The fact that our skin sags with age is nothing new. Time, gravity, UV radiation, environmental toxins, and other factors team up to deplete 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, fast procedure that uses ultrasound waves to tighten loose skin on the face and neck.
Ultherapy® tightens the targeted areas by stimulating collagen growth deep below your skin's surface. The process is non-surgical and FDA approved, making it a popular solution 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 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 smooth out the décolletage, making it a versatile option for anyone looking to revitalize their appearance.
As noted above, Ultherapy® employs ultrasound waves, which pass through the outermost layers of skin to kick start collagen production below. This 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 facelift, brow lift, or neck lift. Those surgical methods deliver what are considered permanent results, but require general anesthesia, surgical cutting 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.
Some patients report seeing noticeable aesthetic improvement after a single hour to hour-and-a-half Ultherapy® 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 typically last up to two years.
There may be some tenderness, redness, or swelling in the targeted skin immediately after an Ultherapy® session, but these typically resolve quickly. Dr. Christine 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 dermal fillers like Radiesse®, Juvéderm®, Restylane®, and Juvéderm Voluma®, as well as the popular BOTOX®. Other treatments such as fractional laser resurfacing and microlaserpeels and refresh and brighten the appearance of your skin with minimal downtime. The Nuveau Medical Aesthetics team will work with you to determine the ideal treatment for your specific skin and needs.