Beauty blogger, Lorna Oakley, 38, from The Vale of Glamorgan in Wales is the first person in the UK to have a new 3D Facelift and she tells us more about the procedure.
The latest innovation in non-surgical cosmetic treatment has been dubbed the ‘3D FaceLift’. The name has been coined because the new procedure uses a revolutionary new generation filler that mimics the 3D biostructure of the skin.
It’s the first of this type of procedure to incorporate the new 3D filler called Plinest – a new generation of filler, recently developed in Italy, that offers ‘3D vitalisation’. In short this means that rather than just ‘filling in’ wrinkles and creases, Plinest replenishes the bio structure of the skin, effectively creating a 3D replacement of depleted skin tissue.
The procedure combines this with the puppet facelift technique which threads bio compatible ‘wires’ under the skin via a needle which are tightened to lift the skin.
“I’m not a fan of a lot of makeup,” Lorna says. “My daily beauty routine involves no more than a scrim of tinted moisturiser and some fake tan. I am also partial to a red lipstick from time to time.
“I’m 38. I don’t feel it, but sometimes I definitely look older.
“I’m a firm believer of the less is more mantra, so I love time-saving techniques like my semi-permanent brows. But imagine you could have smoother, firmer and more lifted skin in just two hours!
“Here are two pictures taken less than 24 hours apart. Neither have been photo-shopped or filters applied.
“The picture on the right is literally minutes after treatment (I’m a little bit red). It’s subtle isn’t it? but it’s quick, safe and it works.”
Lorna travelled to the Graal Clinic in trendy Puerto Banus in Marbella for the 3D facelift treatment. And met with owner Dr Arias.
“It’s (the clinic) a five-minute walk from the boutiques and bars of the port,” she says.
“The first thing I noticed is the clinic itself. Immaculate white walls, white furniture and chrome fixtures. Dr Arias greeted us and we were shown to one of the treatment rooms.
“To start, the much anticipated Plinest 3D filler was injected, with what felt like dozens of small pin pricks, followed by the thread lift, which were deeper needles. The effects were instant, it was quite unnerving too be honest. I’ve always been lucky with high cheek bones but this created a much tighter jaw line and visibly smoother skin on the lower part of my face.
“Dr Arias told me the full effects would not be seen for two weeks, but already it was looking impressive.
“The pain was minimal, the sensations of the threads pulling was a bit unnerving but overall Dr Arias was amazing.”
“To conclude, this only highlights why you should go to a Dr or surgeon who is as qualified as Dr Arias and do your research. It’s scary that you or I could actually buy fillers online!
“We walked away from the clinic with me feeling and looking surprisingly normal considering I’d just had a facelift and by 7pm we were choosing our dinner (without a glass of wine I may add). Clearly no alcohol for a day or two and no training for a day or two.
“Over the next few days there was bruising on my right cheek bone, it was hardly noticeable, however; it does vary from person to person.
“I am always as truthful as I can be in what I write, maybe this kind of treatment is not for everyone. But would I do it again? Absolutely YES. The results are beyond what I had expected.”
The new 3D Facelift is carried out under local anaesthetic and takes between 1-2 hours.
Although there may be some minimal swelling after the procedure the patient is able to continue as normal straight after the procedure and there is no down time for recovery.
The procedure costs approximately £900 and is exclusively available at the Graal Clinic in Marbella. This procedure can be carried out during a day return trip from London.