So the debate about ultherapy is going again? Ultherapy is where ultrasound energy is used to tighten the deeper layers of the neck. The benefit here is you avoid a scar and your goal is to get tightness in your neck. Deep neck contouring is where fat is removed and muscle is reshaped to create a contoured neck. Which is better?
Ultherapy or ultrasound sound based devices are used to tighten the neck without surgery. There is some discomfort involved but for the most part is well tolerated. The results are oftentimes subtle. Ultherapy is good for superficial tightening but not for deeper and significant changes.
Deep neck contouring is where the fat is removed and the muscles reshaped. Here significant changes can be made to the neck and allow for contour to occur. Since the geometry of the neck has changed it allows for some of the skin to redrape and take on the new shape of the neck.
If you are over 40, have mild neck laxity, ultherapy might be a good choice. It does not create dramatic changes but can help tighten some patients’ necks. Patients with alot of laxity should consider a facelift or necklift or facetite as more results can be expected.
If you are unhappy with the shape of your neck and jawline, deep neck contouring might be right for you. This can fundamentally change the shape of the jawline and improve contour in both younger and older patients. Older patients with extreme skin laxity will benefit from a neck lift as well.