Ultherapy for Loss of Elasticity
With time, the supporting connective tissue in our skin becomes fragmented and our skin-tone becomes lax and saggy. Non-invasive treatments have the ability to tighten these strands of collagen and stimulate the production of new and stronger collagen fibers. At the Asarch Center, we use Ultherapy ultrasound as it is extremely effective to lift and tone the face and neck area. Also, the Exilis procedure has the ability to tighten and shape skin and subcutaneous tissue. Topical agents are an important part of any regimen. These products are easy to use and as they nourish and supply our skin with the necessary ingredients to promote collagen development. A consultation with one of our skin care professionals can help you determine the best course of treatment.
For years, we’ve heard about the significant concerns patients have with sagging skin under their chins and on their neck. Now, at the Asarch Center, we have a treatment to address this common issue – Ultherapy. With no downtime and results often achieved in a single session, Ultherapy is the perfect treatment to combat the loss of elasticity in your skin.
Ultherapy is one of the top procedures in both Denver and around the country this year. The Asarch Center is proud to be recognized as anUltherapy Ultra Premier Provider for 2014, 2015 & 2016.
Consider Ultherapy to:
- Tighten and firm the skin on your face, neck and under your chin
- Tone the skin on your décolleté
- Diminish skin sagging
- Boost collagen production
What Is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is the only non-invasive, FDA-approved procedure to tighten and lift skin on the neck and under the chin. Ultherapy uses ultrasound waves, called Ulthera, for cosmetic improvement of the skin, working deep below the surface-without harming the outer layer of skin-for firming, tightening and lifting. In November 2012, the Ulthera® system received FDA approval to non-invasively lift lax tissue on the neck and the beneath the chin.
Ultherapy is the only non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses focused ultrasound to stimulate the growth of new collagen deep within the skin. The production of new collagen occurs over time, so results can become more apparent over three to six months. The procedure takes only about an hour for most patients, and there is no downtime.
It also is the only procedure to use ultrasound imaging, which allows us to actually see the layers of tissue we target during the treatment and ensure the energy is deposited precisely to where it will be most effective.
What Should I Expect During My Ultherapy Treatment?
Ultherapy treatments are done in our office, and take between 30 – 90 minutes depending on which areas are treated. The procedure is tolerated differently depending on the individual, with only minimal discomfort reported by most. Our providers will review expectations prior to your treatment.
What Results Can I Expect?
Improvements will continue in the months following your treatment, with the full benefit visible after 6 months. This includes tighter skin on the neck and under the chin with a sleeker, more defined jawline. Sagging skin on the cheeks may be tightened and lifted, which in turn decreases the folds from the nose to mouth, folds from the mouth to jaw, and drooping corners of the mouth. Tightening of skin on the forehead helps reduce sagging and lax skin on the eyelids, and helps lift the brows to promote a more open, refreshed look in general. Additional benefits also include overall improvements in skin texture and evenness of color — as well as strengthening the structure of your skin by adding more collagen cushion.
What Does Collagen Do?
How does Ultherapy stimulate the creation of collagen? Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firmed and toned. As we age, collagen loses its strength and its ability to stand up to the effects of gravity that pull the skin downward. Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound to generate a thermal affect under the skin. The thermal affect essentially jumpstarts a repair process that strengthens existing collagen and produces fresh, new collagen.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
The majority of patients only need one treatment; however, some may benefit from more than one treatment depending on how much laxity they have and their body’s own biological response to the ultrasound and the collagen-building process.
How Long Do the Results Last?
Patients treated with Ultherapy still have fresh young collagen after a year’s time following the procedure, but skin continues to age. Future touch-up treatments can help keep pace with the aging process, which varies by individual.
Is Ultherapy Safe?
The procedure has been cleared by the FDA after demonstrating safety in clinical studies, and over 100,000 treatments have been performed safely worldwide. In addition, ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in the field of medicine for more than 50 years.
What Are the Possible Side Effects?
There may be slight redness for up to an hour or so following the treatment, and a small percentage of patients may have slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to touch, but these are mild and temporary in nature.
Am I a Good Candidate?
A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone with skin that has some degree of laxity, to the point of looking, and often feeling, less firm. A lowered eyebrow line or sagging skin on the eyelids, for instance, is often the first sign of “maturing” skin. Loose skin under the neck and under the chin signals a patient might be a candidate. Typically, those in their thirties and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates.
While Ultherapy is not a replacement for a surgical face lift, there are many people who want some lifting but are not ready for surgery, either mentally, physically or financially. There also are younger people who want to “stay ahead of the game” as well as those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.
What Products Should I Use?
Dr. Asarch Recommends: “Two to four weeks prior to your Ultherapy procedure, add the following DERMAspaRx products to your regimen. Continue using after treatment for optimal results.”