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A Neck Like a Goddess

Published May 22, 2012 8:11 AM by Kimberly Cray
A common area of concern among cosmetic patients is the wrinkling of skin along the neck and jawline. The platysma muscle is the large muscle responsible for these lines. When the entire platysma is in action, it produces a slight wrinkling of the skin. Over time this can lead to prominent bands and lines. The muscle also depresses the lower jaw and draws down the lower lip and angle of the mouth.

How can we nonsurgically soften these lines and give the area a well-needed lift? The answer is with a new treatment utilizing botulinum injections called the Nefertiti Neck Lift. Yes, another reason our industry and patients love Botox and Dysport.

The first thing to note is that to really understand the procedure, we must understand the anatomy and what we are doing with the injections. The treatment works by inhibiting a muscle that causes a downward pull on the face, creating a net upward lengthening and softening of lines. The Nefertiti Neck Lift consists of multiple injections to the lower jawline as well as down the side of the neck along the platysma. It requires approximately 30 units of Botox or 60 units of Dysport, depending on the patient. The result is a more toned, smooth neck and lifted jawline.

A well-defined jawline and long neck have been associated with beauty since the time of the Egyptians - hence the name Nefertiti Neck Lift. The procedure was named after Queen Nefertiti, whose well-defined bone structure continues to be admired as elegant in modern times. Of course every patient is different, but like most Botox treatments, these injections may be repeated every few months for best results.

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