Ultherapy: An Alternative to Facelift Surgery and Injectables

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There are many ways to revitalize the delicate skin of the face and achieve a more youthful look. Surgery is one option, particularly if you’re looking for dramatic results. There are also injectables that can reduce the look of lines and wrinkles by adding volume, or decreasing nerve activity. However, there is a new, FDA approved treatment that is completely non invasive and can help women and men with mild to moderate signs of aging to reverse the clock. It’s called Ultherapy.

Ultherapy is a new non surgical treatment option offered by plastic surgeons and medical spas. The technology uses ultrasonic waves to activate the body’s own natural healing process. It activates deep structural support layers of the skin to eliminate deep lines and creases, as well as tightening sagging skin. It also affects the more superficial layers to get rid of the appearance of finer lines and wrinkles. These sound waves will naturally tone and tighten the skin, giving the appearance of a lift. Ultherapy is currently approved to treat the brow, neck, and under the chin.

Before Ultherapy Treatment. Photos courtesy of Ultherapy.
Ultherapy procedure after 360 days
After photo taken 360 days post Ultherapy procedure.

The treatment is simple. Most sessions are between 60 to 90 minutes long. After your session, you are free to go about your day. While you may notice a short boost to the structures of the skin, the long term effects will come over time. The treatment activates the collagen and encourages new cell growth. Over the course of the next 2 to 3 months, you will start to see more dramatic results. Some patients will notice continuing improvement for up to six months. While one treatment session is sufficient for most patients, depending on your aesthetic goals, you may be approved for a follow up session.

Aging is a natural process and everyone ages differently. With Ultherapy, there is no age range that is most appropriate for this treatment. It really depends on your own aesthetic goals and your general level of health. The best candidates for the treatment are men and women with mild to moderate signs of aging. It is not approved for individuals with extensive sun damage. If you are interested in pursuing this as an option, I highly recommend working with a board certified plastic surgeon, particularly one that has the right training to use this technology. It is also helpful when your surgeon also offers a full range of options at their practice so that you can fully investigate different methods and make an informed decision about which is right for you.

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