Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Roy David was on today's episode of The Doctors performing what he calls the "La Jolla Lift," a procedure that tightens the jawline and eliminates sagging skin under the neck all without creating an unnatural look.
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"Basically I wanted to develop a procedure that targets the main two, three main areas then I can do a gentle twilight sedation which is similar to the sedation we see for a Colonoscopy," said Dr. Roy on The Doctors. Newport Beach cosmetic surgeon and expert in neck sculpting Dr. Thomas Barnes, has performed many awake Neck Shrink Lifts using the Smartlipo device to contour the delicate area around the neck to remove excess fat. Using Dr. Barnes' own uniquely developed technique with numbing medicine, the procedure can be performed within 30 minutes and Dr. Barnes often performs the Neck Shrink Lift as a lunchtime procedure.
"In cosmetic surgery, the ongoing trend has been to get bigger results with smaller and less invasive procedures," describes Dr. Barnes who has been on The Doctors, the TODAY Show and several other national television shows demonstrating this particular procedure, "Which is why I developed my Neck Shrink Lift procedure to give patients exactly what they want: a big result for their money with less downtime and less discomfort." Dr. Barne's Neck Shrink Lift is performed with local anesthesia and results are immediate.
Actual Neck Shrink Lift Before and After Results by Dr. Thomas Barnes
"Going under the knife is not the first choice any more," according to Dr. Barnes. "Due to technological breakthroughs, there are so many options to help people take years off their appearance without undergoing large surgeries. And the best part is we can perform these procedures that yield dramatic results without the risks of anesthesia."
Dr. Barnes' patients can now look and feel younger with a short, minimally invasive procedure that requires only a few days of downtime compared to a traditional neck lift, which requires up to 6 weeks to fully recover.
"Using SmartLipo laser liposuction, I can remove a little fat and actually help heat the tissue so it shrinks down," says Dr. Barnes, "In just a few days, patients return to their normal activities looking 10 years younger and without a double chin."
Actual Before and After Results of Neck Shrink Lift by Dr. Thomas Barnes
Another benefit of the Neck Shrink Lift is since the procedure is performed with the Smartlipo device, scarring is minimized. Smartlipo uses smaller cannulas and laser technology to liquify the fat in the neck area. The ruptured fat cells are then aspirated through the same incision that the original cannula was inserted so scarring is minimal. Unlike scars from a neck lift, which may take anywhere from 6 weeks to 2 years to completely fade, the smaller incision (a few millimeters) from the Neck Shrink Lift is less noticeable.
"The great thing about the Neck Shrink Lift is anyone who has a full chin from either their parents or sagging of the jowls due to aging, they're going to love this procedure," states Dr. Barnes. According to Dr. Barnes, many of his patients that look as if they have undergone a traditional facelift or neck lift after this much less invasive procedure which he has developed. Dr. Barnes says, "People come from all over the US and even other countries when they see the results I can give them."