Have you heard about the brand new technique from Dr Toni Phillips? Say hello to your 20 Minute Facial Insta Lift using unique techniques and placement of dermal fillers for an Insta Lift. We asked Dr Toni what the secret was (she only hinted, she did not tell), how it works and saw some of the fabulous results in these patients
After 10 years of experience as a full time practitioner, injecting HA dermal fillers, this technique has been developed out of a desire to achieve a superior result for my clients. I wanted to avoid an ‘over-filled’ look, loss of facial balance and aim to retain the most natural appearance of the facial form. That is why I began researching new ways to achieve better results and developed the 20 Minute Facial Insta Lift for my patients.
When we think about the ageing face, there are three main ways that we can define the ‘look’ of ageing:
- Loss of elasticity in the skin (depletion of collagen and lack of dermal structure)
- Loss of fat from various significant areas of the face, further contributing to the lack of support and collapse of the overlying tissues, including the skin.
- Loss of bone structure, although this is a very late onset physiological property which is really only seen from the age of 60 years.
Traditionally, the use of HA (and some non-HA) dermal fillers has tried to address all of the above issues. Around 10 years ago the big news was the development of ‘volumising’ HA fillers. These gels were made up of either larger HA particles or more densely packed cohesive gels to achieve greater lift. The idea was that these gels should be place more deeply, under muscle or fat pads and on the bony skeleton. Mostly, in skilled hands, these volumising agents were used to cleverly replace bone structure, re-inflate depleted fat compartments and alter the facial framework to ‘beautify’ as well as to combat the sagging seen with ageing.
Why a need for innovation?
The risk however, was and remains the fine line between placing enough HA product to achieve the volume replacement, lift and structure, and ending up with an inadequate facial balance. That look that most of our clients refer to as ‘done’. That look that sells thousands of magazines when the press has a field day with celebrities where that line has been crossed. Where faces look different, maybe younger, less saggy but not entirely natural. Terms such as ‘pillow face’ or ‘cat face’. Or when you can just tell that someone has ‘had work’ done.
During my consultations, with both new and long-term clients, the major concern that arises about having a dermal filler is not wanting ‘to look done’. I can totally understand why people have been mildly terrified of having a dermal filler treatment. This feeling has only intensified in the past few years with all of the media focus on these types of treatments and the explosion of the Aesthetic industry in the UK. But there is still not enough information out there for the patient and where Totally Aesthetic Magazine is leading the way in patient education.
I am a huge advocate of the thread lift treatments. The reason is that in my opinion, it is the best non-surgical tool we have to achieve a physical lift and shift of the sagging facial skin. Clients love it because it is more natural, and avoids all of the above issues associated with the over or inappropriate use of HA fillers. The 20 Minute Facial Insta Lift can give results very similar to a thread lift, which is great for those who are not ready for that step.
How is this different?
The 20 Minute Facial Insta Lift is an innovative way to use HA dermal fillers to achieve lift, support and a fresher, younger look with a minimal amount of HA.
The principle relies on using the HA filler in very specific anatomical areas of the face, namely the supporting tissues and tendons that connect hold the facial structure together. Some of this is not entirely new, and those of us who are highly advanced practitioners have been using HA in this way for some time.
I wanted to find a way to really maximize this principle and move away from using too many syringes of HA filler, which terrifies clients, is not really the answer to a ‘fresher’ look, and also makes it more affordable.
I have seen that the consumer media is talking about the ‘8-point lift’ and ‘MD Codes’ as the new approach to facial aesthetics. The 20 minute Insta-lift is unrelated to either of those, and I think is a step further forward to how we will be utilizing HA fillers in the most effective way in the future.
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Suitable for? Anyone from 35+ years who is starting to feel like they look ‘tired’ or less ‘fresh’
How long does it take? After a full consultation, consent process and medical assessment, it is one visit and the injection time is around 20 minutes.
When are results seen? Immediately, and the overall aesthetic result looks optimal after a week or so once the product has settled.
Side effects? The HA filler product is delivered using both a short needle, and a longer micro-cannula. The method of placement depends on exactly where the HA needs to be positioned. There is minimal marking on the skin, but we do need to allow for potential redness, slight local swelling, and small amount of possible bruising.
Downtime? None. I always recommend a 3 day course of arnica herbal pills following any aesthetic treatment, to subdue any potential swelling or bruising. Make up can be worn almost immediately which will also help to cover any initial, temporary marks on the skin.
How long does it last? 6-12 months depending on how much ageing has occurred. A maintenance protocol will also be discussed at the consultation, which is usually to repeat the treatment in 6-8 months to retain, and further enhance the effect.
Cost? From £850