Okay, let’s be frank here. When I asked on Instagram if anyone else was concerned about their ‘gobble-gobble’, the saggy bit of skin under the chin, I was shocked by how many people were in the same boat as me.
So, in the name of research, and the fact I am desperate to know what my options are, I turned to our expert Dr Stephen Lowe of MUSE Clinic in Sydney for advice.
His suggestion of trying Ultherapy sparked even more questions from you on our Instagram page, so we went back to Dr Lowe with the best of those to get the low-down.
Does it work on a sagging neck/the gobble?
Dr Lowe: Ultherapy uses pulses of concentrated ultrasound energy to create heat in the deeper layers of the skin. The body responds by ramping up collagen and elastin production (two of the most important proteins in the skin that are necessary for strength, elasticity and mechanical support.) The result is lifted, firmer and tighter skin so it’s perfect for ‘the gobble’.
Can anyone have this treatment?
Dr Lowe: Pretty much…YES! Ultherapy can be used on multiple areas of the face and body and isn’t just limited to the chin area, but for the ‘gobble’ the best candidates are those people with loose skin without much fat in the double chin area…the classic ‘turkey neck’. If there is a lot of fat in the double chin area, it’s best to deal with the fat first, then Ultherapy can be used to tighten the skin up.
Does it work on everyone?
Dr Lowe: Ultherapy is primarily for skin tightening, so a thorough assessment is key. If skin laxity wasn’t the main issue, I might suggest another treatment instead of Ultherapy. An honest assessment is paramount and it’s important to be able to offer people different individualised treatment options to achieve the very best result.
What is the success rate?
Dr Lowe: I think if we properly assess each patient and if Ultherapy is the best option, I think everyone gets a response. The degree of improvement obviously varies person to person and often depends on the starting point and the desired end point.
How much does it cost?
Dr Lowe: It’s possible to treat smaller areas in isolation but I think the best results come from treating the area of concern plus the surrounding skin. So for ‘turkey necks’ I usually treat the lower face and upper neck together. This means that the costs can vary from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars depending on how much of the face and neck we treat.
Can I just have one area done?
Dr Lowe: Yes, but treating smaller areas tends to lead to smaller results. There is usually a combination of factors in the ageing face leading to the creation of the feature we don’t like. I think it’s best to try and address as many of the factors are possible to achieve the best result.
How painful is it. I have heard it hurts?
Dr Lowe: Ultherapy is extremely precise meaning that the ultrasound energy is focused very precisely to the target layer of the skin. This reduces pain and ensures the very best result possible. There is some associated discomfort, but I find a couple of painkillers before hand, and some numbing cream is usually sufficient to make the treatment very tolerable.
How long do the results last for?
Dr Lowe: I like a repeat treatment after a year then perhaps every 18-24 months thereafter. It’s possible to repeat the treatment after 6 months if a second treatment is required sooner.
When will the results be visible?
Dr Lowe: There is sometimes some immediate lifting effect but typically the results are visible between 3-6 months.
How does it work?
Dr Lowe: Ultherapy uses Micro-focused Ultrasound with Visualisation technology. This means it concentrates ultrasound energy at very exact depths under the skin surface creating heat which is turn stimulates the body to produce new collagen and elastin.
Are there any side-effects?
Dr Lowe: The most common side effects are short lived and include redness, minor swelling and mild tenderness. Ultherapy also has an ultrasound scanner built in so it’s possible to image the skin layers at the same time. This makes other side effects extremely uncommon.
Will I need time off?
Dr Lowe: No…this is definitely a ‘lunchtime treatment’…a long lunch maybe!
Does anyone famous have it done?
Dr Lowe: I’ve certainly treated a number of Australian TV and music stars. Most people love that the results are gradual over a number of months and the end result is a natural, lifted and tighter result…but that you continue to look exactly like yourself!
Would I do this?
Yes, if I was assured it would work on the area I wanted – like my gobble, and this seems to work. I am considering getting it done, and if I do I can assure you I will give you an honest appraisal – if it doesn’t work, trust me, I’ll let you know. Money is money, and I don’t like mine to be wasted by anybody, especially if they say it will work and it doesn’t. Accountability, honesty and trust are key when spending money on a professional for a professional service.
Choose your practitioner wisely. Do your research and ask the hard questions. If you don’t feel 100% comfortable. Walk away. My advice is get this done by a doctor and one that has a great reputation. It’s your face after all and while this isn’t too invasive, it’s still a procedure.
BEFORE AND AFTER – this is a result from one of Dr Lowe’s patients. The result looks fantastic.