As we age the lower face tends to sag and can look heavy. We can treat the lower face with anti-wrinkle injections to relax the muscles that pull the lower face downwards. This treatment is known as the ‘Nefertiti lift’.
The Nefertiti lift is subtle and we often recommend dermal filler as well as the Nefertiti lift to help lift the lower face. Some patients with loose skin may be more suitable for surgery rather than the Nefertiti lift.
How to perform a Neferiti lift
In order to lift the lower face using anti-wrinkle treatment we need to relax the depressors of the lower face. The depressors of the lower face are the muscles than pull the face downwards and include platysma, depressor anguli oris (DAO) and mentalis, shown in the diagram below. By injecting small amounts of anti-wrinkle product into the depressors of the lower face, we can reduce the downward pull of these muscles and create a subtle lifting effect.
How many units will I need?
We commonly use up to 20 units of anti-wrinkle treatment to achieve the lifting effect. We place very small units in each of the lower face depressors, as shown in the diagram below. Facial anatomy varies from person to person and you may need more, or less units to achieve the desired effect.
Who was Queen Nefertiti?
Nefertiti was a Queen of Egypt who lived in 1300 BC. Her sculpture (shown below) is an icon of feminine beauty. The non surgical lower face lift is named after her, hence the term ‘Nefertiti lift’.
How long will it take before I notice results?
It takes approximately 7-10 days for the anti-wrinkle treatment to take effect.
How much will the treatment cost?
Who are the ideal patients for a Nefertiti lift?
The ideal patient would be in their 40s or 50s and ideally have taught skin in the lower face. If you have loose skin in the lower face then it is much more difficult to achieve a lifting effect and surgery may be a more suitable alternative.
Often we advise patients to have both anti-wrinkle and dermal filler to provide lift to the lower face. The patient shown here would be our ideal patient – late 40s with very little sagging skin.
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