MyEllevate


From a young age, most of us are taught to take care of our face. We know we need to keep our skin clean and moisturized, and that we should wear sunscreen daily to prevent damage that could cause bigger issues as we get older. Many of us have a consistent skincare routine with an arsenal of products and complementary in-office treatments. These are all good practices for graceful aging, but they may not go far enough — literally.

Often, while attending to our skincare routine, we skip over our neck. This is an unfortunate omission as the neck is subject to the same wear and tear as the face, and it is frequently one of the first areas of the body to show signs of aging.

MyEllevate is a minimally-invasive office-based procedure for neck and jawline rejuvenation. With minimal downtime and long-lasting results, MyEllevate is the first procedure of its kind that can treat the underlying structures of the lower face and neck without traditional surgical facelift and neck lift techniques.

What Is MyEllevate?

The MyEllevate system for facial rejuvenation was developed by a board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, CA. Though the idea of a minimally-invasive neck lift has been around for a while, MyEllevate represents a refinement in technique that improves upon some of the limitations of other nonsurgical options, such as dermal fillers for jowls, Botox for platysmal bands or fat-melting treatments for a double chin.

MyEllevate uses unique sutures to create a support system that lifts sagging skin tissues and underlying muscles and glands. These sutures can be placed without incisions, which lowers the risk of side effects and reduces downtime. The procedure has been nicknamed the “Zoom Lift” as people seek innovative ways to look their best in a new era of remote work.

Why Choose to Have a Minimally-Invasive Neck Lift?

A surgical neck lift is typically an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. The incision traditionally begins in the hairline around the level of the sideburn, then extends down and around the ear, ending at the back of the head in the hair. Through this incision, the underlying tissue is repositioned and the platysma muscle can be tightened. Fat may be reshaped or redistributed from the jowls and neck. Finally, the skin is redraped over the lifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away.

A surgical neck lift is often combined with liposuction (which may require a separate incision under the chin) and/or a facelift to improve issues in the lower two-thirds of the face. Some patients benefit from a platysmaplasty, a type of neck lift surgery that tightens the platysma muscle by cinching it up centrally like a corset. Downtime for surgical neck rejuvenation is approximately two weeks.

Candidates for a nonsurgical neck lift receive similar benefits along with some distinct advantages. MyEllevate requires no incisions or removal of skin, and it can be performed under local anesthesia in a surgeon’s office. Most patients enjoy rapid healing with minor bruising and swelling because there is minimal tissue trauma. MyEllevate anchors to the fascia (a tough tissue layer that holds sutures securely) in the neck, similar to the technique often used in facelift surgery. This improves the longevity of the results compared to a traditional neck lift, which uses a thread lift style technique and requires more frequent revisions.

What Concerns Can Be Improved With MyEllevate?

With this pioneering approach to neck rejuvenation, Iowa patients can see improvement in a variety of common concerns:

  • Poorly defined jawline
  • Jowls
  • Protruding platysmal bands
  • Loose, hanging skin (“turkey neck”)
  • Prominent glands underneath the neckline
  • Double chin (when combined with liposuction)

Am I a Candidate for MyEllevate?

MyEllevate is a suitable neck rejuvenation procedure for many people who want to achieve results approaching a facelift or neck lift without the associated risks, discomfort or downtime. The ideal candidate is someone who has minimal skin laxity and is just starting to show early signs of aging. Those with more advanced concerns may achieve better results with a surgical approach.

Combining Procedures for Comprehensive Nonsurgical Rejuvenation

MyEllevate can be a standalone procedure or done in conjunction with other procedures and treatments. It is frequently combined with neck liposuction and/or chin liposuction for comprehensive neck and jawline rejuvenation. MyEllevate also pairs well with energy-based skin tightening technologies, such as radiofrequency microneedling and ThermiTight. For improvement of textural issues on the neck skin, various resurfacing techniques are available.

Your MyEllevate Procedure

MyEllevate utilizes an illuminated suture rod to place a suture suspension underneath the skin. These sutures pull the underlying muscles together like a shoelace “lacing up a shoe” and elevate the soft tissues in the jaw and neck region. There are no incisions, only small punctures through which the sutures are inserted. The procedure concludes within an hour.

Although the use of sutures may sound similar to the thread lift technique, MyEllevate is not a thread lift. The suture material used to create the supportive sling underneath the jawline is different from the material used in sutures for a thread lift, as is the placement of the sutures. The MyEllevate sutures are non-absorbable, thereby making it a more permanent procedure than a thread lift.

Additionally, the MyEllevate procedure anchors the muscles and skin of the neck to the neck fascia, as is done in a traditional neck lift. This anchoring is what produces the durability of the procedure that exceeds what is seen with a thread lift.

Recovering After a Nonsurgical Neck Lift

There is generally little, if any, bruising and swelling after a MyEllevate procedure. Patients go home wearing a chin strap that assists in healing and improved contouring. Most people can resume their normal activities within a few days. Because there are no stitches or incisions, post-procedural care is minimal. Patients can shower the next day, but should avoid heavy lifting or strenuous workouts for a couple of weeks. Recovery time may be longer if additional procedures are performed.

What Results Can I Expect From MyEllevate?

The results of this minimally-invasive neck lift are visible immediately after the procedure. MyEllevate instantly lifts and tightens the tissues of the neck and jawline, creating a more youthful and vibrant appearance. These improvements may last for five years or more.

Contact Dr. Andrews Plastic Surgery About MyEllevate Today

The growing demand for minimally-invasive and noninvasive aesthetic technologies has led to revolutionary developments in skin tightening and facial rejuvenation. Dr. Andrews’ Coralville patients can now choose from a range of procedures that can be done in-office and require almost no downtime.

If you are interested in a nonsurgical neck lift, contact the office of ​​Dr. Kahlil Andrews here or at 319-800-6877. We are thrilled to bring MyEllevate to our beloved communities of Coralville, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Cedar Falls, Dubuque, Waterloo and the Quad Cities.

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Before & Afters

January 11, 2017

Dear Dr. Andrews,
Thank you so much for all you’ve done for me and my family. You are trustworthy, kind and personable. We really appreciate you and your talent. Thank you!*
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2017-01-11T13:02:59-06:00
Dear Dr. Andrews, Thank you so much for all you’ve done for me and my family. You are trustworthy, kind and personable. We really appreciate you and your talent. Thank you!*

Everything is great!!

Just had my surgery from Dr. Andrews and everything is great!! He is the most kindest Dr. ever!*
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2017-01-22T15:30:46-06:00
Just had my surgery from Dr. Andrews and everything is great!! He is the most kindest Dr. ever!*

You change peoples’ lives!

You change peoples’ lives! Words cannot express how much I love my new girls! Thank you so much for giving me exactly what I wanted. You are amazing!*
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2017-02-24T14:28:06-06:00
You change peoples’ lives! Words cannot express how much I love my new girls! Thank you so much for giving me exactly what I wanted. You are amazing!*

I am a patient at Dr. Andrews!

I am a patient at Dr. Andrews! I highly recommend utilizing their services. Very thorough consultations, educational and informative. They give you lots of options to fit your needs and guide you through it. Amazing staff that is highly trained with the most up to date procedures and tools. I can't say enough about Dr. Andrews and his amazing staff!*
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2016-09-28T15:22:01-05:00
I am a patient at Dr. Andrews! I highly recommend utilizing their services. Very thorough consultations, educational and informative. They give you lots of options to fit your needs and guide you through it. Amazing staff that is highly trained with the most up to date procedures and tools. I can't say enough about Dr. Andrews and his amazing staff!*

June 26th, 2013

Dr. Andrews is an artist. His academic credentials are second to none. You can see that sensibility in every aspect of his practice, and his life. His outcomes are exceptional, and there isn’t a surgeon anywhere that I trust more.*
2015-02-10T19:25:22-06:00
Dr. Andrews is an artist. His academic credentials are second to none. You can see that sensibility in every aspect of his practice, and his life. His outcomes are exceptional, and there isn’t a surgeon anywhere that I trust more.*

May 27th, 2013

I am beyond happy with my results. I had extra skin hanging from my abdomen after gaining weight from pregnancies. Dr. Andrews was compassionate and understanding about how this affected me and my self-esteem.*
2015-02-10T19:25:46-06:00
I am beyond happy with my results. I had extra skin hanging from my abdomen after gaining weight from pregnancies. Dr. Andrews was compassionate and understanding about how this affected me and my self-esteem.*

May 27th, 2013

I can now wear bikinis! I continue to work out and can finally see the results of my hard work. Thank you Dr. Andrews – a California gem in the midwest!*
2015-02-10T19:26:11-06:00
I can now wear bikinis! I continue to work out and can finally see the results of my hard work. Thank you Dr. Andrews – a California gem in the midwest!*

June 1st, 2013

Dr. Andrews is one of the best plastic surgeons I’ve worked with! His patients are very pleased with their results. I highly recommend him!*
2015-02-10T19:26:35-06:00
Dr. Andrews is one of the best plastic surgeons I’ve worked with! His patients are very pleased with their results. I highly recommend him!*

Jan 24th, 2013

Dr Andrews was wonderful!! Great Guy… awesome job on my reconstruction!!*
2015-02-10T19:26:55-06:00
Dr Andrews was wonderful!! Great Guy… awesome job on my reconstruction!!*

Nov 2nd, 2012

I had suffered debilitating Hidradenitis. He gave me the ability to have a normal life again. My scars look amazing and he was able to close with the most beautiful lines! He was such a caring doctor who is so gifted. I hope to follow his practice wherever he may go!*
2015-02-10T19:27:28-06:00
I had suffered debilitating Hidradenitis. He gave me the ability to have a normal life again. My scars look amazing and he was able to close with the most beautiful lines! He was such a caring doctor who is so gifted. I hope to follow his practice wherever he may go!*

Oct 29th, 2012

Dr. Andrews was the absolute best doctor for me - very informative, sensitive, and caring with just the right amount of humor during the appointments.*
2015-02-10T19:27:54-06:00
Dr. Andrews was the absolute best doctor for me - very informative, sensitive, and caring with just the right amount of humor during the appointments.*

Extraordinary doctor

Before saying that you are an extraordinary doctor, I want to tell you that you are an extraordinary human being. Thanks for showing me so much care and concern.*
2015-03-30T12:00:04-05:00
Before saying that you are an extraordinary doctor, I want to tell you that you are an extraordinary human being. Thanks for showing me so much care and concern.*

You Rock!!

I wanted to write you a thank you letter because I would never be able to find the words to say how much I appreciate everything you did for me. Thanks to you I can feel normal and not always worry if people will find out about my problem. I can’t even begin to say thank you enough or to show my gratitude. You’re an amazing person, wonderful doctor, and my hero. All in all, you ROCK!!!*
2015-03-30T12:00:42-05:00
I wanted to write you a thank you letter because I would never be able to find the words to say how much I appreciate everything you did for me. Thanks to you I can feel normal and not always worry if people will find out about my problem. I can’t even begin to say thank you enough or to show my gratitude. You’re an amazing person, wonderful doctor, and my hero. All in all, you ROCK!!!*

You all are the best!

Thank you so much for ALL of your help in my recovery thru “sometimes emotional” journey with my cancer. You all were always professional and took the time with my long list of questions. I can n0t thank you enough! Easter is my favorite time of the year and I pray God will continue to strengthen your gift and skills in healing because you all are the best!*
2015-03-30T12:02:02-05:00
Thank you so much for ALL of your help in my recovery thru “sometimes emotional” journey with my cancer. You all were always professional and took the time with my long list of questions. I can n0t thank you enough! Easter is my favorite time of the year and I pray God will continue to strengthen your gift and skills in healing because you all are the best!*

Amazing!

I’m ecstatic with my new body. It is PERFECT! I can’t even put in wordshow we feel, You are so compassionate unlike any Doctor I’ve met. I realize I’ve been a needy patient and you handled me well. You’ve gone above and beyond with me after hours for medications and issues. Also more quotes than necessary, but you did it! Your work ad attentiveness to my expectations I can’t say enough!! Now to pu the finale pictures in your gallery to show how complete I am now! You are AMAZING! Thank You! It’s been a very long, hard journey! Now to live life with the new ME!*
2015-03-30T12:02:20-05:00
I’m ecstatic with my new body. It is PERFECT! I can’t even put in wordshow we feel, You are so compassionate unlike any Doctor I’ve met. I realize I’ve been a needy patient and you handled me well. You’ve gone above and beyond with me after hours for medications and issues. Also more quotes than necessary, but you did it! Your work ad attentiveness to my expectations I can’t say enough!! Now to pu the finale pictures in your gallery to show how complete I am now! You are AMAZING! Thank You! It’s been a very long, hard journey! Now to live life with the new ME!*

With appreciation

With appreciation for putting me back together!*
2015-03-30T12:02:40-05:00
With appreciation for putting me back together!*

I am forever grateful

I consider myself blessed to be under your care as I navigated the stormy sea of breast cancer diagnosis, surgery, reconstruction, and recovery. I cannot thank you enough and am so pleased with the results! You have all been wonderful, and I will miss seeing you even though I am thrilled to be healed and moving on! The impact you have on patients who are scared and overwhelmed cannot be overstated...and I am forever grateful.*
2015-03-30T12:03:02-05:00
I consider myself blessed to be under your care as I navigated the stormy sea of breast cancer diagnosis, surgery, reconstruction, and recovery. I cannot thank you enough and am so pleased with the results! You have all been wonderful, and I will miss seeing you even though I am thrilled to be healed and moving on! The impact you have on patients who are scared and overwhelmed cannot be overstated...and I am forever grateful.*

Thank You

Thank you. For me, you are as similar as God because you created me again. It’s an amazing feeling. I feel my earlier life back again. Once again thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.*
2015-03-30T12:03:24-05:00
Thank you. For me, you are as similar as God because you created me again. It’s an amazing feeling. I feel my earlier life back again. Once again thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.*

April 12, 2016

Since my hysterectomy, sex has been extremely painful. I suffered from extreme dryness and discomfort. I had no sex drive and was no longer able to experience an orgasm. Until, recently, when a friend told me about Courtney Albritton and the ThermiVa treatment. I have had 2 of the 3 treatments and immediately experienced positive results. I am still in awe of the results I have experienced. The procedure was painless. Until ThermiVa, I had come to the realization that my sex life would no longer be what it once was pre-hysterectomy. I highly recommend this procedure.*
2016-05-05T11:40:35-05:00
Since my hysterectomy, sex has been extremely painful. I suffered from extreme dryness and discomfort. I had no sex drive and was no longer able to experience an orgasm. Until, recently, when a friend told me about Courtney Albritton and the ThermiVa treatment. I have had 2 of the 3 treatments and immediately experienced positive results. I am still in awe of the results I have experienced. The procedure was painless. Until ThermiVa, I had come to the realization that my sex life would no longer be what it once was pre-hysterectomy. I highly recommend this procedure.*
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