NeckTite uses radiofrequency technology to dramatically contour and tighten the skin of the neck. Combined with liposuction, it offers the best option for no-knife contouring and tightening available today.
What is NeckTite?
As we age, the skin in our necks seems to suffer particularly badly. Gravity, leading to fat deposition, and the movement of our heads on our necks play their parts. This combination, together with the ever present thinning of ageing skin, can leave our necks looking far older than the rest of us. On top of this, some of us are not blessed with a defined jaw line so these changes over time can become really obvious and quite depressing.
Subtle Liposuction & Skin Tightening
In my family, for example, we expected (dreaded) the appearance of the ‘turkey neck’ as it seemed to affect all the women as they aged. This combined with the lack of a defined jaw line (like me!) meant I thought I would have a neck lift at some point, or a face lift combined with a neck lift.
However, as in my own case, the issue I have found with many people is that often the lack of jaw line definition doesn’t warrant a surgical intervention. The jowls may just be at an early stage. Most people want subtlety and natural results, and this is where NeckTite comes in. Because it causes contraction of the skin you have and doesn’t involve cutting or removing any excess, there are no scars, and the careful liposuction combined with fat transfer or filler can deliver quite breath-taking results.
Gradual & Steady Improvement
As in all our treatments, detailed photos are taken, written consent is obtained and the areas to be treated are marked with a pen. After this, local anaesthetic is gently injected under the skin of the neck. Under full asepsis (sterile conditions with surgical skin prep and sterile drapes), a tiny incision of 1mm is made in the skin just under the centre of the jaw and also on either side just above the jaw line. The incisions are so small they heal without stitches.
The hand piece is then inserted gently under the skin and measured amounts of heat energy are delivered to the subcutaneous tissues. This causes immediate contraction of the skin which is visible on the day of the treatment. However, because we are dealing with living, healing tissue, the skin continues to contract for several months after the treatment. This can continue to improve up to 18 months post-treatment. So it is gradual, steady and subtle.
Is NeckTite safe?
The radiofrequency technology behind NeckTite has been around a long time. Over 60 years in fact, so we know it’s safe. The procedure is carried by a senior Consultant Anaesthetist, very accustomed to working with necks and airways and intimate with anatomy. Infection is a risk, which we deal with by prescribing a prophylactic dose of antibiotic. Nerve damage or burns are minimised by the skill, experience and care of your practitioner, and the fine controls of the equipment.
Does it hurt?
You are given local anaesthetic for this procedure in the form of local anaesthetic injections for the whole treatment area. This is meticulously done, and is the longest part of the procedure. After this, you won’t feel pain or discomfort, just the sensation of movement of your skin as the NeckTite procedure is performed. With added skin resurfacing, you will feel a pulse of energy with each area treated, although the local anaesthetic controls any pain.
The whole procedure takes about 1.5 hours and is painless. Pain relief post procedure is usually not necessary at all. Ibuprofen should be avoided.
You are given a post surgical garment to wear at night for the first week.
You’ll be swollen or puffy for a day or two, but down time usually isn’t an issue. If you have had skin resurfacing treatment, your skin will form multiple micro scabs and will feel dry and tight. Your skin should be kept clean, and moisturised frequently with a non-active moisturiser such as iS Clinical Sheald balm (avoid active anti-ageing ingredients, such as retinol or acids).
Makeup can be worn after 3 days so there’s no need to hide away. Follow up is around 4 months. The effect lasts for years.
Having tightened the skin, a small amount of careful liposuction can be carried out under the jaw line. This defines the jaw and also completely removes the ‘turkey neck’. The fat removal is permanent. The only way that definition could be lost is if massive weight gain occurred. Which is unlikely!
The area can also be treated with Morpheus8, which deals with crepiness and also aids in tightening tissues.
Radiofrequency (RF) energy has been used safely in medicine for over 60 years now, so we understand how it works. Like many technologies in medicine, it can take a while for the possibilities for aesthetic medicine to filter through. Botox, for example was used for years to treat muscle spasm long before it was used for cosmetic purposes.
It is this radiofrequency energy that is used in BodyTite, FaceTite, NeckTite and Morpheus8. It is the most advanced method of stimulating the dermis to produce more collagen and elastin.