Facial plast Surg 2011; 27(4): 331-345
DOI: 10.1055/s-0031-1283052
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Laser-Assisted Neck-Lift: High-Tech Contouring and Tightening

Richard D. Gentile1
  • 1Northeastern Ohio College of Medicine, Facial Plastic and Aesthetic Laser Center, Youngstown, Ohio
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Publication Date:
26 July 2011 (online)


Less invasive procedures for facial rejuvenation are becoming more and more popular as prospective patients seek out treatment options that offer the best possible results with the least amount of downtime. As the demand for “quick recovery” procedures increases and patients spend more time researching options, more informed choices are being made, and many times patients opt for technologically advanced procedures. Less invasive procedures can be so described because they utilize small incisions, less anesthesia, or advanced technology to reduce morbidity. We describe a minimally invasive “laser neck-lift” that utilizes minimal access incisions, no general anesthesia, and an internal aesthetic laser to dissect in the plane between skin and subcutaneous fat and the platysma. The procedure relies on laser lipolysis and skin tightening via dermal heating as well as two Quill™ sutures that serve to define the neck. The procedure is well tolerated and not complicated and gives long-lasting results.