Is a Ultherapy Right for You?
Cosmetic surgery and non-invasive cosmetic procedures are becoming more accepted by the day, it’s not a surprise that in 2016, over 17 million Americans chose to join the fight against signs of aging on their faces. There is a constantly changing landscape of products and techniques that offer everything from injectables to laser treatments to surgery, so the possibilities and results are practically endless.
One treatment that is rising in popularity is Ultherapy®, a nonsurgical procedure that utilizes ultrasound technology to tighten and lift loose or sagging skin on your face. Ultherapy® is FDA approved to treat the browline, jawline and neck, and has recently been approved to address aging skin on the decolletage area as well. If you’ve noticed that your jawline isn’t as defined as it used to be, or that you’re beginning to get the dreaded “turkey wattle,” but you’re not ready for surgery, Ultherapy® may be the answer you’re looking for.
How Does Ultherapy® Work?
Ultherapy® works by stimulating the production of collagen in your skin. Collagen is a vital protein found naturally in your body that keeps your skin looking smooth and supple. Over time, not only does collagen production decrease, but the existing collagen in your skin begins to deteriorate, leaving you with lines and wrinkles etched into your skin’s surface, as well as loss of volume and skin that no longer bounces back like it once did.
Ultherapy® delivers focused energy all the way to your skin’s foundational layer – a layer that is usually only accessible during surgery. By boosting collagen growth in your skin at such a deep level, the regenerative response that is triggered by the treatment creates new collagen that will serve to tighten and smooth the areas you choose to address.
All of this is accomplished without cutting or damaging the surface of your skin or any of the surrounding tissues. The Ultherapy® applicator is precisely calibrated to deliver just the right amount of energy at just the right temperature to stimulate collagen and get you on the way to a beautiful, refreshed look.
What to Expect From Your Ultherapy® Session
After cleansing your skin and applying a special gel, Dr. Rappaport will use ultrasound imaging to view the underlying layers of your skin and identify the areas specifically targeted for treatment. Ultrasound energy is then delivered beneath your skin’s surface via a handheld applicator, with quick pulses of energy penetrating to the foundational layer of your face, all without damaging the surface of the skin or surrounding tissues. The result is some immediate tightening and toning of the skin, but the optimal results will be visible later, as the collagen in your skin begins to regenerate and repair itself naturally. The Ultherapy® procedure takes up to an hour, depending on the areas treated, and the benefits include:
- A non-invasive and virtually painless experience
- No downtime or recovery, and minimal side effects
- Results that look and feel natural
Again, it is important to remember that Ultherapy® is not a replacement for a surgical facelift, and so realistic expectations are key. Ultherapy® is ideal for those who want some degree of lift, but are not ready for surgery, younger patients who wish to stall the march of time, and people looking for a way to enhance the effects of previous cosmetic surgery.
Am I a Good Candidate for Ultherapy®?
For Ultherapy® to give you the rejuvenated look you desire, the best candidates are those who are in their mid-thirties or older, and have mild to moderate signs of aging, including:
- Skin that looks and feels less firm
- A lowered browline
- Sagging under your chin
- Loose skin on your neck
- Wrinkles on your chest
Before undergoing an Ultherapy® procedure, you will come in for a consultation with Dr. Rappaport. He will examine your skin and talk with you about your areas of concern. Ultherapy® also includes a 3D simulation of your results, so that you can gain a better idea of how the treatment can benefit your skin.
Results and Recovery
After your Ultherapy® session, you can go right back to your daily activities if you so choose. While there are no serious side effects, some patients may experience minor redness, tingling, swelling or tenderness, but these are temporary and will resolve on their own in a couple of days.
For best results, you may need to undergo more than one Ultherapy® session, but that is something you will talk with Dr. Rappaport about at your initial consultation.
You may see some tightening effects immediately after treatment, but your most dramatic results typically take about two to three months to appear. This is because it takes time for your body’s natural processes to generate new, healthy collagen. Once you’ve seen your newly lifted and tightened skin, you will be one of the nearly 400,000 people who have experienced the beautiful, natural results offered by Ultherapy®.
If you are searching for a safe, nonsurgical way to address the sagging and loose skin on your face that appear as a result of aging, Ultherapy® may be the answer. Call the Houston Center for Plastic Surgery today at 713-790-4500 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.