Great option for facial ‘tweaking’
Posted: 11:19 a.m. Friday, May 9, 2014
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I had a facelift six months ago in another state and still have some fullness under my chin. I don’t want more surgery for this small problem, even though it really bothers me. I’ve heard Ultherapy™ might help. Is that a option?
Answer: Ultherapy is the only device on the market that is FDA approved not only for tightening but, more importantly, for lifting of the face and neck tissues. It is most commonly used in my practice for patients who prefer a non-surgical approach.
I also use Ulthera™ on post-surgical facelift patients. After a facelift, it is not unusual for some of the face and neck tissues to become looser at six months after surgery compared to the tightness seen immediately after surgery. While being aware of this possibility of “settling” after a facelift is part of being a realistic patient, patients who prefer additional correction can benefit from some tweaking.
In my practice, Ultherapy is successfully used for facelift patients who desire touching up of small areas without additional surgery. Ultherapy does not require anesthesia and the downtime is typically none to minimal. In patients with poor soft tissue elasticity, Ulthera can also be of benefit as a pre-facelift treatment a few weeks prior to surgery.
Careful consultation with a Facial Plastic Surgeon who has extensive experience with Ulthera and facelift surgery, and how these procedures complement each other, is the first step.