Is your face making you look tired, older, or just plain worn out? Everyone’s face shows signs of aging differently, but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing that can be done about it. At Flores Plastic Surgery in Miami, FL, our experts use an exciting modern technique known as Ultherapy, which can restore a youthful look to your face and tighten skin that may be drooping or sagging.
What Is Ultherapy?
If you feel you may have heard of it before, you’re not alone. Ultherapy is a favorite treatment of multiple A-list celebrities, including Jennifer Aniston and Vanessa Williams. It triggers the body’s natural mechanisms to fight against sagging skin and maintain a “younger” look. Best of all, it allows patients to avoid treatments that might be considered more serious, such as facelifts or unpleasant surgeries. It accomplishes this by using ultrasound technology in order to stimulate the growth of collagen.
What Is Collagen?
Collagen is a particular protein that is necessary for your skin to keep its strength and shape. It already exists in your skin, but there may not be enough of it. Unfortunately, we lose collagen bit by bit as we age, and this contributes to our skin becoming looser.
By encouraging your body to make more collagen, Ultherapy is able to undo some of the effects of aging. The results are more organic, which means that they are not instantaneous. However, these results are more natural-looking than many other options.
What Are the Main Benefits?
There are many treatment options on the market today, but Ultherapy has several qualities that make it stand out:
It’s Safe and FDA-Approved
Ultrasound energy has a strong foundation in the medical field, having been in use for over 50 years for a wide variety of uses. In fact, this technology is essentially the same as the ultrasounds that allow us to see developing pregnancies or give us images of someone’s inner organs. It helps us treat everything from kidney stones to heart conditions, and has helped doctors treat many patients without having to resort to surgical procedures.
In 2009, the FDA approved Ultherapy for skin tightening after a series of clinical trials that demonstrated it was safe for patients. Hundreds of thousands of treatments have been performed in the years since then.
It Uses a Non-Invasive Approach
Perhaps the most amazing thing about this treatment is that it manages to revitalize your skin from its lower layers without actually disturbing or damaging the surface of the skin. With the ultrasound technology, our specialists can see what layers of skin are being targeted, and make sure to focus treatment on the areas that most need it.
Results from this treatment are not as drastic as a facelift, and they are also not instantaneous. After treatment, it can take up to three months for the body to produce enough collagen to get ideal results (although you will notice a difference sooner than this). But these results can last for years, and they will also be achieved without surgery.
It Is Fast
The treatment itself is very quick, especially compared to most surgeries. One short session typically lasts for anywhere form 60-90 minutes, and sometimes less, depending on the areas being treated. This makes it ideal for professionals who have a busy schedule or anyone who can’t afford to take a lot of time off for both the appointment and a lengthy recovery.
Depending on your reaction to the treatment, it may be useful to schedule more than one session to encourage the best results. This is determined on a case-by-case basis, however. Most patients only require one session. Follow-up treatments are usually recommended after a year in order to maintain the best levels of skin strength and collagen. Each appointment is quick, so you can get back to your day right away.
It Has a Quick Recovery
Another of the favorite selling points of this treatment is the fact that you can do all of it without having to go through a complicated “recovery period.” Surgical facelifts require a certain amount of downtime while the patient heals, but with Ultherapy, you can resume your daily activities without having to go through follow-up treatments or wait for a long time in the process.
How Does It Work?
This treatment is different from other forms of skin tightening. Unlike lasers (which penetrate the skin) or surgeries (which cut the skin), Ultherapy will bypass the outer layers of your skin and deliver ultrasound energy about 4mm under the skin. This allows us to treat the lower layers that produce collagen directly, without disturbing the skin’s surface.
The session usually takes between an hour and ninety minutes to complete. During this time, your provider will also use ultrasound imaging to make sure that the energy is being focused in the right place.
In the following weeks and months, your body will begin to grow fresh collagen at a higher rate than normal. The result: smooth skin that isn’t lax and loose, but firmer and younger-looking, and all without surgery.
Can It Treat Under the Eyes?
Baggy eyes and dark circles can be especially frustrating for many people, so it’s understandable that many patients want to know if this breakthrough can be used to correct them. Some providers have advertised their success with using Ultherapy for under the eyes; however, the skin in this area is delicate, so it can be more challenging than treating other regions.
While this treatment might be able to address the area around the eyes, it is not recommended for treating skin color. Dark pigment on the skin, for instance, will not be changed this way, so if dark circles are a result of the surface of the skin, then another approach will be necessary. If you want to know more about treating baggy or puffy eyes, call our office today, and we will be happy to discuss your personal goals. Our office has many tools at its disposal.
Steps In Your Treatment Process
The first step in a treatment process is typically an in-person consultation with someone on our staff. This will help us to understand your personal aesthetic goals as well as go over your medical history.
What Happens in a Personal Consultation?
During your consultation, you should feel free to ask any questions about this treatment or any others we offer. Our top priority is making sure that you are completely satisfied. If you are taking any medications, we can make sure that these will not conflict with treatment. We will also be able to get a sense of your individual skin type and what sort of treatment approach is best for you.
The Ultrasound Session
A treatment session will usually last between 60 and 90 minutes. They can be as short as 30 or as long as 180 minutes, but this depends on what areas are being treated. If you are treating multiple areas, it may take longer, but in the case of a chest treatment, often only a half-hour is needed.
During treatment, our medical experts will direct ultrasound energy into the lower levels of your skin. The entire process is controlled by someone in the room, so if you have any questions or concerns during the treatment, it is possible to change the intensity or talk to someone. It is not a treatment that is left on “autopilot” but is highly controlled, and our staff is available every step of the way.
How Long Until You See Results?
Because not everyone has the same skin type, it is not always possible to predict how quickly results will appear. Some patients report seeing slight effects within a day, and for others, it takes longer. In the first few days after treatment, many patients start to notice some lift has been added to their skin. This is a good sign that the process has begun and that new collagen is being produced.
Because collagen growth is a continual process, the full results will appear after a period of 2-3 months. During this time, the body will replace the worn-out collagen with the freshly stimulated collagen. By the end of three months, your skin should have a significantly noticeable improvement.
How Long Do These Results Last?
This improvement lasts for quite some time, as the collagen will stay in the skin for 2-3 years after the initial session. All the same, the skin will continue to age, and it may begin to lose its ideal form after the first year. This is dependent on many factors, including the individual patient and personal biological responses to the treatment.
Although one treatment is all that is needed for most people to start the process, after a year, most people will find a maintenance treatment is necessary in order to keep the best results.
When you have a session with us, we will work with you closely to make sure that the process has started and that you are getting the best results possible. After your initial session, we will work with you over the following years, in order to make sure that you continue to experience your best collagen growth.
Are You a Candidate?
People who are ideal for this treatment will typically be seeing an unwanted change in their skin. They will notice increasing laxity and will be aiming to tighten their skin without surgery. Common treatment areas include the chin, cheeks, neck, buttocks, chest, and stomach. While individual results may vary, most of our guests notice optimal results after two or three months as the new collagen becomes integrated into their skin.
If you are interested in anti-aging, minimally-invasive treatments, then you may very well be an ideal candidate.
Call for a Consultation
For many people, lax or loose skin can be a major aesthetic concern. It can make us look older than we actually are or give the impression that we are unhealthy in some other way. In reality, the cause can be as simple as the natural aging process. Fortunately, with Ultherapy, there is a fantastic new option on the market that can restore your youthful look in an organic and non-invasive way.
If you’ve been noticing a change in the quality of your skin, but you don’t want to go through the hassle and recovery process from a facelift, then Ultherapy may be just what the doctor ordered. A quick session can lead to lasting results, and your skin will be rejuvenated for years to come.
Are you interested to learn more about this amazing treatment option? We are here to answer any questions you might have, and make sure that you are completely satisfied every step of the way. Call the experts at Flores Plastic Surgery in Miami, FL, today!