What is Ellevate?
EllevateTM is a suture suspension system that has been carefully developed to utilize ICLED® technology. This is the first and only patented light-guided protocol for cosmetic procedures.
The Ellevate technique places the suture suspension in an anatomical pattern that lifts and tightens not only the skin but also underlying fat, muscle, and glands as needed to rejuvenate facial contours.
Who is a Candidate for Ellevate?
The Ellevate suspension necklift is ideal for the adult who wants to refine their facial contours and has good skin elasticity that will allow natural retraction after the procedure.
How Does Ellevate Compare to a Face or Neck Lift?
Ellevate is neither a traditional plastic surgery procedure nor a traditional thread lift. Treatment involves the placement of one or more permanent sutures to reposition muscles, fat, glands, and skin along the jawline. This can improve a double chin. The procedure is unlike a face or neck lift because it does not require general anesthesia or incisions. A small nick is made behind the ear to reposition tissue as needed for a smoother jawline. Another small nick may be made under the chin to correct loosening muscle and skin that has caused horizontal bands or crepe-like neck skin.
This technique is also unlike the traditional thread lift because the suture material that is used creates a support sling made of a permanent suture. This is inserted above the muscle using the ICLED lighted suture rod. This instrument allows Dr. D’Amico to reach the precise location at which the muscles and glands of the neck can be best supported. ICLED technology enhances accuracy as well as the longevity of the results achieved through this technique.
Finally, the Ellevate procedure does not require any external sutures. The suspension matrix is inserted through tiny punctures that heal on their own. Internally, the new hammock-like suture pattern holds the neck in a more youthful, sculpted contour.
Is Ellevate a Surgical Procedure?
The Ellevate procedure is performed in the office using a local anesthetic and possibly a mild sedative. It does not require incisions or general anesthesia so it is not considered a plastic surgery procedure. It is classified as more of a non-surgical, minimally-invasive facial rejuvenating technique. No tissue or skin is trimmed during the Ellevate procedure. A strong, supportive, permanent suture is inserted to create a new matrix to secure youthful facial contours.
How Soon Will I See Results From Ellevate?
At the conclusion of the Ellevate procedure, a chin strap is applied to support the new chin and jawline contours. This should be worn for three days. Patients can expect some degree of swelling and bruising to follow. If the procedure is performed on a Thursday or Friday, it may be possible to return to work on Monday with subtle, if any, lingering side effects. All swelling and bruising are typically resolved in a week. A sensation of tightness may be felt for two to three weeks. This is an indication of the new suture-hammock in action.
How Long Will Results Last?
Because the Ellevate procedure inserts non-absorbable sutures, the results of this technique can last many years. The exact duration of results is difficult to estimate because every person ages differently based on their lifestyle habits, genetics, skin quality, and general health.
What Are The Side Effects of Ellevate?
The Ellevate procedure does not incur lengthy downtime for recovery. Patients may notice some discomfort, swelling, bruising, and tightness. Swelling and bruising typically resolve in a few days. Tissue tightness can last a few weeks but is not a noticeable side effect so does not prevent you from returning to work and other normal activities.
Can Ellevate be Combined With Other Procedures?
Yes. Ellevate can be combined with surgical procedures as well as other non-surgical procedures. Examples include a mini-facelift, liposuction of the neck, and skin-tightening such as Ultherapy. Microneedling is also an adjunctive treatment that can be performed with the Ellevate procedure. Dr. D’Amico develops customized treatment plans for each patient based on their skin quality, concerns, preferences, and desired outcome.
Schedule a Consultation in Englewood, NJ
We love helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals. Request a consultation with Dr. D’Amico or Dr. Ferrauiola at (201) 567-9595. We will spend time with you to discuss your objectives and develop the most suitable treatment plan to achieve them.