Ultherapy has been gaining momentum as the leading non-surgical choice for skin tightening. Cosmetic dermatology sees revolutionary changes in techniques for aesthetic treatments involving skin rejuvenation procedures without the need for complicated invasive and surgical options.
Ultherapy is currently the only non-invasive and non-surgical skin tightening procedure that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to tighten skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When collagen is low or weak in skin tissue, it sags and loses its elasticity. Ultherapy uses traditional ultrasound imagery to visualize the layers of deep tissue below the surface of the skin. This helps the practitioner identify the depth at which the target tissue sits and helps determine the required depth for precise targeting of tissue. The device then sends micro-focused ultrasound thermal energy to the targeted tissue to jumpstart collagen production in the body. The heat from the device is calibrated to impact different depths and affect the layers of muscle, skin, and wrinkles. During treatment, the practitioner can adjust the intensity and penetration levels needed for each treatment area. The device can reach levels from 1.5 mm up to 4.5 mm beneath the skin for targeted treatment.
Ultherapy is different from a facelift and is not a replacement for a surgical facelift. However, it is a good option for tightening and toning the skin for people who are not interested in surgical procedures. With Ultherapy, patients can expect higher collagen levels to help improve skin strength and elasticity, thereby improving the appearance of skin. By encouraging the generation of collagen in the body, Ultherapy promises to deliver supple-looking skin with fewer wrinkles.
Ultherapy is usually performed on the face, neck, and chest (décolletage) areas, including under the eyebrows and chin. However, it can also be used in body contouring procedures for skin tightening on the stomach, butt, thighs, or knees.
Ultherapy is ideal for those who are looking for a non-invasive way to get the benefits of a facelift. It is a good option for both the young and the not-so-young. Younger people who want to prevent wrinkles or other early signs of aging, or to tighten skin after weight loss or pregnancy can benefit from Ultherapy by giving their body an extra boost for collagen production and delay signs of aging. On the other hand, those who would like to reduce any existing sagging and loose skin in specific areas of the face, neck, chest, or other parts of the body can use Ultherapy as a non-invasive, non-surgical way to tighten skin. Ultherapy allows patients to experience gradual but natural improvements in their appearance without the need for invasive procedures.
After the procedure, you will notice results within a few days. This process begins as soon as your body boosts its store of collagen. But you can expect to see more notable results between 3 to 6 months.
As long as the body continues to produce increased collagen levels, the skin continues to show improvement and remains visibly tighter and more elastic. The results begin fading only when the body’s normal aging process is back in effect. In general, one Ultherapy session can provide visibly younger-looking skin for up to a year and sometimes longer. You can discuss a regular maintenance schedule with your Ultherapy practitioner to set up annual appointments for maintenance treatments.
Ultherapy is not entirely pain-free. Since the procedure involves short bursts of heat impulses being sent through layers of skin and muscle, it is not unusual for patients to experience some discomfort from the heat. But every patient handles this discomfort differently. While some people barely flinch, others may need anticipatory pain medication. Your practitioner will discuss these details with you before the procedure and advise you on appropriate preparation.
An Ultherapy session can last anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. Depending on the specific areas to be targeted, the practitioner may recommend one or more sessions. In general, treatment for the lower half of the face takes longer to complete than the chest and top half of the face.
Ultherapy treatments can be scheduled without the need to plan for downtime after the procedure. Unlike surgical procedures for a facelift, recovery is immediate, and patients can go about their normal working day after the procedure. Thus, it is ideal for busy professionals and individuals who do not have the time to plan for recovery from other surgical or invasive procedures.
Following treatment, patients may experience slight redness, slight swelling, tingling, or tenderness to the touch. These side effects are mild and temporary in nature and typically resolve within a few hours following treatment.
If you are interested in Ultherapy treatments, please call Warmuth Institute of Dermatology (a part of Schweiger Dermatology Group) at (856) 358-1500 to schedule an appointment.