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A facelift minus the surgery

By this time, you’ve probably heard about fillers, lasers and Botox. Each of these treatments can reduce fine lines to create a younger revitalized look. More invasive treatments for aging include scalpel surgery, which requires lengthy recovery times and a significant amount of pain and risk. New to the rejuvenation scene is Ultherapy™—a face and neck treatment that creates a brand new category in aesthetics—non-invasive tissue lifting. Ultherapy enables practitioners to direct sound waves not only into the skin, but deep under the skin to the same tissue addressed in surgery. The treatment gently heats the tissue to lift and tighten loose skin without cutting or disrupting the skin’s surface. In addition to the visible effects of lifting and tightening, there is also an added benefit from Ultherapy with the creation of new collagen, which helps the skin maintain its youthfulness. As with other ultrasound procedures, a smooth applicator is placed on the skin and projects an image onto a screen, which allows the practitioner to target energy to specific areas. This same applicator is then used to deliver low levels of heat at the right depth below the skin to achieve a positive effect, while leaving the skin’s surface undisturbed. Ultherapy lifts, tightens, and tones loose skin to counteract the effects of time and gravity. One of the first effects of gravity is that the brows descend and the eyes start to appear smaller. Ultherapy lifts the brow which, in turn, reduces the excess skin on the lids, opens up the eyes and gives a more refreshed appearance. When the skin on the cheeks and neck begins to shift downward, the result is a change in the contour of the face. This new procedure can lift and tighten sagging skin on the face and other body areas to give a younger, slimmer look. The beauty of Ultherapy is that it is a 30 to 60 minute outpatient procedure which can be performed in the practitioner’s office. The body’s own natural healing response leads to a gentle, gradual—and reliable—restoration of the skin and its underlying tissue. It requires no special recuperation or preparation. Meaningful results can be had in as little as one treatment. Patients enjoy some initial effect immediately following the procedure, but the ultimate lifting will take place over several months, as collagen is rejuvenated and supplemented. There isn't a replacement for the dramatic effects of surgery, but Ultherapy offers a ‘no downtime’ approach to skin tightening in a meaningful way. Because everyone’s skin is different, results will vary. As with any medical procedure, it is important to seek out an experienced practitioner. Patients should participate in a pre-treatment consult to determine if Ultherapy is the correct procedure for the problem at hand and to discuss how to achieve optimum results.