What is an iGuide Necklift ?
An iGuide Necklift is a minimally-invasive procedure used to reposition and tighten the skin and soft tissues around the neck. This relatively new innovative surgery offers natural-looking results with virtually no scarring, and quicker recovery times than those found with traditional necklift procedures. Traditionally, necklifts were carried out through a process of cutting and repositioning the muscles and soft tissues. However, using this new technique, the surgeon weaves a standard braided polyester suture underneath the jawline with one continuous thread. Whilst the iGuide provides a new approach to necklifts, the stitches used (polyester sutures) have been used surgically for many years and, therefore, have a long safety record. The neck used to be a difficult area to treat but this new procedure vastly reduces the risks associated with conventional necklifts e.g. the risk of haematoma and/or nerve injury. The iGuide necklift is relatively new to the UK. However, it has been available in the USA for some years and has been performed on very many patients with excellent results. In the UK, the iGuide necklift kit is distributed by Eurosurgical, a specialist surgical equipment company which was first established in 1988.
Who is an iGuide necklift suitable for ?
An iGuide necklift is an ideal solution for anyone looking to remove some of the signs of ageing from around the neck area, or to give their neck a more defined look. This procedure is also suitable for those whose skin has sagged or loosened as a result of significant weight loss, or for patients who have had previous facial cosmetic surgery which has not lifted the neck.
The beauty of this procedure is that the recovery time is very short. Theoretically, you should be able to return to work within a few days, but bruising will be evident for two to three weeks, so most people will wish to stay off work until this has subsided. Please bear in mind that all patients heal differently and your Consultant will be able to advise you on the recovery period that you personally can expect.
What are the potential side effects ?
Immediately following surgery there will be a dimpling effect on the area on which the procedure has been carried out. This should subside after a few days, to leave the skin looking smoother and younger than before the operation. The side effects of any invasive procedure, such as swelling, bruising and risk of nerve and muscle damage, are still a possibility and should be considered when evaluating whether or not this surgery is right for you. However, there is a lower risk of these side effects compared to the traditional necklift. Side effects specifically associated with this device include wound dehiscence, infection, minimal inflammatory tissue reaction, bleeding, nerve injury and transitory local irritation at the wound site. Please also remember that there are risks with any general anaesthetic, which should be considered.
An interview with a patient who has had the iGuide neck lift procedure in the U.S.A..