A new option for those seeking a younger looking neck has appeared on the market: the Implicitguide® Surgical Suture System. Popularly known as the iGuide System, this option delivers what’s sometimes referred to as a “trampoline lift.”
The iGuide System is marketed by a company called ImplicitCare LLC and is available through a few plastic surgeons. So far there are eight in California, for instance, two in New York, four in Texas and a few more across the country, according to the iGuide website (ImplicitCare 1).
To get an idea about how the system works, visit implicitcare.com and view the “About iGuide” page. There you’ll see that this approach to the neck lift involves weaving permanent sutures back and forth under the jaw in a shoelace pattern, usually after liposuction has been performed, to elevate sagging tissues and hold them firmly in a more youthful position (ImplicitCare 2).
Advantages of this approach to lifting the neck relate to the fact that it’s less invasive than a traditional neck lift. The minimal incisions required cause less swelling and bruising and less downtime. In addition, the procedure can often be performed under local rather than general anesthesia, meaning initial recovery is often easier than for a traditional procedure (ImplicitCare 2).
Because a neck lift with the iGuide system is faster and less invasive, the procedure should cost most patients a bit less than a surgical neck lift. A quick look at plastic surgeon comments on RealSelf.com shows one iGuide doctor reporting a price tag of $4,500 - $7,500 depending on the region. That compares to an average cost of $8,300 for a traditional neck lift (RealSelf 1).
Now the crux of the matter—does it work? The few plastic surgeons who have purchased the system are enthusiastic, as you might guess. The RealSelf member physician who answered the question about price says the option is a good one for a man or woman with early signs of aging and that his patients are generally happy.
On the other hand, many plastic surgeons seem doubtful about whether the results are worth the cost, especially when it comes to the long term.