How the iconic jawline of Queen Nefertiti can be yours with a simple cosmetic lift. 

How many times have you looked in the mirror and criticized the shape of your face—feeling confident enough to consider surgery, but too scared to go under the knife? Well, there’s a solution and it comes in royal proportions.

Dubbed the Nefertiti Lift. this new cosmetic procedure is inspired by the timeless, flawless aqualine jawline and facial proportions of Queen Nefertiti of Egypt. For centuries, her stunning facial features have been admired, including at the Egyptian Museum of Berlin, which is home to the iconic Nefertiti bust. Her perfect jawline is a beauty favourite and is still coveted and emulated today.

Want it for yourself? It’s a little more complicated than a makeup application or Instagram beauty tutorial. Here’s what the experts have to say. 

What is the Nefertiti Lift?

Originated by Dr. Phillip Levy in the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy in 2007, it’s an advanced cosmetic technique that creates the visual effect of a “mini-lift” on the face.

The lift is achieved by re-draping the skin over the side of the jaw through a series of strategically placed Botox injections. This withdraws the downward pull of the platysma muscle, which affects the jawline, cheek and neck areas. The lift helps eliminate sagging skin around the jawline in an effort to achieve a smoother and more defined look.

Why is it so popular? “It’s probably more myth than reality as her [Nefertiti’s] jawline might be considered a little too thin and angular today for some women,” says Dr. Joseph O’Connell of The Aesthetic Center of Connecticut. But its popularity remains. “It checks the boxes we look for in a non- invasive procedure–effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness. There’s no scaring and no need for anesthesia,” he continues.

And, says Dr. Julia Carroll of Compass Dermatology in Toronto, the interest in the lift is a true testament to this current era. “We interact with people on the oblique so a youthful, beautiful jawline is an image we want to project to the world. This is truly next- generation enhancement. I’ve moved from focusing on lines and wrinkles to looking at how we can sculpt the face while maintaining a natural look.” 

Who is the best candidate?

Dr. O’Connell and Dr. Carroll agree that those who are younger and thinner are often the best candidates. According to Dr. Carroll, seeing a seasoned professional is the best way to find out if you are a candidate for the procedure, as “younger patients tend to do better [with it] but I inject all ages.”

“This lift is appropriate for someone with mild to moderate laxity, who carries tension in the neck causing downward pull. There aren’t any criteria per se, but this is an advanced injection so patients must see an experienced cosmetic physician to perform the procedure,” she continues.

For Dr. O’Connell, “the best candidates are thin (so the jawline can be best visualized), manifest a loss of jawline definition with contraction of the platysma muscle (determined by the doctor) and also have a posterior platysmal band, which is a vertical cord in the side of the neck, around the level of the middle of the jaw.” 

How to best prepare for this lift?

There are no real steps to follow in terms of preparation, other than leaving the magic to the hands of a professional. “The most important tip is to seek an experienced physician injector. Leave the prep up to them,” says Dr. Carroll.

That said, before seeing a professional, Dr. O’Connell suggests you do your research. “Make sure your physician is experienced in this procedure and has a background that will allow for a comprehensive understanding of facial anatomy,” he says.

Recovery time

Possibly the best aspect of the Nefertiti Lift — and another reason for its popularity — is that there is zero recovery time due to it’s non-invasive approach.

Both Dr. Carroll and Dr. O’Connell recommend no exercise on the day of the procedure, as sweating post-procedure can cause irritation. “If you do a lot of Pilates or crunches you may notice slight weakness of the neck muscles following the treatment, but it usually resolves within a few weeks,” adds Dr. Carroll. 

Your Nefertiti Lift Checklist

1. Do your homework 
“You need to see someone with experience, such as a cosmetic dermatologist,” says Dr. Carroll.

2. Research their credentials 
It’s important to know your doctor’s credentials. “Board certified plastic surgeons have four years of medical school plus an additional six or more years of surgical training, including arduous written and oral examinations,” says Dr. O’Connell. Furthermore, Dr. Carroll recommends that the physician injector should be someone with a main practice consisting of injectables.

3. Health Canada approved? 
“Make sure you’re getting a legitimate USFDA approved product for use. Ask to see the box the bottle came in – if it’s US allowed Botox, there will be a hologram on it,” says Dr. O’Connell. “Health Canada approved Botox also has a hologram,” notes Dr. Carroll, “but consumers should also be aware that both Dysport and Xeomin can be used for this area, as well.”
4. Schedule a pre-visit
Both Dr. Carroll and Dr. O’Connell suggest starting with a cosmetic consultation to see if the physician of your choice is a good fit for you.

5. Start slow and follow up 
“Start with lower doses, then schedule a follow-up appointment,” says Dr. Carroll. “You can always top it up!”