It's a common complaint that plastic surgeons hear about often. Many patients are looking to get rid of the dreaded "turkey neck", that sagging skin under the chin.
Dr. Haresh Yalamanchili with Belage Center for Facial Plastic Surgery uses a device that helps relieve the problem without surgery. Dr. Yalamanchili describes a "falling neck" as a gravity issue.
"The muscles and skin start sagging. Historically, you could only treat that with surgery, but three years ago, the company Ulthera came up with Ultherapy. It's a medical ultrasound to visualize those deeper structures to heat it up and tighten it over time. The results take three to four months," says Dr. Yalamanchili. He says it's not going to replace surgery, but for a mild issue, he says it works quite well. He says it costs between $1,500-$4,500, depending on the area and severity of the problem. Dr. Yalamanchili says the results last several years.
Dr. Yalamanchili says it can do more than just life the neck. He says it also lifts the brow line to reduce droopiness on the eyelids, smoothes crows' feet, and gives a more open, refreshed look to the eyes. He says sagging skin on the cheeks can also be tightened and lifted, which improves: folds from the nose to the mouth, folds from the mouth to the jaw, and drooping corners of the mouth. Dr. Yalamanchili's web site states that additional benefits of Ultherapy include a more defined jaw line and neck, overall improvement in skin texture, and evenness of skin tone.
As for risks, we're told the most common things that can happen are mild bruising and swelling after the treatment.