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Facial Rejuvenation

What can be done to look younger?

First, we must know what the changes in the face are when one gets older. Then we must do something to reverse these changes. Aging affects the skin, the fat underneath the skin, the structural fat, the muscles especially the muscle of expression and the bony structures. Some or all of these can be seen. The secret is to determine what the changes are, and it is up to the plastic surgeon to do the minimum to reverse these changes to obtain the maximal results.

Procedures Available For Facial Rejuvenation


Non-surgical: Chemical peel, stem cell treatment, Thermitight, Thermismooth, special medical skin care products, microneedling, hydrolifts and others.

Surgical and Non-Surgical: Facelift


Fat and stem cell injections, liposuction, Thermitight.



Non-surgical: Botox

Surgical: Facelift (SMAS)


Facial implants, stem cell fat injections

Treatment Example

The changes in this elderly lady include:

  1. Skin: loosening and thinning of the skin resulting from loss of collagen and elastic tissue
  2. Fat: the fat immediately underneath the skin has diminished
  3. Bony structure: the bones especially in the middle of the face have shrunken
  4. Eyebrows: the eyebrow s have become droopy, more on the left than the right
  5. The eyelids are droopy, more on the left than on the right (ptosis)
  6. The muscles of expression have weakened, giving the “old” look such as drooping of the corner of the mouth.

The changes were done with a full facelift, upper and lower eyelid surgery, fat with stem cells injection, a browlift and chemical peel, giving the following results.


Silhouette InstaLift™

The Silhouette InstaLift™ is an elegant non-surgical rejuvenating technique for individuals who are not interested in getting a full facelift. Many people are not ideal candidates for surgical facelifts due to medical reasons, fear of going under the knife, or aversion to long periods of downtime. Some individuals may simply just not be interested in surgical intervention.

As you begin to age, your skin starts to show signs of aging such as sagging and wrinkles. Skin starts to lose its glow and texture as its volume slowly recedes. Harmful skin products, exposure to UV rays, and poor nutrition can increase the severity of these age signs. If you are looking for a way to restore your facial contours, try the Silhouette InstaLift treatment.

What Is the Silhouette InstaLift?

The Silhouette InstaLift features advanced micro-suspension technology. Its threads feature small 360-degree 3D cones made from PLLA (poly-l-lactic acid). The device is indicated for use to elevate multiple forms of sagging around the mid-to-lower face.

The Silhouette InstaLift is neither a filler nor a typical thread. Instead, it plays the role of both and is a unique dual-action treatment. Its threads produce instant lifting of the tissues in the mid-face area. They also encourage steady regeneration of collagen, which naturally restores facial volume and skin health over time.

The threads act on the subcutaneous tissues, stimulating fibroblast activation that results in gradual production of Type I and Type III collagen protein.

The lifting effect is discreet, and the accompanying collagen production is slow and steady, peaking at about eight to twelve weeks. This results in gradual improvement of volume. The benefits may be apparent for several years depending upon the age and condition of the patient.

What Are the Benefits of a Silhouette InstaLift?

The Silhouette InstaLift offers the following benefits:

  • It is a minimally invasive treatment that requires no downtime.
  • General anesthesia is not needed.
  • No incisions will be made.
  • The results of the treatment are instant.
  • Benefits improve over time.
  • The treatment is suitable for individuals who cannot or prefer not to undergo a facelift.
  • It is an in-office procedure.

Your Treatment Session

Before your Silhouette InstaLift session can be scheduled, you’ll meet with Dr. Liu for a consultation. He will assess your facial features and determine your candidacy for this procedure.

At the start of the procedure, Dr. Liu will mark the entry points for the threads. Though anesthesia is not always required, local anesthesia is administered to help patients avoid any discomfort that would otherwise be experienced during the procedure.

After the anesthesia takes effect, the sutures are inserted using a needle and then the skin is repositioned to get the desired lifting effect. The number of sutures used differs from one individual to another based on their skin elasticity and skin health. No incisions are made, therefore there is no need for suture removal.

After a Silhouette InstaLift Treatment

After your Silhouette InstaLift, you will not need to deal with any frustrating downtime or recovery time. You can go back to your normal daily activities comfortably. As with most procedures, the Silhouette InstaLift results in common side effects such as minor pain, numbness, redness, bruising, and swelling that recede gradually in time.

Set Up Your Silhouette InstaLift Consultation

Dr. Victor Liu provides the Silhouette InstaLift and a variety of other procedures and treatments. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Liu.

Wrinkle Reduction

Wrinkle reduction is sought by many people due to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, even at a younger age than expected. Fine lines and wrinkles are a common result of aging, but may also be caused by exposure to the sun, poor diet, smoking, stress, and other lifestyle changes. If lines and wrinkles appear when they should not, wrinkle reduction can be chosen as an effective precautionary treatment.

Wrinkle reduction treatments by Dr. Liu are a preferred form of treatment. This treatment is best suited for people who are losing elasticity in their skin and who are beginning to see signs of sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles. Sessions may require as little as 30 minutes and can be completed during lunch or at another convenient time of day. Most patients need six to eight treatments per area, but the number of treatments needed will depend on individual factors. Treatments are generally performed once per week and are essentially pain-free with no downtime. Some patients even fall asleep during treatment.

Collagen production is an important part of the wrinkle reduction treatment. Radio frequency skin tightening uses RF energy to heat the skin and stimulate collagen production below the skin. This reduces the appearance of fine lines and tightens skin. Tissue remodeling occurs, leading to the production of new collagen. This process constitutes a substitute for facelift, with comparable results. To learn more about wrinkle reduction in the San Francisco Bay Area, please give us a call.

Skin Tightening

As one gets older, their skin gets older as well and starts to form wrinkles and lines especially around the eyes and mouth. Our team will help you get rid of these wrinkles and lines through skin tightening. This procedure is suitable for middle-aged women between the ages of 30 to 55 years. Dr. Liu wants to help all women enhance and maintain their young look through this skin tightening procedure.

The technology that our team utilizes is the radio frequency technique where radio frequency energy is used on your skin. This energy stimulates the production of collagen in your skin making it appear tighter and giving you a younger look.

Dr. Liu, MD uses radio frequency technology because it is effective, quick and safe. This technology allows us to enhance your physical appearance without doing any damage to your skin. Some of the benefits of using this technology are:

  • Non-invasive since it does not involve any incisions
  • Quick recovery time
  • Relatively short procedure, averaging 30 minutes
  • Very little downtime

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about skin tightening in the San Francisco Bay Area and we will get back to you shortly.