Home' Spa and Clinic : Volume 65 May 2016 Contents AESTHETICS
What's frustrating about the neck
is that it tends to sag faster than
other parts of the face.
Of course it is to some extent about
skincare (or lack thereof), but it's primarily
due to gravity and physiology.
Skin on the face and chest are well
supported by bone, while the front of the
neck has no supporting bone structure
(only the back of the neck does, but not all
that much given the size and shape of the
That means you may see signs of sagging
on the neck before you notice such signs on
the face, along the jaw line.
The ensuing "turkey neck" was
something that once could only really be
addressed by a surgical neck lift.
Today however, there are non- surgical
ultrasonic lifting options that are rivalling
the results of surgery.
Ultherapy is an FDA approved and TGA-
registered non-invasive ultrasound treatment.
Unlike lasers and radio frequency, which
penetrate the skin from the outside-in,
Ultherapy, distributed by Merz Aesthetics,
bypasses the surface of the skin, delivering
focused ultrasound energy at depths of
up to 4.5mm -- the same planes targeted
by a modern surgical facelift. There is no
downtime, with clients able to return to
normal activities immediately.
Results reveal a lifting and tightening of
the skin over two the three months, back to
a more youthful and form-fitting position.
Further improvements can appear for up to
six months following a single procedure.
The co-ordinator of Sydney's Taylor
Clinic, Bridgette Moss, 47, under went both
Ultherapy and CoolSculpting fat reduction
on her lower face and neck.
"My motivation was simply to look and
feel better about myself," says Bridgette. "I
was becoming very aware of my turkey neck
and the jowls on the lower part of my face.
"My family noticed a difference first,
about four weeks into the treatment. For me,
the real moment of truth was when I saw my
before and after photos my 'after' photo was
taken in mid February (I had Coolsculpting
before Christmas and Ultherapy in mid
January). It was seeing these photos side by
side that blew me away.
"Confidence boost? OMG, absolutely!
When I look at my before and after photos I
cannot believe that I'm the same person. Age
is going to catch us all eventually, but with
these treatments I now say `bring on 50'!"
With more than a million successful
treatments performed worldwide,
Ultraformer micro -focused ultrasound
(MIFU) for non-invasive face and neck lifting
was recently registered with the TGA, only
the second device in Australia (Ultherapy
being the first) to be so acknowledged.
"Ultraformer targets the SMAS for more
natural and durable skin tightening, [SMAS
is a layer of tissue which covers the deeper
structures of the cheek area and is linked
to the superficial muscle covering the lower
face and neck, called the platysma. Some
techniques for facelift surgery lift and
reposition the SMAS along with the skin],"
says Sydney dermatologist Dr Adrian Lim,
who has been trialling the device.
"The ultrasound waves generate heat to
contract collagen and skin connective tissue
down to the muscle level and also stimulate
skin rejuvenation and regeneration.
"The delivery of the MIFU is not
associated with any epidermal injury and so
does not entail any recovery or downtime.
"At uRepublic [Dr Lim's practice], in
85 percent of patients we treated, skin
contraction with improvement in facial and
neck contours could be seen immediately
"At least half of the non- responders will
show improvement with time.
"Blinded physician assessment of the
before-and-after photos indicated a noticeable
change post procedure (one to 4.5 months).
"Ultraformer is well received by patients
and fills the gap in the market for a well
tolerated and consistently effective procedure
for non- surgical face and neck tightening."
The device features seven transducer
cartridges to select precise depth and
energy for maximum lift with less pain than
early generation MIFU technology.
Ultraformer non-surgical face and neck lift
two months after
reduce fat under the
chin and a month
after Ultherapy on
her lower face
New non-surgical ultrasonic lifting options are rivalling the results of surgery.
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