Jaw Sculpting and the Nefertiti Neck Lift
Injectable fillers work extremely well for enhancing the jaw line. By adding volume, we can build upon the existing bone structure and create a stronger, more defined line. The first step is to come in for a consultation. At this time, we would evaluate the patient's bone structure and cosmetic goals. If they are indeed a candidate for this treatment, we would then discuss the different injectable fillers that can be used. The most popular fillers for this type of enhancement are Voluma, Radiesse or Artefill. Voluma is a hyaluronic acid product that can last for up to 2 years. This is oftentimes a favorite among patients due to the longevity and fact that it can be removed with an enzyme if results are unsatisfactory. Radiesse is another temporary option, lasting up to a year in most patients. An added benefit of Radiesse is that it stimulates the body's own collagen over time. Artefill is a permanent filler that is injected over a series of 3-5 sessions and results in long term correction, also stimulating the body's own collagen production. After the product is chosen, topical numbing cream is applied to the area. The injections are placed along the jaw bone in the areas where enhancement is desired. Side effects may include mild bruising and swelling for a few days. We suggest avoiding fish oils, NASAIDS or anything that has a blood thinning effect on the body for at least one week prior to injections. It is also helpful to take arnica and/or bromelain tablets for a few days prior to treatment as well as a few days following (or as directed).
After the filler is injected into the desired areas, we can further improve overall appearance, sculpting the jaw and neckline with botox. Sometimes referred to as the Nefertiti neck lift (as mentioned above), this procedure is done by injecting botox around the jawline and down the neck into the Platysma muscle, which is responsible for the downward pull along the jaw. By relaxing this muscle, the muscles on the upper face become stronger and naturally lift the face upwards. The end result is a youthful, tighter, more contoured appearance. This treatment takes only a few minutes and has no downtime. As with any botox injections, results may vary and are visible in 3-7 days, lasting for approx 4 months.
For many people, the combination of injectable filler and botox can be a perfect nonsurgical solution to achieve a refined, elegant and defined neck and jawline. Furthermore, if you add regular laser treatments, such as Ultherapy, Thermage or Fraxel, the results can be very dramatic and long lasting.
The following video demonstrates the treatments mentioned above. In this video, our PA, Maryam Younessi is using 1 cc of Voluma and 12 units of Botox to perform a jaw sculpting neck lift. Prior to filming, topical numbing cream was applied to the patient’s jaw area for about 15 min. Maryam begins by injecting .5 cc Voluma (per side) into the lateral jaw line close to the ear, which gives more definition and structure. After both sides are completed, she moved on to inject 12 units of botox into the platysma muscle under the jaw. The patient will notice immediate results from the Voluma . The botox (for the Nefertiti Neck Lift) will start to become visible in 5-7 days. The patient will be able to immediately return to normal activities, as there is no downtime from these treatments.
If you are interested in any of these treatments, please give us a call at 310.443.5273 to schedule a consultation.