What is a medical face lift or ‘Liquid Face Lift’ or ‘Lunchtime Face lift’?
This a face lift conducted without surgery, so without surgery or down time, which is mainly carried out using hyaluronic acid. Tensile threads and lasers can further improve the result.
The aim of a medical or ‘liquid facelift’ is to rejuvenate the patient, and not to change their face.
The Natural Lift tackles sagging skin, and repositions muscles and underlying tissue to eliminate signs of ageing, just like a standard face lift. It also re-establishes facial volume, the key to a youthful appearance.
In the past, hyaluronic acid was used in dermatological surface treatments, with short-term results. Today, hyaluronic acid isn’t just used for wrinkles, but is injected at depth to restore volume. The new style of injection is based on surgical concepts, and the results are long lasting.
How can aesthetic medicine prevent the need for a surgical face lift?
Aesthetic medicine prevents the fall of facial tissues, and delays, and in certain cases avoids (especially for long faces) the need for surgery.
When is a medical lift needed, and when is a surgical face lift needed?
Your doctor will suggest the best solution after analysis of your face.
My medical face lift, the 8-POINT FACE-LIFT oR LIQUID FACE LIFT
The 8 Points Face Lift is a technique invented by a Brazilian plastic surgeon, Docteur Di Maio, which uses hyaluronic acid to redefine and subtly improve facial features. This treatment rejuvenates the face, and restores its volumes, proportions and symmetry. It targets precise areas of the face, with each point considered in relation to the other, and contributing to overall improvement.
What happens during the non-medical face lift session?
8 points are targeted in order to restructure the volumes and to lift the face. These points are tailored to each patient (according to need, the presence of bags, and level of lymphatic drainage).
The injection zones are chosen according to the anatomy. The dual-level strategy uses deep injections (in contact with the bone), and then injections nearer the surface in the subcutaneous fat.
The treated zones during the 8-point face lift:
-the under-eye circles (point 3 on the above image)
-the naso-labial lines (point 4 on the above image)
-the cheeks and cheekbones (points 1, 2 and 8 on the above image)
-the edge of the lips or labial commissure (point 5 on the above image)
-the jaw line (points 6 and 7 on the above image)
Recommended uses of medical face lifts using hyaluronic acid
It is recommended in the following cases:
-ptosis (descent of facial tissues)
-loss of volumes
-changes to facial shape
– to combat the appearance of tiredness or a ‘sad’ face (due mainly to the appearance of bitterness folds and downwards movement of the labial commissure)
-appearance of deep lines and folds, naso-labial lines, and under eye circles.
At what age should one start with medical face lifts?
There is no real ideal age. In my experience, the first signs of ageing (facial ptosis) appear around 25, but it all depends on the anatomy and shape of the face (long or round face, the amount of facial fat) and the person’s daily life (for example weight loss).
Side effects of medical face lifts using hyaluronic injections and tensile threads
Side effects are minimal. Rare swelling and bruising are temporary.
Risks to medical face lifts
If poorly carried out, this can give unnatural results, weighing down the face, and thus changing it. Deep injections must be carried out by an experienced doctor who is an expert in facial anatomy.
The result is immediate, and you can go straight back to your daily activities.
Tariffs for a medical face lift using hyaluronic acid and tensile threads.
Each syringe of hyaluronic acid costs 350€. The number of syringes needed will be discussed during the consultation.
Photos before and after the medical face lift using hyaluronic injections and tensile threads
Facial features targeted by the medical or liquid face lift
-Ptosis and melting facial fat
(a) Deep fat of the middle facial third (b) Superficial fat of the middle third (c) ptosis of the superficial or surface fat
-Retreating bone and fatty tissues around the eye, eye sockets, cheek, under the chin and jaw. Areas of fat reabsorption exist between ligaments, and these then appear as facial hollows.
-Inversal of the beauty triangle and facial ptosis
Signs of ageing mainly occur in the lower third of the face. The SMAS (Superficial Musculo Aponevrotic System or SMAS) weakens with age, causing malar fat to descend, the inversion of the beauty triangle and the appearance of jowls. The face becomes squarer, and wider at its lower edges.
-Changes to the cheekbones
The ideal cheekbone is oval shaped, sitting in the middle of the malar fat, in a triangular area defined by the labial commissure, the outer eye (outer canthus) and the ear helix.
-Hollowing or sinking eye sockets (peri-orbital hollows)
-Changes around the eyebrow
Disappearing fatty tissue beneath the eyebrows ages the eye area
-Loss of jaw line definition and sagging cheeks
-Sagging neck tissue and the appearance of a double chin, effects caused in part by the platysma muscle