If you’re on the quest for firmer and more lifted skin without the invasion of surgery, Ultherapy is the treatment for you. This revolutionary treatment is challenging the status quo by offering a safe and effective solution to sagging skin without extensive downtimes or extravagant prices. Here at Peachtree Dermatology in Atlanta, GA, it’s our primary goal to offer patients like you the skincare upgrades you’ve been searching for.
What Is This Treatment and What Is It Used For?
The treatment’s name is a condensed version of ultrasound therapy, as the treatment primarily uses the power of ultrasound to deliver patients exceptional results. This treatment is the only FDA-approved non-invasive option for those looking to improve sagging skin. Patients receive this treatment to tighten up the skin and rejuvenate it to turn back the clock on aging.
The treatment was made for those just beginning to notice moderate sagging or wrinkles as well as those with severe long-term skin sagging. It’s ideal for those who aren’t interested in invasive surgeries with extensive downtimes or those who have been exempt from candidacy for those procedures. This versatile treatment is also a great option for those who are seeking out preventative measures to delay the onset of lines and wrinkles before they appear initially.
How Exactly Does This Treatment Work?
This treatment uses a handheld device that we use to deliver the ultrasound energy to our patients. In addition to using ultrasound therapy, this treatment also uses ultrasound imaging to allow us to better see the patient’s tissue layers during treatment. The handheld device is placed over the patient’s problem areas and the treatment uses a combination of ultrasound imaging and therapy to pass through the skin’s surface and target the collagen beneath.
The unique frequency of the ultrasound energy paired with focused and precise imaging allows us to have complete control over the amount of energy we use, the temperature we use, and the depth at which we allow the energy to penetrate.
All About Collagen
This is the most abundant protein present in our bodies and can be found in our connective tissues as well as in our bones and skin. Collagen’s primary job is to provide the skin with proper structuring, ensure skin firmness, and promote skin elasticity. Our bodies are constantly producing this protein, and having ample collagen means no wrinkles, fine lines, or skin laxity.
As we age, we gradually begin to lose the amount of collagen in our bodies. This starts around our late twenties or early thirties when we begin losing about 1% each year. Once we reach the age of forty, most of us experience a significant drop-off in collagen production. By focusing the ultrasound energy on encouraging an uptick in collagen production, it’s no wonder ultrasound therapy is so effective.
Where on the Body Can I Receive This Treatment?
Patients commonly receive this treatment to lift the neck, brow area, and chin. This treatment can also significantly improve wrinkles or lines on the upper chest area. The nature of ultrasound therapy allows each treatment to be as unique as the patient receiving it, as the treatment’s technology allows us to deliver precise ultrasound energy exclusively to the patient’s target areas.
Your Ultherapy Treatment Session
Since the treatment is so versatile, the vast majority of people are eligible to receive ultrasound therapy. Eligible candidates can include those who have had sagging skin for years, those who have just started noticing skin laxity, those looking to preemptively eradicate the possibility of wrinkles and fine lines, and those exempt from candidacy for invasive surgical procedures.
The most ideal candidates for this treatment will be those interested in a non-invasive approach to tackling wrinkles, lines, and sagging that originates from insufficient collagen production. The best candidates will be in good health overall and will have realistic expectations for the gradual and natural results this treatment offers.
Not many people will be exempt, but those who are pregnant or breastfeeding are advised to refrain from receiving ultrasound therapy until the baby is born and finished nursing. If you have any electronic device implants such as a pacemaker, or you have certain chronic medical conditions like cancer, consult an expert before undergoing the treatment. If you have any active skin conditions or infections, wait until those clear up before seeking ultrasound therapy.
To ensure no complications during treatment, postpone taking blood thinners such as NSAIDs in the days leading up to your appointment. Make sure you avoid applying skincare products or makeup right before you come in for your session and prioritize your relaxation during your treatment by wearing loose, comfortable clothing. Perhaps the most important thing you can do for yourself before undergoing treatment is to make ample hydration a top priority.
Most people feel no post-treatment discomfort, but if you find you are sensitive to the heat used during the treatment, a cold compress can help. Make sure you continue prioritizing hydration, as this will make your skin more responsive to the treatment.
Make sure you’ve stocked up on SPF 30+ sunscreen and that you avoid direct prolonged sun exposure during the hottest parts of the day. Not only will the sun’s UV rays affect your sensitive skin, but they can also interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment.
Interested in Extending Your Results?
Ultrasound therapy produces unique results in that they appear gradually and continue appearing for up to six months following your appointment. The results will naturally last up to two years, but there are things you can do to make that time even longer. The sun is one of the most prominent culprits behind premature aging, so keep yourself protected and covered up with clothes and sunscreen.
Avoid habits like smoking or drinking alcohol in excess, and make healthy dieting a staple in your life. If you take the time to develop a unique skincare routine that caters to your skin type, your skin will thank you in the long run.
Elevate and Celebrate Your Skin
Now you can finally have the results you want without any compromises. With its non-invasive nature, simplistic and straightforward treatment sessions, and natural-looking results, Ultherapy offers a great alternative to patients seeking tangible improvements in the skin without the commitment of surgery. Contact us today here at Peachtree Dermatology in Atlanta, GA, and get ready to say goodbye to sagging skin while you greet a more radiant, lifted version of yourself.