In Columbus, Ohio, patients are flocking to Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Dorner’s clinic asking for new and practical ways to cope with skin aging. Fortunately for them, Ultherapy is now available and is a great, noninvasive option for tightening, toning, and making skin firmer. Ultherapy is now being used to treat areas of the body such as the chest, the neck, and the face. Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to stimulate the patient’s natural healing processes within the lower layers of the skin. This method is able to trigger the active production of collagen, replenishing the skin’s supporting structure to produce a noticeable yet natural looking improvement on the condition of the skin.
How does Ultherapy work?
Ultherapy makes use of safe and effective ultrasound technology to promote skin renewal from deep within the skin layers. During the procedure, a hand piece that is very similar to those used in conventional imaging procedures is used to project an image of the underlying skin tissues onto a screen to allow the doctor to see where treatment is needed most. Ultrasound energy will then be focused and delivered to these target areas, bypassing the surface of the skin to avoid damage. The energy directed into the tissues will stimulate the production of collagen to recondition the skin and promote tightening that gradually lifts and restores the skin for a more youthful look.
You as the patient will have the option beforehand of receiving medication to lessen discomfort during the procedure. It is important to make sure that the skin is thoroughly cleansed before the procedure as well. To begin the treatment, ultrasound gel will be applied to the indicated areas to help transmit the ultrasound waves from the hand piece, onto the skin, and directed towards the layers underneath. During the process, patients will experience a tingling sensation as waves of energy begin to be deposited below the skin surface. This feeling is temporary and should be relieved as soon as the procedure is done, typically taking between 30 to 60 minutes to complete. Because this procedure is noninvasive, it requires no downtime and the patient can resume normal activity right after the treatment.
The initial effects of Ultherapy will be somewhat noticeable, but complete toning and lifting will be more evident within 2 to 3 months as the collagen in the treatment areas begins to be replenished. In fact, six months after the initial treatment, patients still report progressive improvement in the treated areas.
Is Ultherapy safe?
Ultherapy is a FDA-approved procedure that has demonstrated an impressive safety rating throughout the years. The use of ultrasound energy has been used in the medical field extensively and this new innovation to use it for cosmetic purposes is consistent with its track record for safety.
As with other ultrasound procedures, a smooth applicator placed upon your skin projects an image onto a screen that allows your practitioner to plan where the energy will be sent. This same applicator is then used to deliver low levels of focused heat at just the right depth below the skin to achieve a positive effect, all the while leaving the surface of your skin undisturbed. Your skin’s response to the energy is to stimulate the growth of new collagen. A gradual tightening and firming occurs, resulting in a natural lift of the skin over time.
The beauty of Ultherapy is that it is a 30 to 60 minute procedure that uses the body’s own subtle healing response to gently, gradually-and reliably-restore memory to the skin and its underlying tissue. Ultherapy requires no special recuperation or preparation and typically only takes one treatment to get a meaningful response. Patients enjoy some initial effect immediately following the procedure, but the ultimate lifting will take 2 – 3 months, as tired collagen is rejuvenated and supplemented with new, stronger collagen.
There isn’t a replacement for the dramatic effects of surgery, but Ultherapy offers a natural, ‘no downtime’ approach to noticeably improving lax skin.
Ultherapy is the only nonsurgical skin rejuvenation procedure that can specifically target and strengthen the deep foundational layer of tissue that doctors address in surgery. The ability to treat not just the skin but its underlying support, from the inside out, helps to ensure both safe and satisfying results, with no downtime.
There can be some discomfort while the energy is being delivered, but it is temporary and a signal that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Comfort thresholds vary from patient to patient, and practitioners will discuss options for making the experience as pleasant as possible. Patients typically leave comfortable and excited about the benefits to come.
You are able to return to your normal activities right away, and there are no special measures you need to take. Your skin may appear a bit flushed immediately after the treatment, but any redness should disappear within a few hours. It is not uncommon to experience slight swelling for a few days following the procedure or tingling/tenderness to the touch for a few days to weeks following the procedure, but these are mild and temporary in nature. There is the possibility of other less common post-procedural effects, such as temporary small areas of bruising or numbness, which your physician will review with you.
With just one treatment, the regenerative process is initiated, but the full effect will build gradually over the course of two to three months. Some patients may benefit from more than one treatment. Visible effects include a lifting and toning of loose skin. In the FDA clinical trial for instance, nine out of ten patients had a noticeable, significant lift of the brow line. This resulted in reduced skin laxity on the eyelid and a more open, youthful look to the eyes overall. Patients reported firmer, better-fitting skin in other areas of the face and neck as well. There is also an invisible result from the procedure with the creation of new collagen, which gives the skin its youthfulness.
A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone with skin that has “relaxed” to the point of looking, and often feeling, less firm. A lowered brow line or sagging skin on the eyelids, for instance, is often the first sign of “maturing” skin. While it does not duplicate the results of surgery, Ultherapy has proven to be an inviting alternative for those who are not ready for surgery.