If you’re mid-thirties or above, you’ve probably noticed that your skin isn’t as firm or defined as it used to be. The way our skin changes as we get older is a bit like the way the seasons change. Spring is all about developing, in summer, everything is at its prime, then as autumn arrives, plants and trees start to wilt. And as we age, our skin starts to droop. We lose volume from our cheeks as our fat pads drop, and we start to get jowls, nasolabial folds and loose skin in places where it was once plump and full of elasticity. But, unlike the seasons, our skin doesn’t have a second spring. Once it starts to sag, it won’t go back to the way it used to be.
It’s not all doom and gloom though - there are several amazing treatments that can help rejuvenate skin, and one such treatment is the 8-point facelift, aka the liquid facelift. Now, before you recoil at the term facelift, don’t panic! It’s not the kind you’re probably used to hearing about. Instead, it takes a fraction of the time, is non-invasive (yes, you read that correctly) and has very little recovery time. Ideal!
So, what exactly is the 8-point facelift, and what are the benefits? Let’s take a look…
What is the 8-point facelift?
So, as you might imagine, the 8-point facelift is where 8 points of the face are targeted to give more volume and rejuvenate skin. This is done using hyaluronic acid (HA) - a naturally-occurring substance which is great for creating volume as it is able to hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water.
Hyaluronic acid-based fillers, such as those from the brand Juvederm, are injected (or inserted via a cannula) into 8 different points of the face, around the cheeks, the cheekbone, the tear trough area, along the jawline, on the nasolabial folds and marionette lines to lift the corner of the mouth. This is done on both sides of the face to give a younger, plumper and more defined look.
Does the 8-point facelift hurt?
You might experience a bit of discomfort, but anaesthetic is generally either applied topically or the dermal fillers themselves contain it, so it shouldn’t be too painful. But this may vary from person to person as we all have different pain thresholds.
What’s the recovery period after an 8-point facelift?
One of the great things about the 8-point facelift is that there isn’t much downtime. You can be back to work the next day, which is amazing. But don’t do any strenuous exercise (you’re welcome!), and don’t drink alcohol (sorry!) or go to a sauna for the following 12 hours. And in that time, avoid makeup too.
What are the liquid facelift side effects?
Due to the fact that hyaluronic acid is used in an 8-point facelift, side effects are rare. But you might find that you experience redness, bruising and swelling. Though these generally clear up by the next day.
So, don’t be sad about the sag. The 8-point facelift is a great alternative to the traditional facelift - offering rejuvenated skin without having to go under the knife. Take a look at our liquid facelift treatment guide for lots more essential info. You'll soon be able to check out medically qualified practitioners in your area offering this treatment on Glowday too.