Facelift & facial shape

Find out how it is possible to achieve a facelift or improve facial shape with non-surgical methods

Article Medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)

Dr. Gavin Chan

Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
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Quick Facts on non-surgical face lifts


What is non-surgical facial shaping?

Traditionally, facial shaping and face lifting has been performed exclusively by surgical means. With the advent of dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections, it is now possible to shape, volumise and lift the face and make subtle yet significant changes without the need for surgery. The key difference between the non-surgical procedures and the surgical procedures is that the non-surgical procedures require little or no downtime/recovery. Furthermore, as expected, non-surgical procedures carry little risk, and require no general anaesthetic.

Generally, non-surgical facial shaping/lifting falls into two categories;

Rejuvenation –  this is when fillers are used to replace lost volume and to return the face to a previous more youthful state

Enhancement – This is used to enhance areas of the face such as the cheeks, nose or lips to balance or enhance  the facial shape.  Here dermal fillers are used for beautification of the face through improving facial proportions. The Golden Ratio, or Phi, is often used to help guide practitioners to perform treatments on the face to achieve ideal facial proportions.

What is the importance of revolumising the face?

One of the key factors that contribute to facial ageing is loss of facial volume. This is often overlooked when rejuvenating the face. When we are young, our face resembles a grape, full, smooth and firm. As we get older, we lose the volume in our face and it becomes more like a sultana.

Replacing lost volume is in many cases more important than surgically lifting the face. Lifting the face surgically without replenishing lost volume can often result in an unnatural appearance. Revolumising the face does not always replace the need for a surgical procedure, but in many cases, surgery can be avoided or delayed simply by strategic revolumisation of the face. This can be done relatively non-invasively by dermal fillers.

For more information on facial volume loss click here.

Janine Vayler enhances her patient’s face shape with dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections

Dr Gavin Chan revolumises Monica’s face, leading fitness lifestyle volume loss in the face has occurred

Facelifting with dermal fillers before   Facelifting with dermal fillers after


This is a patient who is in her sixties. Dermal fillers were placed in the cheeks, tear troughs, nose, nasolabial folds, lips, and around the jowls. Facial proportions and shape have improved and the face appears to have lifted.

Non-Surgical Tear Trough / Eye Bag Treatment

Tear troughs, or the hollows under the eyes, can make one appear tired when they are not. Through the use of dermal fillers, these can be disguised. Furthremore, the appearance of eye bags can be reduced by the placement of filler around them.

Non-Surgical Eyebrow Shaping / Lifting

Eyebrows can be enhanced through filling and lifting the brow area with dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. This is an alternative to having surgery to remove the upper lid skin or lift the brow, which can often result in a hollowed out appearance

Non-Surgical Chin Enhancement

Chin enhancement can be performed non-surgically with dermal fillers. This can help to balance the profile, and extend the jawline. It is a good alternative to a chin implant.

Non-Surgical Cheek Enhancement

Cheek enhancement can be performed with dermal fillers to replace the volume that has been lost with time, or to further enhance the shape of the cheeks.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

Through the use of dermal fillers it is possible to straighten the appearance of the nose, including left/right deviations or bump in the nose – without surgery. For those who have lower nose bridges, dermal fillers can also be used to increase the height of the nose.

Non-Surgical Jawline slimming/bruxism

Anti-wrinkle injections can be used to slim the jawline to reduce the squareness of a face, as well as to help reduce contraction of muscle that causes teeth grinding or clenching.

Non-Surgical jawline enhancement and jowl reduction

The appearance of jowls can be reduced, and the jawline straightened through the use of dermal fillers around the jowls. This hides the appearance of jowls, and provides a viable alternative to surgical treatments

Non-Surgical Skin tightening/lifting

Skin tightening and lifting can be achieved with non-invasive and non-surgical methods for those who don’t want to have a facelift.

Non-surgical / injectable lip enhancement

Dermal fillers can be used to replace volume in the lips, shape lips, and to help reduce the signs of ageing around the lips

At Victorian Cosmetic Institute, our Cosmetic Doctors and Cosmetic Nurses have a large range of dermal fillers for you to choose from to suit your needs and goals. Furthermore, we specialise in non-invasive and non-surgical treatments in facial shaping.

Making that first phone call can be a confronting task – many of our patients have preferred filling out our online enquiry form.
We can then contact you with an understanding of the results you are hopeful of achieving and ensure the treatment is appropriate.

Dr. Gavin Chan
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