As the years go by, signs of the aging process, such as loose or sagging skin on the neck, chin, or brow and wrinkles, become unavoidable and may dampen our self-esteem. Turning to surgery to tighten loose facial skin can be costly and time-consuming. Here at Mariposa Aesthetics & Laser Center, Oklahoma City, OK, we are pleased to offer Ultherapy, a non-surgical treatment that can easily remove wrinkles and tighten facial skin in one session.
What Are the Main Benefits of Ultherapy?
No Need for Surgery
This treatment is an excellent alternative to lifting and tightening the facial skin, which previously could only be done through surgery. The treatment delivers precise amounts of ultrasound energy deep into the skin with no harm to the skin surface. Since this treatment uses an ultrasound technique, no toxins or incisions are used during this process, leaving no scars.
This enables significant improvement in wrinkles, lines, and sagging skin to be completed without the potential complications or side effects associated with surgery. The treatment is also ideal for individuals who are not allowed to go for surgery for health reasons.
No Downtime or Recovery Time
Due to the non-invasive nature of this therapy, there is no downtime or post-treatment care needed. The treatment offers a lot of flexibility for people with busy schedules and lifestyles, and after the treatment, you can immediately return to your daily routine. It is very comfortable as sound waves are applied to produce the desired results, without the use of excess heat or surgical excision.
Treatment Is Customizable
One of the best benefits of this treatment is that it can be customized to the individual’s needs. For example, the ultrasound device can be adjusted to alter how far down the energy is directed to produce the best possible results. The length of the treatment can be changed, as well.
The treatment can be applied to any face area, making it ideal for use in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments. The skilled professionals at Mariposa Aesthetics & Laser Center, Oklahoma City, OK, will help you map out a perfect treatment plan for you if you are interested in combining the therapy with injectable or resurfacing treatments.
Treatment Is Safe
The FDA approved this therapy as the only safe non-surgical treatment for sagging facial skin and wrinkles after successful clinical studies and tens of thousands of sessions worldwide. You can be assured that the treatment will be carried out safely and that no harmful substances will be applied during treatment. The ultrasound technology itself is not new in the medical field, having been used in medical imaging for over half a century.
Treatment Is Quick
While it is common for you to be hospitalized for at least 24 hours after you have gone through a surgical procedure, this is not the case with Ultherapy. Ultrasound therapy is a quick treatment and does not require any medical attention afterward. With this treatment, you won’t require several days of rest from work, and you can quickly get back to your normal daily duties.
Although the results’ duration can vary from one person to another and may not be immediately visible, they last longer. Unlike other cosmetic treatments that require monthly or seasonal check-ups, ultrasound therapy results can last from one year to many years after a single treatment.
While some treatments appear too quickly and may affect your facial expression, ultrasound therapy results only become apparent gradually, which means that your treatment will not be noticeable. The therapy stimulates the cells under the skin to produce new collagen, a protein found in the human body, which keeps the skin looking plump and healthy.
As more and more collagen is produced, the structure and elasticity of the facial skin start taking firm shape. The healing process and tightening of the skin occur naturally from around three to six months.
Reduction of Aging Effects
Loose and sagging skin on the cheeks and jawline, wrinkles and drooping eyelids are some of the telltale signs of aging. The restoration of collagen results in firm and smooth skin that gives a youthful appearance, hence reducing aging.
FAQ About Ultherapy
1. What Is the Role of Collagen?
Collagen is an essential protein that makes up over a quarter of the total proteins in the human body’s connective tissues of the tendons, ligaments, skin, and muscles. It provides firmness and elasticity that the body needs to remain functional and healthy, giving the skin its overall youthful appearance by keeping it firm and toned.
2. What Are the Effects of Low Levels of Collagen on the Skin?
Beyond 30 years of age, the body starts producing less and less collagen. As collagen levels slowly decline, the skin’s structural tissues become weak, resulting in loss of strength and elasticity. The effects are initially noticeable in the cheeks, neck, and along the jawline and eyebrows.
3. What Is the Link Between the Treatment and Collagen Levels?
The treatment employs ultrasound energy that targets the deepest layers of your skin. This stimulates the production of both existing and new collagen and elastic tissue without cutting or harming your skin’s surface. The activation of extra collagen into the face causes the tightening of fine lines and wrinkles, restoring the skin’s elasticity and firmness.
4. What Is Unique About This Treatment?
While other cosmetic treatments temporarily deal wth superficial layers of the skin, ultrasound therapy is much more effective as it is the first and only treatment that can reach the deep foundation of the skin without cutting the skin like what happens in surgery. Furthermore, with this technology, specific skin areas that need addressing can be precisely targeted and treated.
5. How Long Is the Treatment Session?
Although the treatment length can vary depending on the target area and the individual, the sessions are relatively short, usually 30 – 60 minutes. Therefore you can still have your treatment session without disrupting your regular daily routine.
6. Who Is the Right Candidate for This Type of Therapy?
Although each individual responds differently, this treatment can be done on any skin color, type, and condition, regardless of gender. Generally, your candidacy for this type of therapy depends on what you want to achieve. If you’re still young but feel you need to combat early signs of aging, then go for it. People who have had surgery can also benefit from this treatment.
If you’re older and are beginning to get uncomfortable with loose skin under your neck and chin or sagging skin and wrinkles on your face and chest, this treatment is just what you are searching for. Typically, people in their 30s or older with mild to moderate skin concerns are a good fit. However, you can still benefit from this treatment even if you are in your 20s.
7. How Many Times Can I Go for Treatment?
The beauty of this therapy is that it’s a once-off treatment for most individuals. But although the treatment produces new collagen on the inside, the individual’s aging is a normal, natural process; hence the results of this treatment may not be the same. Therefore, the effects can sometimes last as long as five years, while for some individuals, the skin issues may reappear after one year.
Most individuals go for treatment at least once every year to maintain their natural good looks. However, the decision on the number and frequency of your treatment is entirely up to you. You can schedule as many touch-ups as you want especially when signs of aging start to appear again to maintain your desired outcome. The treatment can be safely done in multiple areas at once.
8. When Do I Start Seeing the Results?
Some individuals have reported seeing results soon after the treatment. However, since collagen formation is a natural process, the results will slowly appear over some time. The aging process of each individual will determine how long the results are visible to the outside world. In most cases, the actual results begin to appear about three months after the treatment, at which stage your skin will have produced new collagen
As collagen starts to lift and tighten the skin, you should start to see an obvious positive change in the structure and appearance of your skin. Your treatment outcome includes tightening the skin on your neck and chest, as well as less visible wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes and mouth.
9. How Do I Enhance the Benefits of Ultherapy?
Take Good Care of Your Skin
To maximize this treatment’s benefits, you need to be gentle with your skin by using topical medical skincare products. These will help enhance the tone and elasticity of the skin. Schedule less costly touch-up treatments on a routine basis to promote the constant production of collagen and skin tightening.
Protect Your Skin from Sun Exposure
You should always avoid exposing your skin to prolonged sun heat, which can contribute to the adverse effects of aging by breaking down or retarding collagen synthesis. If you stay outdoors for long periods, wear protective clothing, and apply sunscreen more frequently.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
One of the critical factors in maintaining a healthy lifestyle is by sticking to a healthy diet. A diet rich in antioxidants, minerals, and proteins will help protect collagen and enhance the treatment results.
10. What Should l Expect Before Treatment?
Once you’ve done your consultation and decided to have the treatment, there isn’t much left for you to do in terms of preparation. You do not need to change your lifestyle or everyday eating habits. Just make sure, if you wear makeup, that you remove it plus any other skincare products, particularly from the areas targeted for treatment just before your scheduled session.
11. Are There Any Side Effects?
With this non-invasive type of treatment, you do not need to worry about the pain and swelling that is generally associated with surgery or a facelift. This makes the treatment and a more favorable option for skin lifting and tightening.
12. Is the Treatment Cost-Effective?
The treatment cost varies depending on the target area(s) to be treated and the number of treatments. Whatever the price for the specific treatment, considering the safety, benefits, and effectiveness of the treatment coupled with the natural results it produces, this therapy is well worth the costs.
No Need to Worry About Those Facial Lines or Wrinkles Anymore
If you are ready to tackle your skin challenges head-on and get rid of aging signs, visit us at Mariposa Aesthetics & Laser Center, Oklahoma City, OK today. We use Ultherapy for quick and efficient non-surgical skin firming and lifting to restore your youthful and healthy outlook. We are ready to answer any questions you may have about the treatment and help you meet your desired outlook goals.