When you think about the subject of lifting and tightening the skin, your first thoughts may be related to surgical procedures like facelifts. While many people undergo this type of surgery every year, there are countless others who prefer a less invasive way of achieving a younger look with tighter skin.
Ultherapy® is one of the safest non-surgical treatments available for the purposes of lifting and tightening loose skin. It can be done in the comfort of our office without the need for a visit to the hospital. It will also allow you to return to your normal activities immediately after the treatment session. There is no recovery period required. This is simply not the case with surgical procedures.
Ultherapy® utilizes ultrasound in order to do its work. This is the same basic type of energy that is used when you have an ultrasound done for imaging purposes. The energy is simply used to produce therapeutic benefits. A special device is moved across the surface of the skin, emitting the energy as it goes. The settings can be dialed in so that the energy reaches the perfect depth.
The purpose of Ultherapy® is to stimulate the lower layers of the skin to grow more collagen than what it would produce without the therapy. Collagen is that substance in the skin that helps to hold it tight and give it an appearance of fullness. As time wears on, your body will not produce collagen in the same quantities. This loss of collagen translates into the loss of fullness in the skin, resulting in sagging, loose skin and the development of wrinkles and lines.
When the treatments are given, the ultrasound energy that is focused on the lower layers of the skin has the effect of gently warming the tissue. This stimulates the dermis, or the layer of skin beneath the surface, to start to grow collagen in amounts that more closely resemble the amounts that were present before the skin began to loosen. Consequently, the level of fullness returns as well. You can then say goodbye to those lines, wrinkles and sagging skin that are making you look older than you really are.
An advantage that Ultherapy® provides over other non-surgical skin tightening methods is the ability for those delivering the therapy to see the layers of skin that they are treating. This enables them to focus the energy on the right tissue in order to achieve the best results.
Ultherapy® is FDA-approved, meaning you can feel secure in the level of safety associated with the therapy. If you have been struggling with the idea of loose skin and were not sure where to turn, you should ask our team at the office of Daniel J. Leeman, MD about the use of this innovative method. We can evaluate your skin and give you a better idea of what kind of results you can expect. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Austin!