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, we have to accept the passage of time and our natural aging process to some extent, but there are treatment options that can allow us to age gracefully. With modern non-invasive cosmetic procedures, we are now able to 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 true 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, traditional skin care routines are unable to prevent skin laxity.
However, with modern technological advancements in the world of dermatology, patients no longer need to resort to cosmetic surgery, a surgical facelift, or invasive medical procedures to improve their 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. Dr. Michele Green is a leader in cosmetic dermatology and non-invasive cosmetic procedures such as Botox, Juvederm injections, Fraxel, non-surgical facelifts and skin tightening lasers. Dr. Green has the most cutting edge technology in her private boutique NYC dermatology office. Dr. Green will help create the ideal skincare protocol for you and achieve the best non-invasive skin tightening results in New York City.
Ultherapy Procedures: What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is an 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.
Does Ultherapy Work?
When it comes to nonsurgical skin tightening treatment, patients want to be sure that their treatment will be effective. The ultrasound technology of Ultherapy does offer useful results for a variety of patients, particularly when it comes to reducing loose skin in the brow area, along the jawline and neck, and the décolletage. However, as a disclaimer, it’s important to note that many patients find Ultherapy to be uncomfortable, and it does not always yield the best cosmetic treatment results when it comes to improving the appearance of loose skin. However, it can be an effective option for patients who have mild to moderate skin laxity.
Does Ultherapy Work on Jowls?
Ultherapy is touted as a strong option for those with mild skin laxity along the jawline, reducing the appearance of jowls. However, Dr. Green recommends combination treatments as an excellent way to improve the appearance of the neck, jawline, and double chin to create a youthful appearance. In her interview with Haute Living, Dr. Green reveals: “The ‘trifecta’ that I use for the aging neck in my practice is a combination of Thermage to tighten the neck, Botox injections for the wrinkles or cords of the neck, and CoolSculpting or Kybella if there is any submental fat under the chin. This combination produces a beautiful long-lasting result in treating the aging neck.”
What is Ultherapy Treatment?
Ultherapy treatment is slightly different from other skin tightening treatments, such as the highly popular Thermage skin tightening experience, as it uses ultrasound technology to boost collagen production in the body. It was initially developed by the company Ulthera, and the Ultherapy device is able to target the deeper layers of tissue that were previously only addressed via plastic surgery. The ultrasound technology behind Ultherapy provides the doctor with a visualization of targeted tissue during the treatment. At the start of treatment, ultrasound gel is applied to the surface of the skin, and then the doctor determines the appropriate treatment area and delivers ultrasound energy to the dermis.
Is Ultherapy Painful?
Many patients are nervous about non-invasive skin tightening and wonder, does Ultherapy hurt? For most patients, there is slight discomfort from Ultherapy treatment, often described as a tingling or burning sensation. In order to reduce this sensation, patients can be treated with a local anesthetic, sedative, or pain medication.
Is Ultherapy Safe?
Ultherapy was FDA-approved for skin tightening treatment on the midface, lower face, neck, and décolletage after demonstrating safety in clinical studies. It’s designed to safely lift skin and reduce skin laxity, particularly along the jawline.
Are There Any Side Effects to Ultherapy?
When it comes to side effects, these are generally fairly minimal with Ultherapy. The most common side effects reported in clinical trials were redness and soreness. In some cases, bruises may occur, but this is somewhat uncommon.
Comparing Ultherapy to Thermage
Both Thermage and Ultherapy devices work to stimulate 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.
How Much Does Ultherapy Cost?
When it comes to a full face treatment, Ultherapy frequently hovers around $4,000-$5,500, which is at the higher end of the spectrum of skin tightening treatments. Alternatively, Thermage is generally more affordable, and ranges more widely depending on the size and skin condition of the area being treated, varying from around $1,500-$4,000.
How Much is Ultherapy for Neck Tightening?
The cost for Ultherapy neck tightening varies depending on the skin condition and size of the region being treated. However, the cost of Ultherapy for the jawline and neck ranges from $3,500-4,500 for treatment from experienced medical professionals.
How Long Does Ultherapy Last?
Ultherapy does have long-lasting results for many patients, with skin tightening benefits that can last up to two years after initial treatment. However, most patients engage with annual follow-up treatments in order to keep pace with the aging process and create new collagen.
Is Ultherapy Worth It?
Ultherapy can be an effective nonsurgical skin tightening procedure for patients with mild skin laxity in the face, neck, or décolletage. 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, as the best results from the procedure are achieved over time, and can take 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 two years, depending on the individual.
Other Cosmetic Procedures
Thermage is a similar highly effective FDA approved laser treatment for skin tightening and rejuvenation and is a fabulous option that Dr. Green recommends as a non-invasive skin tightening procedure. With no discomfort, no recovery time, and even better skin tightening results, the new Thermage FLX has been a favorite treatment in Dr. Green’s NYC office since its release.
For those individuals who are looking for faster results, 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. Additionally, combination treatments with dermal fillers, Botox, microneedling, Fraxel laser, CoolSculpting, and skin tightening procedures can be used for pan-facial rejuvenation and body contouring.
Non-Surgical Facelifts NYC
The next step in deciding whether you make a good candidate for a skin tightening laser is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michele Green in her private New York City office. After an extensive consultation, she will help you determine the best treatment plan for you. From Botox, Juvederm, Fraxel, Thermage, CoolSculpting, Kybella, and Ultherapy, all of these procedures have a proven track record of safety and producing outstanding cosmetic results.
If you are dealing with skin laxity, around the face, jawline, or body, there’s finally a solution that can help. Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 at our New York City clinic to learn more about the non-invasive skin tightening treatments that may be right for you.