Do you wear a ponytail all the time thinking it will lift and tighten your skin? With Ultherapy, you can wear your hair any way you want and look young and healthy. At Athena Plastic Surgery in Stuart, FL, we proudly offer this revolutionary skin tightening treatment to stimulate collagen production and improve the health and elasticity of your skin naturally.
How Many Sessions of Ultherapy Do You Need?
Your age, skin and unique goals will determine how many Ultherapy sessions are necessary for ideal results. Most people can enjoy their ideal results after just one session. That said, some people need two or three sessions to get the desired effects.
We’ll determine how many sessions you’ll need to reach your goals during your initial consultation. At this time, we will assess your problem areas and the condition of your skin. We will also talk about your aesthetic vision and verify your candidacy for this non-invasive treatment.
What Is Ultherapy?
Often called a non-surgical facelift, Ultherapy is a convenient, comfortable way to recontour your face and restore a youthful appearance. This common alternative to surgery improves your appearance by lifting and tightening skin that sags and droops. Furthermore, this non-surgical anti-aging therapy can be used to restore youth to your neck and chest.
What Can This Treatment Address?
As noted above, it is often called a non-surgical facelift, but it has many other applications. It can also erase wrinkles and lift sagging skin affecting other parts of the body, such as the decolletage region.
Sometimes, this treatment is used to reverse the signs of aging in the midface. However, it can also be used to improve the chin and eyebrow region. Regardless of where your skin is affected by gravity and collagen loss, this convenient treatment will turn back the aging clock.
How This Treatment Works
This treatment simultaneously promotes external rejuvenation and inner healing by using ultrasound (radio wave) energy to encourage the production of collagen. This results in lifted, tightened, smoother skin.
Ultrasound imaging is used during this treatment. For decades, ultrasound technology was used in the medical field to capture images during pregnancy. That said, the cosmetic industry can safely and effectively use this same technology to promote collagen production by sending thermal energy to the foundational layer of the skin.
As noted above, the foundation layer of the skin is targeted during this treatment. When this area is stimulated by thermal energy, the body is forced to ramp up its production of collagen, a special protein that plays a critical role in keeping your skin young, healthy and beautiful. Essentially, the Ultherapy device starts the rejuvenation process.
Your skin’s natural anti-aging processes finish the work started by the treatment. While Ultherapy tells your body to make more collagen, it is your skin that produces its own proteins and fibers (collagen and elastin) at an increased rate for months after the treatment is over. Your tightened, lifted, wrinkle-free skin will appear slowly over time and look completely natural because the results come from within you.
The collagen and elastin produced by your skin are completely natural, so your results will look completely natural. After all, what’s artificial about something your body has been doing since birth? One of the most significant advantages associated with this treatment is there is nothing artificial about it. You don’t need to inject yourself with synthetic gel fillers to artificially volumize your face, neck and chest.
What Usually Happens During Treatment?
The Ultherapy device connects to an imaging screen so we can see a thermal image of your skin and target the most effective areas for treatment. At the other end of the device is the head that delivers the energy to the targeted areas. At the start of your session, ultrasound gel is applied to the skin just like it is during ultrasounds. The image of your skin displays on a screen in the treatment room once the head makes contact with the gel.
A Specialized Therapy
This restorative therapy is extremely specialized. A great deal of precision and fine-tuned skill is required to target the most effective treatment areas and treat the appropriate layers of the skin. Our qualified expert is incredibly adept in this therapy and can identify all the right places in the treatment area at the appropriate depths to induce the production of collagen. Additionally, this therapy is completely customizable so you can rest assured we will effectively treat all your problem areas.
Thanks to the image of the deepest layers of your skin, we know exactly which areas should be targeted to stimulate the production of collagen and provide the desired results. You will feel this treatment work as the foundational layers for your skin are warmed by thermal energy. As you feel this sensation that is akin to a hot stone massage, you can rest assured your skin is starting to produce extra collagen.
What Will My Treatment Feel Like?
As noted above, some people say this treatment feels like a hot stone massage because the warmth emitted by the device penetrates your skin to the foundational layer. However, you should be aware you may feel tingling as the treatment starts to work.
Additionally, you should advise us on your personal heat tolerance during your initial consultation. You may want the treatment area to be numbed with a topical anesthetic before the session begins due to the warmth emitted by the device.
How Long Does a Session Usually Take?
Treatment lengths vary based on individual needs. Some people only need to reverse the aging signs from the midface. Other people need to treat their chest, neck and whole face. The average session takes between an hour and 90 minutes to complete.
That said, if you are only worried about your upper chest, your session will only take around 30 minutes. We can give you a better idea of how long to expect your treatment to last when we tailor your treatment plan based on your unique goals.
How Quickly Will My Results Become Apparent?
You can expect to see an improvement in the appearance of your skin after just a few days following your session. That said, most people experience their final results after a few months. Furthermore, it can take up to six months to enjoy the full results of your session depending on your age and skin health. Be patient as your skin works hard to produce extra collagen and elastin. Your desired results are achievable.
We recommend taking pictures of yourself every couple of weeks. Comparing these photos to each other can help you identify changes that are happening that you may not be able to see otherwise. For example, you may look in the mirror and not see any changes in your face. However, you may notice your skin is plumper, tighter and more lifted if you compare photos from before your treatment to a picture taken two or three months after your session.
How Long Will the Results of My Treatment Last?
The results of this treatment can last for up to five years. However, some people experience results that only last for a couple of years due to health, lifestyle choices and other factors. Over time, you may need to schedule maintenance sessions annually or every other year to keep your skin producing enough collagen to maintain your youthful aesthetic.
How Do I Need to Prepare for My Session?
Another benefit of this age-defying treatment is the simplicity of preparation. Some people need to do nothing more than come in for an initial consultation and schedule an appointment.
While we recommend coming in without any cosmetics, we will clean your skin before your session begins. Additionally, it is strongly advisable to wear sunscreen diligently in the 14 days leading up to your scheduled session.
How Should I Care for My Skin After My Session?
Unlike an invasive facelift or neck lift, there is no downtime required following this non-invasive skin tightening treatment. Once your session is complete, you are free to return to your usual routine.
You don’t need to schedule any time off from work to recover and it is safe to drive after your session is over. That said, we strongly recommend wearing adequate sun protection for at least a couple of weeks.
How Can I Help My Results Last Longer?
Although this treatment offers long-lasting results, your lifestyle significantly affects the longevity of the results. The most important step you can take to protect the health of your collagen and maintain your results is protecting your skin from UV exposure. If wearing sunscreen isn’t part of your regular skincare routine, it should be.
Eventually, it will become part of your routine and you won’t have to think about it anymore. We strongly recommend wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF). Make sure you reapply your sunscreen every four hours.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
You may be considered a great candidate for this treatment if you have concerns about mild-to-moderate skin laxity. However, you can be considered a good candidate for this treatment if you have extreme skin laxity as long as you have realistic expectations about the results.
We will discuss the results you can realistically expect from treatment when you come in for your initial consultation. For example, it is important to understand that this treatment won’t provide the same results as a facelift. While it erases wrinkles and lifts and tightens loose, sagging skin, the underlying muscles will not be affected.
Your Skin Is Loose
There is an excellent chance you will qualify for this treatment if your skin is loose due to collagen loss or extreme weight loss. Whether you’re concerned about the appearance of your chest, neck and chin, midface or upper face, this treatment will encourage your skin to produce enough collagen to tighten loose skin. Additionally, collagen promotes cellular turnover so your skin will have a healthy glow.
Turn Back the Hands of Time Non-Invasively
Invasive procedures aren’t required to restore your youthful countenance. Ultherapy is a non-invasive anti-aging treatment that helps your skin help itself by encouraging the production of collagen. This improves skin health, elasticity, firmness and appearance.
The average person only needs one convenient treatment to perfect their appearance, but two or three sessions are required in extreme cases. Book an initial consultation by reaching out to us today at Athena Plastic Surgery in Stuart, FL. We look forward to helping you achieve your desired appearance.