As we age, our skin becomes thinner and looser as collagen production slows. Over time, wrinkles begin to form and the effects of the aging process can be seen on our face, neck, chest, and even our hands and arms. Many people wish to combat the effects of aging and there are a number of products on the market that promise to do just this. Unfortunately, many of the creams and potions available offer minimal results, if any at all. Other options involve invasive surgical procedures that carry with them risks and long recovery periods. Our Los Angeles dermatology practice focuses on providing our patients with safe, effective, and non-invasive solutions to their skin care concerns. With this goal in mind, our Board Certified Dermatologist is excited to offer Ultherapy to his patients. This unique skin tightening procedure safely combats the signs of aging without the need for invasive surgery or lengthy recovery periods.
Also referred to as Ulthera, this skin tightening treatment harnesses the power of medical technology and the body’s natural processes to tighten, firm, and tone the skin. Ulthera uses ultrasound technology, one of the safest and most reliable technologies used in medicine today, to stimulate collagen production beneath the skin. Collagen, the substance responsible for the skin’s elasticity and firmness, diminishes with age as its production slows. During an Ulthera treatment, our Doctor will move a smooth handpiece across the targeted area of your face. Ultrasound waves allow him to “see” deep into your skin to identify the exact areas that should be targeted during treatment. Just as ultrasound technology allows a doctor to see a developing fetus in the mother’s womb, our dermatologist will be able to see where to treat your aging skin and tissue. Then, using the same handpiece, tiny deposits of ultrasound energy will be delivered to a precise depth within the skin. In fact, the energy waves will target the same foundational layer that is addressed during a surgical facelift. Unlike a facelift, however, the ultrasound energy will trigger a response within your body, revealing natural results in the coming months. Gradually, the body will begin to produce fresh, new collagen, resulting in tightened, lifted skin that appears more youthful and rejuvenated.
Ultherapy can be used to rejuvenate skin on the face, including the neck, beneath the chin, along the jaw, and across the forehead. A treatment typically lasts between 60 and 90 minutes, and the results will be seen over the next 2 to 3 months. Most patients notice an improvement in their skin for up to 6 months – and it’s perfectly safe to undergo additional treatments to maintain the results of Ulthera. Skin tightening with Ultherapy is an attractive option to people with busy lifestyles who cannot afford the downtime required after a facelift or laser resurfacing. After your treatment, you can resume your normal activities immediately. Your skin may appear reddened or flushed for a few hours afterwards. Some patients report slight swelling, soreness, and minor bruising (although this is rare) that lasts for a few weeks, but this typically is mild and will dissipate on its own.
Ultherapy is an excellent option for patients who seek moderate improvements in their skin tone and texture, but are not ready to undergo a more invasive surgery. It cannot duplicate the results of a facelift, but it can provide noticeable, natural lifting and tightening of the face. If you are interested in learning more about Ulthera, please contact one of our LA offices today. We have two locations near Marina Del Rey that serve the dermatological and skin care needs of patients throughout LA.