Throughout history, a well-defined jawline and smooth neck have been associated with beauty and youthfulness. Unfortunately, the jawline is one of the areas of the face most affected by the aging process. By the time they reach their 40s, many people notice that their jawline has already begun to lose its definition. They may notice that their skin now droops below the jawline and chin, resulting in a downturned mouth and flattened cheeks. Loss of volume, skin laxity, and loosened muscles, which all occur as part of the natural aging process, are to blame for this effect.
But there is good news for those who wish to improve the contour and outline of their jawline! We now offer an effective and non-invasive solution that can reverse these effects of aging and restore a youthful contour to the jawline and upper neck. Referred to as a “Nefertiti lift,” this procedure is named for the ancient Egyptian queen who was famous for not only her ability to rule, but also her long and graceful neckline. Dr. Yael Halaas, a board certified plastic surgeon, offers this revolutionary treatment, which can be performed from the comfort of her New York City office.
Unlike a traditional neck lift or chin lift, the Nefertiti lift is a non-surgical procedure that does not require a general anesthetic, incisions, sutures, or a long recovery period. The procedure is performed by utilizing some of the safest and best-known injectables in cosmetic surgery – BOTOX® and dermal fillers.
Dr. Yael Halaas begins the treatment by injecting BOTOX® into the platysma muscles, which are the muscles on either side of the neck that pull down the corners of the jawline each time they contract. Once the BOTOX® begins working, the muscles under the jaw will relax, allowing the upward-pulling facial muscles to lift up the cheeks once again. This lifting effect reduces the appearance of skin drooping below the jawline and can minimize the appearance of folds and lines on the upper neck, contributing to a more youthful, contoured jawline.
The next step in the treatment is the injection of a dermal filler. There are a number of dermal fillers available on the market today, including Radiesse, Juvederm, Voluma and Restylane. Dr. Halaas will choose the most appropriate filler based on the patient’s unique needs. dermal filler is injected along the jawline to increase volume beneath the skin and correct the sagging, uneven appearance that can occur with age.
Ideal candidates for the Nefertiti lift are those who are experiencing the initial signs of aging around the jawline and upper neck. Individuals who suffer from more advanced aging in this area may not achieve satisfactory results and may be better suited for a neck and/or chin lift. Patients should also be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for what can be achieved through the procedure.
Dr. Yael Halaas is a highly experienced plastic surgeon who is committed to helping her patients achieve the look they desire. If you wish to improve the appearance of your lower face and jawline, we encourage you to set up an initial consultation with Dr. Halaas. She will expertly assess your face and listen to your goals, and then help you determine if a Nefertiti lift is the right procedure for you.
Written by Dr. Halaas