With age and gravity, visual signs of an aging face and neckline aging may include loose skin, descending fat, and deep wrinkles. As these signs continue to develop, they can cause self-confidence issues and reduce self-esteem. A surgical neck lift in Scottsdale is a very effective procedure in reducing these effects, but even a minimally invasive surgical procedure is too much for some patients.
Thankfully, there are non-invasive options for patients who want the results of a neck lift but do not want to have surgery. Dr. Shapiro offers several procedures that can be used in combination to effectively lift the neck and sharpen the jawline, including topical ultrasonic liposuction, non-invasive skin tightening, fat grafting along the jawline, and the all-new Nefertiti Neck lift.
Nefertiti Neck lift
The ancient Egyptians prized a long, beautiful neck; their Queen Nefertiti was infamous for her slender and crisp neck. Named for the royal beauty, the Nefertiti Neck lift is the ultimate neck lift without surgery.
This procedure uses Botox to redefine the neck and jawline by smoothing, lifting, and tightening the area. Injections are placed along the lower jawline and down the sides of the neck. The toxin causes the neck muscles, skin, and wrinkles to relax. Once the muscles are relaxed in the neck, the facial muscles will actually overcome the pull of the neck muscles, and help lift the fat and skin into place. The net effect is a shapely jawline, a youthful neck, and a smooth lower face.
The procedure will correct skin laxity and wrinkles in neck by tightening the neck muscles, as well as correcting jowls and a sagging jawline. To maintain enhancement, this procedure needs to be repeated every 3 to 4 months. You also could add additional procedures to your face to improve your facial aesthetics. Dr. Shapiro, a renowned Scottsdale plastic surgeon, can recommend options to meet your goals.
This minimally invasive option uses topical ultrasonic energy to melt fat cells beneath the skin. Rather than using a larger cannula for suction, a small needle is used to remove fat. The ultrasonic energy also activates skin retraction by heating connective, elastic tissues in the skin. The overall effect is reduced fat in the jawline, tighter skin, and a youthful neckline. Visit the neck liposuction page for more info.
A non-surgical neck lift can also be achieved through laser skin tightening therapy. Dr. Shapiro uses ReFirme Laser therapy to effectively tighten skin at the neck and jaw. The ReFirme laser is a combination of infrared and radio energy, specially designed to activate natural collagen production and skin retraction. The result is tightened skin with fewer wrinkles. Natural collagen and healthy growth also restore a youthful glow, all without surgical invasion or recovery time.
A youthful jaw and upper neck are crisp and tight. It is common that as people age, the skin on the face tends to migrate south, creating hanging skin and fat over the edge of the jawline (jowling).
Dr. Shapiro can soften beginning jowls with a simple fat grafting procedure. By adding volume at the jaw, the skin will be less deflated and tighter thus making the jawline appear more crisp.
Fat transfer is a very simple procedure that uses the patient’s own fat from another area of the body, most commonly the abdomen, flanks, or thighs. Improved contour in these areas is an added benefit to jawline fat grafting.