If I have an ulthera procedure to reshape my neck will I ever need to have another neck-lift procedure? Is this a procedure that is better to have done while I'm younger for best long term results? Would having it done before a certain age reduce the likelihood of needing surgery?
How Often Do Patients Still Get Neck-lifts After Ulthera?
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Ulthera and neck lifts -some might do better with surgery
Ulthera is a great procedure and option for most patients, however some with a greater degree of skin excess/laxity will benefit more from surgical options. Consultation with your physician should explain your best options and also reasonable expectations based on the degree of aging and laxity. It's up to you to make the best informed decision for the procedure that best suits you. Neck lifts can be performed later on after an ultherapy treatment, and ulthera can also be performed after surgery to supplement results if needed.
Longevity of Ulthera
Ulthera is a wonderful procedure, and its effects are expected to last 18 months to 2 years. It is important to remember that Ulthera is a much less invasive procedure than a Facelift or Necklift and the results will not last as long. That having been said, the lack of downtime is often in line with the busy schedules of well informed patients. I describe Ulthera, in my practice, as a niche procedure for those without the time or the indications for a Facelift, but who expect to have some significant result. There is no procedure, including a Necklift, which will preclude the "need" to have another Necklift.
Ulthera is best for the neck with less sagging and better skin
Ultherapy is an effective procedure for the neck with less sagging and earlier aging. It is also an alternative for patients who do not desire to undergo a more invasive procedure. While there are "home runs" with Ultherapy, average expectations are that the procedure provides an "uplift" for the neck, and not a "neck lift". Your thought that the procedure often works better when younger is valid. The jury is still out about whether performing non-invasive procedures can avoid subsequent more invasive procedures. Ask your doctor if you are a candidate and obtain consultation to see if the therapy has a good prognosis for you.
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Ultherapy for neck lifting
It is realistic to expect that, as Ulthera does not provide the same amount of lifting as a neck lift with one, or more treatments, that you may wish to have further treatment in the future, whether with additional Ulthera in 6 to 12 months, or more, or with other treatment such as surgery. Results are better with Utlherapy in patients whose skin has not yet lost elasticity, so the older you are and more sundamaged, and heavy smokers, will not get as good a result as someone younger with better quality skin. Starting younger makes more sense, so when you see the jowls starting to form, that's the time to consider a consultation. I am seeing many women in their forties in consultation for Ulthera in my NYC practice.
Web reference: http://www.thenyac.com/ultherapy/index.html
Ulthera as a Pre-Emptive Strike Against Future Face and Neck Lifting Surgery
Ulthera is a unique tool that can be used to tighten and lift the skin and muscles of the neck, face, and brows. It is most effective in treating the earliest signs of aging in women and men. Those signs are loosness of the neck, early jowling, and mid-cheek hollowness. Patients who are treated early, who maintain their treatments over the years, and who keep up with facial volume replacement...may not require surgical lifting. There will always be patients who have too much excessive skin or fat so that surgery will be necessary. Younger patients do respond better to the treatment as it stimulates collagen production, and younger patients make collagen more abundantly. When combined with Sculptra, Ulthera will help many patients avoid having to have surgery to achieve their facial rejuvenation results. Good luck and be well.
Web reference: http://www.drpersky.com/treatments/ulthera/