Sagging skin can make you look older and leave you feeling insecure about your appearance. From sagging brow lines to sagging chins and necks, people dealing with this kind of slack skin may feel like they have few alternatives. Skin sagging isn’t a simple problem to solve, like many wrinkles are. It is usually caused by a mix of genetics and loss of collagen. Collagen is the substance in skin that helps it look supple, firm, and youthful. Collagen production usually declines when aging occurs, which results in thinner skin. In the past, the only way to really deal with sagging skin, other than skin creams that promised and failed to deliver firmer skin, was surgery. Although facelifts, brow lifts, and neck lifts provide powerful results that last, undergoing surgery isn’t practical or desirable for everyone. Thankfully, today there is another option: Ultherapy. With Ultherapy, patients can get dramatic results that look natural and that last for an extended period of time, all without needles or an invasive procedure. Here is how Ultherapy can help you look and feel your best.

Ultherapy works using ultrasound waves.

How does Ultherapy fight sagging skin without surgery and without needles, creams, or other typical anti-aging treatment ingredients? The answer is ultrasound. During Ultherapy treatments, ultrasound energy is directed towards the deepest layers of your skin. The heat from the ultrasound creates an environment of neocollagenesis—also known as collagen rejuvenation. Collagen in your body starts to increase, which in turn helps your skin look firm rather than saggy.

The results develop over time.

Because Ultherapy relies on a natural process in your body to make your skin look younger, the results aren’t instant. Although many patients say their skin looks younger to them almost immediately, the results actually develop over time. Within about two to three months, the results will become more noticeable, and they will usually reach their peak about six months after treatment. This is because of the natural process that occurs in your body because of Ultherapy. Collagen production restarts and increases as a natural response to the treatment, so it doesn’t deliver overnight results. The benefit of this is that the results will appear natural, rather than people noticing a dramatic, instant change that says you had a cosmetic procedure.

Treatment times are longer than some other anti-aging treatments.

Many people who get anti-aging skin treatments, like Botox and other injectables, are used to fast procedures that can be done in a lunch hour. Ultherapy is a little different. Although it requires significantly less treatment time than plastic surgery, it is still more involved and lengthier than anti-aging injections. If you are having Ultherapy on targeted areas of your skin, then each area will require between 30 and 90 minutes of treatment time. If you are having a full face and neck treatment, you can expect to undergo treatment for about three hours.

The treatment time involves cleaning your skin and applying the ultrasound gel, before the ultrasound device—a smooth, handheld applicator—is passed over the skin repeatedly. Before treatment, you will also receive a topical numbing treatment, and in some cases, patients take a medication to help them feel relaxed for the treatment. For this reason, if you are having a lengthy treatment and plan to take the medication, you will need a ride to and from your appointment.

You might not need any downtime after your treatment.

After your Ultherapy treatment, you can return to your usual activities in most cases. Your skin may be slightly swollen, and it may be tender or feel tingly. You may also have some redness, bruising, and numbness. These side effects, when they occur, are minimal and short-lived. If you decide to take oral medication—which is usually required for a full treatment—then you are likely to feel groggy. You won’t be able to drive until the medication wears off, and you may simply feel like sleeping. Many people find that they benefit from having the rest of the day off after getting Ultherapy.

The comfort of the procedure is subjective, but in your control.

Many patients who consider Ultherapy are hesitant to move forward with it because they think it is going to hurt. There are many misconceptions about the comfort level of Ultherapy. Most patients find that the procedure is mildly uncomfortable at times, but tolerable. The sensation is caused by energy reaching the deep layers of your skin, and it is a sign that it is working. Once the Ultherapy applicator is removed, the sensation stops. The oral medication plus the topical numbing cream helps to keep patients comfortable. If you do find the procedure painful, your provider can reduce the energy on the device, so be sure to speak up so that your treatment can be tailored to your needs.

Ultherapy can be a good option if your skin slackness is mild to moderate.

Ultherapy is usually recommended to people whose skin sagging is not yet severe. The results are the most dramatic you can get without undergoing plastic surgery, but sometimes, skin sagging may have reached a point where surgery is a better option. Your physician will examine your skin, review your treatment goals, and help you decide if Ultherapy would be an effective treatment for you. Once you have it performed, the results will usually last for at least one year, and often, they can last for two or three years. For this reason, Ultherapy can help to delay the onset of severe sagging that requires surgery.

Perfection Plastic Surgery and Skin Care is pleased to provide Ultherapy as one of our comprehensive selection of skin care treatments to help people look and feel their best. Our team can help you decide which treatment will allow you to get the results you want, so set up a consultation with our plastic surgeon and skin care specialists in Tucson today. Call (520) 323-7100 to make your appointment, or click Schedule a Consultation below.

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Nearly endless sunshine is what draws in many of Tucson’s residents, but constant sun exposure can take a toll on your skin. Sun damage, paired with the natural aging process, might cause loose skin, wrinkles, and unsightly sagging that you wish you could erase in the most frequently exposed areas of your face, neck, and chest. In the past, the answer was facelift surgery, which can be an effective way to restore the youthful look of your skin, but it’s no longer the only option. Today, you can discover the benefits of Ultherapy under the care of a cosmetic surgeon and experience the only FDA-approved non-surgical skin tightening treatment out there. Before you schedule your Ultherapy consultation, you might have some questions about what this innovative treatment is, who it’s for, and how it works. Keep reading for answers before you sit down with your plastic surgeon.

 

What Ultherapy Treats

Ultherapy is a skin-tightening treatment that can target the whole face—including the brow line and eyelids—as well as the jaw, neck, and décolletage. Without the use of creams, fillers, or surgery, Ultherapy helps to tighten loose, sagging skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, restoring the natural beauty of youth to the skin. It’s particularly effective for individuals who’ve experienced premature signs of aging due to sun exposure and other lifestyle factors.

 

How Ultherapy Works

So, if Ultherapy is not a dermal filler or a surgical procedure, then what exactly is it? It’s an innovative treatment solution that relies on ultrasound energy as well as the body’s natural healing processes. Ultrasound energy delivered to the deep layers of the skin promotes collagen production, which is what helps to tighten the skin and restore its natural elasticity. As the aging process progresses, collagen production drops off. Restarting collagen production helps to prevent or reverse the visual signs of aging, so you can look as young and vibrant as you feel.

Because Ultherapy uses the body’s own mechanisms for restoring the appearance of the skin, results are not immediate. You’ll see a gradual improvement over a period of a few months, so everyone around you will simply assume that you’ve changed your skincare routine or made other simple, healthy changes—no one will really know that you’ve undergone treatment.

 

Results to Expect with Ultherapy

Unlike a facelift, Ultherapy will not have you recovering for a long period, nor will it have results that you see right away. There is also less of a worked-on look after Ultherapy, because nothing is being physically moved or cut away. Instead, you will see the clock start to turn back on your face and neck with a softening of wrinkles and lines as well as tighter, more elastic skin in problem areas like the jawline.

Just as results from Ultherapy develop gradually, it will take some time for you to see the effects fade. Usually, patients see an ongoing improvement in the appearance and texture of their skin for at least 2-3 years after their treatment, which takes place in a single session. You will see your peak results about 6 months after treatment, and you may consider having another Ultherapy session once you do start to see sagging skin and wrinkles return.

 

Possible Side Effects of Ultherapy

With all these positive aspects of Ultherapy, you may be wondering what the catch is. The good news is that there are few downsides to treatment. Ultrasound energy has no effect on the outer layers of skin, so there is very little risk of side effects or lingering damage to the skin. Some patients do, however, have some symptoms like light swelling, tingling, and tenderness, but these are easily managed effects and will subside quickly. After your treatment, it is best to avoid sun exposure and take it easy on physical activity for a few days, but you should be able to return to your routine right away, and you won’t have to schedule days off work to have the procedure done.

 

Who Isn’t a Good Candidate for Ultherapy

Like any medical procedure, it is important to understand the potential risks of Ultherapy and know when it may not be a safe procedure for you. Only your plastic surgeon can give you a definitive answer of whether treatment is right for you, but in general, you may not be an ideal candidate if you have existing skin conditions, chronic illnesses, or conditions that affect your body’s natural healing capacity.

Scheduling an Ultherapy consultation is your first step in looking years younger, so call Perfection Plastic Surgery and Skin Care to make an appointment in Tucson. You can reach us at (520) 447-4975 to ask about our UPP package, which includes Ultherapy treatment, the PiQo4 toning procedure, and 6 Neocutis products.

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If you’re looking for a non-surgical way to tighten the skin on your neck, chin, and brow or to get rid of wrinkles on your chest, then Ultherapy could be the solution for you. Ultherapy is FDA-approved, requires no downtime, and can provide results with just a few treatment sessions. Ultherapy works by stimulating the body’s own ability to generate collagen, making it a natural solution that is safe for almost everyone. Could this skin care solution be the right fit for you? Here are the answers to some common questions about Ultherapy to help you decide if it could be the right treatment for you.

 

What exactly is Ultherapy?

Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen production. During treatment, sound waves are delivered to the treatment area, reaching the deep layers of your skin. The waves heat the skin to the right temperature to spur the development of new collagen. As the collagen in your skin is rejuvenated, you will see an improvement in the appearance of sagging skin and wrinkles.

 

There are other skin treatments available that aim to rejuvenate collagen production. However, these treatments are unable to penetrate to the deep layers of skin that are reachable with Ultherapy. This means that with Ultherapy, the results are generally more reliable and more dramatic. Ultherapy is the only non-invasive treatment approved by the FDA to tighten the skin on the neck, chin, and brow and to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the chest.

 

Is Ultherapy painful?

Before choosing any cosmetic treatment, the question of how it feels is top in the minds of many people. During Ultherapy treatment, you will feel the energy as it reaches the deep layers of your skin. Typically, patients describe the sensation as mild heating. There are different treatment levels, so your provider can adjust your treatment to ensure you are comfortable. Be sure to speak up before or during the treatment if you are concerned about pain or discomfort. Treatment sessions last for about 60 minutes, and patients report that any sensations they feel during treatment end as soon as the session is over.

 

When can I return to my usual activities?

One of the things patients love about Ultherapy is that they can return to their normal activities right away. There is no downtime required after Ultherapy treatment, though you may experience some minor redness for a few hours after your session. Some patients also experience temporary swelling, as well as tingling and tenderness. Rarely, patients experience some minor bruising at the treatment site.

 

How many sessions will I need?

In many cases, patients are satisfied with their results after a single initial treatment. As skin aging progresses, patients may need touch-up treatments. If you have significant sagging or wrinkles, you may prefer to get an additional treatment during the initial period. It generally takes two to three months for the results to be noticeable, although it takes some people up to six months to see their full results. Everyone produces collagen at different rates, so the exact amount of time it takes to see your full results will depend on how your body reacts. Your provider will help you decide if you need additional treatments. For touch-up treatments, most people need to schedule sessions every two to three years, depending on the rate at which their skin ages.

 

Who should consider getting Ultherapy?

Ultherapy is designed for people with mild to moderate skin laxities, such as a lowered brow line and loose skin on the neck. Generally, Ultherapy is best suited for people whose age-related skin changes do not need surgical correction. The only way to know for sure if Ultherapy is right for you is to visit a provider for a consultation. A trained specialist can evaluate your skin and determine if Ultherapy is the right service to help you reach your treatment goals.

 

Perfection Plastic Surgery and Skin Care is pleased to offer free consultations for Ultherapy in Tucson. We also offer our valuable UPP package, which provides $4,425 worth of treatments for only $2,795, including one complete Ultherapy session, a PiQo4 toning treatment, and 6 NeoCutis products to help you look and feel your best. Schedule a consultation to find out if Ultherapy is right for you or if one of our other non-invasive or surgical services could help you achieve the results you want. Please call us at (520) 441-1338 to learn more about any of our services or to schedule your Ultherapy consultation.

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