Ultrasound therapy or Ultherapy is one of the most innovative procedures in anti-aging. While not as dramatic as a facelift, Ultherapy is great non-surgical alternative for patients wanting address early signs of aging such as loose skin, increased folds and fine wrinkles but who aren’t ready for a facelift. Ultherapy is also great for patients looking to maintain the results of their surgical facelift.
Ultherapy can be performed on the face, neck, and chest as well as drooping of the brow area. The ultrasound technology stimulates collagen production, which reduces laxity in the skin and creates a more youthful look.
Ultherapy is a non-invasive procedure that helps tightening by using an ultrasound device to deliver focused energy to the skin’s deeper layers at just the right temperature, which promotes collagen production. It increases collagen production by triggering your bodies’ natural healing response to begin the natural regenerative process. The heat from the ultrasound unit is used at different depths, stimulating collagen and elastic tissue of the muscle, skin and superficial wrinkles. One of the best things about Ultherapy is that the outer layer of the skin is untouched and it leaves no trace that you had any work done.
During this procedure, the Ultherapy device is placed on the skin and ultrasound energy is then delivered to the desired areas. Most patients feel quick, sensations of heat and tingling during this treatment. One of the most common complaints about Ultherapy is discomfort during treatments. Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery offers nitrous oxide and/or oral medications to patients so that the pain is minimal.
Depending on the treatment area, the procedure typically last about 90 minutes. Treatments on the chest take around 30 minutes whereas, the face and neck can take 60 to 90 minutes. The effects of the procedure increase over time. Most patients see their final result 3 to 6 months after treatment. (It is important that good before/after photos are taken so that patients’ can appreciate the change Ultherapy makes in their appearance.)
Ultrasound therapy is a fantastic way to maintain a youthful looking appearance without going under the knife. Every patient is different, but this treatment can help maintain beautiful, glowing skin when performed every 12 to 24 months.
If you have questions about anti-aging or what you can do to keep your skin looking great as you age, schedule a free consultation with one of our skin care experts.