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The Non-Surgical Facelift That Gives Skin an Instant Pick-Me-Up

 Photographed by David Sims, Vogue, September 2010

Photographed by David Sims, Vogue, September 2010

If the idea of instantly renewing your face without any downtime is an attractive one, then a new lunchtime procedure dubbed the 8-Point Lift could be for you. The non-surgical facelift aims to press the reset button on your skin by restoring any lost volume to your cheeks and jaw with minimal amounts of dermal fillers.

According to board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Adnan Tahir, the procedure aims to lift and tighten the face by injecting the FDA-approved filler Juvéderm Voluma into eight specific facial points.

Although Dr. Tahir recommends the procedure to those in their late 20s to 40s, he also insists that there are real beauty benefits to be reaped by those who have yet to experience the imminent signs of aging. Dr. Tahir reveals that the non-surgical procedure is an effective treatment for people who have dark circles and rigid cheeks.

As for downtime, the cosmetic surgeon claims it’s very negligible. Unlike a surgical facelift, patients won’t experience any scarring, and can return to work the very same day. Minimal side effects include bruising or swelling—both of which should subside within a day or two. If swelling does occur, Dr. Tahir recommends putting a chilled towel over the face. He also advises patients to prevent further inflammation by avoiding any heavy lifting or bending for the first 24 hours following treatment.

Routine touch-ups aren’t necessary as the effects last for up to 18 months. However, if you’re unsatisfied with the results, they can be instantly reversed with a quick shot of hyalase—an injection that contains a protein enzyme to break down hyaluronic acid. It’s important to note that this treatment is not designed to treat wrinkles, but to fight the side effects of gravity by giving your complexion a gentle boost.

The 8-Point Lift can be carried out at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery on Al Wasl Road, Al Manara for AED/SAR 11,000.

Homepage image: Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, Vogue, May 2008

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