The Liquid Facelift Debunked

A term that has become the bane of my existence is the “liquid facelift” due to a recent appearance on Dr. Oz that has caused quite a media stir.  Although I perform a huge volume of facial fillers and fat grafting in my practice, it is not the same meaning of “liquid facelift” that has surfaced more recently in the media.

Debunking The Liquid Facelift

What I have heard from my patients is the claim that injecting the outer portions of the face will cause the neck to lift upward like a facelift.  Are you kidding me?  That is complete bunk.  First, that is literally impossible.  Second, I do not like filling the outer face unless someone needs it otherwise the face will just become fat looking and unbalanced.  Now, if someone has some early neck banding then I do like to use fillers around the edges of the neck bands to cover them up but that is a direct fill.  I do not believe you can fill a face to lift the neck.  This is simply a ridiculously grandiose comment that has no bearing on reality that has stirred more consumer misunderstanding than I would like.

Samuel M. Lam, MD, FACS is a board certified facial plastic surgeon in Dallas, Texas. To learn more about Dr Lam’s facelift procedures please call 972.312.8188 to schedule a consultation. If you would like to ask Dr Lam a question about facelifts or facial rejuvenation please visit our facial plastic surgery forum.