Introduction to MyEllevate® Neck Lift

A well-defined jawline is one of the hallmarks of an attractive, youthful appearance. If you struggle with early signs of aging in the neck including fullness in your neck under the chin or if your neck is not becoming in Zoom calls or when looking down at a menu or reading a book the MyEllevate® neck lift can deliver the look and confidence you desire without the need for surgery. For patients who are seeking minimally invasive neck rejuvenation, it is possible to improve neck and jaw contours without the need for extensive surgery. Thanks to the MyEllevate® system, the Dr. Michael Sundine in Newport Beach can take years off your appearance with minimal downtime.

Minimally-Invasive Neck Lift procedure

What Is MyEllevate®?

The MyEllevate® system is a minimally invasive neck contouring procedure that corrects unwanted fullness and improves jawline definition. MyEllevate® provides an alternative to a traditional neck lift surgery and doesn’t require extensive incisions or skin removal. The technique uses a suture suspension system to refine contours and support the underlying neck tissues with or without possible liposuction for fat removal and energy technology for skin tightening.

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I wish there were more than 5 stars because Dr. Sundine deserves thousands of stars. Ok, where do I start, first and foremost I want to say that I had a facelift, neck lift, and brow lift by Dr. Sundine and I have to say that this guy is a total genius :). I’m beyond happy, and I do believe in praying to God every day to help me find a good doctor, and indeed my prayers were answered. I’m feeling great and every time I’m looking in the mirror I feel like I found my young face again that I used to look OMG.

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Who Is A Good Candidate For a Minimally-Invasive Neck Lift?

Patients who would benefit from our Orange County neck rejuvenation procedure have the following characteristics:

  • Poor contour of the jawline
  • Little skin laxity
  • Early aging of the neck and chin
  • Excess fullness under the chin or a double chin
  • Vertical bands of the front of the neck (so-called turkey neck)
  • Pronounced neck glands underneath the chin area
  • Patients who have had a previous neck lift who have experienced some laxity of the repair

What are the Benefits of a Minimally-Invasive Neck Lift?

Neck contouring with MyEllevate® is one of the most advanced techniques for minimally invasive neck rejuvenation today. The process offers a number of impressive benefits, such as:

  • Minimally invasive procedure without the need for skin incisions
  • No need for large incisions or suture closure
  • The procedure can be performed using only local anesthesia
  • Quick results that can last a long time
  • Fast healing with only mild bruising or swelling
  • Less costly than more invasive procedures
  • A subtle, natural-looking outcome
  • Minimal downtime
  • Quick treatment, the procedure typically takes one hour
  • Less painful than other options

The MyEllevate® procedure can be performed alone or in combination with other treatments and facial surgery options to provide more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

MyEllevate® Before and After Photo

Neck Lift Before Results

How Does The MyEllevate® System Work?

During the procedure, MyEllevate® suture material is placed beneath the skin’s surface and above the muscle using an LED-lighted suture rod. The suture acts to shape and suspend the tissues of the neck and area below the jaw that creates a more refined jawline and youthful appearance. The MyEllevate® system can be used as a standalone treatment or can be combined with liposuction or other energy treatments to enhance the results. The lighted suture rod helps to provide greater accuracy in suture placement below the skin. The sutures elevate and shape tissue in the neck and jaw region, creating a more refined and youthful appearance. MyEllevate® can also be used along with other rejuvenation techniques to refine the results.

Why Choose Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon Dr. Michael Sundine For Neck Rejuvenation Using MyEllevate®?

Dr. Sundine is a recognized expert in facelifts, neck lifts, and facial rejuvenation. He has lectured nationally and internationally on facial rejuvenation. He is the author of the textbook Aesthetic Surgery of the Face and Neck.

At the Sundine Center for Plastic Surgery, you will be listened to carefully about what you would like to accomplish with your neck rejuvenation procedure and the plastic surgeon will explain what MyEllevate® can do for you. Your consultation includes a discussion of all of the surgical and minimally invasive options that can meet your goals so you can make a confident choice.

Choosing Dr. Sundine ensures that you have selected a surgeon who:

  • Has completed five years of general surgery training and an additional three years specifically in plastic surgery. In addition, he has performed yearlong fellowships in both craniofacial surgery and advanced facial cosmetic surgery.
  • Has been in practice for more than 25 years.
  • Is trained and experienced in all plastic surgery procedures including cosmetic, facial reconstruction, and facial rejuvenation.
  • Has keen artistic judgment.
  • Is a leader and educator in his field publishing journal articles, and textbooks, and lecturing on topics in facial cosmetic surgery nationally and internationally.
  • Operates only at facilities accredited to the highest level
  • Adheres to a strict code of ethics
  • Is a member of multiple plastic surgery societies including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Association of Plastic Surgeons, International Society of Craniofacial Surgeons, American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Dr. Sundine has been named a Physician of Excellence in Plastic Surgery by the Orange County Medical Association and a Super Doctor in Plastic Surgery by Los Angeles Magazine

MyEllevate® Recovery & Downtime

MyEllevate® is a minimally invasive neck lift procedure offered in Newport Beach by Dr. Michael J. Sundine. the procedure can be completed in about an hour. After the treatment, most patients experience very mild bruising and swelling.

The post-procedural care is also minimal. A chin strap and soft collar are worn for a few days. Many patients can even return to work within a few days with few signs of having gone through a cosmetic procedure. It is still recommended to avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting during your recovery. These activities can cause additional swelling. All of these considerations will be discussed during your initial consultation.

What’s the First Step?

To understand whether a neck lift using MyEllevate® is right for you, contact Dr. Sundine for a personal consultation at our Newport Beach office. At your initial consultation, Dr. Sundine will evaluate your specific needs and goals. He will decide whether you are a candidate for a MyEllevate® procedure and explain all of your treatment options to arrive at a treatment plan that matches your needs and goals.

Minimally-Invasive Neck Lift vs Neck Lift Surgery

As a plastic surgeon, it’s easy to see why many patients wish to firm and sculpt the neck and jawline with the most minimal treatment options possible.

While neck liposuction, facelift surgery, and neck lift surgery remain in high demand among patients as they grow older, there is no question that non-invasive treatment options are preferred as the first line of defense against facial aging. Patients with busy lifestyles and strict budgets are often unwilling to take on the downtime and expense of cosmetic surgery. Neck lifts and facelifts are considered the gold standard of low face rejuvenation but new techniques like MyEllevate® are opening doors we never thought possible in years past and are expanding the options for younger patients. As aesthetic medical technology continues to evolve, minimally invasive procedures are bridging the gap for patients seeking alternative neck lift options.

How Much Does a Minimally-Invasive Neck Lift Cost in Orange County and Newport Beach?

The cost of a Minimally-invasive Neck Lift in Newport Beach & Orange County using MyEllevate® will vary on multiple factors and is best discussed in person. During your one-on-one appointment with Dr. Sundine, we’ll discuss the surgeons’ fees, facility costs, prescriptions for medications, medical clearance from your doctor, medical tests, and postoperative garment-soft collar (chin strap).

Schedule Your Consultation

Please call our office: Dr. Sundine Facelift & Neck Lift Specialist at 949-706-3100 to schedule your private Newport Beach neck rejuvenation consultation. Our team serves patients in all of Southern California.

Postoperative Instructions

  • No food or liquids after midnight on the night before surgery.
  • Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, naprosyn, fish oil, dietary supplements, gingko biloba, bromelain, or any products containing these substances for two weeks before the surgery (see list). Please forward any ingredient list of things you may want to take, so Dr. Sundine can review them beforehand. Often these supplements may lead to bleeding problems.
  • Some people believe Arnica products may inhibit bruising. It remains unknown if these are helpful but they are permitted.
  • You may take Tylenol products for everyday aches and pains.
  • For two days prior to the surgery, shower and thoroughly wash with Dial soap over the areas of the planned surgical sites.
  • Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing that is easy to get in and out of on the day of your surgery. Please make sure to wear a top that buttons down all the way, or zips up the front, to avoid pulling a shirt over your head. You will also want to bring a pair of warm socks.
  • On the day of your surgery, you must come accompanied by a person who will be able to drive you home or to where you will be staying postoperatively.

Medications for surgery:

  • Gabapentin-600 mg three times daily, begin the night before surgery and continue for 5 days
  • Lorazepam-1 mg, take 1 hour prior to surgery
  • Keflex (unless allergic)-500 mg 1 hour prior to surgery and continue every 6 hours for 5 days
  • Norco (325mg/5 mg)-1 tablet 1 hour prior to surgery and as needed for pain
  • Zofran ODT-1 tablet under the tongue every 8 hours as needed for nausea or vomiting
  • Bactroban Cream-Apply to incisions and nostrils daily for 7 days

When sleeping or lying down, make sure you are positioned at a minimum incline of 45 degrees. Utilize this rule for your first 10 days of recovery. Using a couple of pillows or recliners works just fine.

Chin Strap:
Keep on at all times for 3 days. You will receive a chin strap during your 1-day post-op appointment (make sure to put on extra support straps to the front and back of your head when sleeping).

Neck Brace:
Keep on for 10 days while reading/watching TV/working on the computer/looking down at the phone. In any instance where your head would be in a declined angle, you must wear the brace.
Secure neck brace every night before sleeping (to keep head in the neutral position at all times).

Ice the procedure area using frozen peas for 20 minutes every hour while awake. Take all dressings off during icing (chin strap and neck brace).

From day one you may shower, but only using mild soaps or baby shampoo (make sure water is not directly streaming on your face, shower with your back facing the shower head). Do not shave for 10 days post-surgery. Hair trimming/hair clipping is acceptable.

Wound Care:
Bactroban Ointment for antibacterial care-
Place inside each nostril once a day with Q-tip for the next 7 days. Place a thin layer once a day on all incisions (excluding eyes) for the next 7 days.

Professional Memberships:

American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons-Fellow
American Academy of Pediatrics-Fellow
International Society of Craniofacial Surgeons
American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
American Cleft Palate- Craniofacial Association
American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons
California Society of Plastic Surgeons
Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Association of Plastic Surgery

Patient Reviews & Testimonials


    I gave Dr. Sundine the highest possible review in each category because he truly deserved the highest reviews on every level. I am a very well recognized lawyer on the West Coast. My firm has spent millions of dollars on television advertising in which I appear. I could not afford to have a bad face lift or even for people to notice I had a face lift at all. I interviewed many physicians including some of the “celebrity” physicians. Ultimately, I chose Dr. Sundine because he performs highly complex complete facial reconstruction procedures on children. I figured if he was so skilled that he could perform such incredibly difficult procedures on a child, I was confident he could perform a face lift with which I would be happy. The results were so far beyond my expectations that I could hardly believe. I look literally ten years younger. I am incredibly happy with the results and they seem to get better and better as the healing continues. I never had a problem getting a return call or making an appointment. Dr. Sundine is always pleasant and answers all of my questions. I would recommend him to anyone!!!

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  • "I Am Very Satisfied With The Results"

    What I really like about Dr Sundine is his vast experience and training. I also like the fact he did not try to sell me other procedures. He is also very down to earth and easy to talk to. I am very satisfied with the results and I highly recommend him.

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  • "Thanks, Dr. Sundine!"

    After much research and multiple visits to other surgeons, I knew right away that Dr. Sundine was the perfect choice for me. He is gentle and kind and genuinely listens to you. I felt completely confident in his ability from the first visit to the last. Even the day of the procedure, he spent ample time talking to me, taking measurements, and making marks on my body so as to get the perfect results. I have been singing his praises to all of my friends and will recommend him to anyone searching for a plastic surgeon. Thanks, Dr. Sundine!

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  • "Excellent Plastic Surgeon!"

    Dr. Sundine is an excellent plastic surgeon! I have been using his services for almost 5 years. The office setting is state of the art and his office manager Toni makes sure that everything runs efficiently. They really listen to your needs before and after surgery to make certain that you walk out fully satisfied. If you want to look years younger and fully refreshed I highly recommend that you use his services. This is not your typical Newport Beach plastic surgeon’s office. Patients walk out looking naturally gorgeous, not overdone like some of the women in Orange County! The office offers a full range of injectables, peels, and lasers in addition to major cosmetic surgery procedures. Whether you need a little tweak or surgery this is the physician that you should see!
    - Susan

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  • "You are the Best Surgeon!"

    Dr. Sundine is the best plastic surgeon. Dr. Sundine’s excellent skills and knowledge has made my surgery turn out so well. But more importantly, it made me feel better about myself. Again, thank you Dr. Sundine for all you have done for me. You are the best surgeon!
    - Thy D.

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