Q. My face and neck skin is starting to sag and wrinkle. I don’t want jowls or a turkey neck as I age!
Will Ulthera help to tighten my skin without surgery?
A. Ultherapy is a non surgical, reliable and safe solution used to tighten the forehead, face and neck skin that is beginning to sag. Ultherapy treatments require no anesthesia and offer excellent results. An Ultherapy procedure usually takes less than 1 hour and is performed in our office. The treatment offers patients a non-surgical forehead, face and neck ‘lift’ without any downtime. In general, as we age everyone can benefit from some degree of Ultherapy to promote collagen production which results in tissue tightening. Here are the facts:
Ultherapy is the FDA cleared non-invasive procedure to lift and tighten skin on the face, forehead, neck and décolletage. One treatment combined with medical skin care ( http://www.casas.md/skin-procedures-chicago/facial-fillers/jan-marini/) can also improve the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead, face, neck and décolletage with no downtime.
Ultherapy works by administering ultrasound energy to specific depths of skin and muscle with precise ultrasound guidance, which causes tissue tightening and collagen production. Using ultrasound imaging, transducers with different depths are selected and the ultrasound energy can target precise depths of the patients’ lax skin and soft tissue including lax connective tissue of the forehead,face and neck. Recent improvements in the delivery of the procedure have improved the comfort level significantly, compared to previous methods.
Good candidates for Ultherapy have mild to moderate skin and soft tissue laxity. Patients may notice that their facial tissue begins to feel loose; it may feel and look less firm as one ages. Ultherapy treatments can tighten loose skin on the forehead, face, neck, sagging skin under the chin as well as soften lines and wrinkles on the chest. Furthermore, Ultherapy treatments can produce a non-surgical brow lift in patients with drooping or hooded brows. Although using Botox like injections often produce temporary lifting of the brow area, some patients do not respond or do not desire injections.
In general, results last up to 2 years in most patients. It may be advisable to ‘refresh’ an area once a year to maintain optimal results. Ultherapy is also a great treatment for adults that are just beginning to see the signs of aging that include face, forehead and neck skin laxity.
According to a study of intense Ultrasound therapy (Ulthera) to facial tissues by Glikich, “the intense ultrasound
system allowed for the safe and well-tolerated placement of targeted, precise, and consistent thermal injury zones in the dermis and subcutaneous tissues with sparing of the epidermis.” 2
Another study by Suh, reported that Ultrasound therapy (Ultherapy) is “a safe, effective, noninvasive procedure to tighten the facial skin.” This study found that “Improvement is associated with greater production of dermal collagen and straightening of dermal elastic fibers.” 3
Fabi, Sabrina Guillen, et al. (2015). “Noninvasive skin tightening: focus on new ultrasound techniques”. Clin Cosmet InvestigDermatol. 2015; 8: 47–52.
2 Gliklich, R. E., W. M. White, et al. (2007). “Clinical pilot study of intense ultrasound therapy to deep dermal facial skin and subcutaneous tissues.” Arch Facial Plast Surg 9(2): 88-95.
3 Suh, D. H., M. K. Shin, et al. (2011). “Intense focused ultrasound tightening in asian skin: clinical and pathologic results.” DermatolSurg 37(11): 1595-1602.
4 ULTHERA® . Customer Training Manual. Mesa, AZ: UltheraInc;
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