What is an 8-point facelift, and is it right for you?
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What is an 8-point facelift, and is it right for you?

In the search for a solution to ageing skin, more and more people are turning to injectable treatments to help them remain youthful and radiant – and it will come as no surprise that the go-to treatment on most people’s radar is dermal fillers.

As we age, our skin starts to droop. We lose volume from our cheeks as our fat pads drop, and we begin to get jowls, nasolabial folds and loose skin in places where it was once plump and full of elasticity. It’s a slow and stealthy process that you tend not to notice until someone else remarks on it or you look in the mirror and have a horror moment of realising that everything seems to have changed.

Luckily, numerous non-surgical treatments can help rejuvenate the skin, and one such treatment is the 8-point facelift, otherwise known as the liquid facelift. But it’s not the kind of facelift that involves going under the knife or months of downtime. Instead, this procedure works to restore lost volume, smooth jowls and balance the features. It’s all about treating the face as a whole to create harmony in it.

What is the 8-point facelift?

A liquid facelift is a non-surgical procedure that uses injectables to restore volume, reduce wrinkles, and rejuvenate the face to give it a more youthful appearance. Typically, it involves a combination of an injectable dermal filler to restore lost volume and add structure to the face and Botox to minimise the appearance of wrinkles.

The fillers are strategically placed in several different areas of the face, including in the cheek, along the jawline, and in nasolabial folds, lips, and temples to selectively volumise, lift and sculpt.

This technique was created due to our ever-evolving understanding of how ageing impacts the structure of the face. In the past, dermal filler was placed directly into lines to bulk them out and soften them. These days, the aim has shifted towards harmonising and softening the face by replacing lost volume, particularly in the cheeks and lips.

Practitioners now prefer to look at the face not just as an assembly of parts but as a whole and to take a more thoughtful approach as to what might make that face look fresher and softer.

Each patient will require a different approach, but the 8-point facelift is used by skilled injectors as a framework to inject small amounts of filler in specific spots on the face to give a more natural-looking all-over lift.

How long does it last?

Typically, patients tend to see their results last anywhere between six months and a couple of years, depending on the product, how much was used, and how they look after themselves and their skin following treatment. Maintaining a good skincare regime at home and wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day is vital. You can also address changes with touch-up appointments every six months or so to maintain your results.

How to decide whether it’s right for you

The best candidates for the 8-point facelift still have good skin elasticity but want to address a combination of changes in their face, including wrinkles, volume loss in the cheeks, fine lines and slight jowls. If you are looking to improve more severe jowls or sagging skin (particularly in the lower face and neck), you may want to consider a non-surgical skin tightening procedure. A liquid facelift can provide impressive results for rebuilding lost volume in the face, but filler alone doesn’t tighten the skin.

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    Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.

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