The Male Liquid Facelift
The “liquid facelift” is a term that applies to a combination of injectables (fillers and Botox) that are used to create a more youthful appearance. This procedure is particularly attractive for men because of the “no down time “ feature. For a busy man, this procedure offers a quick solution.
The liquid facelift consists of using Botox in the forehead, frown lines, crows’ feet and platysma bands, and specific types of fillers in different facial layers in order to improve select areas of the face.
The biggest mistake that a male plastic surgery patient can make is not recognizing the level of sophistication in technique and the deep knowledge of facial anatomy required to obtain a natural result from this seemingly simple treatment. In Dr. Calabria’s opinion, the best-qualified doctor for this procedure is a plastic surgeon who is experienced in injectables.
Botox treatment for men is completely different than it is for women. If the “frozen” look is not attractive for women, then for men it is definitely a concept to avoid it at any cost. For women, the goal is to raise the eyebrows. However, in men, the opposite is true. For men, the goal is to maintain the eyebrows in their normal position, while softening some of the frown lines and transverse lines on the forehead. Treatment on the crow’s feet around the eyes is usually not done in male patients in order to keep a somewhat masculine and rugged look.
In the liquid facelift, specific fillers are used in different layers of the face. Sculptra and Radiesse are usually used deep under the facial muscles in order to create more volume in the cheeks, fill in deflated areas, and create a more masculine look in the angle of the mandible. Restylene and Juvederm are used more superficially to improve the naso-labial fold and some of the fine lines in the peri-oral area.
Dr. Calabria believes that facial rejuvenation with the liquid facelift requires a different approach and a different sense of aesthetics for men than it does for women patients. There is nothing worse that seeing a male patient “overdone” with fillers, which gives the appearance of weight gain rather than providing a natural, more youthful appearance.
Again, the most important concepts that Dr. Calabria wants to emphasize are to choose an experienced surgeon and correct case selection! Remember, if you have a hammer, the entire world looks like a nail; so, if you go to a doctor that does “only” one thing, he is going to push for it. Therefore, it is important that you choose a versatile and experienced plastic surgeon that has all the alternatives available, and he will suggest what is right for you.
If you would like to learn more about the “liquid facelift,” we encourage you to call board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Renato Calabria. During your consultation with Dr. Calabria, you and he will discuss your goals and he will help you choose the exact procedure that is right for you in order to obtain the natural, more youthful appearance you desire. Call Dr. Calabria at his Beverly Hills office at (323) 612-0859 or Rancho Mirage office at 760-836-0077 today.