a doctor near me has a special offer for $999 "laser neck lift". before i call the office, what should i know about laser neck lifting. is it effective? safe?
What is a Laser Neck Lift?
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Face and neck lift names
Face and neck lift procedures have many names, which only confuses potential cosmetic surgery patients. Any plastic surgery procedure typically pulls the skin & underlying tissue upward against gravity, & may remove any excess skin. Laser procedures generally do not pull in any form. Laser skin procedures typically resurface the outer layer of skin, which over time may tighten the face and neck. The term laser neck lift may also be a marketing term without scientific research to support the cosmetic procedure.
Speak with a couple plastic surgeons before making a decision. You should be able to contact the office to obtain more information regarding laser neck lift. Best of luck.
There is no standard definition of what constitutes a "laser lift"
The use of a laser such as internal (lipotherme, smartlipo, etc) or external (fractionated CO2, erbium) etc, especially with the conjuction of liposuction, is sometimes termed laser neck lift.
The term is misleading. While there are many good candidates for such procedures, others need a more traditional neck lift which is distinguished by excisions of skin, usually around the ears.
at $999 you are probably looking at a liposuction based procedure. you should have a evaluation by a BOARD CERTIFIED (check on plasticsurgery.org) surgeon to make sure that you are not a better candidate for a lift procedure.
I perform both procedures, and find that people that come to be expecting to be great candidates for the laser based liposuction procedure can sometimes better be served by a neck lift. a proper evaluation is key. good luck
Laser neck lifts are ideal for many middle aged adults
Laser neck lifts are ideal for many middle aged adults. The laser neck lift can be performed with an internal laser such as smartlipo liposculpture or with a fractional laser which acts externally to tighten the skin.
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Laser Neck Lift is Smartlifting Technique
The term laser neck lift has been used to describe tissue tightening by the use of an external laser and more recently the use of an internal laser first FDA approved in 2006. Because the implementation of new technology varies from practice to practice knowlege of some of the new laser assisted procedures may be lacking. In 2008 we introducted Smartlifting to AAFPRS, ASPS and IMCAS plastic surgery conferences. This uses a fiberlaser under the skin to tighten skin and shrink fat.
It also helps reduce bleeding during face lift surgery. We have completed close to 500 procedures and are training more plastic surgeons in these techniuqes many of which will be published in Neck Rejuvenation our book which will be released this fall. A specific neck lift protocol now includes some internal laser combined with traditional platysmaplasty techniques and is highly effective in well selected patients,
Be very careful of low cost special for laser neck lift
A well performed and effective surgical neck lift done by an experienced board certified plastic surgeon can cost $10,000.00.
New laser neck lift usually refers to laser liposuction with SlimLipo, Smartlipo or Coolipo.These new laser techniques dissolve the fat underneath the chin and heat the tissues in the neck to produce tightening of the neck skin.
When properly perfomed by an experienced surgeon fairly effective skin tightening can be achieved and improve the neck appearance.However the skill of your surgeon is very important and burns can occur with the laser.
Be suspicious of 'specials" with unusually low fees. Laser lipo and skin tightening of the neck done by experienced board certified plastic surgeons usually costs $5000-7500. The lasers cost over $100,000.00 which adds to the cost of the procedure.
There have been a few reported problems when doctors have done surgical neck lifts and used a carbon dioxide laser to tighten the dermis from within. Some doctors now use laser liposuction to create tightening and call it a “lift.” Make sure you see a reputable surgeon. Check with your general physician if they know of this doctor.
Fat removal by laser, or skin shrinking by laser, or combination
The laser neck lift can mean many things.
While liposuction of the neck does not usually lift the neck, when combined with skin shrinkage either below the skin by the newer laser temperature controlled
"skin shrink" there will be the appearance of a lift by creating more definition along the jaw line.
Another way is to do liposuction below the skin and then do a fractional laser treatment of the neck skin such as the Mixto to again create more definition along the jaw line.
Both do improve the neck in properly selected patients, but if there is a lot of excess skin, a surgical neck lift will be required to get a really dramatic result.
Laser neck lift could mean many things
A laser neck lift can mean a form of liposuction that has a laser attached to it that helps shrink the fat, and which can lead to more tightening of the skin. Fair results can be achieved with this technique. It can also mean using resurfacing techniques with CO2 technology that can cause tightening by creating collagen contracture in the more superficial layers of the skin.
The tightening from this can lead to even less neck tightening than the laser liposuction. Lumenis has technology that can tighten the deeper layers of the skin through their Deep FX hand piece that directs the CO2 laser to the deeper layers. Again, this is more subtle in terms of the results.
If you really want tightening of the your neck bands, turkey gobblers, double chin, loose neck skin a formal neck lift (neck lift / platysmaplasty / lower face lift / lower facelift) is the best way to do that. This can be done with small incisions under the chin and behind the ear which can heal almost imperceptibly.
Common misnomers abound, usually including laser, mini, quick, scarless, easy
We offer both surgery and non-surgical treatments. We don't promote the non-surgical methods as "lifts," but rather reserve that term for actual surgical lifts (facelift, necklift, browlift, etc.).
When we do surgery such as liposuction of the chin / neck (submental) region, we call it liposuction. However, we realize that the results can visibly enhance the neck and jawline. Some patients feel the results seem like a lift, but no actual lifting is done. We're glad the results are so favorable.
When we do non-ablative skin treatments patients notice firming or tightening of the skin of the neck, but no actual lifting is done. We don't call this a scarless necklift, because no actual surgical lift is done.
Ask your surgeon to explain what is actually being done to see if removal of loose skin and / or support of deep layers under the skin are actually being accomplished. Otherwise, the procedure may be a "what-appears-to-be-lift." Misnomers are commonly used to promote various procedures.
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