Or should I be concerned over the permanent platysmaplasty sutures "melting," for lack of a better term?
Can I Have Neck Ultherapy After a a Platysmaplasty?
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Ultherapy Safe & Effective After Platysmaplasty
Ultherapy after a neck lift
Many surgeons would probably wait several months after surgical neck lifting before submitting the patient to ultherapy to allow the swelling to decrease and for the new collagen to form.
Ulthera after platysmaplasty
After 3-4 weeks the absorbable sutures should be dissolved and permanent sutures will not be affected. I use Ultherapy for patients after a facelift or necklift for a little more tightening with great results. Generally, I will wait at least 6 months to make sure all of the swelling and healing has resolved to get the best possible result for the patient.
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Surgery and Ultherapy?
Ultherapy after Platysmaplasty
If platysmaplasty surgery does not address the issue of loose skin on your neck, ultherapy is another good option; however after any type of surgery your body’s goal is to heal. I would suggest waiting at least 2 months after platysmaplasty surgery to determine if ultherapy is needed. Ultherapy can be an excellent treatment for those who have already had surgery or those who are only looking for non-surgical options. There is some preliminary evidence that ultherapy may work particularly well in patients who have had surgery before.
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Ulthera After Platysmaplasty
The beauty of Ultherapy is that one can see what they are treating. Therefore, sutures should be able to be visualized, depending on what kind of suture was used. Most often Vicryl sutures are used, which last no more than 6 months. This is the minimal amount of time one would most likely want to wait after a SMAS facelift before electing to do an Ultherapy procedure anyway, a year would be preferable.
Ultherapy on neck after surgery is OK if done right
With a platysmaplasty, in which the muscle in the neck responsible for "turkey wattles" is sewn together, the sutures are in the midline. Ultherapy in the neck is best targeted lateral to the midline so should not be done directly over the underlying sutures.
Ultherapy is a nonsurgical solution to tune up a post-op neck
JLS44: Check with the PS who performed your platysmaplasty, however consider that Ultherapy is micro-focused ultrasounds so is unlikely to cause mass failure or melting of your permanent sutures. I regularly utilize this for my post-op facelift patients who request a nonsurgical "tweak" to enhance their results, as it is indicated for mild to moderate skin laxity. Often the SMAS repair outlives the redraping of the skin flap, so modalities like Ulthera can be offered to post surgical patients as well as younger patients who don't need surgery. Another group of patients well suited for Ultherapy is men. good luck.
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