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The 8 point lift is a targeted volumising and lifting facial procedure also known as the non-surgical facelift or liquid facelift.
As we age, loss of volume and elasticity in the face leads to skin laxity in the cheeks and lower face. Better understanding of this process has led to evolution of a more advanced and sophisti- cated approach to facial rejuvenation using fillers. By restoring volume loss in specific areas, an elegant and natural lifting effect can be achieved. Rather than simply filling lines and wrinkles, this procedure offers a more complete solution to facial ageing.
The 8 point lift uses the latest generation of Hyaluronic acid fillers to deliver precise injections to the cheek and lower face. Local anaesthetic cream can be applied to the skin beforehand to make injections more comfortable. The areas targeted include:
The procedure works well in those with mild to moderate skin laxity. Patients with severe skin laxity may also achieve some benefit but other techniques may be considered.
Compared to a full facelift, the advantages include:
You should see an immediate improvement after treatment, although the full benefits are visible 1- 2 weeks later and continue to improve up to 3 months.
Using the latest generation of fillers, results can last between 9-18 months depending on the individual.
Lisa Brendling is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon who has a specialist interest in facial reconstruction and aesthetics. During your consultation she will assess your face and devise a bespoke treatment plan. The procedure including consultation will take approximately 45-60 mins.
There is minimal or no downtime following the procedure and most people are able to return to work or social activities the following day.
You may experience some mild bruising, swelling, pain, redness or itch at the site of injections. These usually settle within a few days but may last up to 2 weeks. During this time camouflage make up can be used.
You may be advised to massage the treated area to help distribute the filler and minimise any lumps developing.
Cool gentle compresses may help to reduce the swelling and bruising. Paracetamol may be taking for the discomfort after treatment
Until the initial redness and swelling have resolved, avoid exposure of the treated area to intense heat, such as strong sunlight
Avoid taking aspirins, or non-steroidal pain-killers (ibuprofen, Nurofen), St Johns Wort or high doses of vitamin E supplements for a week after treatment. These may increase bleeding and bruising at the injection site.
Avoid exercise and alcohol for at least 6-hours after treatment. The treated areas may be washed with soap and water. If required, light make-up may be applied with clean fingers following treatment.
As HA is naturally biodegraded further treatments will be needed to maintain the results. Return visits are typically at 6-months post-treatment.
People who take medication to thin their blood (such as aspirin and warfarin) are at higher risk of bleeding and bruising so should avoid HA fillers. Similarly, people who take long-term steroids of- ten have very thin skin and are at higher risk of complications from the injections. HA fillers should be avoided if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, prone to lumpy scar formation (keloid and hypertro- phic scars) or under 18-years old. If you suffer from cold sores, please speak to the team about this as you may need treatment with an anti-viral medication to reduce the risk of these coming back following HA treatment.
Fortunately HA complications are unusual. As stated above, redness, swelling tenderness and bruising may occur at the site of injection.
Allergic reactions are very unusual with HA, as it is a naturally-occurring substance. Under- or over-treatment may occasionally happen. If under-treatment occurs, further HA may be given. With over-treatment, the HA may be massaged firmly to distribute it more widely to lessen the effects, until the body naturally reabsorbs it.
There have been rare case reports of very serious complications associated with HA fillers, such as blindness, when the HA filler was inadvertently injected into a blood vessel. Fortunately this is extremely rare and every precaution is taken to minimise any risks.
Prices starts from £1500