One of the most elegant signs of youth is a long, sleek neck and firm jawline. Think Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady” or Natalie Portman in “The Black Swan.” It’s one of those things you take for granted when you’re young and then, one day, you look in the mirror and notice a “pooch” of loose skin underneath your chin – just like your grandfather’s. The panic sets in and you start looking for a turkey neck treatment.
Unlike facial wrinkles like crow’s feet, which arise from continued squinting and smiling over decades, turkey neck seems to come out of nowhere. “It’s genetic,” the Internet screams. And once it appears, conventional wisdom says, nothing but a facelift can remedy it.
Well, that’s not quite the whole story. Revolutionary Ultherapy treatment is helping to remedy sagging skin issues through nonsurgical facelift treatments that provide long-lasting results.
What is a Nonsurgical Facelift?
As we age, skin loses its underlying matrix of collagen and elastin, causing it to sag. The skin on the neck, like that around the eyes, is very thin and only loosely connected to underlying muscle or fat. Once this thin skin loses collagen and elastin, it begins to droop.
If your grandfather had worried about his turkey neck, his only remedy would have been a surgical facelift. That might have gotten rid of the sag, but it would have done nothing to improve the tone of his skin. Fast forward to the present and we can not only trade in the knife for ultrasound waves, we can actually temporarily reverse the skin’s biological age.
Ultherapy is a nonsurgical facelift technique that uses ultrasound technology to tighten turkey neck and other loose skin by stimulating the production of elastin and collagen in deep tissues, allowing skin to “snap back” into place over time. Ultherapy treatments actually rejuvenate skin by increasing its elasticity and suppleness.
Reviewing before and after Ultherapy photos will give you an idea of the results you can expect.
Experience Wrinkle Reduction with Ultrasound
Your grandfather’s neck might have been what first got your attention, but if you’ve developed turkey neck, then chances are good you have stretched out, sagging skin in other areas of your face, and perhaps some wrinkling, too.
Ultherapy’s ultrasound waves can be used on the forehead for a nonsurgical brow lift, on the face to smooth out wrinkles, and on the neck, chin, chest and decolletage to resolve crepey skin.
In any of these areas, Ultherapy allows loose skin to restore its volume and elasticity, giving you a more youthful appearance.
Ultherapy is a long-term therapy that changes the way skin functions. The full results become visible over weeks to months, as the skin restructures itself and the renewed elastin pulls the skin tighter over a more complex collagen network.
Depending on your degree of skin sagging, you may need more than one treatment.
Little Pain, Much Gain with Ultrasound Skin Tightening
While we’re turning expectations on their heads, let’s banish the assumption that you can’t improve aging skin without significant discomfort and downtime.
Pain thresholds vary. While some patients who receive Ultherapy report sensations of their skin feeling tight or sunburned, others do not feel any discomfort. However, dermatologists at Ava MD in Beverly Hills may recommend a painkiller before the procedure, particularly if the device will be used on bony areas, such as around the eyes or on the forehead.
After Ultherapy, which can take up to an hour, patients tend to experience almost no discomfort at all. You should also be able to resume your normal daily activities directly after treatment.
Learn more about neck lifts at WebMD.com.
Ultherapy vs. Thermage
Of course, Ultherapy is not the only nonsurgical alternative to a facelift. Radiotherapy, such as Thermage, can also reach deep tissue and stimulate the production of the skin builders collagen and elastin. However, Ultherapy is the recommended nonsurgical facelift treatment for patients who have more pronounced skin laxity.
When researching anti-aging treatments, consult with a board-certified dermatologist who will procure answers that are directed to your unique physiology and needs.
Long-Lasting Skin Treatment with Ava MD
After an Ultherapy treatment, most patients report being able to see some skin tightening within two to six weeks. Full results are not usually visible until the six-month mark. Depending on your physiology, diet, and skincare routine, you may be able to maintain your results for up to a year.
To schedule a consultation to find out how Ultherapy treatment can help you get rid of turkey neck and reclaim a more youthful, tighter jawline and neck with a nonsurgical facelift, please contact Ava MD. Get in touch with our Santa Monica office at 310-736-6146 or our office in Beverly Hills at 310-439-5417. You can also contact us online.