Looking for a way to reverse skin laxity? You might not have to undergo surgical procedures to achieve a tighter, firmer facial profile any longer. Ultherapy is a revolutionary method of skin-tightening that does not involve anesthesia, incisions or an extended recovery period. The quick, relatively painless procedure produces dramatic tightening results in just one procedure. We now offer this treatment at Tacoma Laser Clinic, providing patients another option in non-surgical skin enhancement.
Why does Skin Sag?
Collagen and elastin are the two substances produced by the body to support the underlying skin structure and give skin its smooth supple appearance. When we are young, our bodies produce ample amounts of these substances to give skin its youthful vibrancy. Over time, the body produces less collagen and elastin, depleting the skin’s underlying support structure. This process is what leads to skin laxity, as well as the appearance of fine lines and facial creases.
The Function of Ultrasound
Ultrasound has been safely and effectively in the medical realm for decades and has more recently been introduced into the world of cosmetic procedures. When used for skin tightening, the ultrasound energy is delivered deep beneath the skin’s surface without causing trauma to the outer skin layers and tissue. The ultrasound energy stimulates the body’s own production of collagen and elastin for results that are both natural and long-lasting.
In addition to the delivery of ultrasound into the underlying dermal layers, ultrasound imaging can be used to ensure the energy is placed in the specific layers where it will lead to the greatest benefit. Ultrasound imaging is a painless procedure that uses sound waves to produce images of the underlying tissue. This ability is another reason Ultherapy stands apart from other types of skin rejuvenation and tightening procedures, as a treatment that offers both precision and superior results.
Fast and Painless
Ultherapy procedures may take anywhere from 30-90 minutes to complete, depending on the size of the treatment area. In addition to the face, this procedure can be used on the neck and chest. No anesthesia is required before an Ultherapy treatment. Patients report a warming sensation on the skin when the ultrasound energy is delivered, but it is rarely uncomfortable. If a patient does experience discomfort with the procedure, topical numbing or oral pain medication may be recommended.
After treatment, patients may return to their regular activities right away. The skin in the treatment area may be slightly red or swollen immediately following the procedure, but these side effects usually subside within a few hours of the procedure.
Patients may see some positive results shortly after their Ultherapy treatment as skin may look and feel tighter. However, the full results will not be seen for 2-3 months as the skin heals and collagen and elastin are produced. Once those results become evident, they could easily last a year or even longer. However, the aging process will again take its toll over time and additional treatments will likely be needed to maintain your positive results.
Ultherapy is an innovative way to create firmer, more youthful skin without surgery. However, it is not right for everyone. If you have significant skin laxity or other signs of aging, surgical procedures may be necessary to produce the results you are hoping for. To learn more about Ultherapy or find out if it’s the right treatment for you, contact us at Tacoma Laser Clinic today at 253.272.0655.