A new solution for lower neck aging
Posted: 10:55 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24, 2012
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I have sagging and wrinkles in my lower neck. I’m told a facelift won’t improve the lower neck sagging and a chemical peel can’t be used in that area. Are there any effective treatments?
Answer: Facelift surgery and deep skin resurfacing has been limited to the upper half of the neck between the jawline and thyroid gland. Such treatments are not typically safe for the lower neck which runs from the thyroid to the collar bones. Both sagging and wrinkling in the lower neck are due to loss of collagen and poor tissue elasticity.
Ultherapy recently received FDA approval for treatment of the lower neck. Ulthera® is now being safely used to not only tighten and lift lower neck sagging but it can also improve lower neck wrinkles. The difference between treating wrinkles and sagging relates to depth of penetration of Ulthera® into the tissues. Tightening and lifting of sagging tissue is achieved by heating the neck at depth levels of 3 and 4.5mm whereas wrinkles are treated at more superficial depths of 1.5 and 3mm.
The versatility of Ultherapy in addressing both sagging snd wrinkles by heating the tissues at multiple depth levels of 1.5, 3 and 4.5 mm enables safe and effective treatment of the lower neck area in a single session with no downtime. The addition of Botox in select patients can further enhance the results. Treatment of the upper neck, face and forehead can also be done at the same time as the lower neck.
Unlike the reservations patients have had with doing surgery over the holidays, Ultherapy in combination with other minimally invasive treatments has become very popular.