MyEllevate Sydney - a less invasive neck lift
MyEllevate Sydney - a less invasive neck lift
What Is A Neck Lift (Lower Rhytidectomy)?
A neck lift, also called a lower rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin and fat in the neck and around the jawline. It aims to remove jowling, smoothes the neck, and contours the jawline.
A neck lift procedure can address the following concerns:
- It tightens loose neck skin
- It gets rid of jowling
- It removes neckbands
- It gets rid of a double chin
A traditional neck lift (lower rhytidectomy) incision typically starts in the hairline (at the level of the sideburn), then continues down toward the ear lobe, and goes around behind the ear.
Alternatively, a mini neck lift or limited incision neck lift usually involves only two short incisions, one behind each ear.
What Are Light-Guided Neck Sutures?
The light-guided suture system is a state-of-the-art technology. It enables surgeons to perform a less invasive and incision-free neck lift (lower rhytidectomy) using light-guided sutures. Sutures can lift and tighten the underlying neck layers to sculpt the neck.
Using ICLED® light guidance, surgeons can strategically and accurately place permanent sutures inside the neck tissue with the Suturod® without making incisions. The Suturod® is a surgical device that works like a needle and a thread, guided by light. It’s composed of a specialised rod with a fiber optic core, attached sutures, and an ICLED® light source at one end.
It transmits LED light through the neck tissue to help pinpoint the exact locations where the sutures need to be placed. Using the Suturod® light-guided ICLED® technology, we weave the underlying neck muscles and glands together with permanent neck sutures. We can also use this advanced light-guided surgical system for other cosmetic surgeries, such as facelifts (rhytidectomy) and brow lifts (browplasty).
Video: What is a Neck Lift (Lower Rhytidectomy)?
What Is The MyEllevate?
The MyEllevate® is a modern and less invasive neck procedure invented and developed by a Beverly Hills, CA, board-certified plastic surgeon. It’s regarded as an incision-free neck lift performed using light-guided neck sutures to tighten the neck and address the jawline.
MyEllevate may combine three procedures:
- Fat removal from the neck and around the jawline using traditional liposuction
- Skin tightening using radiofrequency treatment
- Tightening of the underlying neck muscles and glands using light-guided neck sutures
This procedure involves no incisions; the Suturod® device passes through small punctures in the neck under ICLED® light guidance. Therefore it aims to leave no scars and requires minimal downtime.
MyEllevate is a quick procedure that takes less than an hour to complete. It’s performed under local anaesthesia; you’ll remain awake throughout the procedure.
Why Patients Might Consider MyEllevate
Patients might consider MyEllevate for a number of reasons, including:
- It doesn’t require incisions, only small puncture holes in the neck that heal nicely
- You won’t need general anaesthesia – it’s typically performed under local anaesthesia, and you will remain awake the entire procedure
- It’s a short procedure – it takes about an hour or less
- It requires little downtime – most patients need less than a week to recover
- It has a low risk of postoperative complications
- It costs less than a regular neck lift (lower rhytidectomy)
Are you a Suitable Candidate for MyEllevate?
MyEllevate is suitable for anyone with early signs of aging in the neck and around the jawline who doesn’t want to undergo invasive cosmetic surgery.
It’s not only for women; men can also undergo the MyEllevate neck lift.
You can consider getting this procedure if:
- You have extra fat under your chin and along your jawline
- Your jawline is starting to lose its definition
- You have neckbands
- You have some loose skin on your neck
- You don’t want any incisions in your neck, on the sides of your face, or behind your ears
- You want a procedure that addresses the appearance of your neck and requires little downtime because you don’t want to miss a lot of days of work or other regular activities
There are generally very few limitations to patient selection with this procedure. It can be performed on patients in their early twenties or late 60s. As long as you’re in good health, you can get a MyEllevate regardless of age, gender, skin type, and racial background.
However, if you have advanced signs of ageing in the neck and face with significant skin laxity, you may benefit more from a facelift (rhytidectomy) or a full neck lift (lower rhytidectomy).
How Is MyEllevate Different From A Facelift (Rhytidectomy)?
Facelift (rhytidectomy) techniques can alter different areas of the face, elevate the cheeks, and improve the jawline.
Whereas MyEllevate addresses the lower neck region – it addresses the neck and the jawline but doesn’t address cosmetic concerns in other areas of the face above the neck.
Moreover, a facelift (rhytidectomy) is done under general anaesthesia with incisions and is more invasive than MyEllevate. On the other hand, MyEllevate is less invasive, can be done under local anaesthesia, and doesn’t require any incisions.
Facelift (rhytidectomy) recovery typically takes around 2 weeks, while MyEllevate recovery takes only a few days.
Meanwhile, a traditional or mini facelift (rhytidectomy) will give you longer-lasting and more dramatic results than MyEllevate.
Nonetheless, there’s no need for you to undergo more extensive surgery, such as a facelift (rhytidectomy), if you only have early signs of ageing restricted to the lower region of your neck.
How Is MyEllevate Neck Lift Performed?
Before your MyEllevate neck lift, you’ll receive a local anaesthetic to help with any pain or discomfort. Your skin will be marked to help guide Dr Hunt through the procedure.Then, Dr Hunt will perform the following steps:
- First, he’ll make small punctures along your jawline. These punctures will be the access points of the Suturod® device
- Then, he’ll use LED light guidance to insert the Suturod® device and strategically place sutures beneath the skin over the neck muscles and glands
- After, the sutures are pulled to lace the underlying neck structures tightly together
- Finally, the device is removed, and the punctures are closed with dissolvable sutures
The entire procedure takes around one hour to perform. It can be performed by itself or combined with other treatments, such as liposuction and radiofrequency skin tightening. MyEllevate is an advanced cosmetic procedure that requires special training and extensive knowledge of the face and neck anatomy.
Recovery after MyEllevate Neck Lift
Since it’s a less invasive procedure, the MyEllevate neck lift requires little downtime, and the recovery is relatively fast.
You can resume your normal activities almost immediately after your treatment. Most patients need about 4 days to recover from the MyEllevate procedure, during which you may need to wear a chin strap.
You might experience minor discomfort, bruising, and swelling for about ten days, especially if you get liposuction. You may also experience some tightness or dimpling in your skin after the procedure. These minor side effects should subside within a few days.
You’ll immediately notice the difference in your neck contour. However, your results will continue to improve over the 3 months following your treatment.
Can We Combine MyEllevate Neck Lift With Other Procedures?
We often perform MyEllevate with other treatments, such as liposuction for fat removal from the neck and jawline and radiofrequency skin tightening treatments.
MyEllevate can also be combined with chin augmentation (genioplasty) surgery with chin implants to improve cosmetic outcomes.
What Is The Cost Of MyEllevate Neck Lift?
This procedure costs are equivalent to that of a traditional neck lift (lower rhytidectomy) or facelift (rhytidectomy) surgery. But some would say the value is what you get:
- No general anaesthetic
- No hospital stay
- No hospital costs
- No anaesthetic fee
- No post anaesthetic washed out feeling
The exact cost of your MyEllevate neck lift may vary depending on whether you get it alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, such as liposuction, radiofrequency treatment, or chin implant (genioplasty).
After you consult with Dr Hunt, you’ll be able to receive an estimate of how much you’d need to pay for your MyEllevate procedure.
My Ellevate FAQs
What is the difference between a thread lift and MyEllevate?
MyEllevate is more accurate than a thread lift. It also achieves more noticeable results that last longer. During a thread lift, your surgeon places superficial and temporary sutures to lift the skin. There are no “fixed” points that hold the thread lift so the lift of a thread lift is less powerful and does not last as long as a MyEllevate lift. During MyEllevate, your surgeon strategically places permanent sutures over your deeper neck layers under light guidance. Light-guided permanent neck sutures offer longer-lasting results.
How long will my MyEllevate results last?
Results from the MyEllevate procedure can last up to 4 to 5 years or more. This procedure can address your neck and jawline, but it doesn’t stop your natural ageing process. After the treatment, your face and neck will continue ageing, and your skin will relax again. In 4-8 years, you may request a different cosmetic procedure.
Is MyEllevate better than a lower facelift (rhytidectomy)?
My Ellevate is designed as neck lift and will not address jowls. If neck contour is your goal, then MyEllevate might be your best option. If you wish to address your jowls, then My Ellevate can be combined with a lower facelift (rhytidectomy). But if you’re looking for more dramatic results that last longer and don’t mind getting an invasive surgery, a more traditional facelift (rhytidectomy) or a mini facelift (rhytidectomy) might be a better option.
How long does a MyEllevate procedure take?
The MyEllevate procedure takes approximately 60 minutes and is performed in a Procedure room in the clinic.
What are Risks and Complications of MyEllevate?
The procedure is associated with minimal risks, as it doesn’t involve major incisions. Swelling and bruising could occur after the procedure.
Further Reading and Medical Sources
- My Ellevate Australia – Cynosure
- Transillumination – an overview | ScienceDirect Topics
- Light-Guided Percutaneous Neck Rejuvenation with Division of Platysma Bands and Suture Suspension: A Multicenter Retrospective Study | Aesthetic Surgery Journal | Oxford Academic
- Neck Rejuvenation – StatPearls – NCBI Bookshelf
- Nonsurgical Rejuvenation of the Neck
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About Dr Jeremy Hunt
Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.
Dr Hunt has a strong interest in helping his patients achieve their desired results by employing the most appropriate practices for each individual patient.