The DL Lift, a liquid facelift.

The DL Lift is a Liquid Facelift procedure that is named after Dr David Loh

The Liquid Facelift is a popular procedure in aesthetic clinics across Singapore. It is termed ‘liquid” because it involves using only Botox (a liquid) and hyaluronic acid fillers (a gel) to create a lifting effect on the lower parts of the face. It is a non-surgical and involves very little recovery time. In fact, as a “facelift” achieved through injections only, it has also been popularly called a “non-surgical facelift” or “lunchtime makeover”.

Dr David Loh developed, popularized and has been teaching a particular form of the Liquid Facelift since 2015, and the technique has been named The DL Lift by many in his industry; DL being the initials for Dr David Loh who described it. Over the years, many experts have also described other variations of the Liquid Facelift, and they are all very good.

In 2018, Dr David Loh and Dr Phoon Yi Shan, the partners the David Loh Surgery, described and published The DL Lift in The Prime International Journal of Aesthetic and Anti-Ageing Medicine, a medical industry journal, detailing the technique for other doctors.

“The DL lift is a methodical technique to restore tautness in facial structures. No exaggerated features or overfilled faces here. Just natural contours like when you were younger.”

From the publication, we know that one of the fundamental reasons why we sag when we age is because of sequential and progressive fat compartment shrinkage. Yes, fats in the face are compartmentalized and they are adjacent to each other. When one compartment shrinks, the tension in the whole structure we call the SMAS is weakened, and sagging happens.

However, the fat compartments shrink sequentially, some like the undereye fat pads shrink as early as when we are in our late twenties. Hence hollowness and tired looking eyes can be seen in commonly in the thirties. Then the temple fat compartments shrink in the thirties, and the lateral cheek fat compartments shrink in the forties. This leads to the formation of the jowls in the fifties. This is a well-documented phenomenon that has been published in medical literature.

Doctors at David Loh Surgery have shown that by selectively restoring volume in certain fat compartments that have begun to atrophy, we can restore tension in that layer under the skin that supports the face.

“More importantly, if we already know when which fat compartment will atrophy in each stage of our lives, we can pre-emptively add volume to that compartment, so that facial sagging can be slowed down or even prevented altogether.”

This preventive anti-sagging proposition is a novel concept, because in real life most people would not approach a doctor to reverse aging until aging has occurred.

The DL Lift technique involves using cannulas to accurately deliver fillers (or autologous fat) into the specific fat pads that have either atrophied or are predicted to atrophy. This restores the tension within the SMAS and gives a mild facelift type effect. The whole procedure takes less than an hour and the results are instant. There is usually little recovery time, only the occasional bruises and some swelling that might take a week to subside. The procedure can be used in conjunction with other treatment like Ultherapy, Thermage and Thread Lifts.


About David Loh Surgery

Dr David Loh founded David Loh Surgery in 2002 with the aim of helping his patients improve their appearance and self-image, and in the process enhance their confidence. The clinic only uses treatments that are scientifically proven to be safe and effective. The medical jargon for this is “evidence based”, and has remained a cornerstone of all treatments provided at David Loh Surgery.

Furthermore, these treatments usually involve little or no recovery-time. Treatments like botox and fillers, fat transfers and ultherapy are what Dr David Loh is better known for.

Dr Phoon Yi Shan joined David Loh Surgery in 2013 and is now a managing partner of practice. She operates all the lasers because Dr David Loh has no time to do perform laser treatments. For pigmentation reduction, she uses a Q swtich Nd Yag laser and the Dual Yellow Laser. For skin remodeling, she uses Thermage, Ultherapy, fractional CO2 and Sylfirm. She also performs Nanofat grafting and cellulite subcision.

Dr David Loh and Dr Phoon Yi Shan have left their mark in the medical aesthetics industry through publications like the one above in The Prime Journal, as well as on matters relating to filler complications management. One of their papers was awarded a Best Paper (Gold) by the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal in September 2019.

Dr David Loh is the President of The Society of Aesthetic Medicine in Singapore, which actively promotes safety, efficacy and standards of care among its members through regular teaching sessions, workshops and conferences.

David Loh Surgery (main clinic)
501 Orchard Road, #05-16 Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880

David Loh Surgery (branch clinic)
10 Sinaran Drive, #08-35 Novena Medical Center, Singapore 307506