There are few areas of the body that show aging as clearly and as quickly as the neck. This particular issue affects both women and men, and is troublesome to most.
Until recently, there have been no effective ways to treat the sagging unless someone was willing to undergo a full surgical necklift. This procedure is done under anesthesia, with a scalpel cutting out the excess sagging skin, and results in scars behind and often in front of the ears and under the chin. The procedure has about 2 weeks downtime with swelling, bruising and also with surgical risks including those of the anesthesia and of inadvertently ending up with a nerve cut bringing on long-term damage. Remember poor Joan Rivers, who never woke up from her general anesthesia….surely, she would have preferred a less risky option if there was one.
The neck sagging is a result of a number of different problems. One is loss of elasticity of the skin; another is the turkey neck that wobbles in front with the two “cords”, which are in reality the platysma muscles under the skin that loosen up with time and show up in front of the neck like two ridges sticking out in front.
The Fractora can provide the best non-surgical neck lift of all the modalities I have come across so far in my professional life. The Fractora can deliver the tightening effect into the thin neck skin 3 mm deep, which helps shrink the sagging skin as well as produce long term collagen production. The new collagen makes the thin skin thicker, more like the young skin characteristic of that of childrens’ and young adults. With a number of treatments, a very visible and significant tightening of the skin is observed, and in turn this restores the youthful look of both the neck and the face above.
Does non-surgical neck lift have downtime?
A: There are two ways to go about the procedure. One, the more aggressive way, involves using a treatment head that has little pins and leaves pinpoint red marks for a period of 3-7 days after the treatment. It’s always good to time these treatments on a Friday, to allow most of the healing to take place by Monday. At that point, if needed, either foundation can be used or a turtleneck will cover up most of the visible after treatment spots. This modality is great for patients who are looking for faster and more aggressive treatment regimens and results and can cope with the few days of downtime after each treatment.
Is there an option to have no downtime at all and still have a non-surgical neck lift?
A: Yes, indeed there is!!! The Fractora also has a modality, Fractora Forma, which can treat sagging skin without downtime. This treatment delivers heat into the skin and feels like a warm massage. After each treatment the skin looks immediately tighter and more youthful. In addition, after each treatment, the skin keeps producing more collagen and becomes denser and tighter, as a response to the heat during the treatment. This treatment is best suited to patients who do not have the possibility of any downtime and/or are willing to have a more gradual improvement over a longer treatment period. Also, these treatments can be combined with the more agressive Fractora treatments for an optimal outcome.
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Dr. Hellman performs all treatments herself
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Is the treatment painful?
A: The more aggressive modality, which involves the treatment head with the little pins, requires the use of a topical numbing cream. If needed, oral pain medications can also be offered to those who are very squeamish. The second modality is completely free of pain and works by the effect of the heating of the skin over a period of 6 or more treatments. So each patient can pick the modality best suited to his or her needs in terms of downtime and pain tolerance.
How many treatments are needed?
A: The more aggressive treatment mentioned above is usually one that we do 2-4 times, depending on the patient’s improvement from one to the next. Some patients respond very quickly and show great tightening very soon. Some others show more slow improvements and need more treatments.
The second modality is a regimen of 6-8 treatments, about 2 weeks apart, on a regular basis, until the end of the treatment series. Dr. Hellman recommends a maintenance treatment every 2-3 months to maintain the tightening effect at the end of the series.
Why do you prefer this treatment to Ultherapy?
Can you combine the two ways of Fractora treatments if needed?
depending on their personality, downtime options and especially the condition of their skin.
What about someone who has a lot of fat under the skin of the neck and under the chin?
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