Ultherapy to Help Tighten Lax and Sagging Skin
What is Ultherapy?
With Ultherapy, we can treat below the surface of the skin without ever disrupting the top layer of skin. There is no downtime, and our patients typically can return to their normal activities right away.
Ultrasound, a household name long associated with babies and physical therapy, is now used as a non-surgical aesthetic procedure for the face and neck, aimed at improving lax skin. While there are other procedures that claim “skin tightening,” this is the first procedure that has been cleared for actual lifting of skin tissue.
This non-invasive procedure, called Ultherapy™, has been available in Europe, Asia and elsewhere for some time, but it was introduced to the US market only after it was approved by the FDA in Fall of 2009.
The staff of Colen MD Plastic Surgery is pleased to have a short procedure to offer our patients who are looking to get rid of some of unwanted sagging skin caused by gravity.
While some patients notice some tightening right away, results are expected to occur over a matter of two to three months. Given the aging process is ongoing; an annual treatment to maintain results may be desired.
Ultherapy Before & After Patient Video
Take a quick look at real Ultherapy patients before and after their procedures. See how after the treatment each patient is able to rebuild their own collagen fiber network of the skin, resulting in a tighter and thus more youthful appearance. You will notice over time, the skin becomes firmer and tighter thus lifting the skin tissue.
It is not dramatic and definitely not a replacement for a surgical facelift or eye lift, it is non-invasive. The process is gradual and natural. You may need one or two treatments before you leave the rest of the work to your own internal repair mechanism!
Check out this video of Ultherapy Patients Before and After Treatment
Ultherapy Treatment In The Media
Who is the best candidate for Ultherapy?
Both women and men who have mildly to moderately lax skin without excessive sun damage are great candidates for Ultherapy. The eyes are often the first place to show the effects of gravity in the form of laxity on the eyelids or a more ‘closed’ appearance. Tightening the skin on the forehead can lift the brow, which in turn alleviates the hooding of the lids and restores a more refreshed and open look around the eyes.
There is also tremendous demand for “shrinking” the skin on the cheeks, along the jawline and under the chin back into a more youthful position or contour. Younger patients, increasingly, are taking a proactive approach to anti-aging, seeking medical treatments that can help to slow down the clock instead of waiting and turning it back. Because Ultherapy addresses the foundational layers providing support to the skin, it is complementary to other skin rejuvenation procedures geared to surface issues.
What results can I expect and when will I see results?
Patients will enjoy some noticeable effects immediately following the procedure, but the ultimate lifting takes place over 2-3 months, as collagen is rejuvenated and supplemented with the new, stronger collagen created by Ultherapy™. While not a replacement for the dramatic effects of surgery, Ultherapy™ does offer a “no downtime” approach to significantly improving lax skin.