An iGuide Neck Lift is suitable for people who have thin or loose skin with pockets of fat and want to redefine their neck and jawline. If you have little to no loose skin with pockets of fat, the Laser Neck Lift may be more appropriate. As outcomes can vary, initial consultation with our cosmetic practitioners will determine if this procedure is suited to your needs and expectations.
Advantages of the iGuide procedure include:
Effective: Although not as intrusive as the traditional neck lift, the iGuide procedure provides visible and real results
Gentle: The procedure is gentle with only tiny punctures and no cutting of the skin. This results in minimal bruising and scarring
Safe: No general anaesthetic is required unlike a traditional neck lift
Immediate: Results are immediate and patients will notice natural results of a defined neck and jaw line
Recovery: Downtime is minimal with most patients back to work within 2-4 days
The iGuide Neck Lift can also be performed in conjunction with other procedures such as the Laser Face Lift and Vaser Neck Liposuction.
*Results may vary from patient to patient. **All photos are of patients from Cosmos Clinic, and all ‘after’ images are taken 6 weeks post operation.
A neck lift without the complications of surgery
A numbing solution is infiltrated under the skin through these small punctures to create a surgical field. Excess fat is removed at this point if necessary. A suture (thread) is weaved through this area in a series of passes, to form a “shoelace” like pattern. This weaving is aided by a tiny lit probe which ensure accurate placement throughout the entire procedure. The natural retaining ligaments of the neck are left intact and used to anchor the suture. When the suture is pulled taut, the patient’s own ligaments work with the suture to naturally elevate the skin, muscle and soft tissue of the neck (for a defined neck and jawline). The suture knot is then tied at the base of the neck under the skin. This tightening effect elevates the neck skin, neck muscle and soft tissue of the neck as a whole unit; giving beautiful definition to the neck and jawline contours.
iGuide treatment prices vary depending on your overall situation and expectations, but as a guide:
iGuide Neck Lift costs start from $7000
Initial consultation is between $120 – $220, redeemable upon treatment
Traditionally, neck lifts required a plastic surgeon to cut into muscles and tissue and reposition them to achieve an aesthetically pleasing neck and jawline contour. At Cosmos Clinic, cutting into these structures is now a thing of the past as only small punctures are made into areas of the jawline and below the chin. This translates into minimal bruising and quicker recovery time for the patient. Unlike the conventional neck lift, during this surgical procedure, the natural anatomic structures of the neck are left intact and are used to lift and accentuate the neck. The iGuide Neck Lift can be used as a stand-alone cosmetic surgery procedure or as an add-on to other procedures such as the Laser Facel Lift and Vaser Neck Liposuction. Developed by USA board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Gregory Mueller, the iGuide has been FDA cleared for general use since 2007 and has recently been introduced in Australasia. The doctors at Cosmos Clinic received first hand training in the iGuide procedure from Dr. Gregory Mueller in Los Angeles in 2012.
Your initial iGuide Neck Lift consultation and subsequent procedure can be undertaken at one of our cosmetic clinics in Australia. We also treat many interstate and overseas patients each year at Cosmos Clinic. Therefore, we have set procedures in place for those travelling to our clinics for treatment. For travelling patients please use the contact form located at the bottom of this page to send us images of the areas you wish to have treated, which Cosmos Clinic you’d like treatment at, and where you’re located in the description so our staff can include all the appropriate information for travelling patients as part of your personalised quote.
After the iGuide Neck Lift, patients will be fitted with a compression garment for the neck which is to be worn for 3 days. Patients are advised to use cold compresses over the area for 24 hours and to preferably have a soft diet for the first week. Patients will be reviewed again during the follow-up at one week and six week’s time. There is hardly any downtime, minimal pain and patients are back to their normal activities within 2 to 3 days.
As with any procedure, there will be minimal bruising and scarring at the puncture sites, which will resolve within one to two weeks. There may be visible tethering of the skin post-operatively for the first month. Patients may have the sensation of tightening while eating but this will improve in the first week following the procedure. There are inherent risks and complications as there are with any surgery. You should be aware of the potential risks and discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor before your surgery is performed.