Sagging skin has consistently been a sign of premature aging. Currently, skin tightening procedures are becoming more patient-friendly and effective than ever. Ultherapy, a nonsurgical neck and brow-lift procedure, is the first skin tightening procedure utilizing ultrasound waves to be approved by the FDA.
How Does it Work?
Ultherapy works by driving sound waves into the top layers of the skin and to the deep muscular layers below the skin surface. The deeper layers are referred to as superficial musculoaponeurotic system or SMAS. The sound waves create vibrations in the skin cells and begin to generate heat. In a process known as collagen remodeling, the heat causes existing collagen to tighten and generates new collagen as well. According to reports, when performed successfully, Ultherapy results in visibly tighter skin within three to six months.
Ultherapy may have an advantage over infrared light, radiofrequency and other similar methods of skin tightening. This partly due to the fact that the treatment’s technology allows the doctor to see the impact of the energy on the collagen bands while he or she is performing the treatment. This high level of accuracy provides doctors with an efficient means to provide patients with better definition of facial features such as the neck and jaw line.
Results and Side Effects
According to the manufacturer, in a single 60-minute session, Ultherapy has the capacity to provide lasting results. A number of patients see immediate results, although optimal results are reportedly after 3 to 6 months of treatment. While the majority of patients report experiencing discomfort during the treatment, topical numbing creams and NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can be used to manage the pain.
Photofacial rejuvenation is another new procedure that is reported to alter the cells of the skin to diminish or completely eliminate the visual signs of aging such as brown spots, broken capillaries and redness. The procedure works by reducing fine lines, diminishing the size of the pores and improving the elasticity of the skin.
Another treatment known as Broadband Light Technology utilizes non-invasive techniques to improve the skin. A simple 15-minute facial treatment, with no recovery time, performed about two to four times yearly is said to significantly contribute to slowing the process of aging skin.
When considering such procedures, patients should ensure that the clinic that they using is utilizing the proper technology and equipment necessary for the treatment.