The trajectory of aesthetic medicine is clear: patients want innovative, less invasive procedures that deliver noticeable results with less discomfort and downtime. That is precisely what we offer with MyEllevate, a nonsurgical neck suspension procedure.
Traditionally, addressing signs of ageing in the neck required surgery to remove excess skin and tighten the deep structural tissues. This approach is effective, but it requires general anaesthesia, significant downtime and a risk level beyond what some patients are comfortable with.
MyEllevate has opened up new possibilities. Its increasing popularity reflects the shift towards procedures that offer results with shortened recovery times, reduced risk, less discomfort and less scarring.
Learn more about MyEllevate below and enquire here to meet with Dr Ellis Choy to discuss this procedure.
What Is MyEllevate?
MyEllevate represents a significant leap forward in neck aesthetic surgery. The procedure uses a sophisticated light-guided suture system to support the underlying muscles and glands of the neck. This enables surgeons to lift and smooth the neck and jawline without extensive incisions, general anaesthesia or the over-tightened appearance that can sometimes result from more invasive procedures.
We find that MyEllevate is a good fit for the aesthetic preferences and anatomical characteristics we see frequently at Asian Plastic Surgery. Our clients often say they want impactful but discreet results and express concern over the risks and scarring that come with invasive surgery.
These tendencies can be attributed to two main factors. Firstly, there's a higher likelihood of keloid scarring amongst people of Asian heritage. Secondly, there's a cultural inclination towards maintaining discretion regarding cosmetic procedures. With these concerns in mind, MyEllevate can be an attractive alternative to a traditional neck lift.
What Are the Cosmetic Benefits of MyEllevate?
Ageing has a multidimensional impact on the neck area. Collagen and elastin diminish over time, leading to lax skin around the jawline (jowls) and under the chin (“turkey neck”). The redistribution or loss of facial fat further contributes to the decline of defined contours in these areas. We also see wrinkles and fine lines develop, often in the form of horizontal “necklace lines” or “tech neck”.
Deeper beneath the skin surface, more changes occur. Fat can accumulate underneath the chin (“double chin”), and the muscles of the neck, particularly the platysma muscle, can become more lax with age. This creates a less distinct transition between the neck and jaw and gives an overall droopy appearance to the neck and lower face.
MyEllevate enhances the neck and jawline in several ways:
Improved Jawline Definition
One of the primary appeals of MyEllevate is its ability to produce a more defined jawline. This procedure subtly lifts and supports the underlying structures of the neck and jaw, resulting in a sharper or more chiselled jawline contour.
Reduction of Loose Skin
MyEllevate lifts and tightens loose skin in the neck area. By supporting the underlying muscles, the procedure smoothes the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and create a refined neck profile.
Minimised Appearance of Neck Bands
As we age, vertical neck bands (platysmal bands) can become more prominent. MyEllevate can soften the appearance of these bands by providing support and subtle lift to the neck muscles.
What Are the Benefits of MyEllevate Compared to Neck Lift Surgery?
One of a surgeon’s most important duties is matching the right patient with the right procedure. When considering an aesthetic procedure for the neck and jawline, these are some of the benefits MyEllevate can offer over traditional neck lift surgery for a suitable candidate:
Less Invasive Technique
A traditional neck lift involves more extensive incisions and dissection of deeper tissues. MyEllevate is far less invasive, requiring only a few small puncture entry points. This not only contributes to a more comfortable procedure but also significantly reduces the potential for scarring.
Use of Local Anaesthesia
Traditional neck lift surgeries require general anaesthesia. MyEllevate, on the other hand, is typically performed under local anaesthesia. This reduces risks and contributes to a quicker recovery process, allowing patients to remain more alert and active post-procedure.
Reduced Recovery Time
Because MyEllevate is less invasive than a neck lift, patients typically enjoy less downtime, less discomfort and quicker resolution of any post-procedure swelling and bruising. There is also no need to use surgical drains during recovery.
Lower Risk of Complications
There are inherent risks with MyEllevate, as there are with any cosmetic procedure. However, because it is less invasive than surgery, the risk of complications such as major bleeding, severe infection or serious nerve damage is reduced.
Minimal Visible Scarring
The sutures used in the MyEllevate procedure are placed through small punctures rather than linear incisions. This significantly reduces noticeable scarring, a crucial consideration for individuals of Asian heritage, who may be more prone to unfavourable scarring.
MyEllevate produces more subtle repositioning of neck tissues. Although the results may be less dramatic and long-lasting than a surgical neck lift, there is a lower risk of ending up with an overly tightened or pulled appearance.
More Affordable Procedure
Generally, MyEllevate is more cost-effective than a full neck lift. The reduced complexity of the procedure, shorter operating time and use of local anaesthesia contribute to a lower overall investment for the patient.
What Are the Benefits of MyEllevate for Asian Patients?
The principle of 'one size fits all' falls significantly short in plastic surgery. Especially for the communities we serve at Asian Plastic Surgery, tailoring procedures to meet specific anatomical and cultural needs is not just a preference – it’s a necessity.
MyEllevate aligns with these requirements across several measures:
Lower Risk of Significant Scarring
Scarring is a major consideration for anyone contemplating cosmetic procedures, but it is of additional importance for Asian patients due the higher propensity for keloid or hypertrophic scarring seen in Asian skin. Furthermore, Asian cultural norms often lean towards maintaining discretion around cosmetic enhancements, making the minimal visible scarring from MyEllevate appealing.
Our Asian patients often express a desire for discreet, balanced results that do not immediately divulge that a procedure has been done. MyEllevate matches this preference well, as it refines rather than alters the fundamental character of the neck and jawline.
Favourable Skin Characteristics
Asian skin tends to be thicker than caucasian skin, and Asian patients may be especially suitable candidates for MyEllevate as a result. The natural elasticity and resilience of Asian skin mean that it adapts efficiently to the new neck and jawline contours, often leading to more durable and stable results.
Request Your MyEllevate Consultation at Asian Plastic Surgery
At Asian Plastic Surgery, we are committed to providing our patients with the latest advancements in aesthetic medicine. Our early adoption of the MyEllevate procedure reflects this commitment. Dr Ellis Choy, our soft tissue-focused specialist plastic surgeon, is one of the first surgeons in Australia to be trained in this technique.
To discover more about MyEllevate and how it can help you achieve a naturally elegant neck and jawline, contact Asian Plastic Surgery in Sydney today. You may reach out to us on 02 8962 9388 or fill out our enquiry form to be contacted by a member of our team. We are here to guide you through each step of your experience with care, expertise, integrity and a commitment to excellence.