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A sagging neckline is a common sign of aging that can make a person look older, tired and less attractive. Common fixes usually require surgery and thus a scalpel to put things back in their place, but now there is a real alternative to traditional methods. Dr. Sheena Kong now performs the "Inside-Out Neck Lift," a cosmetic procedure that can help women and men look years younger without the need for a scalpel or stitches. San Francisco's KGO 7 News recently featured Dr. Kong and a patient of hers who was having the San Francisco neck lift treatment.

How is the Inside-Out Neck Lift Performed?

Dr. Kong begins the procedure by making three tiny entry points for the minute fiber-optic laser wire, each less than 1mm in width, or about the thickness of the tip of a ballpoint pen. One entry point is made under the chin, and one behind each ear. After a local anesthetic is introduced to numb the areas, the fiber-optic wire is inserted through each of the entry points. Dr. Kong then directs laser light to the fat and water in the skin, heating the dermis (the deeper layer of the skin) while precisely melting fat. Then, a thin tube, or "cannula," is used to remove small amounts of fat. "The treatment spurs new collagen growth and promotes noticeable skin tightening," says Dr. Kong.

The process works in just one treatment session and causes minimal bruising and discomfort, and virtually no downtime. "Best of all, the skin will continue to tighten over the next few months as collagen is formed, increasing the effect," says Dr. Kong.

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To learn if you are a suitable candidate who could benefit from the Inside-Out Neck Lift or other cosmetic facial procedures such as Fraxel laser therapy or Ultherapy treatment in downtown San Francisco, please contact our SF med spa for a consultation.

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No Scalpels, No Stitches

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"No scalpels and no stitches are required to achieve a more youthful neckline" says Dr. Kong. Our Inside-Out Bay Area Neck Lift is performed with a thin fiber-optic laser device which tightens skin safely and effectively. The treatment is done with the patient awake, without cutting.

Dr. Kong begins by making three tiny holes, less than 1mm in width, with one made under the chin and one behind each ear. A local anesthetic is introduced to numb the areas and a thin fiber-optic wire is inserted through the three incisions. A beam of controlled laser energy heats the dermis (the deeper layer of the skin) while precisely melting fat. "This spurs collagen growth and promotes noticeable skin tightening," says Dr. Kong. Then a thin tube, or "cannula," is used to remove small amounts of fat. Dr. Kong's signature two-in-one procedures has become the leading non-surgical alternative for a neck lift in San Francisco.

What Are the Advantages of an Inside-Out Neck Lift?

There are many reasons you may be reluctant to choose to undergo an invasive surgical procedure to address facial aging. Aside from the possibility of infection or other complications from surgery, there is the looming possibility, even if very small, that you will end up with an appearance that is not what you envisioned or looks unnatural or stretched. In the worst-case scenario, a poorly performed facial surgery procedure may require additional surgery to correct.

Am I a Candidate for an Inside-Out Facelift?

If you are a man or woman in good general health with a strong desire to restore a more youthful facial appearance, you are most likely a candidate for this procedure. If you have a heart condition and are taking blood thinners or aspirin, it will be necessary to work with your physician to determine whether these medications can be halted prior to undergoing treatment.

Dr. Sheena Kong is known throughout the Bay Area as a leader in non-surgical anti-aging treatments. She works with each patient herself, and every treatment is performed with a focus on producing the most beautiful results.

After Your Inside-Out Neck Lift: What to Expect

You will be able to remain awake throughout the treatment, with minimal discomfort. Patients generally wear a compression bandage for the first two nights after treatment to help reduce swelling that may result from the treatment. In the following days, the skin begins to tighten gradually, with full results becoming evident within several weeks.

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Tighter, Younger-Looking Skin with Minimal Bruising and Downtime

The process works in with just one treatment. There is very little trauma to the tissues, so there is minimal bruising, discomfort or downtime. "The skin will continue to tighten over the next few months as collagen is formed, increasing the effects" says Dr. Kong.

The Two in One Facial Rejuvenation can improve virtually all signs of aging on the face for both women and men in just one treatment session. It's the ultimate way to look younger without going under the knife. Contact for more information and set up a consultation for arguably the best "Inside-Out" neck lift San Francisco has to offer.

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"Two in One" Facial Rejuvenation – No Surgery Required

Two of the most exciting anti-aging treatments available are Thermage for facial and eyelid rejuvenation and Dr. Kong's "Inside-Out" Neck Lift. Now the ultimate facial rejuvenation results can be achieved with "Two in One" Facial Rejuvenation, which combines both treatments for excellent results without any scalpels or stitches.

Eyelid Rejuvenation

Eyes by Thermage, also known as Thermage Eyes, is an FDA-approved procedure that tightens eyelid skin, smooths the texture of the eyelids and decreases eyelid hooding without surgery or the need for repeated injections. This is an excellent treatment to cosmetically enhance the eyelid areas for women and men with mild to moderate eyelid laxity. Patients benefit from a non-surgical treatment with no downtime, bruising or swelling.

"Patients who have had Thermage for the eyes say that their eyelid sagging has improved and both the upper and lower eyelids are tighter. Their eyes appear more open, and many women say that their skin is also smoother after the treatment, which makes it easier for them to apply eye make-up," says Dr. Kong.

Non-Surgical Treatment to Tighten and Restore Facial Skin

Dr. Kong says that Thermage eye treatment is even more effective when combined with the Thermage CPT face treatment, which eliminates forehead wrinkles by tightening skin and lifting the eyebrows. "This is interesting because one may get rid of wrinkles on his or her forehead by having BOTOX injections, but many people don't realize that BOTOX actually relaxes the forehead muscle, which causes a flattened forehead and lowers the eyebrows," says Dr. Kong. "BOTOX treatments done incorrectly can be very unnatural looking," she says.

The Thermage CPT face treatment uses radio frequency to reduce forehead wrinkles and restore youthful facial contours. "This is the latest version of the Thermage procedure. CPT stands for 'Comfort Pulse Technology.' Older generations of the device caused discomfort that required patients to take pain medication during the treatment, but Thermage CPT is a painless procedure," says Dr. Kong. "The Thermage CPT system has enhanced radio frequency technology for better collagen stimulation, which yields much more effective skin rejuvenation, with predictable results."

To complement Thermage facial rejuvenation, step 2 of our Two in One Facial Rejuvenation process consists of the new "Inside-Out" Neck Lift, recently featured on KGO 7 News in San Francisco. "Inside-Out Neck Lift" is a new non-surgical laser treatment to restore youthful neck contours.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our office is open starting on June 15, 2020. We consider the well-being of our patients and staff as our highest priority and it is always best to take sensible precautions during a time like this.

Please note the following in regards to all patient appointments:

We are asking patients who experience any of the following symptoms to self-quarantine and cancel their appointments: fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, coughing, and/or chest pain.

(This also includes those that have been in contact with COVID-19 positive individuals such as traveling to and from any high risk areas such as New York/New Jersey to self-quarantine and cancel appointments.)

  • All patients will have temperatures taken and are requested to wear a mask throughout their appointments.
  • We are limiting the number of appointments to reinforce social distancing.
  • Only the patients who are receiving a treatment are allowed in the office (pets, children, family and friends are asked to stay at home).
  • For procedures that patients cannot wear a mask, we request patients to obtain a COVID-19 test 3-5 days prior to their scheduled appointments (see below for testing information).
  • These treatments include:
  • Facial laser treatments
  • Facial filler injections
  • Lip injections
  • Thread lifts
  • Ultherapy
  • Thermage

This also includes procedures that are delivered with closer proximity to patients over a long period of time:

  • Smartlipo
  • Inside Out Neck Lift
  • Coolsculpting
  • Thermage on the body
  • Cellfina

(Positive Covid-19 results or lack of tests will result in appointment cancellation.)

For Botox, Hair PRP, Kybella and Coolmini treatments, a COVID-19 test is not required prior to the appointment as long as patients keep masks on during the entire appointment.

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COVID-19 Testing Information:

For COVID-19 testing, you can do either the nasal swab or the saliva test, of which the latter may be more comfortable.

You can order your saliva test at the following link 2 weeks before your appointment for it to arrive in time; Vault health will prepare the paperwork for your reimbursement. Your first test should be covered by your insurance under the CARES Act:


Once the test arrives, please schedule your consultation about one week prior to your appointment. With the guidance of a Vault Health nurse, collect saliva for the test and then overnight your completed kit via FedEx (provided by Vault Health). Your results will be available about 2-3 days afterwards. You will then email Dr. Kong at info@sheenakong.com the results once you receive them.

Lastly, in addition to our already extensive level of cleaning and sterilization, we have supplemented these efforts with additional deep cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces. I appreciate your efforts in keeping our practice a safer place!

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Kindest Regards,
Dr. Sheena Kong