The Differences of the Y Lift from Liquid Facelifts and other Non-Surgical Facelifts

Thank you for your question. You’re asking
how is a Y Lift™ different from a liquid facelift. Well, I can certainly answer that
question. I’m a Board-certified cosmetic surgeon and Fellowship-trained oculofacial plastic
surgeon, practicing in Manhattan and Long Island for over 20 years. I am also the first
physician to be trained by the inventor of the Y Lift™, on the method, and I actively
perform the Y Lift™ in my offices in Manhattan and Long Island. So I can help you understand
a little bit, and it’s very understandable why you’re confused by the terminology. You’re
focused in on the titanium instrument but really there’s a very basic understanding
that differentiates Y Lift™ from liquid facelift. Liquid facelift came out as a concept many
years ago, and essentially, the term facelift to a surgeon, someone like myself who does
surgical facelifts, has been so reinterpreted in different ways from different perceptions
or interpretations of what facelift means. A facelift for a cosmetic surgeon is a surgical
facelift to bring everything upwards—to restore definition; to restore angularity
to the face. In that way, there’s a certain overlap with Y Lift™, except there’s no
surgery. With the Y Lift™, what we’re doing is adding
volume to the structure of the face which is below the muscle, in the bone level. This
is an area that dermatologists don’t go to. A surgeon, a plastic surgeon, a cosmetic surgeon,
and oculoplastic surgeon who routinely does facelifts, cheek implants, chin implants,
fracture repairs, knows this area very very well, and this is where the confusion is. A lot of dermatologists will offer something
called a liquid facelift—and I don’t mean just dermatologists only, but anybody who
offers injectables will offer liquid face lift procedures. Typically that’s a combination,
and an artful combination, but still a combination of using a neurotoxin like Botox or Dysport,
and fillers such as Radiesse, Juvederm, Restylane to add volume in places where there is volume
loss, but limited to the soft tissue defined as the dermis, or the backbone of the skin,
and just under the skin, in the subcutaneous level. What many people have seen in celebrities
is that with the fillers, the face can become very pillowy, and that is a very unattractive
look. That makes you look very doughy and it certainly doesn’t make you look younger.
A younger face has structure. So with a Y Lift™, what we’re doing is using this titanium
instrument and we place the material, which is usually a filler that is long-lasting,
such as Juvederm or Voluma, at the deeper level, under the muscles of the face in a
very specific way, and creating improvement of angularity of the cheekbone, of the vertical
aspect of the jaw, the jawline, the chin, so that you can actually get a facelift appearance.
It is such that so many people, including, if not especially, colleagues in our field
of surgery, who will look at results and look in disbelief and believe with no uncertainty
that the procedure is really a surgical procedure. But it really does take a very short period
of time because the method is so elegant and so precise. It does require a lot of filler, and that
often can be a cause for people to hesitate and say “how can you put so much in my face”.
Well, when you’re putting it at the structural level, and if you understand volume loss in
aging, it’s actually not a lot. I keep using that because you want to differentiate structural volumizing from just routine application
of fillers. So I think it’s best now to actually meet
with someone who performs the Y Lift™ and learn if this is the right procedure for you.
I always explain to my patients who come in for consultations for the Y Lift™ that you
don’t necessarily have to have the full procedure, because if you don’t need certain elements
of your face enhanced, then we don’t have to do it. But what’s really beautiful about
this concept and this message is that you can use it to be very specific. You can use
it for your jawline, you can use it for the cheeks, and it really has been transformative
in our practice in a way to help bridge a very needed space between people who need
volume and people who need face lifting. Typically it can be a woman in her mid-40s,
who keeps in shape and has good overall structure but has lost definition—we find that this
has been a really great solution for this particular age group. But it goes beyond,
people as young as their mid-30s to people in their 60s, we have been able to use this
method to help them look their best. It all depends on individual facial anatomy in the
end. So I hope that was helpful and I wish you the best of luck. Thank you for your question.

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