Facial and neck aging is a complicated process involving changes to the skin, volume loss of the soft tissues of the face, relaxation of the fibrous/muscular tissues, descent of the soft tissues of the forehead, descent of the soft tissues of the brows, descent of the soft tissues of the face, and volume reduction of the facial bones. Sun exposure, genetics, stress, environmental factors, and weight loss can make these changes more apparent. The end result is the formation of rhytids (wrinkles) and laxity (looseness) in the skin, loss of cheek volume, jowl formation, collection of adipose tissue (fat tissues) under the chin and neck, bands in the neck and loose neck skin.
Ultherapy® is a new non-surgical method to reverse this condition. Ultherapy® uses focused ultrasound energy to lift, tone and tighten loose skin particularly in areas around the brow, neck and chin.
Benefits of Ultherapy®
Ultherapy® enhances your appearance by lifting and tightening the treatment areas. It returns elasticity to the skin leaving it looking firmer and younger. Ultherapy® is non-surgical and as a result, you will experience no downtime and minimal discomfort after your treatment.
How is Ultherapy® performed?
Ultherapy® uses ultrasound technology that can precisely target areas of loose skin and soft tissues around the brow, neck and chin to gradually tone and tighten these areas. Ultherapy® is an FDA-approved procedure to treat these hard-to-target areas and works by stimulating the deep fibrous muscular tissues, adipose (fat) tissues, and deep structural layers of the skin without harming the skin’s surface. By stimulating these layers, new collagen is produced.
During an Ultherapy® procedure, a hand piece will be placed on your skin. This allows Dr. Cynthia M. Gregg and her staff to use the hand piece to visualize the tissue beneath the skin which allows tiny deposits of focused ultrasound energy to be delivered at the correct treatment depth.
The non-invasive procedure takes between 1 and 3 hours, depending upon the areas of treatment, and there is no recovery time.
Minimal Side Effects and Downtime
Side effects are usually minimal and may include redness at the treatment site and mild bruising in some cases. Some patients have reported a slight swelling and tingling around the treated area, but it is mild and temporary in nature. There are no restrictions in activities after Ultherapy®.