Droopy Jowls - Nefertiti Lift - Adelaide


A Nefertiti Lift is one of the most popular treatments offered at Advanced Cosmetic Medicine. It is a simple and effective way to lift droopy jowls to create a more youthful refreshed appearance. The image above can speak a thousand words for those that are not yet convinced.

The jowls refer to the lower part of a person’s cheek and as we get older they become fleshier and more droopy. This is one of the most common facial features that people associate with getting older and it tends to affect women more than men. As the jowls start to droop it results in the loss of the defined jawline, which is associated with youth and beauty. The face then becomes wider and more square shaped and this continues to get worse as we age.

What Causes The Jowls to Become Droopy?

There are 3 main factors that cause Jowls to develop and they are as follows:

  • Gravity: Unfortunately gravity is always acting against us and over many years our cheeks start to sag as a result.
  • Loss of elasticity of the skin: As we get older the amount of elastin and collagen in our skin starts to reduce. Both these proteins are essential for the health and elasticity of our skin and as their levels drop, it means our skin is less able to retain its shape and therefore is more susceptible to sagging.
  • Skin attachment to muscle: The attachment between the skin and the underlying muscle becomes weaker meaning the skin has less to ‘hang on’ to. This will significantly accelerate the development of sagging jowls.

What is a Nefertiti Lift?


Nefertiti was a queen of the 18th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt. She was the Royal Wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten. Between them, Nefertiti and her husband were known for a religious revolution, in which they worshipped one god only, Aten, or the Sun God.

Queen Nefertiti is well-known as an ancient symbol of beauty. In the image above she is depicted with a long slender elegant neckline and a well defined and refined chin line.  Her image is now used as a benchmark for assessing facial beauty.

The Nefertiti Lift aims to re-establish the chin and necklines of the revered Queen Nefertiti.

A Nefertiti Lift is a Non-Surgical and Non-invasive cosmetic procedure that involves injecting muscle relaxing injections into the muscles of the neck and jaw. The goal of these injections is to enhance the jaw and necklines and correct facial proportions. Muscle relaxant injections work by shrinking the jaw/Masseter muscle as well as relaxing the neck Platysmal muscles, creating a sharp and tapered face like Nefertiti herself.

How Does a Nefertiti Lift Work?

Anti Wrinkle Injections are known to work by relaxing the muscle which causes the muscle to lengthen and hence tightening the skin above.

It does seem strange that muscle relaxing injections work by relaxing muscles yet here they are being used to lift and tighten the face!  The explanation lies in the interplay between different muscle groups. The “depressor” muscle group pulls facial features down while the “elevator” muscle groups pull facial features up.  

Muscle relaxing injections are used to relax the “depressor” muscle group.  This leaves the “elevator” muscle group to work un-apposed.  This creates a lifting and tightening effect to pull the jowls back up again.

Pre muscle relaxant injections – Distinct Platysmal Bands pulling down jowls

Post muscle relaxant injections – relaxed platysmal bands, more defined jawline

What Are The Benefits of a Nefertiti Lift?

  1. A much-improved definition of the jawline
  2. An improvement in the appearance of Platysmal bands in the neck
  3. The treatment is fast and relatively pain-free
  4. No downtime
  5. You can avoid the need for surgery
  6.  It is not permanent, so if you decide you don’t like it, the effect will wear off after four months.

What Can a Nefertiti Lift Treat?

  1. It can reduce the lines around the bottom half of the face
  2. Helps to reduce lines on the neck
  3. Can help with chin dimpling
  4. Can reduce sagging of lower half of the face
  5. Improve the symmetry of the lower face, jaw and neck
  6. Improves the definition of the jawline.

A Nefertiti lift is a temporary treatment. Its effects can last up to four months.

Who is a Good Candidate For a Nefertiti Lift?

Although anti-wrinkle injections/muscle relaxants can lift jowls, their effectiveness really does depend on the extent of the sagging. If you have large drooping jowls then anti-wrinkle injections are unlikely to give you the results that you desire. In such cases, you really would be better off considering a surgical procedure. The main advantage of using anti-wrinkle injections/ muscle relaxants to lift the jowls rather than surgery is the fact that there is no recovery period required. A Nefertiti Lift procedure can be carried out very quickly and it is extremely safe. Muscle relaxing injections side effects are rare and it is far cheaper than surgery, although it does need repeating.

In summary, muscle relaxants can lift jowls although there is a limit to what they can treat. When considering the procedure it is important that you use a practitioner who is experienced in performing the Nefertiti Lift to ensure you get the best possible results.

Muscle relaxant injections are not suitable for those that are breastfeeding, pregnant, neurological conditions, diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis or Eaton-Lambert Syndrome and active infections on the face or neck.

How Effective is a Nefertiti Lift?

A Systematic review study in 2018, found that the treatment was highly effective and that 88.4% of participants had improvements in the appearance of their neck after having the treatment.

In another study, it was found that the Nefertiti lift was an effective treatment as well as being an effective way to eliminate surgery.


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Our commitment to you is to provide you with the highest standard of service, treatment and patient care. You will always receive personal attention and treatment from Dr Rahma Targett each and every time you visit us.

Dr Targett will take the time to listen to your cosmetic needs and provide you with sound advice and realistic expectations. We will work with you to develop a plan tailored to your specific needs and goals.  Dr Targett will take the time to explain the procedure and provide you with expectations of the outcomes.

Following your treatment, we will provide you with the aftercare and advice that you deserve.  At Advanced Cosmetic Medicine, you will have the peace of mind that you are being treated by a qualified doctor in aesthetic medicine.

Dr Targett and her team will provide you with everything you need to achieve your aesthetic and health goals.

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