As skin loses collagen from the inevitable aging process, gravity takes hold and creates wrinkles and sags. The skin below the chin is particularly vulnerable and create a turkey-neck look, which is an undesirable sign of aging. Ulthera, a non-surgical alternative, has recently been approved by the FDA to effectively treat the neck for those with mild to moderate sagging neck skin.
Other factors besides aging can speed up and worsen turkey necks, such as genetics, sun exposure and smoking. 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.
The skin is treated through waves of microscopic damage, a process that can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. The body responds to the damage by producing new collagen, which tighten the skin and decreases wrinkles. When it comes to the neck, new collagen is key to getting rid of excess skin, however in certain situations when there is too much skin, a surgical neck lift will be necessary depending on the patients goals.
Surgical neck lifts and liposuction have the ability to drastically remove excess skin or fat hanging down the neck. Although it requires downtime. After sutures are places in the incision area, the healing process begins and can last for weeks.
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.
Dr. Cameron K. Rokhsar has been using Ulthera to treat the face, brow and neck since 2009 and has extensive experience in the field of skin-tightening, wrinkle reduction and non-invasive procedures.