The fact that our skin sags with age is nothing new. Time, gravity, UV radiation from the sun (or tanning beds), environmental toxins, and other factors team up to deplete the beneficial components in our skin as we age, leading to loose areas that contribute to our looking older and even unhealthy. But while this reality is as old as humanity itself, something new is now available to reverse these visible effects: Ultherapy®. Houston-area patients interested in learning more about the skin rejuvenation treatment will discover a gentle, quick procedure that uses ultrasound waves to tighten loose skin on the face and neck, resulting in a lifted and more youthful look.
Ultherapy® tightens the targeted areas by stimulating collagen growth deep below the surface of the skin. The process is non-invasive, non-surgical, and FDA-approved, making it one of the most popular solutions for people looking to refresh their appearance with long-term results while avoiding the downsides, including downtime and potential serious complications, from surgery.
Ultherapy® is the only non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that has been cleared by the FDA for the purpose of skin lifting and tightening. The treatment provides natural-looking results that continue to improve over time: while some of our patients have seen an immediate effect after their Ultherapy® treatment session, the truest results appear over a span of two to three months after treatment, as the natural collagen production of the skin is kickstarted.
With the effects from environmental factors, the aging process, and other aspects of our lifestyle, the production of the fundamental building blocks of the skin, such as collagen, can slow down dramatically with time, leading to a loss in volume, smoothness, and elasticity. Ultherapy® utilizes safe and effective ultrasound technology to stimulate this collagen production, to lift sagging skin and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the body, and is one of the basic components of functional, healthy, and youthful-looking skin. It provides a supportive integrity to skin and other structures in the body.
The rate of collagen production in our skin drops as we age, and this is further affected by environmental and lifestyle factors. By the 40s, collagen production has dramatically been reduced, and existing reserves becomes stiff and thick, which leads to the skin losing its integrity and looking aged and fatigued.
Ultherapy® is a treatment that uses no chemicals of its own, but makes the skin start producing collagen again, to regain that plump appearance of youthfulness and health.
Ultherapy® is a proven treatment that is cleared by the FDA to tighten and lift sagging facial and neck skin, with particularly dramatic changes to drooping eyebrow and jowly cheeks. Ultherapy® is also approved to lift the neck tissues, smooth out the décolletage, making it a versatile option for anyone looking to revitalize their appearance.
Overall, some of the benefits that Ultherapy® treatment can provide include:
As noted above, Ultherapy® employs ultrasound waves, which pass through the outermost layers of skin to kick start collagen production deep below the surface. This form of skin rejuvenation has a variety of benefits, including lifting and tightening the skin in the targeted areas, which are the regions typically altered by a surgical facelift, brow lift, or neck lift. Those surgical methods deliver what are considered permanent results, but require general anesthesia, surgical cutting, potentially conspicuous scarring and a lengthy recovery period.
Ultherapy®, as opposed to surgery, requires no incisions. The handheld device that delivers the ultrasound waves moves over the skin without any invasive contact. It can deliver focused energy to the same depth as a surgeon can with the scalpel. While an ultrasound gel may be applied to the skin to ensure a smooth glide across it, there is no need for any sort of topical creams, anesthetics, or needles.
The ultrasound imaging from the device allows Dr. Cheng and the skin care team at Nuveau to clearly view the deep treatment area, and is able to more precisely target those that need more attention for the best possible results.
Focused energy is imparted to the skin through the ultrasound waves from the device, causing the skin to contract and tighten. As a result, neocollagenesis (the generation of new collagen) occurs in the period after the treatment, and results in the above-mentioned skin benefits throughout this process.
While the results from Ultherapy® can be effective and last for up to 18 to 24 months, the skin does continue to age, and some of our patients have found that follow-up treatments have greatly helped to maintain their results. Dr. Cheng will take into account the factors pertaining to each patient to assess when maintenance sessions may be required.
Sometimes, even patients who have previously undergone surgery or other procedures opt to receive Ultherapy® to prolong or maintain their skin, without needing further invasive treatment.
One treatment of Ultherapy® on the face and neck can be completed in a session lasting between 60 to 90 minutes, and a further treatment for the chest or décolletage may take about 30 minutes.
During the Ultherapy® treatment session itself, patients can feel tiny amounts of energy being directed at their skin. Dr. Cheng has set up a protocol to decrease pain and discomfort during the treatment. For more information, please contact us online or by calling 713-526-1220.
Some patients report seeing noticeable aesthetic improvement after a single hour to hour-and-a-half Ultherapy® treatment session, since their skin begins to tighten, smoothing out wrinkles and pulling up loose, sagging sections. The beneficial effects of new collagen production will continue for several months, during which the overall appearance will further improve, and patients will see maximum results in about six months. The dramatic yet natural results can last up to two years.
There may be some tenderness, redness, or swelling in the targeted skin immediately after an Ultherapy® session, but these are mild and typically resolve quickly. Most family and friends are not able to tell their loved one has received a treatment. Dr. Cheng will talk with you about side effects and risks at your consultation, during which you can ask any questions you may have.
You can expect to return to your daily routine immediately, as Ultherapy® requires no down time.
Under ideal circumstances, long-term results can last for years, and the look can be maintained via periodic touch-up treatments.
Other minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatments that smooth wrinkles include injectable treatments of dermal fillers, such as Radiesse®, Juvéderm®, Restylane®, and Juvéderm Voluma®, as well as the popular BOTOX®.
Other treatments such as fractional laser skin resurfacing and intense pulsed light (IPL) can refresh and brighten the appearance of your skin by addressing mild to moderate skin concerns with minimal downtime. The Nuveau Medical Aesthetics team will work with you to determine the most well suited treatment for your specific skin and needs.