Liquid Facelift Techniques and the Training Required to Perform Them


While many men and women undergo facial cosmetic surgery to conceal the effects of the advancing years, others may be rather more reluctant to face the anaesthesia, the incisions, the bruising and discomfort followed, invariably, by the lengthy period of post-surgical recovery, typically required by these highly-invasive procedures. In addition, some of those who might have otherwise been willing to submit to the knife, are prevented from doing so by the prohibitive fees charged by most plastic surgeons.


However, at least in those cases where such procedures are intended as an anti-aging measure and not, like rhinoplasty, to correct some aberrant feature, there are some perfectly good non-surgical alternatives. The so-called liquid facelift offers patients a means with which to “turn back the clock” for a while, and to regain some of that former youthful appearance, while precluding them from both the physical and financial discomforts associated with surgery.


So how is this facial transformation achieved? There are two possible approaches, both of which involve the injection of an agent beneath the skin in the areas to be treated, but before practitioners are permitted to perform these treatments, they must undergo thorough training in both the related theory and the practice of the techniques involved. Although non-surgical, these are classified as medical procedures, so only qualified medical doctors are legally entitled to perform them.


The procedure that is probably most widely known, even to those who have never experienced it, is commonly known as Botox. In fact, this is just one of several brand names under which a preparation of the powerful exotoxin produced by the microorganism clostridium botulinum is sold. That description alone should be quite enough to explain why a liquid facelift should only be undertaken by a medical doctor who has completed the appropriate additional training in the use of these preparations.


Botox acts as a muscle relaxant that allows fine lines and wrinkles to regain their earlier even profile. Measuring the correct dosage and correctly positioning the injection sites requires both skill and specialist knowledge, and although complications are rare, a medical background is necessary to identify and to remedy them should they occur.


The injection of dermal fillers, such as collagen and hyaluronic acid, provides a similar end result to the Botox treatment, but provides a simple plumping effect that flattens out the lines from beneath. Another application of this technique has also become popular with women who would prefer their lips to be fuller. Many people are likely to have seen examples of this latter treatment that have proved to be less than flattering, and this further underlines the importance to those who provide liquid facelift treatments of receiving sound training under the guidance of an experienced medical aesthetics professional.


The Medskills Training Academy is a recognised centre of excellence within the field of medical aesthetics. Staffed by acknowledged and practising experts in their particular techniques, the academy provides a wide range of courses designed to perfect the skills of doctors, dentists, nurses and beauty therapists. Operating small classes to ensure personal interaction, in addition to other subjects, we offer one-day courses at basic, advanced and specialised levels for medical professionals who require training in the theory and practice of liquid facelift procedures.