Liquid Facelift

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A Liquid Facelift is a cosmetic procedure that involves injecting dermal fillers into specific areas of the face to address signs of aging, such as reduction of sagging skin, correction of facial folds and dynamic wrinkles, and restoration of volume loss in areas of the face. 


This type of procedure offers many benefits and is becoming increasingly popular as a non-invasive alternative to traditional facelift surgery. One of the main benefits of a Liquid Facelift is that it allows patients to achieve a naturally rejuvenated appearance. 

The procedure utilizes a combination of dermal fillers, such as hyaluronic acid, to enhance the contours of the face, restore volume, and smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. This results in a youthful, refreshed appearance that is both subtle and long-lasting.

Another benefit of a Liquid Facelift procedure is that it is a less invasive option compared to a traditional facelift. Unlike surgery, there is no need for general anesthesia, incisions, or extensive recovery time. Instead, the procedure is done using local anesthesia, and patients can return to normal activities immediately after the procedure.

How do liquid facelifts compare to Traditional Surgical Facelifts?

Liquid facelifts and traditional surgical facelifts are two distinct cosmetic procedures used to address the signs of aging to achieve a youthful appearance. While both procedures have their unique benefits and limitations, they differ in terms of invasiveness, recovery time, and overall effectiveness.

Following are the pros and cons of each procedure

Liquid Facelifts:


  • Minimally invasive techniques with no incisions or surgical intervention
  • Minimal to no downtime and quicker recovery time, allowing patients to return to normal activities almost immediately
  • Can provide subtle, natural-looking results
  • No general anesthesia required
  • Less expensive compared to traditional facelift surgery


  • Typically requires multiple treatment sessions to achieve desired results
  • Effects are temporary and may require touch-up treatments to maintain results
  • Not suitable for patients with significant sagging or loose skin, who may benefit more from a traditional facelift

Traditional Surgical Facelift:


  • Can produce long-lasting and dramatic results
  • Effective in addressing significant signs of aging, such as sagging skin and deep wrinkles
  • Ideal for patients with significant skin laxity
  • Results may be more noticeable and can last for many years


  • Invasive procedure requiring general anesthesia and incisions
  • Longer recovery time of 2 weeks to 6 months
  • More expensive compared to non-surgical treatments like liquid facelifts
  • Higher risk of complications and potential side effects such as infection, scarring, and nerve damage.

Dermal Filler Types

Types of facial fillers used in Liquid Facelift

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Hyaluronic acid fillers are some of the most popular dermal fillers used in liquid facelift procedure. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body that helps to hydrate and plump the skin. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvéderm, Restylane, and Belotero, are commonly used to add volume to the cheeks, lips, and under-eye area, and to smooth fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes.

Poly L Lactic Acid

Poly L lactic acid are synthetic dermal fillers that stimulate collagen production, a naturally occurring protein in the body that gives skin its youthful elasticity. Poly L lactic acid fillers, such as Sculptra, are commonly used to restore volume to the cheeks, temples, and jawline, and to smooth deep folds and wrinkles.

Calcium Hydroxyapatite

Calcium hydroxyapatite is a mineral-based dermal filler that provides long-lasting results. Calcium hydroxyapatite fillers, such as Radiesse, are commonly used to enhance the cheekbones and jawline, and to smooth moderate-to-severe wrinkles and folds around the mouth and nose.

Other non-surgical procedures

This non-surgical facelift also combines other treatments like neuromodulators, such as Botox, to target dynamic wrinkles like frown lines, smile lines, or crow’s feet.

Treatment Steps

At Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg and the team provide customized liquid facelift treatments to meet the needs and goals unique to each patient.

Our team works with the patient to develop a customized treatment plan that addresses their specific concerns, such as sagging skin, facial folds, or dynamic wrinkles. Different types of injectables may be used to target specific areas of the face.

The procedure begins with applying a numbing component to the areas of the face that will be injected with dermal fillers and neuromodulators. This helps minimize any discomfort during the procedure.

The duration of the procedure will depend on the extent of the treatment plan but typically lasts around 30-60 minutes. After the procedure, patients can immediately return to their normal activities with minimal downtime.

One of the benefits of a liquid facelift at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology is the personalized attention and care that each patient receives. Our team works closely with patients to ensure they achieve the natural-looking and more youthful appearance they desire.


The recovery process after a liquid facelift is typically quick and easy, with minimal discomfort and downtime. You may experience minor redness and bruise at the injection sites, but this is normal and should resolve within a few days.

To minimize any risks, it is important to properly care for the injection sites following the procedure. You should avoid strenuous activity, including exercise and heavy lifting, for a few days after the procedure and expose the areas to the sun or extreme temperatures as little as possible. You should also avoid smoking and maintain a healthy lifestyle, including proper skin care and hydration, for optimal results.

Most people can return to their normal activities within a few days of the procedure, although it is important to follow your provider’s instructions and avoid activities that may cause excessive stress to the areas. 

You should also schedule follow-up appointments with Dr. Greenberg to monitor your progress and discuss any concerns you may have. It is important to know that results may vary and that a liquid facelift is not a permanent solution. Maintenance treatments may be necessary to maintain optimal results, and our team will discuss this with you at the follow-up appointments. 


The liquid facelift cost can vary depending on a number of factors, including the specific treatment plan, the type and amount of dermal fillers used, and the provider’s experience and reputation. On average, the cost of a liquid facelift is typically lower than the cost of a traditional surgical facelift.

It is important to compare the cost of a liquid facelift to other non-surgical procedures available, including Botox injections, chemical peels, and laser skin resurfacing. These procedures can also provide noticeable improvements to the appearance of the skin, but the costs and results may vary, depending on the specific treatment.

During a consultation with Dr. Greenberg, you can receive a customized treatment plan and a clearer idea of what you can expect to pay for a liquid facelift. The cost of a liquid facelift depends on the extent of the treatment plan and the types of injectables used, making each procedure unique in terms of price.

Additionally, the surgeon’s skill level and experience can further add to the cost. 

Dr. Greenberg is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon with extensive experience in performing liquid facelifts, ensuring that you receive safe and effective treatment.

Ideal Candidate

A liquid facelift can be an ideal choice for people who are looking for a minimally invasive, non-surgical alternative to a traditional facelift.

Ideal candidates for a liquid facelift have:

  • Mild to moderate signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of volume in the face
  • Good overall health
  • Realistic expectations for the results of the procedure
  • A commitment to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including proper skincare, to prolong the results of the procedure

The Right Surgeon

Undergoing a cosmetic procedure like a liquid facelift requires careful consideration, including selecting a highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. It is crucial to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Greenberg to ensure that you receive the highest standard of care and the best possible results.

Dr. Greenberg has a proven track record of performing successful liquid facelifts, as well as other cosmetic procedures.

During your consultation, it is important to ask questions and fully understand their approach to your procedure. You should feel comfortable discussing your aesthetic goals and asking about any concerns you may have.

In addition to liquid facelifts, it is also important to consider the other injectable treatments that are offered at our NYC office. This can help ensure you receive a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan that meets your specific needs and goals.


To maintain the results of your liquid facelift, it is important to follow the instructions given by our team carefully. This may include avoiding strenuous activity for a few days, properly caring for the injection sites to minimize risks, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for optimal results.

In addition, you may need to schedule maintenance injections every several months to several years to keep your results looking their best. Combining your liquid facelift with other non-surgical procedures, such as skin resurfacing or laser treatments, can help to enhance your results and extend their longevity.

Maintaining collagen production is also important for maintaining your liquid facelift results. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the skin that provides structure and support, and it can be lost over time due to aging, sun exposure, and other factors. Maintaining collagen production can help to keep your skin looking youthful and revitalized.

On average, a liquid facelift can last for several months to several years. However, the exact duration of your results will depend on several factors, including your skin type, age, and lifestyle habits. By following the instructions provided by our team and scheduling regular maintenance treatments, you can help to extend the life of your liquid facelift results.


How long does a liquid facelift last?

The longevity of a liquid facelift depends on various factors, such as the type of filler used, the patient’s skin type and age, and how quickly the skin naturally metabolizes the filler. On average, a liquid facelift can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. However, it’s important to note that maintenance injections are usually needed to maintain the desired results.

Is a liquid facelift painful?

A liquid facelift is typically performed with local anesthesia or nerve blocks, which reduces the likelihood of extreme pain. While patients may experience mild discomfort during or after the procedure, swelling and redness are common side effects that typically subside within a few hours. Overall, the level of pain associated with a liquid facelift is manageable, and patients should not be overly concerned about it. 

Are there any side effects of a liquid facelift?

While a liquid facelift is generally considered safe, there are some potential side effects that patients should be aware of before deciding to undergo the procedure. The most common side effects are temporary swelling, redness, and bruising at the injection site, which typically subsides within a few days to a week. In rare cases, more serious complications may occur, such as allergic reactions or blockage of a blood vessel. However, with proper injection techniques and a qualified team, the risk of these serious complications is minimized. 

Is a liquid facelift a permanent solution?

No, a liquid facelift is not a permanent solution. The results of a liquid facelift typically last between 6 months to 2 years, depending on the specific injectables used, the individual’s metabolism, and other factors such as sun exposure and lifestyle choices. Over time, the body naturally absorbs the injected material, causing the effects to fade gradually. 

Is A liquid facelift worth it?

The decision of whether a liquid facelift is worth it or not depends on an individual’s personal goals, expectations, and budget. A liquid facelift can provide a non-surgical alternative to a surgical facelift with minimal downtime and quick results. However, it is important to note that a liquid facelift is not a permanent solution, and results may vary depending on the individual’s response to treatment and the specific injectables used. 

Is liquid facelift safe?

When performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Greenberg, a liquid facelift is generally considered safe. The injectable materials used in a liquid facelift, such as hyaluronic acid fillers and neuromodulators like Botox, have a long track record of safety and are FDA-approved for cosmetic use. The procedure is typically done under local anesthesia or nerve blocks, which reduces the risk of complications.

Can a liquid facelift address all of my facial concerns like sagging skin?

A liquid facelift can address many facial concerns, but it may not be able to address all of them. The procedure is particularly effective in addressing volume loss, fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin in areas such as the cheeks, chin, and lips. It can also improve the appearance of under-eye bags, dark circles, and hollows, and enhance the contour and symmetry of the face. However, if you have more significant sagging or excess skin, a surgical facelift may be a more appropriate option. 

Is there any downtime after a liquid facelift?

There is usually little to no downtime after a liquid facelift, which is one of the procedure’s benefits. Most patients can resume normal activities immediately after the treatment, although some may experience mild swelling, redness, or bruising at the injection site for a few days.

Can a liquid facelift be repeated in the future if necessary?

Yes, a liquid facelift can be repeated if necessary. The effects of the injectables used in a liquid facelift are temporary and typically last between 6 and 18 months, depending on the specific products used and individual response. As the effects of the treatment wear off, patients may choose to undergo another liquid facelift to maintain their results. 

What kind of anesthesia is used during a liquid facelift?

A liquid facelift is typically performed using local anesthesia. Local anesthesia involves injecting a numbing medication directly into the treatment area, which helps to reduce any discomfort during the procedure.