The aging process puts the skin through many changes. A once youthful face becomes more susceptible to gravity’s pull when it ages, causing sagging and wrinkles. Instead of springing back when pulled, the delicate skin below the chin remains drooping down the neck. Along with muscle and tissue composition changes, an inevitable turkey neck look develops. Ulthera can now be provided as a non-surgical alternative that utilizes ultrasound technology to stimulate the body’s own natural healing process to lift and tighten the skin beneath the chin, also known as turkey neck.
Dr. Rokhsar has been using the patented Ulthera device since 2009 to perform non-invasive brow and facelifts, a technique that has now been FDA approved to treat sagging neck skin. The device utilizes ultrasound technology to administer waves of heat into the deepest layers of the skin. The sound waves then target the tissue layers that could only previously be treated as effectively with surgery. The precise, micro-focused heating and vibration of the dermis and deep fibromuscular supporting layers of the skin, stimulates collagen production.
Through the skin, the waves damage microscopic sections of skin at a time. The body responds by naturally creating newer, tighter tissue structures for the skin. Collagen production begins just 30 to 60 minutes after the procedure and continues producing collagen up to two to three months thereafter. The Ultherapy machine will display to Dr. Rokhsar the exact depth and location the ultrasound is emitted into, making this non-invasive neck lifting technique an individually tailored and effective approach to skin tightening.
Surgical neck lifts and liposuction have for years been the gold standard for cosmetic surgeons to tighten up loose and sagging skin, as well as reducing double chins. The procedure requires anesthesia and begins with incisions under the chin in order to separate the skin from the fat and muscle layers. Excess skin or fat hanging down the neck is then tightened and removed. The surgery can last for hours depending on the patient’s cosmetic goals. Sutures are placed in the incision areas that enable the healing process to begin, which can last for weeks.
Turkey neck can also be caused by excessive weight gain. A double chin can develop from the fat pockets that accumulate beneath the chin. Losing a substantial amount of weight can result in excess skin and a sagging neck because the collagen from the initial weight gain has stretched the skin, losing its elasticity and natural structure. There are a wide variety of options such as creams and exercises that may or may not fulfill an individual’s cosmetic goals, and invasive surgeries that require weeks of downtime, but none have proven as convenient with such expedient results as Ulthera.