What is this Nefertiti neck lift that you see mentioned as a non-surgical option to enhance your jaw and neck line? San Diego’s best Botox injector, Dr. John Hilinski, tries to explain it here.
The Nefertiti neck lift is essentially a Botox injection treatment that is intended to target the muscles that pull the jaw and neck down. This primarily consists of the platysma muscle – which is a broad, thin muscle that spans the length of the neck from the jaw down to the clavicle, or collarbone. As you can see in the adjacent photo diagram, when this muscle contracts (for example, when someone says ‘EEEEEE’), you can readily see the vertical bands of the platysma. The visual result of this is a pulling motion of the neck and jaw in a downward direction.
If Botox or Dysport is injected into this muscle in strategic locations, the muscle will no longer be able to contract. This results in a chemical neck and jaw lift since the neck muscles are no longer pulling in a downward motion.
The procedure, just like Botox used in other areas, is done in the office and takes just a few minutes to be completed. There is no downtime – other than not working out for 1-2 days. Within that time period, patients will then see the platysma muscle starting to relax and their neckline beginning to look more rested and youthful. The effects will typically last about 3 months before repeat treatment will be needed.