Do you notice more wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin every time you look in the mirror? Are you unsatisfied with your appearance and looking for a pain-free, non-invasive solution to common signs of aging? If so, Ultherapy could be the perfect way to turn back the hands of time and restore youthful skin. This quick, easy treatment stimulates your body’s natural collagen production and is just one of many top-quality treatments proudly offered by Premiere Center for Health and Wellness in Cincinnati, OH.
What Is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved non-surgical treatment for lifting and tightening skin on the neck, face, eyebrows, and décolleté. This isn’t a facelift: it’s a simple, non-invasive treatment that can achieve similar results without a lengthy recovery time.
Ultherapy uses highly concentrated ultrasound technology to reach the deepest layers of your skin and stimulate collagen production by creating a thermal effect. As the energy permeates your skin, your body begins to produce new collagen, which continues to tighten your skin for about three months after treatment, when your final results are visible.
Why Is Collagen So Important?
Often referred to as the framework of the skin, collagen is a protein essential to your skin’s overall health and appearance. It’s found in almost every part of our bodies and is naturally produced throughout our lives. However, as we age, collagen production slows and collagen in the skin begins to break down.
This results in loose, sagging skin, wrinkles, and fine lines, and it can affect the way you react to seeing your reflection every day. If you aren’t happy with the skin you see in the mirror, don’t worry. Collagen production can be stimulated and your skin can be rejuvenated through Ultherapy.
Benefits of This Treatment
This treatment is one of the fastest ways to achieve smooth, youthful-looking skin. It’s also able to effectively address issues like sagging skin in the neck or décolleté area. Each session takes between 30-90 minutes and requires zero downtime, leaving you free to go about the rest of your day as normal.
In addition, you don’t need to change your routine when you prepare for your appointment, and maintenance appointments are generally scheduled between six months and one year after your initial treatment.
Unlike an expensive, time-consuming procedure like a facelift, this treatment is totally non-invasive and carries far fewer possible risks and side effects as a result. It’s approved by the FDA and totally painless. Best of all, it can address most mild to moderate skin laxity concerns effectively and leave you looking your best in less than three months.
How Does It Work?
This treatment uses ultrasound energy to reach the deepest layers of your skin. Your doctor can determine the best depth for your particular skin concerns and focus the energy directly in the target area. Overall, the appointment is hassle-free and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll begin to see your final results appear.
The first step in your journey to smoother, more youthful-looking skin is an initial consultation with your doctor. During this time, you’ll have the chance to ask all of your questions about this treatment and what you can expect in terms of the first appointment, recovery, and results.
Your doctor will evaluate your skin, making note of the areas which could benefit from this treatment. You can also indicate the skin which causes you the most concern so that you and your doctor can decide on a treatment plan to address multiple areas at once.
You should prepare to disclose any information about your medical and health history and medications or skincare products you use regularly. While this treatment requires most patients to do minimal preparation, your doctor may ask you to follow instructions specific to your situation to ensure the best results.
Once you’ve had your consultation and decided that this is the treatment for you, it’s time to start preparing. The good news is that there isn’t too much you need to worry about during this stage. Your doctor may ask you to follow specific instructions, but this treatment generally doesn’t require you to stop using certain skincare products or stop taking most medications.
You should drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and healthy, which will help support collagen production once the treatment is complete. Try to eat a balanced, healthy diet to provide your body and skin with the nutrients it needs to remain in excellent shape. In addition, you should always wear sunscreen. Harmful, unprotected sun exposure is responsible for approximately 90% of common skin concerns such as wrinkles, dark spots, and skin cancer.
Apply sunscreen daily and re-apply every four hours if you’ll be staying outside for an extended period of time. Finally, moisturize your skin and avoid irritation or negative reactions by waiting until after your treatment to introduce any new products.
On the day of your appointment, cleanse your face as usual. If you wear makeup, remove it before arriving to your appointment. Your doctor will begin by ensuring that your skin is clean and re-examining the target areas. Next, your doctor will apply ultrasound gel and use press the handheld treatment applicator against your skin, using the imaging technology to determine the best placement possible for the treatment.
Finally, your doctor will activate the energy and move the applicator across your skin to cover the entire target area. During treatment, you’ll feel the tiny, targeted amounts of energy permeate your skin to reach its deepest layers. This sensation lasts only when the applicator is on and pressed against your skin, and most patients report that it feels like painless tingling.
Depending on your target areas, your appointment could take between 60-90 minutes for your face and neck and 30 minutes for your chest area. Once your treatment is finished, your doctor will give you any follow-up instructions and you’ll be free to return to your normal routine immediately.
Thanks to its advanced technology and non-invasive nature, this treatment includes no recovery time. You may notice that your skin is a little flushed and sensitive directly after your appointment. This is a normal side-effect which means that the ultrasound energy has successfully permeated your skin and stimulated collagen production.
Any redness should fade within the first few hours, and you’ll be able to wear makeup, exercise, and perform your normal skincare routine the same day.
Continue to drink water and keep your skin hydrated by applying moisturizer during the days after treatment. Patients report that initial results can be seen as early as 4-7 days after treatment. Your skin will continue to recover and rejuvenate for approximately 3 months as your skin produces new collagen and your skin tightens and smooths.
About 3 months after treatment, your skin will have produced the new collagen stimulated by the ultrasound energy, and the structure and appearance of your skin should be noticeably improved. Your final results may include skin on your neck and chest which is tighter, wrinkles which have decreased in appearance, and fine lines around your eyes and mouth which are less noticeable.
Your doctor should be able to show you exactly how your skin has changed by comparing your before and after pictures. You should feel more satisfied with your appearance after treatment. Your areas of concern should appear less noticeable or visibly reduced.
Your younger-looking skin will leave you feeling more attractive and less prone to worry about the signs of aging you see in the mirror each morning. For most patients, results last about one year before aging processes begin to naturally recur. However, results can last two or even three years depending on factors like age, genetics, healthy skincare, and consistent sun protection.
How Often Do I Need Treatment?
Because aging is a normal, natural process, the results of Ultherapy are not permanent. They can sometimes last as long as three years, but many patients find that their concerns begin to reappear after about one year. Your doctor will help you choose a personalized treatment plan during your initial consultation.
This will likely include a maintenance appointment between six months and one year after your first treatment. Most patients seek treatment approximately once a year to keep their skin looking its best.
In the end, the number and frequency of your treatments is completely up to you. This treatment is safe to perform on multiple areas at once and, with the approval of your doctor, you can seek more frequent treatments to achieve and maintain your ideal results. If you have any questions, you can ask your doctor during your consultation.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate?
This treatment is effective on every skin color, type, and condition, though it will have varying results in each unique situation. In general, your candidacy for this treatment depends on your goals. If you’re younger and want to begin combatting early signs of aging, this treatment can offer you an easy solution.
If you’re older and want to reduce signs of aging which cause you insecurity, this treatment is less expensive and less invasive than a facelift and can be used as needed to keep your skin in excellent condition.
If you experience loose skin under your neck and chin, lines and wrinkles on your chest, and sagging skin and wrinkles on your face, you may be an ideal candidate. Typical patients are 30 and older with mild to moderate skin concerns. You should talk to your doctor about whether this treatment is right for you.
Is It for Me?
Don’t let natural signs of aging hold you back from the life you want. If you find it difficult to focus on the important things due to the amount of time you spend worrying about your skin concerns, you may want to consider a treatment like Ultherapy.
It’s perfect for nearly every patient and is proven to deliver fast, long-lasting results. In addition, it requires almost no preparation, lifestyle change, or downtime and is an excellent option for those who don’t want to pursue surgery.
Is It Safe?
This treatment can also restore your skin by harnessing your body’s natural processes, which means that it’s safer than many alternative treatments and procedures and has fewer side effects. Finally and best of all, it offers you the chance to regain your confidence in your appearance as you watch your areas of concern visibly fade. You’ll finally feel comfortable in your own skin and ready to enjoy your life to the fullest without worrying about your skin.
If you’re ready to learn more about the way to get smoother, younger-looking skin, reach out to the professionals at Premiere Center for Health and Wellness in Cincinnati, OH to learn more about how we help Hormone Health for Women AND Men. We look forward to serving you and helping you meet your goals!