Chin Augmentation

SOS: Save Our Selfies with Ultherapy

Whether you call it a double chin, turkey gobbler, waddle or other not-so-cute nickname, the submental area is front and center when we Skype or video chat, and can often mar an otherwise well thought out selfie.

But what can you do about it?

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Sure, there are apps that let you airbrush imperfections away, but a non-invasive treatment can actually tighten and lift your chin area without any downtime.

Ultherapy is the only procedure that is FDA-approved for non-invasive under-chin lift as well as brow and neck lift procedures.

The technology targets the skin's lower layers with focused ultrasound waves. The waves help stimulate our natural supply of collagen, shrinkwraping it so it's tight and taut. The result? A noticeable toning and a lifting effect that appears gradually within three months. It won't replace the eventual need for a face lift, but it can certainly buy some time. It's also "color blind," meaning it works on all skin types. That said, if you have thick skin, the results may not be as impressive.

One treatment is usually all that is needed, but some people may benefit from multiple sessions; at $1,500 to $3,000 a pop, this is a factor many people need to consider. There is no downtine because the sound waves go beneath the surface, which means no visible healing.

But before you call your doctor and book your appointment, you should know that there is a catch. No pain, no gain. Ulthera hurts. Yes, pain is subjective, but reports of pain during ultherapy sessions are rather objective and seemingly universal. Most doctors prescribe a cocktail of pain and antianxiety medications to take the edge off.

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