I Finally Had A Facelift….Well, Sort Of

non surgical facelift

After trawling through my Instagram feed first thing in the morning, I stumbled across a before-and-after photo of a woman who was two days short of turning 50.

She wasn’t ready for a facelift but wanted to look fresh. As the resident 50sowhat pin-cushion and cosmetic junkie (don’t judge me, it’s all in the name of research) I decided (as this woman and I were close enough in age) to try this out.

I am no stranger to needles, Botox and fillers (I have just had a PRP treatment – all natural and very much worth it). I am, however, new to this ‘8 Point Facelift’ concept, which was devised by Brazilian plastic surgeon Dr Mauricio de Maio, the 8 Point Lift is effectively a set of guidelines designed to help obtain results which work, instead of the usual ‘slap dash’ visit to the cosmetic doctor with a bit of filler here, and a bit there.

The last thing I want is to walk out of this clinic looking like Courteney Cox before she got her filler removed. Even though I trust my doctor 100% and I have always had great results, I always make it very clear of the outcome expected.

I also know that if my desired outcome was not achievable, or would not suit me (let’s face it, everybody’s face is different and a good doctor will treat everyone according to their needs) my doctor would tell me.  In fact, he is very good at managing my expectations.

I am not expecting a miracle here, but a very subtle ‘fresher’ me. Don’t be under any illusions, this is not a facelift and will not deliver the same results, but what it will deliver is a slightly more ‘lifted’ and youthful looking you, without anybody knowing you’ve had anything done.

The actual procedure takes about 45 minutes; I had numbing cream and gas, and after Dr Lowe thoroughly examines my face, markings (point marks/entry points) are placed. My face is drawn up (I look like I have a map on my face). This procedure is adjusted to my particular needs and product is placed in the best position to give me the best outcome.

I tend to bruise a bit, so I stopped taking my fish oils a week before the procedure. The pain out of 10 is a 3. To be honest I didn’t even feel it. The swelling was minimal and I had one tiny bruise the size of a pin prick (very unusual for me).

This is a great procedure for anyone that has not had anything done before. You can walk right out of the clinic and nobody would be any the wiser. You can’t lie down for four hours after this, nor can you exercise for 24 hours. I am also told to drink a lot of water. These fillers love water!

My doctor used JUVÉDERM VOLUMA, which can last up to 18 months, it is perfect in the core area that I was being treated for and is used to correct age-related volume loss.

Is this treatment worth it? Yes. Do I look 10 years younger, certainly not. I look a little more ‘fresh’ and I have the illusion of a lifted and slightly more youthful face than before I walked in. Can you tell I have had something done, certainly not? As soon as it wears off, I am off for a repeat.

This treatment is best when combined with other antiaging treatments, such as Botox, lasers or peels and good skin care products. Once you start, it’s a slippery slope. My suggestion is, if you can afford it, go for it.

Two mls of Juvederm Voluma cost me $1399. It will last for approximately 18 months. The treatment was relatively pain free. I went to Dr Stephen Lowe at the Total Face Group in Chatswood, Sydney.

I have asked Dr Lowe to put up a more comprehensive editorial on the procedure, so if this is something you would like to look at, you have an informed professional opinion and a little more in-depth information.

  • Just so we are clear, I paid for this treatment myself. I want to give our readers an honest opinion, because let’s face it, our hard-earned money doesn’t need to be wasted. I have tried many treatments that didn’t work for me, so it’s very important for our 50sowhat community to get the truth.
The co-founder of 50SoWhat has been in publishing for most of her working life. She was general manager of successful boutique media publishing house in New Zealand for several years and boasts an impeccable sales, marketing and management background. When she’s not road-testing the latest cosmetic procedures, or investigating the hottest lifestyle, travel, fashion and beauty trends for over 45’s, Jo is often back home catching up with family and friends, or working on her golf swing!


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