Marionette lines, jowls and nasolabial folds. Sunken cheekbones and hollow eyes. Gravity has a way of weighing down on everything.
The pretty heart-shaped face that lovely oval face and the cute round face. That stunning chiseled long face, that strong square face and the sharp diamond face, all lose their shape as the face loses volume and the skin sags. The wrinkles, lines, folds and creases blur out those youthful features. Let’s understand the underlying mechanism.
Facial ups and downs
The subcutaneous fat in the face helps shape its contours and thus defines its features. Fat pads are layered over the facial bones and are held in place by ligaments in superficial and deep layers of the skin. With age, these multiple fat pads descend. Some areas faster than others. This differential loss of fat impacts multiple areas. Additionally, facial bone resorption, or breakdown of bone tissue, also increases with age, adds to the loss of smoothness and suppleness. Ageing the face even further.
Rise of the dermal fillers
Dermal fillers can lift the areas pulled down by gravity. They can lift the cheekbones, reduce the nasolabial folds, raise the corners of the mouth and support sunken eyes. They can fill out specific fat pads, and then lift the skin.
Almost all body tissues have hyaluronic acid which is an integral part of most dermal fillers. When the filler is injected beneath the skin, hyaluronic acid adheres to the skin and plumps up the skin by retaining water. Injected deep in the fat pad, the filler effectively lifts the overlying skin.
A complete solution
Dermal fillers can be injected in any part of the face which requires volume. When injected in specific areas of the face, they provide the required structure. The 8 Point Lift is a carefully developed and thoroughly tested set of guidelines to bring predictability into the treatment results, and it offers a more complete or better integrated solution than individual dermal filler treatments. The 8-point facelift is tailored to individual needs, following a personalized consultation and keeping in mind the required ‘look’.
8 strategic areas
The 8 Point Facelift addresses the midface volume loss; and, lines and creases in the midface and lower face — both key factors in facial ageing.
The filler is injected into the eight strategic lifting points in the face. Small bolus injections are done at the zygomatic arch, zygomatic eminence, anteromedial cheek, nasolabial fold, mentolabial fold, prejowl area, lateral cheek and jawline — the prescribed injection sites.
The dermatologist, however, would decide on the injection sites on a case-to-case basis to preserve the uniqueness of an individual’s facial features and expressive nuances.
In addition to defining the cheekbones, reducing naso-labial folds, lifting corners of the mouth, filling the hollow of the tear trough and sharpening the jawline, this method can also restore or create symmetry of the face.
The procedure takes around 45 minutes and there is no downtime. The results are instantaneous and last around 12-18 months.
Since volume would continue to develop over the months after treatment, conservative amounts of filler are used. And the look is completely natural, as it involves restoration and rebuilding of features that defined the face earlier.
In conclusion, the 8 Point Facelift could well be the answer for non-surgical facial lifting and contouring.
Written by: Dr. Mansi