One of the downsides of aging is that the fresh, tight and elastic skin that we experience and take for granted in our youth tends to fade away. Over time our skin starts to become more saggy and loose, and wrinkles and fine lines begin to form in various areas. This is most noticeable on the more exposed areas of our bodies, such as our face and neck. However, other areas of the body can also start to suffer from the same issues.
Ultimately to some degree we have to accept the passage of time and our aging process, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that there are not options to help reverse the signs of aging and bring a more youthful appearance to our skin.
As we pass our mid-twenties collagen production in the body begins to reduce. This process continues to decrease into our thirties and beyond. Collagen is the elastic substance that brings the firmness and elastic nature to our skin. With less collagen our skin starts to sag and become more wrinkled. This is especially so in areas that move a lot such as the forehead and the area around the lips. When it comes to sagging skin you’ll find that the cheeks and the neck tend to be areas where this is more likely to occur. Unfortunately no traditional skin care routine can combat this.
The good news is that you do not have to resort to cosmetic surgery, a surgical facelift or invasive medical procedures to improve your appearance. Today, there are a number of non-invasive treatments that can be used to help with collagen production and make the body produce new collagen that can tighten the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Ultherapy Treatments: What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a FDA-cleared procedure that uses ultrasound energy. It is possible to use Ultherapy for the brow, chin, neck and the upper chest (also known as the décolletage). The way Ultherapy works is that it uses focused ultrasound which in turn stimulates new collagen formation under the surface of the skin. This means that dermatologists can see the tissue within the skin layers as they are carrying out the treatment. During the procedure the applicator can therefore be targeted to the precise location where it will have maximum benefit to the loose skin.
When it comes to side effects these are generally fairly minimal with Ultherapy. Patients may experience some redness and soreness. In some cases bruises may occur, but typically this is not common. However, one of the downsides of ultrasound technology (and other procedures that rely solely on collagen production) is that the collagen-building process takes time. So for those looking for instant results, Ultherapy may not be suitable since the best results from the procedure are achieved over time, up to a few months after the last treatment. The procedure is also painful and requires pre-medication with analgesics. The good news however is that Ultherapy is long lasting with the results from the treatment lasting up to a few years, depending on the individual.
Comparing Ultherapy to Thermage
Both Thermage and Ultherapy devices work with collagen formation in the dermis to help tighten the facial features. Ultherapy however is only FDA approved for the face and décolletage areas, while Thermage is FDA approved for many parts of the body, including the face, neck, décolletage, eyelids, brows, periorbital region, arms, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and above the knees.
Treatments are performed once a year in both cases with best results in 4-6 months but Ultherapy can occasionally cause light bruising and requires more potential downtime. Ultherapy also requires strong pain medication and the patient should not return to daily activities on the same day. Thermage on the other hand does not require any pain medicine or numbing cream and has no downtime.
Other Non-Invasive Procedures
Thermage is another FDA approved treatment that can be used for skin tightening and rejuvenation and is another great option that we recommend as a non-surgical procedure. Find out more about Thermage
For those individuals who are looking for faster results then procedures such as Botox Treatments and other Dermal Fillers may be an option too. All of these injectables are great at combating and reducing the effects of the natural aging process.
Dr Green and her team can help you find out more about these cosmetic procedures, whether you make a good candidate, and what a treatment plan might look like for you. All the non-surgical treatments here have a great track record and can produce excellent results depending on the goals and the individual.
If you feel like your skin looks aged, or saggy, there’s finally a solution that can help. Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 at our New York clinic to learn more about the non-invasive skin tightening treatments that may be right for you.