As we age, the passage of time causes wrinkles, skin laxity and falling features, all of which can cause our self-esteem and confidence to decline. If you’ve become self-conscious about your skin’s appearance, you don’t have to live with the discomfort that comes when your outward appearance doesn’t match how you feel inside. Call the compassionate professionals at Athena Plastic Surgery in Stuart, FL to discuss Ultherapy.
What Is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to penetrate down to the foundation of the skin. This is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment that requires no downtime and delivers progressive, natural results. The FDA approved Ultherapy to lift skin and reduce wrinkles on the neck, chin, and eyebrows as well as target lines on the decolletage.
Ultrasound technology has been used by medical professionals for over 50 years with amazing results. Ultherapy uses ultrasound imaging to give your practitioner the ability to see the tissue where the energy will be directed and achieve maximum results. Unlike other regenerative treatments, this therapy can reach deeper layers to improve structural collagen production.
How Does Ultherapy Work?
This treatment works by ensuring your body produces more collagen. Collagen is the protein responsible for the stable and youthful structure of younger skin. As we age, our collagen production declines. When that happens, our faces lose their fullness and little pockets or hollows appear. Our skin falls to fill in those voids and we’re left with wrinkles.
After this treatment, collagen production starts deep within your skin, rebuilding a youthful appearance from the inside out. As cells are regenerated, they are healthy and vibrant, which means the new layers of skin will be tighter and smoother.
There are many reasons to choose this treatment over others. For sagging skin and the wrinkles associated with it, drooping eyebrows or lines and wrinkles on the chest, this therapy is a top choice among clients not wanting surgery.
While the results of this therapy can’t duplicate those of a facelift, it offers exceptional results in a non-surgical, non-invasive way. This means there’s no preparation, no aftercare and no downtime—all of which are part of the surgical process.
The ultrasound energy bypasses the surface of the skin so there is no cutting and no injections involved. Because practitioners can see the tissue they will target, all the surrounding tissue is unharmed. You can drive yourself to and from your appointment and even go back to work after your session.
Safe and Convenient
This FDA-approved treatment has been used successfully on nearly one million patients a year since it was approved. Because it’s non-invasive, clients can continue their normal work, life and exercise routines until the very moment of their appointment and immediately resume their lives after their session.
Unlike lasers and other superficial skin resurfacing treatments, this therapy can target depths other treatments can’t. When the very foundation of your skin is producing more collagen, the overall structure of your skin strengthens, providing solid support for tightening skin.
What to Expect
Because there’s no preparation for this treatment, you can go about your daily routines with no restrictions right up to your appointment time. During your appointment, your provider will make sure you’re comfortable and then target the treatment area with the ultrasound device. This treatment is well-tolerated by most clients and appointments last between 30 and 90 minutes depending on the treatment area.
Afterward, you can immediately resume your normal activities with no restrictions. There is no downtime and you can re-apply makeup to the treatment area before leaving the office if you choose to.
Some clients may see results soon after treatment, but the most significant results gradually appear over the next two to three months with some clients seeing improvements up to six months after their session. As your collagen levels continue to increase and strengthen your skin structure, you’ll notice tightening and lifting in your skin. Clients describe it as waking up one day to a youthful and more defined profile.
Results can last up to two years, but it’s very dependent on the client. This treatment doesn’t stop your aging process or genetically change how much collagen you produce and for how long. If your natural production of collagen is high, your results will be more dramatic and last longer.
Most clients need only one treatment to get the results they’re looking for. Some clients looking for more dramatic results will have more than one session. Your practitioner will make a recommendation based on the quality of your skin and your desired outcome. Clients report the best results when they repeat the process every 12-24 months depending on their practitioner’s recommendation.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Because this treatment is non-invasive and non-surgical, nearly everyone unhappy with the appearance of sagging skin and the wrinkles and lines that come with it is a good candidate. A consultation with a qualified provider is the only way to decide if this is the treatment for you. If you want a more youthful appearance but don’t want the downtime associated with surgery, this is a great option.
Other Anti-Aging Treatments
Once you’ve decided on this treatment to address certain areas of skin laxity, you may want to discuss other areas of concern with your specialist. There are treatments available to tackle any sign of aging. Just be open about your expectations and concerns.
There are few treatments that offer such immediate and noticeable results as injectables. Talk to your provider about which might be right for you.
For the fourth year in a row, BOTOX is the most popular physician-administered cosmetic procedure in America and there’s a good reason for that. It’s quick, easy and effective. When BOTOX is injected into certain muscles that control the expressions you’ve made throughout your life, it blocks the nerve’s signal from reaching that muscle.
When those muscles that have caused the skin above them to wrinkle are relaxed, the skin smooths and wrinkles are diminished or eliminated, depending on their severity. Results appear 3-7 days after treatment and can last up to 4 months. If you stick to a recommended follow-up schedule, there should be no lapse in your results.
Talk to your provider about the areas of your face that give you the most concern to see if BOTOX is the right solution for you. BOTOX is a great solution for:
- Frown lines
- Forehead lines and wrinkles
- Bunny lines on the nose
- Crow’s feet
- Mouth wrinkles
If you look in the mirror and see moderate-to-severe lines, wrinkles, and folds, you don’t have to live with them. Dermal fillers are a great way to immediately build up the foundation underneath those lines and folds, smoothing them out. Most fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar that helps skin stay hydrated, in the form of a smooth gel that is pliable and gives a natural-looking result.
When we lose collagen’s structure in our faces, small hollows are formed and our skin falls into those hollows, creating wrinkles. When injected into these hollows, dermal fillers instantly plump them up and create a smooth surface. Clients walk out of their appointments looking naturally more youthful and radiant.
Talk to your provider about the areas that cause you the most discomfort and for which you’d like a solution. Fillers are also a great choice to plump up thinning lips and restore volume to hollowing areas like the cheeks, cheekbones and temples. Results can last up to two years, depending on the filler used and the area of treatment. Dermal fillers can be a great solution for:
- Nasolabial folds
- Chin wrinkles
- Marionette lines
- Vertical lip lines
- Thinning lips
- Lost volume in the mid-face region
- Dark circles or hollow tear troughs
Hydrafacials are a revolutionary way to resurface and rejuvenate your skin. If you’ve had adverse reactions to harsh exfoliants or chemical peels, this could be a perfect treatment for you. Hydrafacials use four techniques in one.
First, the skin is cleansed of all debris, makeup and dead skin cells. A light chemical is then used to gently exfoliate your skin. This product is unlike a traditional chemical peel and won’t leave your skin red or dry. Using the special Vortex-Extraction nozzle, your skin is deep cleaned and anything lingering deep within your pores is extracted. Finally, a hydrating serum will be applied to your newly cleansed face to improve the overall health and appearance of your skin.
Hydrafacials are perfect for anyone not wanting harsh exfoliation or invasive treatments. Talk to your provider about this treatment for your concerns like:
- Fine lines and wrinkles and their prevention
- Reducing the appearance and formation of acne
- Uneven or rough skin texture
- Dull or tired-looking skin
- Clogged or large pores
Most of us have heard of micro-needling, but what we don’t know is there is a more effective, safer form of this treatment called Endymed radiofrequency (RF) micro-needling. The RF device penetrates deeper into the skin by focusing energy beyond the point of the needling. When this happens, collagen production is triggered at greater depths, producing better results.
Because Endymed’s device has gold plated needles that are completely disconnected from the machine head, there’s no risk of cross-contamination as with traditional micro-needling. This treatment works better on acne scarring and wrinkles because your provider can directly focus energy into the specific tissue. That means the tissue is more easily broken up, providing a more precise result.
The depth and intensity of this treatment can be adjusted to fit your areas of concern and the results you’re expecting. RF micro-needling can be a gentle and simple treatment or used as a deep, transformative way to achieve dramatic results. Your practitioner can adjust the level of RF intensity and increase the number of passes made to ensure your concerns are addressed. This is an effective solution to:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne and acne scarring
- Uneven skin tone and texture
- Uneven pigmentation
- Traumatic scarring
- Skin laxity
Choose a Skilled Provider
When you’ve decided you want more control over your aging process and the way it affects your appearance, you need to enlist the help of professionals. Don’t trust your looks to just anyone—choose a leader in the field and one with a proven track record of satisfied clients.
Call Athena Plastic Surgery in Stuart, FL for a consultation. We are committed to helping you through choosing the right treatments and therapies to meet all your aesthetic goals. We want you to be thrilled with your appearance and regain the self-confidence and assuredness aging can steal from you. A more youthful and vibrant you is just a call away.