An aging neck may present itself in the form of wrinkles, platysmal bands, or sagging skin, prompting many patients to seek out solutions to obtain a firmer and more youthful look. While facelift or neck lift surgery provide incredibly effective results in helping men and women look more revitalized, plastic surgeon Neal Goldberg, MD understands that not all patients are ready to take on the commitment and recovery time of a surgical procedure. Fortunately, those looking for a less invasive solution can still achieve the smooth, sleek neck contour they desire with MyEllevate® — a minimally invasive treatment that uses advanced suturing technology to lift and support the neck tissues, resulting in a more youthful neck appearance overall. This non-surgical form of neck rejuvenation takes less than one hour, is performed in-office under local anesthesia, and does not require any major downtime.
What is MyEllevate®?
MyEllevate® is a minimally invasive, incision-less treatment pioneered by Dr. Gregory Mueller, a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Beverly Hills, CA. This in-office procedure is designed to lift and tighten the neck using the ICLED® light-guided suture system, which allows Dr. Goldberg to place supportive sutures near the neck muscles without surgery. As a result, sagging skin and underlying tissue are elevated, giving patients more youthful contours in their face and neck. Best of all, results can be very long-lasting and treatment does not require a long period of downtime.
What’s the Difference Between MyEllevate® and a Neck Lift?
Unlike a facelift or neck lift, MyEllevate® can be performed in-office and usually takes only one hour to complete from start to finish. Rather than using incisions to reposition the underlying tissues, this non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment can restore support for the neck with the patented ICLED® suturing system, canceling the need for skin removal. MyEllevate® can also be done under local anesthesia, while facial plastic surgery typically utilizes general anesthesia. Lastly, a facelift or neck lift often requires two weeks of downtime before patients are ready to resume their normal routines. In contrast, patients who receive treatment with MyEllevate® can usually heal with only minor bruising and swelling.
It’s important to remember that MyEllevate® is not considered a substitution for facelift or neck lift surgery, and treatment cannot exactly replicate the same results as these procedures. However, MyEllevate® can be an effective way to renew the neck contour for individuals who prefer to avoid cosmetic surgery.
Is MyEllevate® Right for Me?
MyEllevate® can help you achieve your goals if you show signs of aging in the neck and prefer a minimally invasive treatment to resolve your concerns. In general, MyEllevate® neck tightening is most successful for patients who:
- Want some improvement in their neck, but wish to avoid a facelift and/or neck lift
- Are at or near their ideal weight
- Have mild to moderate skin laxity in their neck
- Maintain realistic expectations for the results
If you have excess fat in the neck or you’re bothered by a “double chin,” MyEllevate® can also be combined with complementary procedures like KYBELLA® to obtain the best possible outcome. Dr. Goldberg and our team will speak with you about your concerns to develop an optimal treatment plan tailored for your unique needs.
How is MyEllevate® Non-Surgical Neck Tightening Performed?
During your consultation, Dr. Goldberg will take photos and measurements of your neck to design your MyEllevate® treatment plan. He will also talk to you about your concerns, hopes for the outcome, and medical history to ensure rejuvenation with MyEllevate® is the most effective way to achieve your desired results. At the time of treatment, a local anesthetic will be applied to the neck to enhance patient comfort. Tiny holes are then created near the platysma muscle bands, allowing Dr. Goldberg to insert sutures using the advanced ICLED® light-guided suture system. The tissues and ligaments are then suspended to produce natural-looking results and a visible improvement in your neck contour, although the outcome will continue to refine as swelling subsides. At our Westchester and NYC-area practice, the entire process usually takes one hour or less. Patients usually return to work and their normal activities within two to three days.
Dr. Neal Goldberg and our medical team offer a broad range of non-surgical solutions for patients’ aesthetic concerns, including minimally invasive facial rejuvenation treatments. If you have a question about MyEllevate® or our other skin tightening services, please contact our practice today.