You can’t stop the aging process— but that doesn’t mean you can’t fight it. One sign of aging that can be especially tricky to fight is sagging skin. But, luckily, there’s a non-surgical treatment specifically designed to be a skin sagging treatment: Ultherapy.
Ultherapy can lift, tighten, and tone sagging skin, all without surgery. But how does Ultherapy work? And is it right for you? In this post, we’re taking a closer look at this skin-lifting treatment. We’ll talk about what Ultherapy is, how it works, what getting Ultherapy is like, and answer some frequently asked questions about Ultherapy.
What is Ultherapy? How Does Ultherapy Work?
Ultherapy is a treatment that lifts and tightens the skin through stimulating collagen production. As we age, we naturally lose collagen, the protein in the skin that keeps it looking firm, tight, and elastic. But Ultherapy causes the body to produce more collagen, giving our skin a tighter, smoother, and more lifted appearance.
So how does Ultherapy work? How does it stimulate collagen growth? Ultherapy works through the application of ultrasound energy. During an Ultherapy treatment, a specialized applicator is used to deliver ultrasound energy deep into the skin. This targeted ultrasound energy generates a thermal effect under the skin, which causes the body to begin creating more collagen. After an Ultherapy treatment, the body slowly creates more collagen in the deep skin, which causes the skin to lift and tighten from within.
Ultherapy actually isn’t the only treatment that can stimulate collagen production. But it is the only non-surgical treatment that is FDA approved to lift and tighten the skin through collagen stimulation. Other treatments, like laser treatments, can do a great job of stimulating collagen production on the surface of the skin. But Ultherapy is able to stimulate collagen production in our deep skin, which lifts the face in a way more surface-focused treatments simply cannot.
What is Getting Ultherapy Like?
During an Ultherapy Treatment
Ultherapy is a simple, non-invasive treatment that usually takes between 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the area being treated. Chest treatments generally take around 30 minutes, while face and neck treatments generally take around 60 to 90 minutes.
At the start of an Ultherapy treatment, your skin will be cleansed and an ultrasound gel will be applied to your skin. Next, Dr. Zadeh will use the Ultherapy applicator’s ultrasound imaging to examine your deep skin and determine the optimal placement for your treatment. Then, Dr. Zadeh will use the Ultherapy applicator to deliver Ultherapy’s focused ultrasound energy into your deep skin.
As Ultherapy’s ultrasound energy is applied to your skin, you may feel the energy being deposited into your skin. Everyone experiences this sensation differently, and for some it can cause some discomfort. However, this sensation is temporary and is actually a positive signal that the collagen-building process has begun.
After an Ultherapy Treatment
After an Ultherapy treatment, no downtime is needed. You can immediately resume your normal daily activities. Most Ultherapy patients begin to see the results of their treatment within a few days, though the full results of Ultherapy can take up to 3 months to appear.
Is Ultherapy Safe?
Yes! Ultherapy is a safe, non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment. Ultherapy is the only non-invasive FDA-approved treatment for lifting the skin on the neck, brow bone, chin, and neck. Over half a million Ultherapy treatments have been safely performed throughout the world. Additionally, Ultherapy involves the use of ultrasound energy, an energy that has been safely used in medicine for over 50 years.
Is Ultherapy a Replacement for a Surgical Face Lift?
Ultherapy is often given the nickname “the non-surgical face lift.” But Ultherapy gives more of what we would call an “uplift,” rather than a “face lift.” Ultherapy is an excellent way to lift and tighten the skin but it’s not a replacement for a surgical facelift. However, Ultherapy can be an excellent alternative for those who want some skin lifting and tightening, yet are not ready for an invasive surgical procedure.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Ultherapy?
Ultherapy can be an excellent treatment for those who have some skin laxity, which is the technical term for when the skin begins to feel less firm. Generally, patients who are starting to notice mild to moderate skin laxity are good candidates for Ultherapy. Often, skin laxity is noticed by patients who are 30 years or older, but Ultherapy can be a good option for patients of many ages. Younger patients sometimes try Ultherapy as a way to “get ahead” of the aging process, while older patients often try Ultherapy as alternative to getting a surgical facelift. Ultherapy is not a replacement for a surgical facelift, but it be an excellent treatment for those who want some “lift” but are not ready to try a surgical treatment.
If you’re wondering if you’re a good candidate for Ultherapy, contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Zadeh. At your consultation appointment, Dr. Zadeh will listen to your cosmetic concerns, examine your skin, then help you decide whether or not Ultherapy is right for you.
Dr. Michael Zadeh is a Board Certified Surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Zadeh’s accomplishments in the field of Surgery and Non-Surgical Aesthetics along with his commitment to superior patient care have made him a winner of multiple awards and honors.