Getting older is a part of life, but that doesn’t mean we have to sit still and accept all the changes aging can cause — especially when it comes to our skin. Having a facelift is one way to combat age-related changes. But facelift surgery is costly and invasive, and there’s a long recovery period afterward. Plus, since facelifts involve pulling, moving and re-adhering the underlying tissues of the face, the results you get can be inconsistent (and often a lot different from what you were expecting — or hoping for).
At West Coast Aesthetics and Veins, we help patients achieve a more youthful look with Ultherapy®, a noninvasive treatment that uses ultrasound energy to stimulate the body’s natural responses so skin looks and feels firmer and more resilient. Ultherapy is so advanced, it’s the only noninvasive treatment that’s been FDA-cleared to lift the skin on the face and neck, which means it doesn’t just “mask” wrinkles and lines, it actually helps lift the tissue underneath your skin’s surface, similar to the effects of a surgical procedure. Here’s how it could help you.
How it works
Ultherapy uses a special patented system to deliver powerful ultrasound energy safely to the deeper layers of your skin. You probably know ultrasound for its use in diagnostic imaging, especially for soft-tissue imaging and imaging during pregnancy. In Ultherapy, that energy is used in a different way, penetrating skin tissue to stimulate the natural production of collagen, one of the building blocks of healthy, youthful skin.
When we’re young, our skin produces lots of collagen fibers. These tiny fibers form a supportive network that keeps our skin from sagging, and it also helps skin feel more resilient. Collagen is a major reason why young skin doesn’t form lines and wrinkles. But as we get older, our bodies produce less and less collagen. That means skin isn’t able to “fight back” against the effects of gravity and other factors that cause skin to age and droop. By promoting collagen development, Ultherapy helps return skin to its more youthful state, so your skin actually works to lift, tone and tighten itself without invasive surgery.
Ultherapy treatment: What to expect
Ultherapy works in skin’s”foundational” layer — the same deep layer of tissue that’s targeted during invasive surgical procedures. During your Ultherapy treatment, you’ll recline comfortably while Dr. Suri passes the Ultherapy handpiece over your skin. Dr. Suri uses the handpiece to control the amount of ultrasound energy that’s being delivered and also to control the depth of penetration.
Ultherapy treatment is very comfortable, and there’s no need for needles or numbing creams. Most face and neck treatments take from an hour to 90 minutes, and the chest area takes about a half hour to treat.
Recovery and results
Since Ultherapy is completely noninvasive, there’s no real “recovery” period and no downtime. You’ll be able to return to your regular routines right after your treatment. While you may see some initial results within a few weeks, most patients notice the results of their treatment beginning at two to three months afterward. That's about how long it takes for the body to begin ramping up its production of collagen, so you skin looks and feels firmer and smoother.
While the results of Ultherapy treatment aren't as dramatic as a surgical facelift, many patients find the natural results of Ultherapy provide them with the "look" they want, and treatments can also be used to prolong the results of other types of facial rejuvenation treatments. Results of Ultherapy last for several months, and re-treatments with Ultherapy are completely safe so you can prolong your results.
Learn how Ultherapy can help your skin
Dr. Rajesh Suri is skilled in Ultherapy treatments, helping patients at West Coast Aesthetics and Veins restore a more youthful appearance to the face, neck and even the upper chest (your dècolletage area). If you’d like to learn how Ultherapy could help you look younger and more refreshed — without the expense, pain, downtime or surgery