Many of us fear getting old, and this makes the signs of aging even more distressing. We notice fine lines at the corners of our eyes, above our lips, on our forehead. The skin around our face and neck starts to sag and makes us look much older than we actually are.
Fortunately, advancements in medical technology have led to an amazing non-surgical solution to these issues: Ultherapy. Ultherapy is an FDA-approved cosmetic procedure that is used to lift the face and the neck without any incisions or scalpels. Ultherapy can also be used to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines on the chest.
Ultherapy involves the use of ultrasound energy to provide the desired face and neck lift. Focused ultrasound energy is set to an optimum temperature and delivered to the target areas. The energy reaches deeper skin layers and triggers a regenerative process that produces new collagen.
Ultherapy is a relatively safe procedure with minimal side effects. Usually a single session of Ultherapy is enough to restore the tightness and smoothness of the face and neck. Ultherapy is non-invasive and does not involve the use of any injections.
Prior to the procedure, the surgeon will assess your skin type and the extent of sagging. He will explain the procedure and the expected results and will answer any questions you may have.
Usually, there are no specific routines to follow in preparation for the procedure, although it is advised that you refrain from smoking, since this negatively affects the health of the skin.
During the procedure, the surgeon first identifies the areas that are to be treated. Once this is done, the targeted areas are cleansed thoroughly. An ultrasound gel is applied using an applicator.
The surgeon then determines the optimal depth to which the ultrasound energy is to be delivered. This is done using ultrasound imaging on a monitor.
The production of collagen begins soon after the ultrasound energy is delivered. This production process is called neocollagenesis. The treatment makes use of the body's natural collagen-creation processes, and because of this, there is no need to worry about the body's immune system reacting negatively to the procedure.
Recovery takes very little time, and the patient can go back to their normal routine within a few hours of the surgery. Initially, some slight swelling and redness may appear. This is quite normal and will subside quite soon. It’s recommended that patients use a cold compress to help bring down the swelling.
Over time, the newly produced collagen starts to lift the skin and tighten it. Results are observed within three to four months of the surgery as collagen growth continues.
Ultherapy offers a gentle lift of the face and neck and is the best alternative to a facelift, especially for people who are not ready to undergo an invasive procedure. If this treatment sounds right for you, contact our office and schedule a consultation. You will be able to speak with skilled plastic surgeons Doctors Andrew Ordon and Ritu Chopra, who will be happy to help you get the results you deserve.