The Eight Point Face Lift, at BrightNewMe
One of the biggest signs of ageing in our faces is loss of volume, especially around the cheek and jowl areas. This loss of volume can lead to sagging of the skin, accelerating the development of the nasolabial lines (the lines from the nose to the corner of the mouth), and the marionette lines (the lines from the corners of the mouth towards the chin). For many, surgical facelifts were once the preferred treatment to counter this effect, but such has been the advancement of dermal filler products and associated techniques that non-surgical procedures are now seen as viable alternatives.
The eight-point lift (also known as the liquid facelift, due to its effect) is a technique developed by Brazilian plastic surgeon Mauricio de Maio who is the innovator of injection strategy around the world. I was trained in the technique myself at a Masterclass led by Mauricio in 2013. I am lucky enough to be amongst an elite group of practitioners who have been invited back to learn directly from Mauricio annually since then. Each year the technique has been further developed, most recently culminating in his Expression Masterclass in London in March 2018.
Having used the 8-point lift volumisation procedure extensively over the last 5-6 years, I can wholeheartedly vouch for its efficacy.
The technique involves the injection of dermal fillers (from the Juvederm Vycross range of products) at specific sites, as shown in the image below. I should add that this image is an over-simplification – many patients have more sites treated. Indeed, this is very much a bespoke treatment, such that both the precise sites (as well as the number of sites treated) will vary with each patient, depending on bone structure and age-related changes. This approach subtly reshapes and redefines, for a refreshed look.
The Juvederm Vycross range is made by Allergan, market leaders in the field of dermal fillers. It represents the next stage in the development of dermal fillers, with improved cross linkage of molecules leading to products that last for longer (over a year). These fillers are also smoother and integrate with the tissues really well so that they look and feel more natural. They are also associated with less bruising and less swelling.
The results of a non-surgical face lift really can be quite stunning. Most importantly, the effects look totally natural as the treatment very much addresses the changes which occur with age, lifting in the right areas rather than over-inflating nose to mouth lines (therefore avoiding the tell-tale pillow face look). Furthermore, in the unlikely event that a patient did not like the result, the fillers can be dissolved with an injection and the effects reverted- something which cannot be said for surgical procedures. No wonder the incidence of plastic surgery is declining!
Cost of this procedure depends on number of syringes used. Each 1ml syringe of Juvederm Vycross costs £350. To treat all 8 points of the non-surgical face lift typically requires 2 different syringes (each of 1ml) and therefore costs £700. Whilst this may be sufficient for younger patients with early ageing, older patients are likely to require additional volumisation one month later to enhance the results (thus another £700).
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Although we have a dedicated page for general client testimonials, below you will see comments from patients specific to the eight point lift. Click on the extract to see the comments in full.
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