Aftercare Guide: Liquid Facelift

By Dr. Aaron Stanes

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    So, now that you’ve undergone liquid facelift with dermal fillers, you’ll want to ensure that your result looks great for as long as possible.

    Here at Cosmetic Connection, we believe that patient education is one of the most important parts of your treatment journey. While the procedure may be minor and non-surgical, it is vital that you know how to make the most of your treatment by carefully adhering to the aftercare instructions for your liquid facelift.

    Following the liquid facelift aftercare is an effective way to achieve and maintain a great and long-lasting result.


    What should I avoid after a liquid facelift with dermal fillers?

    Until the day after your liquid facelift filler injections, you should avoid:

    • Applying makeup
    • Lying down with pressure on your face (try to sleep on your back)

    For the first 24 hours after liquid facelift, you should avoid:

    • Intense exercise
    • Excessive alcohol
    • Smoking

    For the first 7 days after your treatment, you should avoid:

    • Applying firm pressure to your face


    How to reduce swelling after a liquid facelift

    Here are some great ways you can minimise any swelling from your liquid facelift filler injections:

    • Avoid hot environments until the swelling has resolved. This includes hot showers, saunas and sitting out in the sun.
    • You can take an antihistamine on the day of your treatment, as long as you are medically suitable.
    • Avoid touching, scratching or picking at the skin of your liquid facelift.
    • Gently apply a wrapped ice pack intermittently (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off) for the first 4 hours after your dermal filler injections.


    How to reduce bruising after a liquid facelift

    If you are worried about bruising from your liquid facelift, consider following these steps:

    • Avoid excessive alcohol for 24 hours
    • Avoid intense exercise for the first day
    • Gently apply a wrapped cold pack intermittently for the first few hours after your liquid facelift (be careful not to apply any pressure).

    If you have bruising after your liquid facelift filler injections, you can cover it with makeup the day after your injections.


    What to expect in the first few months after a liquid facelift with dermal fillers

    You can look forward to enjoying an immediate improvement in your appearance after your liquid facelift.

    In the first few days, there may be some mild swelling and tenderness. The final result will be visible either immediately, or within 2-12 weeks depending on the treatment modalities used.

    • Dermal filler gives an immediate result that settles over 1-2 weeks.
    • Anti-wrinkle injections take 2 weeks to fully work.
    • Collagen stimulating injections give an immediate result that improved over the first 12 weeks.

    If it is your first treatment, or all of the filler from your previous treatment has worn off before you come back for another session, there is a small chance that you will notice a slight drop in the visible result over the first few months. In such cases, a second treatment can be performed to achieve an even better and more stable result.

    You can expect your result to look great for 12-24 months on average. Anti-wrinkle injections to the brow, downturned smile and neck bands will need maintenance every 3 months on average. Your body will gradually break down the injected dermal filler, meaning the result will slowly wear off over time.

    Most patients revisit liquid facelift every 12-24 months on average to maintain their result.


    Are there any side effects with a liquid facelift?

    All cosmetic medical procedures have potential side effects.

    When performed with skill, caution and care, a liquid facelift is categorised as a low-risk procedure. You can reduce the risk of side effects by following proper liquid facelift aftercare.

    While it is unlikely, some liquid facelift side effects that you may experience include:

    • Skin redness that will gradually improve in the first few days.
    • Bruising which has about a 5-10% risk and can be covered with makeup.
    • Mild swelling that may make your liquid facelift appear slightly over-corrected for the first 1-3 days.

    If you ever notice any rashes or skin discolouration after a liquid facelift, it is important that you get in touch with us for an assessment. You can send a photo of your concerns using our contact form.


    Why is liquid facelift aftercare important?

    No matter if it’s your first liquid facelift or your tenth, following the liquid facelift aftercare is very important.

    Following these aftercare instructions for liquid facelift filler injections is the best way to care for your rejuvenated look, reduce the chance of side effects and prolong your result.

    While these aftercare steps may seem minor and trivial, not following them may compromise your result.

    We want you to achieve the best result possible and love your new look, so please, take care.


    Liquid facelift with dermal fillers

    Here at Cosmetic Connection, a liquid facelift with fillers is one of our most popular treatments, and a favourite among our clinical team.

    It is a great option to sculpt your ideal face. If you have a weak, sagging and ageing face then this may be just what you need. The specific areas of the face that will be treated depends on your unique anatomy and your treatment goals.

    You may occasionally see the liquid facelift being referred to as a non-surgical facelift. Both terms refer to a comprehensive approach to facial enhancement with cosmetic injectables that target common signs of ageing on the face and neck such as sagging skin.

    Check out our comprehensive liquid facelift page for more information on this treatment.

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