If you don’t want to use a facelift or other invasive cosmetic procedure to lift sagging skin on your face or neck, don’t worry. You don’t have to deal with scarring, discomfort, and incisions in order to rejuvenate your skin. Instead, you can lift and firm your skin with Ultherapy. At Premiere Center for Health and Wellness in Cincinnati, Ohio, we can transform your skin in a non-invasive manner with this innovative cosmetic technique.
How Effective Is Ultherapy for Lifting Skin?
Ultherapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound energy to lift the skin on your face, neck, and other areas on your body. Scientific studies show that this FDA-approved treatment is very effective.
For instance, in one study, this treatment was provided to people who had moderate-to-severe skin laxity on their jawlines and under their chins. People in the study developed noticeable improvements in the elasticity of their skin twenty-four days after they received their treatments. In a different study, more than 80% of people reported improvements in their appearance ninety days after they used this treatment.
Studies also indicate that this treatment is an excellent way to improve the body’s production of collagen. Collagen is a fibrous protein that strengthens skin and helps it remain strong and firm. In one scientific study, people’s production of certain types of collagen increased by 42% after they received this treatment.
What Areas of My Body Can This Skin Tightening Method Improve?
It’s common to develop loose skin in locations that are frequently exposed to sunlight. Fortunately, this cosmetic technique is very good at lifting the skin in these areas of your body. For instance, we can use this technique to lift the skin on your neck. We can also use this treatment to tighten the skin on your face and chest.
Why Do I Have Loose, Sagging Skin?
Although loose skin is very normal, developing this issue can make you look tired and old. There are a number of factors that cause your skin’s appearance to deteriorate over time.
Your Collagen Levels
When you are in your early twenties, your body produces large amounts of collagen. As a result, your skin will resist the effect of gravity at this stage in your life. Unfortunately, your body makes less collagen as you age. Your decreasing levels of this protein will cause the structure of your skin to become weaker, and you will develop loose, sagging skin and wrinkles on your face and other areas of your body.
Certain lifestyle choices can cause the collagen in your skin to degrade more quickly. For instance, smoking and drinking too much alcohol can damage your collagen fibers. The ultra-violet light that the sun emits will also weaken the collagen in your skin. As a result, if you smoke, drink, or spend a lot of time in the sun, you are likely to develop loose skin at a relatively early age.
Your genes also affect how your skin ages over time. If your relatives had firm, tight skin in their forties and fifties, your skin will probably age slowly. Alternatively, if your relatives developed loose skin in their thirties, you will probably experience this issue at an earlier stage in your life.
What Technique Does This Treatment Use to Lift My Skin?
This state-of-the-art treatment uses a specialized device to transmit ultrasound energy to your skin.
Visualizing Your Tissues
During your appointment, we use our device to visualize the tissues in your treatment area. These images will allow us to determine which locations we should target with focused ultrasound energy. Once we have analyzed your treatment area, we will carefully transmit ultrasound energy to precise levels within your skin. This energy will pass through the top layers of your skin before penetrating your deeper tissues.
Improving Your Collagen Levels
This treatment will prompt your body to make more collagen. This is a gradual process, and your collagen levels will steadily increase during the weeks after your appointment is complete. As your collagen production improves, your skin will become firmer and tighter.
What Is the Difference Between This Treatment and Other Skin Tightening Methods?
Some laser treatments promise to lift and tighten your skin. Unfortunately, many of these laser treatments use outdated, ineffective devices that cannot reach the deeper layers of your skin. As a result, these treatments may fail to produce meaningful changes in your skin.
In contrast, this technique uses focused ultrasound energy that can bypass the surface layers of your skin. As a result, this energy will penetrate your deeper tissues and create noticeable improvements in your skin.
Many radiofrequency treatments use electric energy to heat the tissues in your treatment area. These treatments have several significant drawbacks. In particular, the upper layers of your skin will absorb a large portion of this radiofrequency energy, and the treatment will not reach the deeper layers of your skin. Further, if this energy is not applied in a precise manner, it can burn the tissues in your treatment area.
Ultrasound energy does not have these drawbacks. Unlike radiofrequency energy, this method will affect your deeper tissues without creating burns or scars on the surface of your skin.
What Should I Expect During My Appointment?
There’s no need to feel nervous or worried before your appointment. This is a non-invasive treatment, and we will take precautions to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout this process. We will also clean the skin in your treatment area. Next, we will use a specialized device to transmit focused ultrasound energy into your skin. Since this energy can pass through your surface tissues, you will not receive any incisions or injections during this portion of your treatment.
This is a gentle process, and you will feel normal once your treatment is complete. You can immediately resume your duties at work. You can also return to your childcare responsibilities and other tasks.
How Long Will My Treatment Take?
The length of your appointment will be tailored to fit the size and condition of the areas that you are targeting. Although this will be a customized process, treating the skin on your chest will usually take about thirty minutes. It will usually take between sixty to ninety minutes to enhance the skin on your neck and face.
How Many Skin Tightening Sessions Will I Need?
This treatment is extremely effective, and you will probably see significant improvements after you receive a single skin tightening session. That said, if you have very lax skin or are treating many different areas on your body, you might need multiple treatment sessions. During your initial consultation, we can give you more information about the number of sessions that you will receive.
When Will My Skin Improve?
After your treatment, your body will begin to make additional collagen. Since this process is not immediate, you will not see changes in your skin right away. Instead, you will likely notice the benefits of your increased collagen production after a few weeks. At this point, your skin will begin to look smoother and tighter.
Although your initial results will vary, it’s common to see the full benefits of your treatment after about two to three months. Taking periodic photographs of your target area during the months after your treatment is a good way to track the improvements in your skin.
Will I Need to Receive Frequent Follow-Up Treatments?
If you’re a busy person with a demanding job and an active social life, you probably don’t want to spend your time and energy attending regular follow-up treatments. Fortunately, you don’t need to receive frequent maintenance treatments after your initial skin tightening session is complete.
This efficient technique creates long-lasting changes in your skin, and your improvements are likely to last for at least a year. Accordingly, you don’t need to interrupt your life to attend monthly or bi-monthly follow-up treatments.
Although this treatment is very effective, your results will not be permanent. As you continue to age, the collagen in your skin will degrade, and your skin will begin to sag and loosen. To maintain your youthful look, you should have periodic follow-up treatments.
How Can I Extend the Benefits of My Initial Treatment?
Avoid the Sun
Since spending too much time in the sun will cause your skin to age more quickly, you should avoid excessive sun exposure. Further, you should wear strong sunscreen when you go outside.
Use High-Quality Skincare Products
You should also use high-quality anti-aging products during your skincare routine. To help you accomplish this goal, we can recommend a selection of products from the Neocutis and SkinMedica lines.
Receive Anti-Aging Treatments
You can also prolong the benefits of your skin tightening session by receiving other anti-aging treatments. For example, you can preserve your new look by getting chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing treatments.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Skin Tightening Method?
This treatment is designed to address mild-to-moderate skin laxity in generally healthy adults. As a result, you are likely to be a good candidate for this technique if you have loose or sagging skin on your face, neck, or other areas of your body.
Although this is a quick, easy treatment, this technique is not suitable for everyone. In particular, certain bleeding conditions or autoimmune disorders could prevent you from using this technique. Further, you might not be able to use this treatment if you have an infection, skin condition, or implanted medical device in your treatment area. In addition, if you have very lax skin or severe sun damage, this technique may not be right for you.
We will analyze your skin and discuss your overall health during your first meeting with us. At this point, you should tell us about any medications or supplements that you are taking and any health issues that you have. We will use this information to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for this skin lifting technique.
Lift and Tighten Your Skin
Ultherapy is an excellent way to lift and tighten sagging skin on your face, neck, and chest. This treatment is completely non-invasive, and you will be able to immediately return to your normal schedule after your appointment. Further, the benefits of this treatment are likely to last for at least a year. To learn more about this fantastic skin tightening method, contact us at Premiere Center for Health and Wellness in Cincinnati, Ohio for an initial consultation today.