04 Jan Ultherapy to Reduce a Double Chin (and MUCH More!)
You may have heard of Ultherapy as the amazing tool to tighten skin—and that includes the dreaded turkey neck. RefinedMD offers a variety of options for skin tightening including Ultherapy, Thermage FLX, and surgical options like facelifts and mini facelifts. Ultherapy has long been one of the most popular treatments for turning back the clock, and that is especially true when it comes to tackling stubborn areas like the submental region (under the chin). Often dubbed the non-surgical alternative to a facelift, Ultherapy is completely non-invasive and requires no needles, incisions, or downtime.
This FDA-approved treatment takes just 60 – 90 minutes to treat area under the chin, but if you’re looking to treat additional or larger areas then the appointment will of course be longer. Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology so that trained specialists can see exactly which tissue layers are being treated. Energy is directed to the targeted site (in this case, the double chin) and exact temperatures are reached to stimulate elastic tissue and collagen production. Collagen is one of the building blocks of youthful skin, but as we get older we produce less of it.
Understanding a Double Chin and Ultherapy
A double chin can be caused by a few things, and it doesn’t necessarily mean a person is overweight. A double chin can stem from excess fat in the area, sagging skin, or both. If it’s sagging skin, losing weight isn’t going to help—in fact, it might make the double chin look more pronounced. Those with a “weak” chin or jawline are also at a higher risk of developing a double chin.
If you’ve noticed that your double chin has become more pronounced in recent years and seems “deflated” rather than plump, this might indicate that your double chin requires skin tightening rather than fat reduction. In this case, Ultherapy may be the perfect tool for you to reduce that double chin and look slenderer and more youthful in the process. Ultherapy is ultimately a collagen-induction therapy, but uses precise imaging so that your provider can achieve optimal results. Our bodies can always produce more collagen no matter our age, but often need a little help getting started.
What to Expect During an Ultherapy Treatment
The treatment area is cleaned and a gel is applied (similar to those used during a pregnancy ultrasound). The heat can cause a tingling sensation, but most clients consider it a pain-free experience. You might notice that the site becomes red right after the treatment, but this dissipates within the next few days. It is also not severe enough to interfere with daily activities. Most clients get back to work right away, but if you have a special event coming up it’s a good idea to schedule your Ultherapy at least one week prior so that any lingering redness can subside.
Results are not immediate—remember, this is collagen induction therapy and your body needs time to produce that collagen. You will start to see improvement after about three weeks, with continued improvement for up to three months. You can also get Ultherapy on other parts of the face, neck, and chest area. Most clients only need one Ultherapy treatment every 18 – 24 months, but some benefit from more. Individual details will be discussed during your consultation.
Preventing Double Chins
If double chins are caused by skin laxity, there are some additional steps you can take to minimize recurrence. First, the constant downward tilt of the head from looking at phones and laptops in today’s society doesn’t help. Some basic ergonomic adjustments can go a long way in preventing unnecessary wrinkling of the neck. You can also combine Ultherapy with other treatments such as Thermage FLX, chemical peels, and microneedling. These are all types of collagen induction therapies that have different approaches. For example, chemical peels also remove the top layer of skin and can be a fantastic way to optimize other treatment results.
If you’re ready to learn more about Ultherapy and see what it can do for your skin laxity, book a consultation today. Connect with RefinedMD by calling the office or, for the quickest reply, simply fill out the online form today.