Liquid Facelifts vs. Regular Facelifts

A facelift is a cosmetic work done to remove wrinkles or tighten up your face. The kind of facelift you should choose will mainly depend on the amount of work you want to be done. Age is also a factor when choosing facelifts.

Regular or surgical facelifts are invasive and involve local or general anesthesia. The surgeon does deep tissue incisions where tissue is either removed or tightened. They also take quite a long time to recover from. Liquid facelifts do not need any anesthesia. They involve injections that have little or no downtime. The results are visible within a very short period.

These facts may make you think that liquid facelifts are better than regular facelifts. However, there are several factors to consider when deciding on whether which to get. These include:


Ladies in their 30’s and 40’s have just started developing nasolabial folds. These can easily smooth out with a liquid facelift. But as you get into your 50’s and 60’s, skin starts sagging quite significantly. When there is significant work, the best option is the regular facelift.

Area Needing Work

Regular facelifts are ideal for those who need extensive work. Sagging skin on the neck, cheeks, jawlines, and jowls are areas that benefit more from facelift surgeries than liquid facelifts. Liquid facelifts work on wrinkles and fine lines. Areas that do not need extensive work. It does not need anesthesia, and it heals faster.


Liquid facelifts may seem cheaper than regular ones. This may be true, depending on the area that needs work. If you need a liquid facelift instead of a regular one on a sagging neck, then that will cost a lot of money in the long run. It is cheaper to get a facelift surgery, which also lasts longer.

Recovery Time

The biggest selling point for liquid facelifts is they have little or no downtime. You do not need to miss work or your social engagements. Regular facelifts involve swelling from the surgery, requiring you to get time off work and away from social engagements to heal.

Side Effects

Liquid facelifts have minimal discomfort and swelling, so basically, no one will realize that you have had work done. A major but rare side effect is that some patients may be allergic to synthetic dermal fillers. The skin also starts to look unhealthy due to necrosis. This is because dermal fillers occupy the area between your skin and blood vessels. This makes it hard for the skin to receive nourishment.

Regular facelifts have a possibility of scarring that may last for a few months or years. The scarring is dependent on the skill of your surgeon and your body’s ability to heal. But they leave you with an elegant, youthful, natural, and refreshed look as the blood vessels remain in place.

How Long Each Lasts

Liquid facelifts are good for short periods. However, you will have to go for touch-ups every six months or so. Facelift surgery lasts a long time — about eight to twelve years, after which you may have to go for another minor tuck. The minor tuck is not necessary, entirely dependent on whether you would like one or not.

For more on liquid and regular facelifts, visit Miami Aesthetic at our office in Miami, Florida. You can call 305-851-3020 today to schedule an appointment.