Alternatives to Face Lifts

Cosmetic surgery is not for everyone – it’s costly, requires a large amount of recovery time, and carries some risks. Luckily, there are faster, less-invasive ways to treat an aging face. By using minimally-invasive injectable fillers at my Boston dermatology practice, men and women can experience substantial rejuvenating effects without the necessary downtime required for surgical procedures. Commonly referred to as a “liquid facelift,” this treatment can be performed alone or in addition to other procedures to improve the appearance of jowls, lax skin, and wrinkles.

Restylane®, Perlane® and JUVÉDERM

Injectable fillers such as Restylane®, Perlane® are composed of hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the skin. These fillers add volume and “plump up” the skin to smooth wrinkles and scars or to add volume to the lips or cheeks. Results from these fillers typically last 6-12 months.


This innovative filler is composed of calcium hydroxyapatite, another substance that occurs naturally in the body. It is well suited for adding volume to areas such as nasolabial folds (smile lines) and the marionette lines that run from the corners of the mouth down the chin. RADIESSE results may last up to a year or more in some patients.


Sculptra is a synthetic injectable material known as “poly-L-lactic acid”. Poly-L-lactic acid is biocompatible (does not harm the body) and biodegradable (able to be broken down by the body). Sculptra is an enduring treatment for adding volume to areas of facial fat loss and restoring fullness to facial folds and hollows. Results from Sculptra treatment emerge gradually and may last up to 2 years or more.

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