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It’s no secret we all want to look younger, and the Liquid Facelift or 8 Point Lift—a ‘non-surgical facelift’ using dermal fillers—might just be the answer. To find out what exactly this popular anti-ageing treatment involves, and how it compares to going under the knife, read on! We’ve got all your Liquid Facelift questions covered (plus a few more thrown in for good measure).
What is a Liquid Facelift?
The Filler or Liquid Facelift is a non-surgical facelift that involves the strategic placement of dermal filler in different facial zones to lift, tone, plump and rejuvenate as needed. Also dubbed the 8 Point Lift, this scalpel-free, lunchtime procedure can effectively combat the natural loss in collagen and facial volume, and increased skin laxity (read: sagginess), that occurs as we age. By restoring lost volume and improving hydration, the Liquid Facelift gives a more youthful, well-rested appearance.
Who is the right candidate for a Liquid Facelift?
Like many anti-ageing treatments, the Liquid Facelift will have the greatest benefit for women and men who have begun to notice early signs of ageing. It will be less effective for more mature individuals exhibiting deep-set wrinkles and noticeable loss of laxity, such as drooping in the under-eye area, loose jowls etc.
It greatly depends on the individual, their genes and lifestyle; however, as a rule this ‘lunchtime lift’ is best suited to those in their 30s and 40s.
What signs of ageing does the Liquid Facelift target?
Pioneered by Brazilian plastic surgeon Dr Mauricio de Maio—and now a gold standard treatment for the best cosmetic injectors in Sydney, Australia, and across the world—the 8 Point Liquid Facelift addresses signs of ageing in 8 key facial areas. These include:
• Nasolabial folds – lines running from the nose to the corners of the mouth
• Under-eye hollows (tear troughs) and dark circles
• Marionette lines – vertical lines running downwards from the corners of mouth
• Downturned mouth
• Jowls and sagging jawline
• Sagging, drooping cheeks (loss of volume in upper and lower cheek)
Not all 8 points will necessarily need to be treated by your injector. This will impact the amount of dermal filler used and, therefore, the price of your treatment.
What does a Liquid Facelift involve?
A Liquid Facelift can be performed in the cosmetic doctor or nurse’s chair in around 60 minutes. This fact, combined with the appealing lack of downtime, has earned it the ‘lunchtime lift’ tag. The injector will start by carrying out a detailed facial assessment to note areas of volume loss and to map out which areas would benefit from injection. Fillers will then be selected based on which areas are being injected, the patient’s anatomy, whether they have thick or thin skin and the look they hope to achieve.
A topical anaesthetic cream is applied and local anaesthetic is pre-mixed into the filler to ensure the procedure is as pain-free as possible. Laughing gas may be used for clients with high levels of anxiety or needle phobias.
Which filler is used in the Liquid Facelift?
As mentioned, different fillers are used based on the indication, the location of injection and the patient’s anatomy. However, one of the most commonly used is Hyaluronic Acid (the beloved volume molecule). A naturally occurring sugar in the body, Hyaluronic Acid works to boost volume by water absorption. Water is attracted to the HA gel, causing the desired plumping and hydrating effect.
Hyaluronic Acid is popular for many reasons. Firstly, it is safe and has a low risk of allergy because it is naturally occurring in the body and is biocompatible. It can also be dissolved which gives it a good safety profile. If any complications arise with the filler or the patient is unhappy with the aesthetic result, an enzyme solution can be injected into the area of filler to immediately dissolve the HA.
Another bonus with this type of filler? Injections of Hyaluronic Acid have been shown to have more long-term anti-ageing benefits due to their ability to stimulate collagen growth*.
In addition to dermal filler, your cosmetic nurse or doctor may also administer anti-wrinkle injections to soften and reduce lines and wrinkles. Because you don’t want a deeply furrowed brow to detract from your beautiful high cheekbones!
When can results be seen and what is the downtime?
The results of your Liquid Lift can be seen immediately. However, the best results will usually occur around two weeks post injection, when the filler has had time to settle. Any anti-wrinkle injections will start kicking in within a few days and will gradually improve over the next 7-14 days.
How long will Liquid Facelift results last?
Results will last between 6-18 months, depending on the filler used. In areas such as lips and more superficial lines and wrinkles a softer filler may be used and results will last approximately 6 months. For areas requiring deeper injections such as cheeks and jawline, filler can be expected to last around 12-18 months.
Note: dermal filler will last longer in areas of the face that move less, and it tends to last longer with each subsequent treatment. Combining muscle-relaxant injections with your dermal fillers can help prevent exaggerated expressions/ habitual facial movements and prolong the results of your Liquid Lift.
Can a Liquid Facelift be reversed?
So, what if something goes wrong or, for any reason at all, you just don’t like the results of your fluid facelift? The good news is, Hyaluronic Acid fillers can be dissolved. However, be aware that the injections used to break down the filler can also reduce your own native HA. (This is only temporary, though, and your own HA will replenish itself over time.)
There is also a higher risk of allergy to the HA dissolving solution as it is derived from bovine sources. Those who have a history of anaphylaxis are best to avoid this solution.
Are there any risks associated with the Liquid Lift?
As with any cosmetic treatment, there are some associated side effects and risks. These are greatly minimised by choosing an experienced and professional injector. Swelling and bruising are to be expected, however, and are not a sign of a bad injector. Swelling is a normal response with HA fillers and should be expected in EVERY treatment. Swelling will typically last around 24-72 hours.
Bruising is often unavoidable and how susceptible a client is will depend on the level of blood supply to the face. Alcohol and certain medications such as anti-inflammatories, blood thinners, garlic, ginger, Vitamin E, fish oil will increase this risk and should be avoided pre-treatment.
Other potential, more serious side effects may include infection, vascular occlusion/necrosis, an allergic reaction, lumps and nodules and skin discolouration. These are rare if care is taken, and in most cases can be reversed if treated in a timely manner.
What are the benefits of a Liquid Facelift over a surgical facelift?
As there are no anaesthetist or surgeon fees or hospital time involved, a filler facelift is a much more affordable procedure than a surgical facelift. Think $1,500 to $5,000, versus upwards of $20,000. However, it is important to note that, unlike a surgical facelift, the results are temporary. To maintain results, you will need to see your cosmetic injector one to two times per year. On the other hand, the results of a surgical facelift are estimated to last around 10 years.
For extremely jowly people with fuller faces, a surgical lift may be more appropriate because more volume is not needed to attain the lift. But you also need to weigh up the risks. There are much higher risks with surgical lifts, including risks associated with anaesthesia.
How much does a Liquid Facelift cost?
Cost differs on a case by case basis, depending on the amount of age-related volume loss and the amount of filler/anti-wrinkle product used. As an example, most people can have the following amounts of filler without looking over done:
Cheeks 2 mls (up to 4 mls If volume deficient)
Jawline – 2-4 mls (for older clients generally on the higher spectrum)
Chin – 2mls (if client has an underprojected chin)
Marrionette – 1ml
Nasolabial folds – 1ml
Temples – 2mls
Lips – 1ml
Fillers start from $350-$660 per ml dependent on the type used.
Some people may not need their chin injected if they have good chin projection and others may not need jawline injected if they have a good, strong jawline already, so these are always individually tailored to the client’s own needs. If large volumes of filler are required this may be done in stages. This allows for fewer complications, less swelling and prevents the over-injected look. The results are also more gradual which a lot of clients prefer to a sudden dramatic change.
To find out more about the Liquid Facelift or to book a consultation, please call us on 8041 5725.