift of individual (or overall) facial features
- Reduced wrinkles, creases or folds
- Restoration of natural, curved facial contours
- A more rested, energetic look
- A friendlier smile
In some patients the goal of a non surgical Liquid Face Lift procedure is to lift the entire face. In others, the goal is to lift or contour specific facial features. Liquid Face Lift products and procedures may be used to accomplish a number of objectives when it comes to facial contouring and lifting.
For example, bags can be masked under the eyes by using Liquid Facelift techniques; eyes can be opened up and lids lifted; jowls can be lifted and diminished; natural shape can be restored to flattened cheeks or temple areas; corners of the mouth can be lifted; as well as several other facial feature benefits. Many of these conditions and contouring procedures will be discussed on this web site, as well as treatment procedures for a variety of wrinkles, folds and lines.
A Liquid Face Lift involves the use of advanced dermal fillers, usually in combination with BOTOX®. The dermal fillers used are among a group of 2nd generation dermal fillers that provide more enduring results than earlier products. The new group of 2nd generation, advanced dermal fillers includes Juvederm® Ultra, Juvederm® Ultra Plus, Radiesse®, Restylane®, Perlane® and Sculptra®.
Each of these dermal fillers has unique attributes that work in their own special way to contour specific areas of the face. In general, dermal fillers replace lost volume in the face or help the body regenerate its own collagen. Precisely placed, the dermal fillers can be used to lift or contour any number of facial features. For more information about the various advanced dermal filler products used by doctors in various Liquid Face Lift procedures, please see the Products section of this web site.
It is common knowledge that BOTOX® relaxes and diminishes wrinkles. However, BOTOX® is also used in conjunction with the dermal fillers to provide added lift and to help the endurance of the dermal fillers. In the face, there is a constant tug of war among muscles that pull up (levators) and muscles that pull down (depressors). BOTOX® is placed in the depressor muscles to relax the downward pull and to let the upward-pulling muscles win, providing a lift to various facial features.
All of the products discussed on this site are FDA-approved for treatment of at least one area of the face. The manufacturers rarely seek FDA approval for multiple cosmetic uses. However, once approved, physicians may use any of these products for other cosmetic uses, known as off label usage. Most plastic surgeons, dermatologists and other physicians who regularly use dermal fillers and BOTOX® in cosmetic medical procedures perform both on-label and off-label procedures.
Note: Before undergoing any procedure discussed on this web site, make sure that your physician has extensive experience with the specific procedure. Medical schools have only recently begun to teach some of these procedures. As with any medical procedure there are varying degrees of risk involved. Please consult your physician.
Not only is product choice important, but it is fundamental that the physician take into account a patient’s unique facial characteristics and goals when performing a Liquid Face Lift procedure. Each person has unique facial features and individual skin types, as well as varying degrees of skin damage, collagen depletion and skin laxity. Goals and desires also vary from patient to patient. Experienced physicians should take into account all of these variables when utilizing Liquid Face Lift products and procedures in order to help optimize patient outcomes.
Liquid Face Lift techniques are experiencing continual refinement among a few leading dermatologists, plastic surgeons and other physicians in the U.S. Results from Liquid Lift procedures are usually gradual and can range from subtle to astonishing. It is common for patients who have had Liquid Face Lift procedures to say that they receive compliments on their appearance without others knowing that they have done anything. In some instances, the results can be so uplifting that they change an individual’s life. As with any cosmetic medical procedure, results vary from patient to patient.
And finally, here’s Jill telling Wendy Williams the truth, because you know Jill, she never lies. Her words, not mine.