The task of correcting skin laxity can be a challenging one – especially when it seems like injectable treatments and over-the-counter products aren’t living up to all of their promises. But that doesn’t mean you have to let the aging process win! At Laser Skin Solutions Jacksonville in Jacksonville Beach, FL we know all the tools you need to tighten and lift your skin without surgery, including Ultherapy!
What Is Ultherapy Good For?
This is a highly effective energy-based treatment that is used to tighten skin and uplift your beauty for a more youthful appearance. This treatment is ideal for those who have mild, moderate, and even severe age-related skin concerns, such as:
- Fine lines
- Expression lines
- Dynamic wrinkles
- Skin laxity
- Loose skin
- Dry and thin skin
Essentially, all of your superficial skin concerns related to the natural aging process can be adequately treated with this system. Even more exciting is the fact that this treatment can be used to treat all areas of the face, as well as the chin, jawline, and neck, where the visible signs of aging tend to spread.
What Are the Advantages of This Treatment?
There are many advantages to this treatment. For one thing, the fact that it can be used on wrinkles of all severity means the treatment itself is diverse and can be used for a long time – all prospective patients can make good candidates, regardless of the severity of their aging concerns. Other advantages of this treatment include:
This is a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment, meaning it does not involve the use of general anesthesia and does not carry any risks of scarring. As a non-invasive treatment, Ultherapy does not cause harm to the skin or body and does not pose any significant risk to the skin, unlike other treatments such as surgical facelifts, which have higher risks of unintended side effects.
More importantly, because this is not a surgery, you will not have to endure a long downtime after your treatment is complete, which means you can get back to living your life while the results of your treatment gradually appear. Non-invasive treatments are also preferable for patients who do not want to have invasive surgery or who are not healthy enough for traditional surgery.
This treatment is also incredibly precise due to the nature of the treatment system, which can glimpse the sub-dermal layers of skin to assess which areas of concern require more attention from the treatment to achieve the desired results. The precise nature of the treatment means that each area of concern receives the exact amount of energy to reverse the visible signs of aging.
This advantage can be helpful for patients who are experiencing aging in specific areas of the face or neck, and who require a customized approach to treatment.
Additionally, this treatment produces natural-looking results. While the results of traditional facelifts have the risk of appearing “plastic” after the treatment, the results of Ultherapy produce gradual, subtle results that reverse the aging process in a natural way. This is because this treatment utilizes the body’s natural regenerative abilities, meaning the results of your treatment are all achieved through natural processes, rather than invasive techniques or chemicals.
The results of this treatment also last for a long time. The average patient can expect the results of this treatment to last for about 18 to 24 months at a time, although most patients should expect to enjoy seamless results for up to two years. The fact that these results are so long-lasting is another reason why the results of the treatment appear so natural.
How Does This Treatment Work?
This system uses ultrasound thermal energy to stimulate proteins in the sub-dermal layers of skin to gradually reverse the signs of aging. That’s right – ultrasound thermal energy uses the same general technology as medical ultrasounds.
The real key to this treatment is the ability of the system to look into the sub-dermal layers of skin with the ultrasound technology and deliver concentrated thermal energy to specific areas of the skin to precisely target areas that require more treatment. Doing this ensures that each area of your skin that needs attention is given enough energy to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.
Why Do We Need Collagen and Elastin?
Collagen and elastin are two important skin-supporting proteins found in the sub-dermal layers of skin that are responsible for providing the skin with structural support. In other words, you can thank collagen and elastin for keeping your skin supple and smooth. Unfortunately, as a natural result of the aging process, our skin produces less collagen and elastin as we get older, which is why wrinkles develop as we age.
While you may be able to use collagen-rich over-the-counter products, including moisturizers and supplements, the fact of the matter is that topical or oral collagen is not as effective as stimulating the natural production of collagen within the skin. Collagen produced by the body lasts longer and is more effective for correcting the visible signs of aging.
Is This Treatment Safe?
Yes! Ultherapy is an incredibly safe treatment that has a very low risk of negative or unintended side effects. Even among other energy-based treatments, this ultrasound-based treatment is one that is regarded as one of the more safe and compatible treatments for all people. The reasons this treatment is considered safe include:
Cosmetic Ultrasound Is Trusted
Ultrasound technology has been used in medical settings for the last 50 years and is a trusted technology that is safe enough to be used on pregnant women. Ultrasound is a trusted technology that does not pose any risk of harmful radiation or permanent skin damage from thermal energy. For this reason, cosmetic ultrasound treatments such as this one should be trusted avenues of effective anti-aging treatments.
Cosmetic Ultrasound Is Skin Compatible
Because ultrasound does not damage the skin, it’s also considered compatible with all skin tones and skin types. For those who have medium and dark complexions, it can sometimes be the case that other energy-based treatments are not skin-compatible due to the increased risk of pigmentation. However, ultrasound technology has been safely used on women of all skin tones for a long time, so this treatment system is also compatible, regardless of skin tone or type.
Cosmetic Ultrasound Is Commonly Used
This treatment is also commonly used – in fact, cosmetic ultrasound energy treatments such as this one are one of the more common energy-based treatments in the nation. For example, in 2016 alone, roughly 500,000 people used non-surgical skin tightening treatments, including Ultherapy, for the purpose of anti-aging.
Will You Need a Consultation?
Yes. If this is your first time using ultrasound technology for cosmetic purposes, you will need to attend a consultation appointment. The consultation appointment gives us the opportunity to collect relevant information about you, such as your treatment goals and expectations, your skincare routine, and other treatments you have tried for skin laxity and wrinkles in the past.
How Do You Prepare for Treatment?
There isn’t much you will need to do to prepare for treatment, aside from avoiding direct unprotected sun exposure for about 5 to 7 days before your treatment. We encourage patients to adequately hydrate for a few days before their treatment. Also, for the sake of patient comfort, you may want to take over-the-counter pain relievers about one hour before your appointment.
What Will Treatment Be Like?
Patients have the option of requesting a cooling gel or topical numbing cream to be used on their skin during the treatment, particularly if the patient has sensitive skin. Your treatment will be performed by one of our certified technicians and will take about 30 to 90 minutes to complete, depending on the number of areas that need to be treated.
How Long Does Recovery Take?
After your treatment is complete, you will be allowed to return to all of your normal daily activities, including work and exercise. However, part of your aftercare instructions will include avoiding direct unprotected sun exposure, hot tubs and saunas, and tanning beds for at least five to 7 days after treatment.
When Will You See Results?
It will take some time to see the results of this treatment. The average patient needs about four to six weeks to see initial results from this treatment, which will consist of tighter skin and fewer fine lines. Most patients will need to wait between five and six months to see the final results of the treatment, as it takes time for the natural production of collagen to reach a level that produces significant anti-aging results.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
You will only require one treatment for this system to achieve your desired results. In fact, we usually only have patients come in for a follow up after about six to nine months to assess the success of the treatment. Very rarely – and only for patients who have severe wrinkles and skin laxity – we use your follow-up appointment to touch-up areas of your skin that require more ultrasound energy to produce the desired results.
How Can You Maintain Results?
The primary way to maintain your results is to attend an annual treatment session once every 12 to 18 months, depending on the severity of your skin condition. Most patients opt for a yearly treatment appointment for the sake of simplicity, but patients who have mild age-related concerns may only need treatments every 18 months to maintain results. Other ways you can maintain results include:
It’s important that you use the right skincare products after your treatment to support the production of collagen and to help your skin stay healthy. For example, using anti-aging skincare products that encourage higher skin cell turnover, such as Retinol, can be very helpful. Skincare products containing hyaluronic acid can also help retain skin moisture and support collagen production.
You also need adequate sun protection to help fight against the effects of aging. Unprotected exposure to UV rays speeds up skin aging and can cause sun damage, such as dark spots.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Most patients are good candidates for this treatment, particularly if patients are looking for an alternative treatment for surgical facelifts. If you have any visible signs of aging on your face or neck that you would like to treat, and if you want to enjoy natural, long-lasting results, then you are a good candidate for this treatment.
Uplift Your Appearance With Ultherapy!
Aging might be an on-going battle, but you have a fighting chance when it comes to reversing the visible signs of aging. With a treatment like Ultherapy, you can effortlessly uplift your appearance and recapture your youthful radiance. Please contact Laser Skin Solutions Jacksonville in Jacksonville Beach, FL to schedule your initial consultation today!