Can Ulthera droop the corner of the mouth due to nerve damage? Should I avoid doing this near my mouth? I have a marionette lines and droopy jowls. I want to get rid of it, but I've heart that if ulthera is done too close to the corner of the mouth, it will droop the mouth. Is this possible? Should I do just around my cheeks but not the chins and mouth?
Can Ulthera Droop the Corner of the Mouth Due to Nerve Damage? Should I Avoid Doing This Near my Mouth?
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Ultherapy causing nerve damage and nerve droop around the mouth
The original protocols for Ultherapy called for aviding treatment to the marionette lines and the corners of the mouth. With the development of the new 1.5 mm transducer, we can now safely treat these areas because the focused ultrasound energy does not penetrate deep enough cause nerve damage.
Ulthera and nerve damage
Any trauma to facial nerves, even temporary is extremely rare and in fact if there was a temporary stunning of the nerve that normally lowers the cormer of your mouth, the result would be elevation of that corner, not depression since the nerve activates the muscle depressor angulis oris, which lowers the corner of the mouth and we normally inject that with Botox to temporarily paralize it so that the corners of the mouth would temporarily elevate for a few months, No chance of depression of the corner of the mouth with Ultherapy.
Ultherapy's new shallow transducers allow closer treatment to the mouth
Neuropraxia, or a nerve that has gone into hibernation, has been reported very rarely after Ultherapy but all cases have spontaneously gone away as per discussion with Zeltiq most recently. The new 1.5 mm deep transducer should not subject motor nerves to trauma and allow physicians to choose if they wish to treat the mouth and chin and close to the smile folds and marionette lines. Keep in mind that treatment of the cheek can help the smile folds and marionette lines without treating the lines as the lifting of the cheeks helps smoothen the folds to some degree. However, facelifts, which lift much more than the amount lifted by Ultherapy, are known not to induce major changes in the smile folds.