Patients with relatively plump or fat cheeks suffering from lower face laxity or elderly patients with an already obvious laxity of the jawline who are not suitable for jawline suspension lift may consider lower face Endotine Ribbon lift. The incision for this surgery is made only at the turning point posterior to the earlobe or near the superior temporal hairline. The subcutaneous tunnel between the skin and deeper fascial layer is dissected via a small incision of approximately 2–3 cm. Through this tunnel, Dr. Chuang can place a long Endotine Ribbon implant to fix the distal (near the chin) fascial layer and stretches the jawline and lowers the facial skin toward the front of the ear. Then, the Endotine Ribbon implant is secured in the retroauricular deep fascia. After the tight fixation of the implant, the excess skin is removed and the wound is sutured.
The specifically designed multiple pins of the Endotine Ribbon implant closely adhere to the fascia layer, and the larger contact area will make the tightening force more even. Therefore, it is effectively used for patients with early lower cheek or jawline sagging, lower face hypertrophy, or obvious skin laxity of the upper neck and chin. Compared with jawline suspension only using the lift thread fixation, this surgery will achieve a better lift and tightening with longer effects. Its drawback is that the Endotine Ribbon implant is relatively hard, which may cause temporary hollowing and a stiff expression after the surgery. In addition, the result may not last for long because there is not much skin removed, and only the tension from the Endotine implant is relied on to sustain the skin firmness. Moreover, because the Endotine Ribbon is a temporary biodegradable implant automatically metabolized by the body within approximately 6 months, patients must pay attention to daily skin care and rest well to maintain long-lasting effects. The surgical scars will fade away gradually within 3–6 months following the surgery.