NEW Treatment: 8 Point Lifting
Would you like a more youthful, yet naturally lifted look? The 8 Point Lifting is a technique for restoring volume in 8 strategic areas, providing a maximal lifting and support using a relatively small amount of dermal fillers. The results are instant, with a minimal discomfort or downtime.
This technique is ideal for anyone who is starting to notice some skin laxity. The most common things people with skin laxity report include:
- Skin sagging or face ‘dropping’
- Tired-looking area under the eyes
- Jowls forming along the jawline
As we age, key areas of the face lose their volume. The 8 point lifting targets these key areas using a hydrating dermal filler in order to create a beautiful, naturally lifted result with minimal discomfort or downtime.
The 8 Point Approach was created by world famous Brazilian Plastic Surgeon Mauricio de Maio, and refined by Dr Raj Aquilla, who works at the same clinic as Dr Catherine in London. While we trained in the 8 Point Approach several years ago, we’ve seen fabulous results since Dr Raj trained our medical team in the subtle refinements of the 8 Point Lift technique.
The 8 strategic lifting points are a general guideline which will be tailored to your needs. A personalised consultation is necessary to determine the best ‘total look’ for your face. The 8 key areas include:
1&2: Cheek bone/structure: A small amount of volume in the area enhances the cheekbones and often helps lifting the nasolabial folds.
3: Tear trough/ mid-face: Reduces the appearance of tired hollows under the eyes. If you have significant hollows you may need additional product with a softer, more flexible dermal filler to help with this. Ask your clinician if this additional treatment is right for you.
4: Nasolabial fold adjacent to nose: This area often deepens with age, so adding volume here can help giving a more youthful appearance. Some people suit having nasolabial folds, while in other cases it’s due to ageing, and a dermal filler can be of benefit.
5: Mouth corners: With age, the down turning of the mouth gives a ‘down frown’ that can make us look sad or bitter. Creating some support with a dermal filler can not only lift the face, but make us look happier too!
6. Pre-jowl area: A loss of volume in the jaw, cheek and chin area can all contribute to jowl formation, so replacing volume in the hollow along the jawline, along with the other areas of the 8 Point Lift, can all help reducing or improving jowls.
7. Jawline: As we age, we lose the squareness or angle of the jaw, which helps to lift and support the lower face, so the lower face starts to fall forward, contributing to jowls and sagging. A subtle enhancement of the angle of the jaw can help lift these areas. If you have a significant loss of volume in this area you may require more product, and different techniques to get the best result.
8. Lower cheeks/mouth area:A hollow within the mouth area can contribute to the ‘accordion’ smile lines and can make us look gaunt, treating this area with fillers can help improving the natural curve and structure of the cheek.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is the 8 Point Lift right for me?
If you are over age 35, especially if you have started to notice your face dropping or sagging, it is likely that you will be a good candidate for this technique. If you suffer more severe flaccidity, a good result is still possible, but more filler and possibly some different techniques may be required for achieving the best results.
Make an appointment to talk with your clinician about whether this technique is right for you
When will I see results?
The results are instant, and your clinician will often check your results in a mirror with you during the treatment to show you your progress.
How long do the results last?
The results can last about 12-18 months on average, however supplemental ‘touch up’ treatments may be required to achieve and maintain the desired look.
Is it expensive?
The 8 Point Lift uses minimal amounts of filler to achieve maximal lifting effects, which makes it a cost effective use of dermal fillers.
For early flaccidity, expect to use 2-3 syringes, while more significant sagging could mean more product being needed to achieve ideal results. While the initial investment may range from $950 to $2400, when spread over 12-18 months, you can choose to build the treatment up over several sessions if more syringes are needed. It’s about the same as a coffee or smoothie a day.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure can take from 30 to 50 minutes, and you will also need time to consult your clinician. Plan on 60-90 minutes for your appointment. We also recommend an Omnilux LED light treatment after your 8 point lift, to improve your recovery and reduce any swelling, redness or bruising (if they have occurred), the Omnilux also gives your skin a nice boost.
Does it hurt?
Any discomfort is usually minimal and brief. The new generation of dermal fillers that we use contains numbing local anaesthetics, which makes the procedure much easier.
What is the recovery time following an 8 Point Lift procedure?
Most people are in and out with minimal or no downtime. We can apply mineral makeup, and you can often go straight back to work.
We recommend not doing strenuous exercise, going to the spa/sauna or drinking alcohol for the first 24-48 hours.
If you are planning on having the procedure done to look great for a special event such as a birthday or wedding, we recommend having the procedure performed at least 4-6 weeks before the event, as it will often take several weeks to settle in properly. We do not recommend having this treatment done 2 weeks before the event (in case there is bruising), or 1 week before an international flight (this can prolong swelling and increase the chance of an infection).
What are the possible side effects?
We use internationally recognised top brand HA dermal fillers, which means that side effects are usually minimal and temporary and the treatment can be reversed if necessary. The most common side effects include temporary skin reactions such as redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, or discolouration.