Magic Lift® non-surgical facelifting to address the “3 R’s” to improve the appearance of aging.
With age comes multiple changes, both good and bad. We become smarter (or at least wiser), develop more connections, and have more experience. We also have physical signs of aging that can make us look older than we feel.
The Magic Lif® was designed at Allure Medical to reverse some of the effects of aging on our facial appearance without surgery or any significant downtime.
When addressing the effect of aging we can look at the three R’s that address aging.
Relax, Refill, Resurface.
Over time, the muscles of facial expression leave creases on our skin and change the balance of our face from overusing muscles that pull the face down, and underutilization of lifting muscles. Botox® and other neurotoxins such as Xeomin® relax the facial muscles that pull the face down and allow the face to lift and create a more relaxed, less angry, tired, or sad appearance.
By selectively treating muscles that depress or pull down the face which creates the non-verbal communication expression of anger, sadness, worry, and tiredness we can reduce the aged appearance. Lifting muscles of the face create positive expressions such as happiness, interest, paying attention, and relaxed.
Botox® is included with the Magic Lif® price
The next R is,
Over time, ultraviolet light penetrates beyond our skin and reduces the amount of soft tissue on our face. Cells turn over regularly in our skin tissues, and sunlight and the environment inhibit new cells from replacing old ones. This causes a loss of volume to our face, which causes the face to droop. Our skin is attached to our skull by a series of ligaments. These attachments prevent the skin from falling too far, but also determine the pattern of sagginess associated with aging.
The Magic Lift® refills the areas above the ligaments, which pulls the skin back up closer to its original position. We use the Juvederm® brand of filler for the foundation, and add sugar alcohol to the filler which prevents the filler's short-term breakdown. We also alter the filler so it doesn’t get lumpy or look fake.
The filler is placed in specific areas based on the natural fat pockets of the face. By refilling the fat compartments of the face, the face is lifted, and sagginess is improved.
When we refill, we focus on three principal areas: Pretty eyes™ focuses on the upper face. Lift and Restore™ addresses the upper and lower face. Turn Back Time™ is for the full face as well as loss of volume of the superficial layers of the skin.
Note the improvement of the undereye bags and improved volume under the eyes.
Pretty Eyes™ can also be combined with a Botox® or Xeomin® brow lift and Pucker Up™ lip enhancement to preserve a youthful appearance and improve attractiveness:
Notice the dates at the bottom. Over a year older, she looks younger, more attractive, and less tired. The brow is lifted (so her eyes are more open), the under eyes are no longer hollow, and her lips are more attractive. The Magic Lift™ brings out a more attractive you. Her lower facial contour was improved with Xeomin® to the masseter muscles. The masseter is the muscle at the back corner of the jaw which can make the face look less feminine and also commonly causes TMJ or morning headaches from teeth grinding.
Lift and Restore™ and Turn Back Time™ address the upper face as well as the lower face.
The Magic Lift™ can be used to soften wrinkles by stimulating collagen production, which is a unique result that we typically don't see with other filler options. The results are long-lasting, as noted in the picture below at 1 year:
The Magic Lift™ can also incorporate a thread lift for difficult-to-treat areas such as the "marionette lines" at the corner of the mouth:
The last R is to resurface the skin of the face. This can be added on to the Magic Lift™ and we use a unique Fraxel® Advanced procedure. Fraxel® has the best result/risk ratio of modern laser resurfacing technologies. In other words, the maximum benefit with the least amount of risk and downtime.
The Fraxel® Advanced works on discoloration and wrinkles and improves results when added to the Magic Lift™.
The cost of the Magic Lift™ is $2,200 for the Pretty Eyes™, $4,400 for the Lift and Restore™, and $6,600 for Turn Back Time™. A thread lift add is around $2,400, and Fraxel® advanced is $1,150.
Botox® is included with all Magic Lift packages and lasts about 4 months and is best to be repeated for about 4 cycles until there is some permanent effect. The filler of the Magic Lift™ lasts for years. The Fraxel® results are essentially permanent, but with aging, you will continue to grow wrinkles and discoloration so skincare and repeated treatments every 1-2 years is a good idea. The thread lift results are visible for about 2 years.
Dr Charles Mok