Volumetric Facelift


Understanding The
Volumetric Facelift

Volumetric Facelift

The Volumetric Facelift, often regarded as the ultimate non-surgical facelift, is a holistic solution to facial ageing, underpinned by our contemporary understanding of the anatomy of the face and the structural changes that occur over time. This approach is less invasive than traditional surgical facelift methods, which focus on removing excess skin and soft tissues. The objective is to restore the lost volume as the years go by, replacing lost fat and bone. This results in a fresher, more youthful-looking appearance that addresses volume-deficient areas and sagging skin.

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What can help?

The Volumetric Facelift is a non-surgical approach to full-face rejuvenation – without the associated downtime of a surgical procedure. Drawing upon our advanced injecting techniques and an evolved understanding of the facial ageing process, we use dermal fillers to restore volume in a way that is both understated and utterly undetectable: injecting onto the bone – thus reinforcing a patient’s natural projection – rather than over-volumising the features. The result is a more youthful facial structure that looks refreshed yet natural. Often patients who have had a surgical facelift will also undergo additional volumetric facelift to restore the softness of youth.

In the patient below, a comprehensive Volumetric Facelift was performed, using a full-face approach which successfully restored both bone and fat pads across the entire facial anatomy.

In Action: Take a closer look at how this restoration was achieved

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Below is another example, where you can see how subtly replacing lost volume and bone can lift and energise the face.

Restoring Softness

When the face is young, the tissues are soft and supple. The features become more harsh and less appealing with age and loss of fat and bone from the face. Restoring volume helps to reverse the process and restores the softness of youth.

In Action: Take a closer look at how Jowls are treated

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The Procedure: A Step-By-Step

A detailed consultation is essential before any treatment. This step involves analysing the patient’s facial structure, discussing their aesthetic goals, and creating a personalised treatment plan.

This is the first step in the actual procedure, involving cleansing the skin to remove makeup and impurities. This step is crucial to prevent any infections and to prepare the skin for injections.

Most modern fillers contain local anaesthetic which numbs as it goes. Occasionally if the patient is very sensitive – or if we are treating a very sensitive area like the lips – we will use some additional topical anaesthetic for maximal comfort.

A cannula, which is a thin, blunt-tipped tube, is used for the precise placement of fillers. This technique minimises bruising and discomfort and vastly reduces the risk of complications. Although this can look painful on video, most patients aren’t able to feel it at all.

Adding volume to the cheeks is a critical step in restoring a youthful appearance. This is a holistic approach the includes the front (or apple), back (in front of the ear) and lower cheek, according to each patients individual anatomy.

As we age, loss of bone along the jawline contributes to sagging and jowl formation. Defining the jawline is a key aspect of the volumetric facelift, helping to create a more defined and youthful facial contour.

This step helps to lift the lower eyelids as part of the volumetric facelift, for a rejuvenated and rested look.

We always start by restoring the structure to the face which helps reduce lines around the mouth. However, when the lines are deep they usually also need some direct treatment.

After the initial injections, assessing the face for symmetry and balance is important, making any necessary adjustments with additional tweaks.

Providing patients with detailed aftercare instructions is crucial. This most important aspect is keeping the skin clean, by avoiding wearing make up in the first 24 hours.

A follow-up appointment is often scheduled to assess the results once the swelling has subsided and the fillers have settled. We usually see patients in two weeks, by which point the results should have settled and you should have a good outcome. If any further tweaks are necessary, we can do them at this appointment.

Read on for answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions



Many of our patients are surprised to learn that the Volumetric Facelift is not uncomfortable and does not require anaesthetic. We use dermal fillers containing a local anaesthetic known as lidocaine, which helps reduce discomfort. At the same time, sensitive areas, such as around the mouth or eyes, can benefit from using a topical numbing cream. A dental block can be administered for highly nervous patients, though this is rare.


Volumetric Facelift
Volumetric Facelift

The Volumetric Facelift addresses one of the most important aspects of facial ageing: loss of volume from the fatty tissues and the skeleton. As the facial bones shrink in size, there is less structural support for the overlying skin and soft tissues, which leads to tissue ptosis (sagging) – manifesting in an aged and tired-looking appearance. The Volumetric Facelift has a wonderful effect ageing of the face, it does not provide much improvement to the appearance of the neck.

Volumetric Facelift

Immediately after the volumetric facelift you might notice a small amount of swelling (especially around the chin or in the lips) – although this has usually subsided within a few days. In fact, most patients with the Volumetric Facelift are back to work or their regular daily routine the following day. If bruising does occur, it can be covered with post-procedure makeup – though this should not be applied until the day following treatment. 

The effects are immediately visible: contours are noticeably refined, and the face shape appears youthful. But the best results are to be seen in a couple of week’s time, when the filler has fully integrated with the tissue and the face has settled.

Volumetric Facelift
Volumetric Facelift

Volumetric Facelift Treatments performed by


Dr Darren McKeown

Dr Darren

Medical Director

Our founder, Dr Darren McKeown, is renowned for his expertise and artistry with dermal fillers. As a peer-reviewed medical author, he is passionate about treatments that stand up to scientific scrutiny. Above all, Dr McKeown believes in a global approach; delivering flawless results – and rejuvenation that lasts.

Dr Nina Singh

Dr Nina Singh

Aesthetic Doctor

Dr Nina Singh is a skilled aesthetic doctor who joined the practice in 2023 after undergoing a year of immersive training in the McKeown Method. She is passionate about good skin at any age and combining techniques to achieve the most natural and effective results for our patients. She also has a specialist interest in treating skin of colour.

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Dr Rhona Cameron​

Aesthetic Doctor

Dr Rhona Cameron is a skilled injector who has been extensively trained in Dr McKeown’s signature intuitive technique. Her treatments blend advanced facial optimisation with powerful, energy-based devices – such as lasers, BBL and radio frequency – energising the appearance and enhancing skin health. approach; delivering flawless results – and rejuvenation that lasts.

Our Prices

Facial Fillers (ml)
Dr Darren Mckeown
Associate Doctors
8 ml
9 ml
10 ml
12 ml
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Why Choose McKeown Medical For Expert Care

Choosing McKeown Medical clinic for a Volumetric Facelift offers a holistic, non-surgical approach to facial rejuvenation. This treatment focuses on restoring facial volume lost due to ageing, especially in the middle and lower part of the face ensuring a natural and balanced look. Most of our patients also chose to undergo muscle relaxing injections to rejuvenate the upper face, and many also consider laser skin rejuvenation to improve the quality of their skin. The Volumetric Facelift is known for minimal downtime and immediate, lasting results, and leverages the unique expertise of McKeown Medical in dermal filler treatment, providing a safe and effective alternative to traditional facelifts.​

Combining Volumetric Facelift With Other Treatments:

Suppose you would like to achieve maximal improvement in both the jawline and neck and all of the other features of the face affected by ageing. In that case, a combination of the volumetric lift and a traditional surgical facelift may be the best option. Or if you do not want to have surgery, you can also incorporate additional treatments such as BBL SkinTite or Morpheus8 to tighten the skin.

We can tailor a treatment plan to you at our centre of excellence in Glasgow.

Get in touch with us to discuss your needs.

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See for yourself, just what the clinic can do


Justine, aged 31

Tear Trough Fillers

The tear trough is the groove that runs between the lower eyelid and the cheek, contributing to dark hollows below the eyes. This can be improved with precise volume restoration. Hear how this treatment turned out for our patient Justine.
Catherine, aged 50

Treatment of Lines Around the Lips with Injectables

Lines around the lips are one of the most common complaints that women come to us with. These can be treated permanently with aggressive resurfacing, although a much less invasive option is to simply restore some volume around the area. Hear how Catherine got on with filler injections around the mouth.
Michelle, aged 35

Treatment of Deep Frown Lines

When the frown muscles are strong, and frown lines well established, sometimes we need to employ a combination approach to achieve the best result. Hear how this worked out for Michelle. 
Lorraine, aged 50

Treatment of Jowls with Dermal Filler

The jowls are one of the most commonly complains about parts of the face. For patients who do not wish to undergo surgery, fillers in the cheek, chin and jawline and offer an effective non-surgical solution. Listen to how this approach worked for Lorraine.
Lisa, aged 45

Combination Treatment of Advanced Crow's Feet

Sometimes when the crows feet get stronger, simply relaxing the muscle around the eye is not enough and we need to do combination treatments to achieve the best result. Listen to how this turned out for our patient Lisa.
Marie, aged 46

Treatment of Downturned Mouth Corners

Downturned mouth corners can make us look sad, even when we feel happy inside. Hear how treatment with filler injections corrected this problem for our patient. 
Claire-Louise, aged 28

Augmentation of the Chin

Deficiency of the chin and jawline is a common problem that leads to facial disharmony and can lead to early jowl formation. Hear how correcting the chin improved our patients profile, and her self confidence. 
Deana, aged 57

Treatment of Eye Bags and Jowls with Injectables

Bags under the eyes and jowls along the jawline are some of the most common concerns patients have as they age. For patients who do not wish to have surgery, these can be significantly improved by restoring volume to the facial anatomy. Hear how this treatment approach worked out for Deana.
Jennifer, aged 27

Nose & Chin Contouring

A prominent nose can be one of the most distressing features for some people. Often, the problem is exacerbated by a weak or recessed chin and contouring the nose and chin with filler injections can help to re-balance to profile, achieving facial harmony. Hear how this treatment turned out for Jennifer, and the impact it had on her life.
Grant, aged 32

Male Wrinkle Reduction

Most people – men and women – begin to notice wrinkles appearing in the upper face in their early to mid 30s. This is the optimal time to start considering aesthetic dermatology to reduce the wrinkles and prevent them getting worse as the years progress. Listen to how the treatment turned out for Grant.
Tony, aged 38

Male Facial Volume Restoration

Tony had lost of a lot of weight, and the effects were showing on his face. As we age, we all lose volume from our face but in Tony’s case it was accelerated by significant weight loss. Listen to how treatment with facial fillers restored Tony’s facial volume, and his self confidence.


See below, where we answer some of your most frequently asked questions about volumetric facelifts.

A Volumetric facelift is a non-surgical approach to full-face rejuvenation without the associated downtime of a surgical procedure. Utilising sophisticated injection methods, our approach, recommended by plastic surgeons around the world, focuses on replenishing lost volume in a subtle and natural manner. We restore the patient’s natural contours by injecting at the bone level and targeting deeper facial structures. This technique avoids excessively filling facial features, instead revitalising the soft tissue for a more youthful appearance that maintains the face’s natural characteristics.

The ‘best’ type of facelift varies according to individual goals and needs. Options range from full surgical facelifts, which address significant sagging and laxity, to less invasive options like volumetric facelifts that focus on volume restoration rather than tissue removal. Non-surgical facelifts, involving techniques like dermal fillers and laser skin rejuvenation, are also popular for those seeking less invasive procedures.

Consulting with one of our medical experts is vital to determine the most suitable type based on the patient’s facial structure, skin condition, and aesthetic goals.

Generally, the effects of a liquid facelift can be expected to last up to 2 years. The longevity of this treatment is influenced by several factors, including the type of injectables used, the areas treated, the volume of product injected, and individual factors such as skin type, age, and lifestyle. In general, when it comes time to restore facial volume patients need less volume than they required at their first treatment. This liquid facelift is favoured for its ability to refresh the appearance without altering the deeper facial structures, providing a more youthful appearance with minimal downtime.