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Reviving Youthful Skin without Surgery: The Liquid Facelift Revolution

Updated: Mar 5

About the author: Dr V.P.S Ghotra

Dr Ghotra received his MD degree from Maastricht University and a PhD from Leiden University. Complementing his substantial academic credentials, he acquired a Master's degree in Ageing and Aesthetics from the prestigious University of Manchester. Leading his clinic in the vicinity of Amsterdam, Dr. Ghotra specializes in an array of minimally invasive aesthetic procedures. His expertise encompasses a wide range of treatments, from the precision of Botulinum toxin applications to the innovative techniques involved in thread lifts, fillers, and the latest advancements in laser therapies, providing his patients with cutting-edge solutions in the field of aesthetic medicine.



In recent years, a growing trend has emerged in the world of aesthetics – the liquid facelift. This innovative approach to facial rejuvenation has captured the attention of individuals seeking a non-surgical solution to combat the signs of ageing.


A liquid facelift involves the use of injectable dermal fillers and muscle-relaxing agents to restore volume, reduce wrinkles, and lift sagging skin. Unlike traditional facelift surgery, this non-invasive procedure offers a quicker recovery time and requires no general anaesthesia. Let's delve into the key aspects of this cosmetic phenomenon.


What is a Liquid Facelift?

A liquid facelift is a personalized facial rejuvenation procedure that utilizes natural wrinkle fillers through innovative volumizing techniques. This non-surgical treatment prioritizes a natural outcome, enhancing your appearance. Throughout the procedure, you can actively observe the progress in the mirror, ensuring that the buildup aligns with your expectations. The results become immediately visible post-treatment: the depression and wrinkles are reduced, transforming the tired, concerned, or aged appearance.


The Magic Elixirs: Dermal Fillers and Liquid Facelift

Central to the liquid facelift are dermal fillers, substances injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume and enhance facial contours. Common fillers include hyaluronic acid, which attracts water to plump the skin, and collagen-stimulating substances like Sculptra. These injectables can address nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and sunken cheeks, providing a youthful and refreshed appearance.


Relaxing the Wrinkles: Neurotoxins and their role in Liquid Facelift

Another crucial component of the liquid facelift is neurotoxins, such as Botox or Dysport. These injectables work by temporarily paralyzing specific facial muscles, and smoothing out wrinkles caused by repetitive expressions. By targeting dynamic wrinkles, the liquid facelift offers a dynamic solution to ageing, with results typically visible within days.



When to Consider a Liquid Facelift?

If you aspire to look more youthful, fresher, or simply less concerned, a Liquid Facelift might be the key to optimizing your overall radiance. Dr. Ghotra specializes in turning essential points that contribute to a negative facial expression into neutral or positive features. Consider the following transformative adjustments:


Cheekbone, Jawline, and Temple Enhancement

Adding volume to these areas creates more youthful and beautiful contours, revitalizing your appearance.


Softening Vertical Wrinkles

Addressing frown lines and nasolabial folds diminishes the severity of facial wrinkles, promoting a softer and more approachable look.


Lifting Sagging Mouth Corners

A subtle lift to the corners of the mouth can impart a more cheerful and rejuvenated expression


Restoring Facial Symmetry

Adjusting the heart shape of the face can contribute to a more sympathetic and balanced appearance.


Under-Eye Rejuvenation and Brow Lift

Reducing under-eye bags and considering a brow lift can significantly contribute to a fresher and more alert look


All these changes are subtle yet essential, significantly enhancing your overall appearance. During a (video) consultation with me, we can discuss your indications and determine whether the Liquid Facelift is the right treatment for you or if I can recommend an alternative procedure.





How is a liquid facelift procedure carried out?

In the quest for a rejuvenated appearance, many individuals turn to non-surgical options like the liquid facelift. Dr. Ghotra, a renowned expert in the field, takes us through the intricate process of analyzing, planning, and executing a liquid facelift to achieve subtle yet impactful results. A liquid facelift is a meticulously planned and executed non-surgical aesthetic treatment. Dr. Ghotra follows a structured approach to restore your youthful appearance using natural wrinkle fillers and innovative injection techniques. Here is an overview of the process.


Understanding Your Unique Beauty Blueprint

The Consultation Experience

During a personalized consultation with Dr Ghotra, your facial features and ageing indicators are meticulously examined. Discover how he uncovers the nuances that contribute to a less-than-ideal appearance and gain insights into the tailored treatment options best suited for you.


Exploring Treatment Alternatives

Learn about the various treatment possibilities and understand the expected outcomes. Dr Ghotra provides a comprehensive overview of the advantages and disadvantages of each option, ensuring you are well-informed before embarking on your transformation journey.


Crafting Your Customized Liquid Facelift Plan

The Art of Planning

Delve into the details of the 3-step treatment plan devised by Dr. Ghotra. From laying the foundation and contouring to refinement and touch-ups, each stage is strategically scheduled every two weeks to optimize results.


Decoding the Procedure

Gain insights into the products utilized in the liquid facelift process and understand the duration of each treatment. Dr Ghotra unveils the intricacies of the procedure, offering transparency about what to expect at every step.


The Investment in Beauty

Explore the financial aspect of the liquid facelift, with a breakdown of the costs associated with each phase. Dr Ghotra ensures that you clearly understand the investment required for your transformative journey.


Embarking on the Liquid Facelift Adventure

Sealing the Commitment

Before the transformation begins, understand the importance of the treatment agreement. Dr Ghotra explains the significance of this step and ensures that you are well-prepared for the exciting journey ahead.


Behind the Scenes of Treatment

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the actual liquid facelift procedure. From the signing of the agreement to the photography session, and the meticulous preparation of the treatment area, discover the steps leading up to the transformative moment.


The Artistry of MD Codes

Explore the innovative techniques employed by Dr. Ghotra, including the use of MD codes. Uncover how different fillers, strategically injected through small doses, work harmoniously to restore the natural contours of your face, erasing the impact of ageing.




With Dr Ghotra's expertise, the liquid facelift becomes more than just a cosmetic procedure—it becomes an artistic journey, unveiling the true essence of your unique beauty.



Which aftercare guidelines are recommended to be observed following the liquid facelift procedure?

Following the Liquid Facelift procedure, adherence to specific aftercare guidelines is crucial for optimal recovery. The recommended aftercare protocol includes:


Avoiding Intensive Physical Activity

It is advised to abstain from engaging in intense sports activities for at least one day post-treatment to ensure a smooth recovery process.


Protecting Against Sun and Extreme Temperatures

Patients are recommended to avoid exposure to direct sunlight, intense heat, and extreme cold until the initial redness and swelling have subsided. This precaution promotes optimal healing and minimizes potential complications.


Concealing Bruises with Camouflage Cream

In the event of bruising after the treatment, patients are permitted to use camouflage cream to conceal any visible marks, allowing for effective management of the cosmetic aspect of the recovery process.


Cooling Treated Areas to Reduce Swelling

Gently cooling the treated areas with ice is advised to alleviate swelling, enhancing comfort, and facilitating a smoother recovery experience.


Delaying Makeup Application for Three Hours

Patients are advised not to apply makeup directly to the treated skin for the initial three hours post-treatment. This precaution allows the skin to recover undisturbed during the crucial early stages.


These aftercare measures are essential to support a successful recovery and ensure the longevity of the results achieved through the Liquid Facelift procedure.



When is the follow-up appointment scheduled after the Liquid Facelift treatment?

A follow-up appointment is scheduled approximately two weeks after the second treatment session to thoroughly assess the treated areas, ensuring that the results align with expectations. If necessary, are adjustments or corrections made to optimize outcomes and address any concerns that may arise during the recovery period?



What are the Potential Side Effects of a Liquid Facelift Procedure?

Common Side Effects after the Liquid Facelift Treatment

The procedure may lead to temporary redness, mild swelling, itching, bruising, and occasional pain or sensitivity. These reactions are generally considered normal and typically resolve within a few hours to days. If discomfort persists, cooling the treated area is recommended for symptom relief.


Uncommon Side Effects after the Liquid Facelift Treatment

Less frequently encountered side effects, although rare, may include allergic reactions (approximately 1 in 3000 cases), the formation of granulomas (nodules), and instances of infection. In extremely rare instances, injection into a blood vessel may result in temporary or permanent blockage (approximately 1 in 6000 cases). It is crucial to note that these uncommon side effects occur exceedingly infrequently.



What are the Contraindications of a Liquid Facelift procedure?

A liquid facelift is contraindicated under the following circumstances:


Existing Permanent Fillers

The procedure is not advisable if there are already permanent fillers present at the proposed injection site. It is crucial to discuss any previous treatments with your doctor, especially if permanent fillers have been administered.


Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

The treatment is not recommended for individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding due to potential risks. Safety considerations for both the individual and the unborn or nursing child are paramount.


Known Sensitivity

If there is a known sensitivity to any of the components of the filler, proceeding with a liquid facelift is not advisable. Allergic reactions can pose significant risks and should be thoroughly assessed.


Infection or Active Skin Disease

Individuals with an existing infection or active skin disease at the proposed injection site should not undergo a liquid facelift. Introducing fillers in such conditions can exacerbate complications and hinder the healing process.


Before proceeding with a liquid facelift, it is imperative to communicate openly with your healthcare provider to ensure a thorough understanding of your medical history, existing conditions, and potential contraindications. This approach ensures a safe and tailored treatment plan that aligns with your health and cosmetic goals.



What is the pricing for the liquid facelift treatment?

The cost of a liquid facelift is determined on an individual basis, taking into consideration the unique needs of each patient as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Precise pricing is established during the initial consultation following a thorough skin analysis. Until that point, only indicative pricing is provided.


  • Liquid Facelift Medium: Starting from €2300,-

  • Liquid Facelift Intense: Starting from €2900,-

Please be aware that these prices are approximate and the final cost will be determined after a detailed assessment during the initial consultation. Our commitment is to offer personalized treatments tailored to meet the unique requirements of each individual for optimal and satisfactory results.


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