Richard Gentile, M.D., a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Boardman, Ohio, spoke this weekend at the Global Aesthetic Conference 2019, Miami Beach, about minimally invasive neck lifting.
“It's been an area that I've been intensely involved with in both the development of technologies and techniques to do more to get good results without extensive surgery because that's what our patients tend to be very interested in,” he says.
Dr. Gentile has been practicing in Northeast Ohio for 32 years.
While neck lifting techniques began with isolated surgery, and perhaps, some liposuction, he says, today’s approaches have evolved to include the use of energy devices for skin tightening results.
“In about 45 minutes we can transform a neck without substantial surgery,” notes Dr. Gentile.
The evolution from isolated surgical procedures to today’s energy-based techniques began about 12 years ago with the use of fiber lasers, according to Dr. Gentile.
“These are small lasers that are introduced through a stainless steel cannula. Through a number of small entrance incisions, we could… use these to heat the fat, melt the fat and tighten the skin. In addition to this, occasionally, we would do some muscle tightening and other things that we could do through small incisions.”
Notably, these techniques limited the need for larger incisions around the ears and neck that result from traditional neck lifting, he says.
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