Have you recently noticed that your neck doesn’t look as youthful as it used to? Are you seeing the signs of aging, such as wrinkles, bands, and sagging skin? If so, we can help. At Keller Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara, CA, we offer a minimally invasive effective treatment called MyEllevate that can transform your neck and rejuvenate the entire area. You’ll get to enjoy a smooth, sleek neck, and you won’t have to undergo an invasive procedure to do it.
How Does the MyEllevate Treatment Work?
MyEllevate works so well because it uses an ICLED lifting suture system to strengthen and suture the neck muscles and glands to lift the area and address sagging skin. It is minimally invasive, easy to perform, and allows patients to avoid surgical procedures yet still achieve some dramatic results.
The Treatment Process
Before we schedule your treatment, we will schedule a consultation here at our office. This consultation is a critical part of the neck lift process because it allows us to learn more about your specific aesthetic goals.
During this process, we may take photos of your neck so that we be as thorough and detailed as possible when designing your unique treatment plan. We also may take measurements as we create your treatment plan so that our surgeon knows exactly how to execute that plan during the treatment process.
Designing Your Treatment Plan
Not only will we take photos and measurements during your consultation, but we will also learn more about your medical history and your ultimate goals. This consultation is the time to express all of your aesthetic concerns so that we can address each one.
Be sure to let us know if you have had any treatments or procedures to address the appearance of your neck in the past. Once the consultation process is complete and we know what steps we need to take to help you reach all of your aesthetic goals, we will schedule your appointment.
The MyEllevate treatment is minimally invasive and uses innovative yet gentle techniques to restore youth to the neck. The entire treatment lasts approximately 60 minutes from start to finish. When you arrive for your appointment, one of our technicians will apply a numbing cream to your neck to maintain your comfort throughout the treatment.
Once the anesthesia sets in, our surgeon will create tiny holes in the skin’s surface near the platysma muscle bands. These tiny holes allow him to insert tiny sutures near the muscles to lift and improve the entire area.
During the treatment, he will insert non-absorbable sutures into the neck. The sutures are designed to lift the skin higher. This part of the process is also commonly referred to as “lacing up shoelaces” because it lifts and tightens the entire neck. Throughout the treatment process, the ICLED light-guided suture system will allow the surgeon to insert sutures into the neck to create support in specific areas and lift the entire neck.
Is There Any Downtime?
One of the benefits of this particular treatment is that it doesn’t require significant downtime. Most patients recover quickly from the treatment and can resume their normal daily activities within a very short period of time, typically several days post-treatment. You won’t have to take a significant amount of time off of work as you would if you were to schedule a surgical procedure designed to lift the neck
Customizing Your Treatment
We can address other issues with your neck during your treatment by adding some additional cosmetic treatments to your Ellevate lift. Some patients need liposuction to remove excess fat from the neck area.
Other patients need to address severe skin laxity and can do so by adding FaceTite to their treatment process. We can provide you with a better idea of what type of add-on treatments will help you achieve the most comprehensive results during your initial consultation.
Adding a FaceTite Treatment
FaceTite is a treatment that pairs well with a MyEllevate treatment. FaceTite uses radiofrequency energy to tighten and tone the skin on the neck and the face. By heating the deeper layers of the skin, it forces the existing collagen to contract, which leads to some immediate visible results. The heating of the deeper tissues will cause your body to respond by creating more collagen and elastin, which will help the skin look smoother, softer, and younger.
Your neck and face will look tighter and more toned post-treatment, and your results will continue to improve during the three to six weeks following your treatment. When you add this treatment to your MyEllevate treatment plan, you can enjoy tighter, more toned, youthful-looking skin and increased collagen production for up to five years total.
Adding Liposuction to Your Treatment
Some patients who are interested in this minimally invasive neck-lifting treatment may want to eliminate stubborn fat from their neck area. When it comes to fat distribution, your genetics determine how and where that fat ends up. When you have excess, stubborn fat in your neck region, there’s nothing you can do, no exercise as you can perform, or diet changes that you can make to eliminate it: it’s called stubborn fat for a reason.
However, by adding liposuction to your Ellevate lift, we can permanently eliminate stubborn fat cells from the area so that you can be free of them for good. Your neck will look slimmer and more contoured.
How It Works
During the treatment process, a tiny incision will be made in the neck area, and a tiny tube called a cannula will be inserted to gently suction those fat cells from the body. Your results will be immediate, but your final results will be most noticeable within 45 days of your treatment.
Adding Kybella Injections
Another way that we can customize your treatment is by adding Kybella injections to your treatment plan. Kybella is a cosmetic injectable designed to specifically break down fat cells that create a double chin. It contains an active ingredient called deoxycholic acid, a synthetic version of a substance that your body uses to break down dietary fat. Most patients need anywhere from two to six injections to permanently eliminate those fat cells beneath their chin.
This treatment is a good option for those who have submental fullness but don’t want to undergo liposuction to remove those cells. The results appear gradually after a Kybella treatment as your body slowly eliminates those dead fat cells through your lymphatic system. Over time you’ll achieve a more contoured and sleeker-looking chin profile that will pair well with your MyEllevate results.
Am I a Candidate?
If you want to address the appearance of your neck and have begun to notice sagging, loose skin as a result of the aging process, you may be a perfect candidate for this treatment. Men and women who aren’t ready to commit to a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of their neck make the best candidates for this treatment. An initial consultation with one of our experts is the best way to determine if this treatment is right for you.
What’s the Difference Between MyEllevate and a Neck Lift?
The difference between a neck lift and a MyEllevate treatment is that a neck lift requires surgical incisions techniques. A surgical neck lift is designed to address loose skin on the neck, the jawline and improve the appearance of the profile. It works by tightening the neck muscles, eliminating excess fat, and removing excess skin via surgical techniques.
When to Consider a Neck Lift
This procedure is typically recommended for those suffering from the more severe signs of aging on their neck that cannot be sufficiently addressed with minimally invasive treatments. For those who have not experienced a severe degree of skin laxity and do not want to undergo a surgical procedure to address the skin on their neck, MyEllevate may be the perfect option.
An initial consultation is always the best way to determine whether you would benefit from a neck lift or a less invasive treatment. Either way, regardless of which treatment is right for you, you can expect some amazing results that will make you look more like your younger self again.
Lift Your Neck the Natural Way
This treatment delivers some dramatic and natural-looking results. If you want to restore youth to your neck and increase your confidence in your appearance, this is the perfect treatment to do so. You won’t have to worry about any invasive surgical techniques or a significant amount of downtime. Contact us today at Keller Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara, CA, and schedule your initial consultation.