Ultherapy

Ultherapy

As people age, structural proteins in the skin tend to deteriorate. This can lead to a variety of aesthetic issues such as wrinkles and looser skin. Ultherapy is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses sound waves to both heal and firm the skin. This is a wonderful option for those looking for a non surgical way to counter the effects of aging on skin around the face and neck. Ulthera’s focused ultrasound waves infiltrate beyond the surface of the skin and into the dermal layer, where it promotes healing of damaged tissue. This leads to a rejuvenated appearance and creates outstanding cosmetic results for both men and women.

The treatment, Ultherapy®, is the first and only energy-based device for aesthetics cleared by the FDA with a non-invasive “lift” indication. Ultherapy improves the appearance of skin by encouraging tissues in and underneath the skin to heal. It gently heats the skin and initiates the body’s repair processes. Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to reach the damaged skin layers that cause skin to ‘sag’ without disrupting the surface of the skin. It also has an effect on collagen production. Collagen is an important structural protein that is responsible for maintaining elasticity and strength of the skin. The quality and quantity of collagen may decrease over time, causing wrinkles and folds which give the impression of greater age. By strengthening collagen and increasing production of new collagen, ultherapy can make the skin appear more toned. This contributes to a more youthful appearance.

Results can be seen immediately after an Ultherapy treatment. The treated area of skin will appear tighter and more toned, resulting in a more youthful look. Further lifting and firming will be apparent in the weeks and months following ultherapy. Since this procedure relies partly on stimulating production of collagen, the biggest visible changes will occur after the body has had enough time to form new collagen. Production of new collagen occurs gradually over the two to three months that follow treatment. The best results will be achieved within three to six months of treatment.

The procedure can take anywhere from half an hour to three hours. It is normal to experience some discomfort during ultherapy – this indicates that treatment is working and collagen is being produced. To help cope with this, the doctor may give medications or use other strategies to reduce discomfort (for example, cooling the skin). Ultrasound can also be used as an imaging technique to help determine which areas would benefit most from ultherapy treatment. By visualizing the structures under the skin, the treatment can be targeted to specific areas for optimal results. Immediately afterwards, it is common to have some mild redness in the treated area. Other side effects such as swelling, bruising, numbness, and tenderness may persist for several weeks after ultherapy.

The procedure is approved by the FDA after demonstrating safety during clinical studies. Since then hundreds of thousands of these procedures have been performed safely. Ultrasound waves have been widely used for other purposes within the medical field for over 50 years. As this is a relatively new application for ultrasound, it is not yet known how long the rejuvenating effects on skin may last. It is thought that results may last two to five years, but this will vary depending on the condition of skin and exposure to things that may damage collagen (such as sunlight).

Ultherapy is a new and effective procedure to improve the appearance of skin. It is an excellent solution for those seeking a non invasive way to achieve tighter, firmer skin. At Wilderman Medical Cosmetic clinic, we are experienced in providing cosmetic treatments such as ultherapy. We are committed to meeting and exceeding patients’ expectations for cosmetic outcomes.

 

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