Baltimore Plastic Surgeon Dr. Janet P. Woodyard Now Offering the iGuide® Minimally Invasive Neck Lift

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Baltimore female plastic surgeon Dr. Janet P. Woodyard now offers her patients a new facial enhancement option – the iGuide® neck lift. This minimally invasive surgical suture system offers qualified individuals several benefits, such as fewer potential complications, a shorter recovery time, and no scarring.

No one wants noticeable scarring after undergoing a facial plastic surgery procedure. According to Dr. Janet P. Woodyard, a board certified female plastic surgeon serving the Baltimore area, this is the main reason why many individuals who are interested in the neck lift procedure are turned off. A traditional neck lift typically involves incisions that are made in the natural skin creases and the hairline, which for some patients may not be a problem; however, a neck lift commonly does not appeal to men who are balding or women who have short hairstyles.

So what are the latter individuals to do in this case? Should they accommodate this surgical procedure by growing their hair longer, undergoing hair restoration, or wearing a wig or toupee? Just as a cosmetic enhancement can help to build a person’s confidence and aesthetic appeal, so can his or her hairstyle. To help combat this challenge and collective frustration, Dr. Woodyard now offers the iGuide® surgical suture system at her practice. This minimally invasive facial cosmetic procedure has proven to provide beautiful, modest, and natural-looking results without requiring any modification from the patient.

Dr. Woodyard began utilizing the iGuide® neck lift procedure in May of 2011. Pleased with the results thus far, she now offers it as a regular procedure on her roster of cosmetic services. As compared to traditional neck lift surgery, the iGuide® involves a considerably shorter recovery “within days rather than weeks,” says Dr. Woodyard. Prospective patients may also anticipate a shorter procedural time, fewer potential complications, minimal bruising, and no apparent scarring.

The unique technology behind the iGuide® is vastly different from the process of an open neck lift procedure. Rather than cutting and repositioning a patient’s muscles and soft tissue through an incision around and behind the ear, which is the process of a traditional neck lift (and may cause damage to nerves and surrounding blood vessels), this minimally invasive procedure entails the percutaneous weaving of a suture beneath the jaw to elevate the skin and muscle for a more defined neckline. The iGuide® neck lift can be performed as a stand-alone procedure or to help complement a facelift or brow lift.

Dr. Woodyard has the training and qualifications to perform a diverse range of facial cosmetic enhancements. She is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), as well as a member of the prestigious American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Recently receiving the honor of being awarded a “Top Doctor” by Baltimore Magazine, the nation’s oldest city magazine, Dr. Woodyard strives to deliver individualized results, excellent patient care, and a safe, comfortable environment.

To learn more about Dr. Woodyard and the various procedural and treatment options available at her practice, please visit her website,


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