Since the tissues on your neck are very thin, the skin in this area will become loose as you get older. When you have sagging skin, you might feel like you look very tired, upset, or frustrated. If you would like to lift your neck without getting large incisions or dealing with a long recovery period, you should think about receiving a MyEllevate treatment from Gregory Keller Plastic Surgery & Rejuvalase Medical Spa in Santa Barbara, CA.
What Is MyEllevate?
MyEllevate is a sophisticated treatment that will use enhance the appearance of your neck in a minimally invasive manner. This lift is also called Ellevate, and it is a more advanced form of a method called the ICLED Necklift. Since we will use a gentle technique to give your neck a more youthful look, you’ll be able to enjoy a brief recovery time after we improve this feature.
Starting Your Lift
Your minimally invasive treatment will usually last for about 60 minutes. We will begin the process of improving your neck by numbing your tissues with local anesthesia.
Improving Your Neck
After the anesthesia has begun to work, we will put very small holes near your platysma muscle bands. We will use these holes to put special sutures around your muscles.
Next, we will use a gentle technique to begin improving your muscle bands. During this part of your lift, we will use non-absorbable sutures to gently reposition your tissues. This process is sometimes called “lacing up shoelaces” because the sutures will allow us to lift your neck into a higher position.
Achieving Other Improvements
Sometimes, we will achieve more comprehensive changes in your neck by adding additional treatments or procedures to your appointment. For example, we can use liposuction to remove unwanted fat from your neck. If you want to achieve more dramatic changes in your sagging skin, you might decide to combine your lift with a FaceTite treatment.
How Will I Start the Process of Improving My Neck?
When you decide to correct your loose skin and aging neck, you’ll have a consultation at our office in Santa Barbara.
Examing Your Neck
We will need to look at the tissues on your neck and chin. To help us prepare for your neck lift, we may make measurements and take photographs during this portion of your consultation.
Talking About Your Goals and Medical History
In addition to analyzing the current condition of your neck, we will need to learn about your medical history and cosmetic goals. In particular, you should describe the aspects of your neck that bother you. For example, you should tell us if you are upset by your loosely defined jawline and sagging skin. You should also be ready to describe all of your health conditions and discuss any neck procedures that you have received in the past.
Why Has the Appearance of My Neck Begun To Change?
Having a strong, defined jawline and a firm neck will make you look healthy and youthful. As you age, you may develop unwanted fat under your neck and your jawline may become less defined. You might notice these changes when you take a photograph of your profile. There are a number of factors that can cause the appearance of your neck and jawline to change as you continue to get older.
The genes that you inherit from your parents will affect the appearance of your neck throughout your lifetime. If your mother or father developed early signs of sagging skin and wrinkles in this location, you will have a higher chance of experiencing similar aesthetic issues.
Your Sun Exposure
When you visit the beach, go on a hike, or do other outdoor activities, the tissues on your neck will be exposed to the damaging effects of the sun’s ultra-violet rays. Since the skin on your neck is very thin, these tissues will be more likely to show early signs of age.
As you continue to accumulate years of sun exposure, you may develop sagging, loose skin in this location. If you forget to regularly apply sunscreen to this feature, you will be more likely to have early lines in this location.
Since repeated movements can groove lines into your skin, your cellphone use can change the appearance of your neck. If you frequently look down at your smartphone, you might develop visible lines in this area. Similarly, if you smoke cigarettes, your skin will receive lower amounts of oxygen, and the collagen in your tissues will become damaged. These changes will increase your risk of developing lines on your neck.
Will This Neck Treatment Have a Long Recovery Time?
Since you will not be required to receive incisions in your neck during this type of lift, you won’t need to schedule a long time away from your job, hobbies, household tasks, or other activities. Instead, you will usually have a very quick recovery period once your minimally invasive Ellevate treatment is complete.
In general, you’ll be able to go back to your normal daily routine after several days have passed. Avoiding a lengthy recovery period will prevent you from falling behind at your job or having difficulty completing your household chores. Further, you won’t be required to take a long break from your exercise schedule.
What Is The Difference Between This Cosmetic Treatment and a Traditional Neck Lift?
In addition to providing the minimally invasive Ellevate treatment, we perform traditional neck lifts. Each of these lifts will use a unique method to improve your appearance.
Understanding Neck Lifts
A traditional neck lift is a cosmetic procedure that is also known as a lower rhytidectomy. A traditional neck lift will firm the loose skin on your neck, give you a toned jawline, and enhance the appearance of your profile. If you are interested in addressing all of these cosmetic issues, you should think about using this technique to enhance your neck. We will begin your traditional lift by giving you general or local anesthesia.
Next, we will make small incisions in the natural creases of your skin. We will use these small incisions to eliminate fat from your neck and tighten the muscles in this location. After your neck procedure is finished, you will need to spend several days resting in your home. You should have a family member or friend drive you back to your house and help you with household chores during this time.
Picking a Lift
If you don’t know which neck lift is right for you, don’t worry. We will have an in-depth consultation with you before you decide how to improve the muscles and tissues in this location. During this discussion, we will give you more details about our range of options and answer all of your questions. After we have reviewed your aesthetic goals and looked at your neck, we will recommend a good option for you.
For example, if you have very loose tissues on your neck, we may advise you to correct this cosmetic issue by getting a traditional neck lift. If you are interested in using a minimally invasive method to fix less severe sagging issues, we may advise you to receive an Ellevate treatment.
Why Should I Consider Combining This Lift With Other Aesthetic Techniques?
In addition to developing loose tissues on your neck, you might have unwanted fat and other aesthetic conditions that change the appearance of your profile. Combining your neck lift with other cosmetic procedures or treatments is a good way to address multiple issues during one easy appointment.
If you are interested in seeing dramatic changes in your loose skin, we may suggest combining your MyEllevate lift with FaceTite. This powerful treatment will use radiofrequency energy to refresh the skin on your neck and face. During this part of your appointment, we will use a small handpiece to deliver this beneficial energy. As soon as we complete this process, your skin will appear to be smoother, softer, and plumper.
Since our radiofrequency energy is very effective, you’ll usually achieve your aesthetic objectives after you get one FaceTite treatment. During the next three to six weeks, your enhanced production of collagen proteins will create additional improvements in your skin. If you follow a customized beauty routine and adopt healthy habits, your softer, smoother appearance might persist for up to five years.
In addition to having loose skin on your neck, you might have a large amount of fat in this area. Since your genes will influence your distribution of fat, you may not be able to slim your profile by following a new exercise plan or making changes to your diet. Fortunately, we can contour your profile by combining your Ellevate lift with a fat reduction technique called liposuction.
To slim your neck, we will use a very small tube to eliminate some of your accumulated fat cells. This technique is very efficient, and liposuction will permanently destroy these cells. Since we will take off your bandages after three days have passed, you will be able to achieve quick improvements in your appearance. During the next 45 days, your skin will contract, and your profile will become even more contoured.
Receiving liposuction isn’t the only way to reduce your double chin and slim your profile. We can also use an injectable product called Kybella to achieve these aesthetic objectives. If you decide to receive this treatment in connection with your neck lift, we will inject this product into the tissues under your chin. This injectable solution contains a powerful ingredient that scientists call deoxycholic acid.
The deoxycholic acid in your Kybella injections will dissolve some of the fat cells that are giving you a fuller profile. The number of treatments that you receive will depend on the amount of extra fat that is located under your neck and the changes that you would like to see in your profile. In general, you can expect to get three to six injection sessions. You will probably see a meaningful change in your double chin after one to three weeks have passed.
Lift Your Neck
If you are interested in lifting up the skin on your neck without getting incisions in this location, you should consider receiving a MyEllevate treatment. This advanced lift will use minimally invasive techniques to refresh the appearance of your neck and correct your sagging issues. To schedule a consultation about this lift, you should contact us at Gregory Keller Plastic Surgery & Rejuvalase Medical Spa in Santa Barbara, CA.