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Aesthetics

MyEllevate® Is The Next Big Face + Neck Lifting Procedure You Need To Know About

by Julia Gibson

• By Julia Gibson

On the spectrum of cosmetic surgery, we tend to think of a facelift or a necklift as being on the invasive end of things. But today’s innovative tech means that doesn’t have to be the case. Now, it’s possible to lift your face and neck without surgery: that’s right, no incisions and no inpatient stays. Enter MyEllevate®, a procedure that replaces traditional surgical methods with a light-guided needle and suture system. After I heard about this, I knew I needed to learn more. So I chatted with Dr. Gregory Mueller, creator and developer of MyEllevate®, about this revolutionary facial rejuvenation method, who may be a good candidate, and what kind of results can be expected (spoiler: they’re good).

JG

Tell us more about MyEllevate®. How does it work?

GM

This technique is all about light-guided surgery — basically using a lighted needle and suture. Our system lifts and supports the skin and the underlying structures beneath the skin surface without requiring the use of a scalpel or downtime. Through the ICLED® light guidance system, surgeons can place a suture support system with zero incisions. Because this technique causes very minimal tissue trauma, most patients experience rapid healing with minor bruising and swelling.

JG

How did you invent and develop this procedure?

GM

I first had the idea for creating the system in 2006. I was unhappy with the traditional open neck procedures for addressing the neck’s underlying muscles and glands. I visualized the concept of using a lighted needle and thread to sew the underlying muscles in the neck — this seemed to be a way that I could avoid having to surgically open the neck.  The procedure and the approach underwent a decade of research and development to perfect the technique to where it is today.

JG

So, what exactly happens during the procedure?

GM

During a MyEllevate® procedure, the bands and glands of the neck are lifted and shaped to provide a youthful jawline. This is accomplished by giving the glands and muscles physical support through a suture support system below the skin. The suture support system is what sculpts your neck and jaw areas, giving you that young, defined jawline. The way we achieve this is by constructing a suture matrix using a lighted needle. This lighted needle, or Suturod®, is the cornerstone of my technique. The needle passes below the skin, placing the sutures between multiple points, like a net. No incisions are needed, so you won’t have stitches. During the procedure, the light on the needle provides guidance as it passes beneath the skin and travels between those tiny puncture points. The light also assists with keeping the needle at an ideal depth under the skin. Most often, the procedure involves the delivery of energy-based skin tightening as well, such as Smart Lipo laser or radiofrequency.

JG

Who’s a good candidate for the procedure?

GM

Anyone who’s experiencing sagging or aging in their jawline or face will be pleased with their results from the MyEllevate® procedure. It’s is a great option for patients who are experiencing early aging, or have excess fullness in the face or jawline. It also works well for patients with decreased skin laxity in their neck area. Anyone who’s struggling with common signs of aging, or is feeling self-conscious during their Zoom calls is an ideal patient.

I’ve seen so many jawlines and chins go from looking full and undefined to sculpted and slender.

JG

Is this an inpatient or outpatient procedure? How long does it take?

GM

This is a quick outpatient procedure that can easily be performed by a surgeon under local anesthesia. For most patients, the procedure takes less than one hour to perform. There is generally very little, if any, bruising and swelling afterward. Most people can return to their normal activities in a few days.

JG

What is the recommended pre- and post-care?

GM

MyEllevate® can be done on a Friday and you can be back to work on Monday. It’s very quick, and requires no preparation. Following your procedure, you might experience some minimal discomfort or swelling. This is normal, and subsides in a few days. Most patients experience rapid healing with only minor bruising or swelling.

JG

What kind of results can be expected from MyEllevate®?

GM

The results are comparable to having undergone a traditional, invasive surgical procedure that would have required months of recovery time. I’ve performed well over 2,500 MyEllevate® procedures. I’ve seen so many jawlines and chins go from looking full and undefined to sculpted and slender post-procedure. It’s always a dramatic but very natural looking result. It’s very exciting.

Interview courtesy of Dr. Gregory Mueller.