Aging involves more than just wrinkling, with sagging skin one of the major ways we start to show our age. Fortunately, there are a number of non-invasive skin treatments to help slow down and reverse light signs of aging, including the gentle ultrasound therapy technique, known as Ultherapy®. Ultherapy® has gained a reputation for being a highly effective treatment for sagging skin with no downtime, and works by using ultrasonic energy (high-frequency sound waves) to stimulate the body’s own collagen production. Collagen is a vital protein for maintaining skin’s elasticity, strength, and youthfulness, and production slows down with aging. Ultherapy® treatments encourage gradual, natural results that provide significant skin lifting and tightening benefits. Originally just FDA approved for certain areas of the face, the Ultherapy® uses were recently expanded, offering further benefits to patients with mild to moderate skin sagging.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
The most popular treatment areas, of course, are the face, neck, and jowl areas. In June 2014, however, the FDA approved Ultherapy® treatment for the décolletage (chest) area, which is prone to sun damage and premature skin sagging. This is great news for patients, as it allows for more flexibility and comprehensive anti-aging. Ultherapy® is currently the only non-invasive, FDA approved method that has been approved to improve lines and wrinkles of the décolletage.
Patients can elect to have just one or multiple areas treated in one office visit. Even if a patient elects to undergo the treatment on the face, neck, and décolletage, the entire duration of the treatment lasts no more than about two and a half hours. For smaller areas, treatment length can be as short at 20 minutes.
How Many Treatments Are Necessary?
Adding to the convenience of Ultherapy® is the number of treatments required for good results: only one. After one treatment, results can continue to improve for up to six months, typically providing long-lasting improvement and rejuvenation long past this period.
When Do Results Appear?
While some improvement can be seen immediately after treatment, full results from Ultherapy® do not appear immediately, and some patience is required. Typically, skin continues to tighten gradually over the next 2-6 months, with marked improvement generally visible after 90 days or so.
Is There Really No Downtime?
An effective, no downtime treatment sounds almost too good to be true, but Ultherapy® delivers great results with no recovery required. Patients can return to normal activities right away after the treatment. Common side effects include slight swelling, flushing, tingling and/or tenderness, but these usually disappear within a few days.
Am I a Candidate?
Ultherapy® is safe for all skin types, and since it is not a surgical procedure, there are fewer limitations for patients who wish to undergo the treatment. Only speaking with a qualified provider, such as a cosmetic dermatologist, can give you specific information on your own candidacy and whether or not Ultherapy® is the right treatment for you. You also may want to consider combining Ultherapy® with another treatment for best results. To explore your options, you’ll want to find a doctor whose advice you trust. Dr. Diane Walder and Dr. Chimento of the Miami area are trusted resources for many, including several national beauty publications, including Glamour and Allure. Could Dr. Walder be your resource for great skin as well? Call 305-866-2177 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Walder today.