Is Ultherpy a good option for tightening of the jowls, chin and neck? How long does it last?
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Non-surgical Skin Tightening of the lower face
The Nonsurgical 3D Vectoring Facelift & Necklift Can Work Well For Jawline Jowls & Early Onset Looseness (Laxity) of The Neck
I have not been impressed with the results of ultrasound therapy, despite the marketing hype, for skin tightening, generally finding the results subtle at best, and the treatment to be painful.
True surgery to address these changes also has its problems. It is expensive, postoperatively painful, and demands protracted recuperative times away from work and social activities, and then there is the risk of permanent scars. Happily, The Nonsurgical 3D Vectoring Facelift and The Nonsurgical 3D Vectoring Necklift offer viable alternatives for straightening the jawline and diminishing unsightly turkey necks and cords.
The Nonsurgical 3D Vectoring Facelift and The Nonsurgical 3D Vectoring are discussed in detail elsewhere in Realself, In brief, however, these nonsurgical approaches entail the strategic placement of "strands" or "strains" (i.e. threadlike deposits--not actual threads) of volumizing fillers (my favorite for this purpose being a combination of Radiesse, a calcium-based volumizer and Juvederm Ultra Plus XC, a hyaluronic based material) starting from the more "fixed' areas near the angles of the mandible down and outward across the jawline and extending inward radially toward the more mobile and lax central portion of the neck. The three dimensional result of creating these vectors (directions of force) in this fashion is to stretch the skin of the jawline and under the chin and smooth it.
Gratifying results are typically seen immediately, and there is continued improvement in appearance over the course of the next four to eight weeks as the presence of the volumizing fillers within the tissues stimulates new native collagen formation leading to subsequent additional skin retraction and lifting of the target areas. The procedure typically takes about fifteen minutes to perform using only local anesthesia and typically entails little in the way of discomfort, bruising or swelling, i.e. little or no downtime.