There are many different options available when looking into rejuvenating the face. Options range from minimally invasive treatments such as botox or filler to major surgery for patients who struggle with their appearance.
Surgeons are always making strides in medical research to create procedures with fewer risks and better results. This is why MyEllevate offers a unique approach to facial rejuvenation for both men and women. For those considering a chin/jaw/lower facelift the MyEllevate achieves substantial and long-lasting results, whilst being a short and minimally invasive procedure.
What is MyEllevate?
MyEllevate, sometimes referred to the ‘The Zoom Lift’, is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses a continuous permanent suture that physically elevates and supports the skin and underlying tissues along the jawline. It is performed with the ICLED® Surgical Suture System, the first and only patented light-guided technology for facial cosmetic procedures. MyEllevate utilises the illuminated Suturod® technology accurately placing a continuous suture along the jawline. The sculpted look lasts 5+ years.
How is MyEllevate different from other thread lifts or liposuction?
Traditional thread lifts focus on the look of the skin only. This is done by using a non-permanent structure that will lift the skin but will dissolve in 4-6 months. These Barbed threads will stimulate Collagen production under the skin, leading to the skin feeling tighter and signs of wrinkling being reduced. The effects of this last up to 18 months.
Even though MyEllevate uses suturing, it is not considered a thread lift. This procedure differs from thread lifts in several ways. The sutures used in MyEllevate not only targets the skin but also lifts the glands and muscles in the neck and jaw. This gives a much deeper and defined lift. The sutures used are also a permanent nylon structure. So, rather than dissolving quickly and helping the skin lift itself, it will sit in place. This is what is meant when MyEllevate is described as physically lifting and supporting the new look of the jawline. Because of this, results can last for 5+ years.
Liposuction is an entirely different procedure. A cannula is inserted into the area of the body containing the stubborn areas of fat to aspirate the fatty tissue. Like MyEllevate, this is a minor procedure that is done under local anaesthetic, and these two procedures can actually be performed at the same time. This is a good combination if the neck sagging is caused by fatty tissue rather than ageing. Liposuction on its own cannot give the lifting effect or appearance that most people hope to gain from this procedure.
Would I be a good candidate for MyEllevate?
There is no specific target age for this treatment. This can be used to treat the issue of a sagging jawline from various causes and at various stages. This can be used for patients in their 40's-50’s to create a good lift and combat signs of ageing such as jowls. Or this can be used for patients in their mid-20's to define genetically poor jawlines or prominent glands. This procedure is a great option, but being minimally invasive, it can’t achieve the more drastic results that some patients desire. This means that surgeons can often recommend this to patients around 30-40 to achieve a lift with signs of early ageing, as well as prevent the need for more procedures later on in life.
However, it is always vital that you discuss the results you want to achieve in-depth with your surgeon to make sure you are getting the best course of treatment.
What are the risks?
Compared to other procedures used to tackle the same issues, MyEllevate has very few risks.
This procedure is done using a local or general anaesthetic (this is the patient's choice which can be discussed during your consultation) and only uses a few 1mm incisions to insert the illuminated Suturod® technology and sutures. If the choice is local anaesthesia, this eliminates the risks associated with general anaesthesia and major surgery as a whole.
What are the Costs?
Again, this procedure can use local anaesthetic which can greatly reduce the cost and risks and can be completed in less than an hour or general anaesthesia dependent on the patient's wishes and your consultation with your surgeon. The cost will vary due to this.
What is the Recovery Time?
After this procedure, patients may experience some minor bruising and swelling. Any pain experienced can often be treated using over-the-counter pain medication. As this procedure is minimally invasive, patients generally are allowed to go home the same day. Overall healing and downtime is approximately two weeks. This may be aided using a jaw/chin support, but in most cases, this isn’t necessary.
Why should I have this procedure done with Mr Mark Ho-Asjoe?
Mr Mark Ho-Asjoe is one of the trained surgeons in the UK who can perform this procedure. He was invited by Cynosure to watch a live procedure performed by Dr Bi’Bernardo in New Jersey, USA. This meant that he was able to expertly develop his skills and is now in the best position to perform this procedure for patients. He performs this procedure at the Karidis Clinic in St Johns & Elizabeth Hospital and Weymouth Hospital in London.