I am 43 and have I have sagging jowls, neck and cheeks. My skin is very thin. Ultherapy or Mini lift? (photos)
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Ultherapy vs Face lift- but don't forget volume.
If Ultherapy were to be chosen, (even face lifting), I do advise that fillers be considered after the procedure (or fat transplant with facelifting). Why? Because the balance of skin texture, tone (lifting) and volume gives the best and most natural results. Ultherapy and face lifts just tighten, but replacing volume is equally as important.
Consult a Specialist who is well versed in the art of surgery, non-surgical options (Ultherapy - Thermage(NOT as good), and facial fillers- fat transfer). This will give you a balanced assessment.
Dr Davin Lim
Laser and aesthetic dermatologist
Ultherapy vs. Surgery
Ultherapy is a great option if you are not ready for a lift or for downtime. Even if you decide to get a lift down the road, the Ulthera will help tighten the existing skin and promote collagen growth in the neck area. Ultherapy can target three different depths: the Dermis (deeper skin), Fat + Connective tissue (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System-SMAS) and Muscle. The Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) is located below the fat and is a strong tissue that envelops the face. It is made up of collagen, elastic fibers, muscle fibers and fat cells. The ultrasound energy produced during an Ulthera treatment, precisely and consistently heats the targeted tissue to 60-70 degrees centigrade, which is the optimal temperature for contraction and denaturation of collagen.
In addition, filler or sculptra in your jaw (mandible) and chin area will help build up the area where bone loss has occurred which will support some sagging tissue.
Ultherapy for Neck Tightening
I would recommend you have consultations for both procedures. For surgery, assure its with a board certified plastic surgeon and for the Ultherapy choose a practice that does a lot of these procedures. You can compare the pricing and expected results. You are definitely in the age bracket and amount of laxity where Ultherapy would be recommended and should provide you skin tightening and lifting with less downtime then surgery. However, surgery does offer more dramatic and longer lasting changes.
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Dr. Grant Stevens
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Ultherapy vs Surgery
Ultherapy is wonderful as it does not require any downtime, results are not the same as a facelift but you do get neck and lower face lifting and tightening and the cost is significantly less.
A lower face lift/neckl lift vs mini lift are all options for you to consider- to be determined at consultation. Pricing is higher than ulthera, surgery is involved and there is about a 7-10 day downtime with it but results are wonderful and will last as long as you do.
So you have to decide whats better for you based on the above. The good news about ulthera is that if you are not ready for surgery at this time then Ulthera will buy you time until you are ready. Good luck!
Ultherapy vs Surgery
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Mini facelift better than Ultherapy or RF for thin skin
Sagging Jowls....Ulthera or Minilift
the procedures should address the problems with your face. These include: jowls, loss of volume, excess skin, and thin lips. Ulthera does not address these problems. Lutheran attempts to tighten the skin as well as the under lying tissues. It will not address the other problems of your face. Face & Neck lifts can be done under local anesthesia now with minimal downtime. This will address the sagging skin as well as the jowls. You just need to find the right surgeon. Also, fat transfer can be performed at the same time as the mini lift and this will address the vote loss as well as the thin lips. Both can be performed at the same time under local anesthesia. Fat transfer is permanent and long term in my hands and is performed at the same time as a mini lift. For the best result, I would recommend a lift as well as volume replacement with fat and all your problems ares would be addressed.
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