The older we become, the more our skin can begin to lose its youthful glow and develop issues such as wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging. While some patients opt to correct these imperfections with procedures like facelift surgery, others would prefer a non-invasive solution. Dr. Friedlander uses her keen sense of artistry and Ultherapy® to provide beautiful results without surgery, helping you regain radiant, youthful skin as well as your self-confidence.Have a Question
What is Ultherapy®?
Ultherapy® is an FDA-approved skin tightening procedure known as a “non-surgical facelift” that can enhance skin elasticity for the face, neck, eyebrows, and even the chest to make you look younger and fresher. This innovative device can remove years of aging using ultrasound technology without the worry of resorting to “nipping and tucking” with a scalpel.
How does Ultherapy® work?
Ultherapy® works by delivering sound energy focused at a specific depth to gently heat the tissue. This stimulates the creation of new collagen and elastin. Collagen is a natural protein that provides structural support to the skin, keeping it firm and toned. As we age, collagen decreases in quantity and strength, leading to fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. Ultherapy® restores a more youthful balance by stimulating new collagen and elastin production, helping your skin to maintain its strength and elasticity. Some tightening occurs immediately after treatment, but the majority of tightening is seen as a gradual lifting and toning of the skin over two to three months. The ultrasound treatment jumpstarts the body’s collagen production, resulting in a very natural appearance.
Ultherapy® works at three different levels. By focusing the energy where it is needed most, we can effectively treat the muscle, the tissue above the muscle, and the skin. It is important to understand that your appearance is the result of many different levels of skin acting together. Ultherapy® visualizes these levels and allows us to target the ones most in need, providing superior results.
Am I a Candidate for Ultherapy®?
You can benefit from Ultherapy® if you have mild to moderate laxity in your cheeks or your neck, are in good health, and have realistic expectations. It is ideal for patients in their thirties and older who do not need a facelift but are starting to see signs of aging and want to look better. Many younger patients who are looking to stay ahead of the game look toward Ultherapy® to maintain their youthful fullness. You may be a good candidate for Ultherapy® if you find yourself struggling with one or more of the following problems:
- Drooping eyebrows
- Fine lines around the mouth
- Sagging along the jawline (jowls)
- Loose skin under the chin
- Sagging neck skin
- Creases and wrinkles on the chest
How is Ultherapy® performed?
Ultherapy® is performed in the office. It uses micro-focused ultrasound energy to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin, the proteins that help to keep your skin firm and toned. Before the treatment, we will look at the dermal layer (skin) and the deep fibro-muscular support layers (muscle and fascia) of the face and neck to determine the best approach for your procedure. Each of these layers is treated separately as needed. Ultrasound gel will be applied before the applicator is placed on the skin. Using the ultrasound, the layers of tissue are visualized on the screen, targeting the treatment level. During the treatment, this ultrasound energy is released, heating the underlying tissue to the optimal temperature for collagen stimulation (collagenesis). Your Ultherapy® treatment can be completed in approximately one hour, depending on your aesthetic goals and the extent of aging.
Is Ultherapy® painful?
Ultherapy® is a safe and quick non-surgical treatment. Individual comfort levels vary during the procedure. We will distract you and take your mind off the treatment as much as possible. You may feel a tingling sensation, a hot prickling sensation, or a short but intense burst of discomfort. Rest assured, this is transient and disappears quickly. There is no pain after the procedure. We can use Pronox®, a form of nitrous oxide (commonly known as laughing gas), to help relax you during the procedure. Alternatively, Dr. Friedlander can prescribe oral medication to alleviate any discomfort or anxiety.
What will recovery be like?
Because Ultherapy® is a non-invasive procedure, there is no downtime required. You can return to work immediately following your treatment and resume all normal activities including working out. You may experience temporary bruising and mild swelling that resolve after a few days. There may be mild tingling or tenderness to touch lasting one to two weeks.[/columns] [/row]
What results can I expect?
Ultherapy® can improve your overall appearance without damaging the surface of your skin. Unlike lasers, the energy penetrates through the skin without harming it to provide lifting and tightening where it will do the most good. Most patients require only one session to tighten and firm the skin. On occasion, targeted secondary treatments addressing areas of significant laxity may be recommended. Most patients experience an improvement after one month, but since collagen manufacture has been revved up, improvement will continue to occur for several months. Ultherapy® will provide an uplift, not a facelift.
What risks and side effects are involved?
As with most cosmetic treatments, there are some risks and side effects involved with Ultherapy®, including tenderness, change in skin sensation, numbness, and slight redness.
These are temporary and improve quickly.
Schedule an Ultherapy® consultation
For more details and to find out if you are a candidate for Ultherapy please contact us to schedule a consultation or call our office at 973-524-7124.