The Liquid Facelift
The understanding of our anatomy is dynamic and ever increasing, and new techniques for facial sculpting should be to.
Developed by well- known Taiwanese Plastic Surgeon Dr Peter Huang, the True Lift technique involves the use of minimal amounts of stiff filler to lift the face by supporting important ligaments. The ligaments are tauter and the tension to the overlying facial tissue increases, lifting sagging facial skin.
Using 5 key injection points per side, the result is a natural, rejuvenating lift that is noticeable but not overdone, even when the face is in dynamic motion.
Requiring only 2cc of Restylane Lyft, the procedure takes 10 minutes and has no downtime.
This scientifically based technique offers optimal convenience, comfort, safety, and cost effectiveness.
How Does it work?
As the face ages, several key things happen:
Skin looses its elasticity thins out
Superficial fat might increase in volume
Deep fat and bone atrophy, resulting in a loss of support for the upper layer of fat and skin
Retaining ligaments of the face (that attach overlying fat and skin tautly to bone) loosen and lengthen, worsening tissue droop
Existing techniques involve targeting Points 1 & 3 with the use of lasers, radiofrequency devices, high intensity focused ultrasound devices, and deep volumising fillers.
The True Lift technique, however, specifically targets the issue of aging and loosening retaining ligaments - Point 4.
Retaining ligaments, as seen on the left, originate deep from the surface of the bone.
The true retaining ligaments extend from the bone to the skin surface, holding all the tissue together.
This tight hold creates the creases found around the face, such as those around the eyes, the naso-labial folds and the marionette lines.
These ligaments, when young, are short and taut, and hence keep overlying skin well lifted.
As the ligaments age, they lose strength and may lengthen, causing drooping of the facial tissue.
What are the main targets of this technique?
The ligaments targeted during this procedure include the above named ligaments, with a single bolus of filler into each point, except the large zygomatic ligament where an additional point is required.
The filler is precisely placed below the armpit of the retaining ligament, thereby:
Supporting the ligament and lifting the overlying skin
Volumises structures around the ligament lending to long term support
Stimulates collagen release to help with tissue regeneration
Why Restylane Lyft?
Not all fillers are capable of providing the required lift.
This technique requires special fillers with need a high G’ - they must resist pressure well and be able to support the overlying ligament and tissue. The filler of choice for this include the Restylane LYFT, a high G’ filler with patented NASHA technology .
Do ensure you are being given the appropriate filler for the appropriate procedure!
What can I expect after the procedure?
Unlike other techniques, results are seen immediately after the procedure in correctly selected patients:
Lifting of the lateral eyebrow
Lifting of the sides of the face
Reduction in the nasolabial folds
Reduction in the Marionette lines
Results to tend to improve over the course of 2 weeks before the final result as the filler integrates with the surrounding tissue.
Is there any downtime?
Practically none! The sites of injection are largely free of large vessels so bruising is rare. A small puncture site from the small needle might be there for the rest of the day, but nothing major that might stop you from returning to work or play immediately.
Am I right for this procedure?
Patient’s who will benefit most from this procedure are those with minimal to moderate amounts of facial tissue.
Individuals with too heavy cheeks might not see too significant a change and might need other techniques to produce better results