There are so many ways to address aging skin. As cosmetic procedures continue to evolve, The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center is constantly working to bring the most innovative, effective procedures to our patients.
Like many of our patients, you might be interested in a procedure to tighten the skin on your face. Surgical facelifts are one traditional approach, but Ultherapy is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment that you should consider.
Our Ultherapy treatments in Cincinnati, OH, help lift the skin on your face and reduce lines and wrinkles. Read on to learn why so many of our patients prefer Ultherapy to surgical skin-tightening treatments.
What Is a Facelift?
Whether surgical or non-surgical, a facelift describes the process of treating loose, sagging skin around the face to generate a more youthful appearance.
For many years, a facelift was only possible through surgery. However, brilliant scientific minds have managed to create effective non-surgical facelift alternatives.
During a surgical facelift, a cosmetic surgeon permanently removes skin from your face. Although this type of treatment can be very effective, it is also highly invasive.
Surgery requires undergoing general anesthesia. There is also an extensive recovery period associated with surgical facelifts. Surgical facelifts aren’t just a time investment but a hefty financial one also.
Many patients who want anti-aging and skin tightening results prefer a non-invasive or minimally invasive treatment. This is where methods like Ultherapy come in.
What Is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a non-invasive skin tightening procedure that lifts the chin, brow, and neck while improving lines and wrinkles on your upper chest. Medical professionals have referred to Ultherapy as a non-surgical facelift alternative.
This procedure works by stimulating your body to produce new collagen and elastin, which offers natural-looking results without downtime or surgery.
The medical team at The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center in Cincinnati, OH, has been offering Ultherapy non-surgical facelift treatment for years. Our center is led by Dr. Shalini Gupta, who has extensive experience in bringing the highest level of client care and cosmetic results to our patients.
How Ultherapy Works
Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to penetrate deep into your skin. The focused ultrasound waves generate heat, which creates microdamage in your skin’s tissue. The produced heat and damage increases blood flow to the treated areas.
Along with the increase in blood flow, your body provides fibroblasts to the treated areas to assist with the wound healing process. Fibroblasts are the most common cells in the skin, and they play a major role in skin rejuvenation and collagen production. These cells create collagen in response to damage.
The thermal effects of ultrasound technology cause your skin to lift, tighten, and firm. These results are due to the generation of new collagen by your body and the straightening of elastin fibers in your skin.
Ultrasound energy is able to offer rejuvenating effects to the outer layer of your skin by exfoliating and smoothing it. This leads to the appearance of improved skin tone and texture.
In some cases, the ultrasound energy is also able to temporarily change the actual structure of the superficial layer of your skin, which makes it easier for your topical skincare products to penetrate deeper layers of skin tissue.
Ultherapy Treatment Areas
Ultherapy is frequently used to tighten the skin around the cheeks, jawline, mouth, eyes, and neck.
These areas are targeted by Ultherapy because as your skin’s nutrients start to deplete with age, they tend to be the first to show signs of aging.
What to Expect During Your Ultherapy Procedure
During your Ultherapy procedure, we will use an FDA-approved handheld device to emit ultrasound waves into the treatment sites. Ultherapy is extremely precise, allowing our medical providers to control the amount and depths of ultrasound waves.
We will likely apply a topical anesthetic prior to the procedure to enhance your comfort and prevent negative sensations during the procedure.
After the procedure, you may have some redness or tenderness at the treated sites, but this should go away within the hour.
How Many Sessions Does It Take?
The average patient receives one or two treatments of Ultherapy to get their desired skin tightening results.
Patients start to see results within a few weeks’ time, with full results becoming visible after three to six months.
The reason Ultherapy results do not immediately appear is that your body takes time to generate new collagen.
How Long Are Ultherapy Sessions?
Ultherapy sessions usually range anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half. The length of time of each procedure depends in large part on the areas being treated.
After Ultherapy Treatment
After Ultherapy, you will want to schedule maintenance treatments every couple of years in order to maintain results.
New collagen production isn’t permanent. Over time, your body will revert to its natural state and begin to deplete its collagen stores again. This is why maintenance sessions are highly recommended.
After your procedure, you will not have any required downtime. You can expect to immediately resume your lifestyle and routine.
Getting Started with Ultherapy Non-Surgical Facelifts
If you have been interested in skin rejuvenation, skin tightening, and anti-aging but don’t know where to begin, Ultherapy could be the right treatment method for you.
The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center in Cincinnati, OH, offers informed consultations to new patients to help you determine the best treatment plan for your desired results. Whether Ultherapy is the key to your aesthetic goals or not, our team of experts will help develop a custom treatment plan tailored for you.
To learn more, contact our office in Cincinnati today.