What Kind of Laser is best for a Sagging Neck & Jowls?

What's the best laser for sagging neck and jowls? The best laser for sagging neck and jowls is probably not a laser at all. The more effective treatment for this issue is through ultrasound waves. Ultrasound waves are able to penetrate deeper into the subcutaneous tissue. (This is the area of focus if we want to address tissue laxity). Deep tissue laxity, where there's loss of contour and loss of integrity in the subcutaneous tissues, requires a device able to reach deep levels for repair.

The ultrasound treatment, more commonly known as Ultherapy, can treat a sagging neck and jowls. Ultherapy is the only device, of which I am aware, that penetrates deeply enough, tightens subcutaneous tissue, and lifts the neck and jaw area.

There are two additional options for sagging neck and jaws. The first option lies with our plastic surgery colleagues. They do a wonderful job of taking that tissue and removing excess tissue. Also, a new product may be coming to the market the third quarter of 2015. Produced by Kythera, this innovation hasn't been named yet; it may offer a new fat tissue option. Kythera pharmaceuticals has created a form of deoxycholic acid. The acid, a bile salt naturally found in our liver, emulsifies or saponifies fat tissue. (It becomes like a soap when in contact with fat tissue). Kythera’s synthetic form of the acid mixes with the chin or jaw fat and dissolves.

For sagging jowls or chin, a laser may not be the best option. Rather, ultrasound, or Ultherapy, most effectively treats skin laxity. Other cosmetic options, and Kythera’s soon to be released product, can also improve a lax jowl or chin.

Fun Fact:
The process, of deoxycholic acid dissolving fat, was known as Mesotherapy in the European Union. It never quite caught on in the U.S. But now, with the advent of this agent, some really strong clinical studies are being conducted.