As we age, production of the body’s natural collagen and hyaluronic acid (HA) is reduced, leading to a loss of facial volume. This change in facial contour is one of the main signs of aging. To address this, as well as other significant signs of aging, our physicians offer the Soft Lift, a customized treatment that utilizes the combined benefits of BOTOX COSMETIC® and dermal fillers at our North and West Vancouver clinics.
What Is Soft Lift?
Using strategically placed injections, our physicians can personalize treatment, addressing each patient’s individual concerns. Rather than treating with only one type of cosmetic injectable, our doctors use a selection of the highest-quality injectables available to smooth wrinkles and fine lines, restore volume, and enhance facial contour – all within a single treatment session! Using dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® and muscle relaxers such as BOTOX Cosmetic, this non-surgical procedure can effectively address multiple signs of aging at once. With the Soft Lift, you can reveal a more youthful, balanced, and refreshed look that is natural-looking and uniquely you.
Facial aesthetic medicine is constantly evolving with the development of cutting edge products and innovative ways to use them. With almost endless treatment possibilities, our doctors are excited to present the Soft Lift MD Codes™, which were learned under the tutelage of Dr. Mauricio de Maio, an internationally renowned plastic surgeon from Brazil.
MD Codes are a series of practical injection strategies, or treatment codes, that we utilize to optimize a person’s facial features in a simple and effective way.
Our skilled team believes that each aesthetic facial area (for instance, the cheeks, chin, lips, etc.) comprise subunits that must be respected during the injection process. These subunits are called MD Codes. They are the structural sites that will create or recreate the most desirable natural facial architecture for our patients.
Dr. Arthur Swift is another world-renowned plastic surgeon, from Montreal, who uses mathematical ratios called PHI ratios to create beautiful facial aesthetics. One of our doctors, Dr. Shehlha Ebrahim, was privileged to have one-on-one training with Dr. Swift to learn BeautiPHIcation™ techniques.
Our doctors and their experienced team believe that combining these two techniques (MD Codes™ and BeautiPHIcation™) gives the best possible outcome for our patients.
How Long Does it Last?
In Vancouver, the Soft Lift combines the effects of BOTOX Cosmetic or other muscle relaxers and dermal fillers for non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Most patients are able to enjoy the results of the Soft Lift for 4 to 6 months; however, the effects of JUVÉDERM can sometimes last up to a year. To maintain results, we recommend returning for occasional “touch-up” appointments as needed.
Which Signs of Aging Can Be Addressed?
The Soft Lift can be customized to meet your needs. Common concerns that can be treated include:
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Frown lines
- Crow’s feet
- Nasolabial folds (smile lines)
- Loss of volume in the lips, midface, cheeks, chin, and temples
What Can I Expect After the Soft Lift?
Although some of the effects of the Soft Lift will be evident immediately after treatment, results should improve in the following days. There may be some minimal bruising or redness after the procedure, but these can be camouflaged with makeup and should fade soon after treatment. Most patients are able to return to their daily activities immediately after their treatment session.
Does it Hurt?
JUVÉDERM is specially formulated with lidocaine to help make treatment as comfortable as possible. To minimize any other potential discomfort during treatment, we can also use a topical anesthetic in treatment areas prior to the injections.
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