BOARD CERTIFIED BY THE AMERICAN BOARD OF FACIAL PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
BOARD CERTIFIED BY THE AMERICAN BOARD OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY - HEAD AND NECK SURGERY
FELLOW OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS
As a Beverly Hills Board Certified Facial Plastic surgeon I see people from all over the world who desire a tighter neck and jaw line. A more sculpted appearance to the neck and jaw line is a common desire from both men and women from around the globe and this is a trait that equates to beauty in every culture.
The new Ribbon Lift procedure allows us to create a very defined cervico-mental angle which is the region where the neck meets the face. This line is typically very well defined in the most attractive people. The neck-lift procedure typically included liposuction to reduce the excess fat in the neck and a platysmaplasty which tightens the loose muscles in the neck. This combination of procedures has been very successful in the past.
We now have the option to include the placement of specialized dissolvable devices known as Ribbons, which allow us to create far more definition then we have ever been able to in the past. This procedure takes about 1 hour to perform and has a downtime of about 7 days with minimal to no pain. This procedure requires a very small imperceptible incision under the chin and in the crease behind each ear.
The Ribbon Neck Lift is the ideal procedure for someone who wishes to have more definition to their neck and jaw line who does not have a lot of excess skin. The presence of excess skin usually requires some form of facelift procedure to reduce the excess skin burden. Ribbon endotines are made by the same company that makes the brow and cheek endotines which are used for brow lifts and cheek lifts (mid-facelifts). I have used the brow and cheek endotines for the last 4 years and have excellent success with outstanding results. I have been using the Ribbon endotines for the past year and the results have been the best I have ever seen.
Some people lack neck definition based on extra fat alone and these people can be corrected with liposuction. Some people lack definition based on extra skin and these people require removal of that extra skin with some form of facelift procedure. Some people lack definition of their neck based on loose muscles in the neck and these people require a platysmaplasty procedure. Most people have a combination of these factors contributing to their lack of neck definition and these people require some if not all of the above mentioned procedures for correction.
The ribbons allow us to create good neck and jaw line definition in people who have unfavorable anatomy, either from the structure of their trachea (windpipe) pushing forward on the neck or the muscles of the floor of mouth and tongue, pushing down under the chin. Previously, people with unfavorable anatomy were asked to expect minimal improvement in their neck and jaw line from the older surgical techniques, but as our facelift and neck lift procedures improve and technology, such as the ribbons, improves, these same people can now expect very striking results that were unachievable in the past.