Aging and Sagging Skin
Skin laxity and sagging skin are some of the most distressing changes to your appearance that occur over time. In the past, this concern could only be addressed by surgical excision of the redundant skin and tightening of the facial contour. Today, many patients can achieve a tighter, more youthful profile without incisions or anesthesia, thanks to a revolutionary nonsurgical treatment known as Ultherapy. This device utilizes ultrasound energy and imaging to target underlying dermal layers with tightening effects that are both natural and long-lasting. Ultherapy is available at Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery, giving our patients a nonsurgical anti-aging option that reverses signs of aging on the face, neck and chest.
Why Skin Sags
Sagging skin is a normal part of the aging process and is caused by the depletion of collagen levels. Collagen is protein the body manufactures that support the skin’s structure and gives it a supple, youthful appearance. However, we produce less of this essential substance as we age, with significant reductions in collagen amounts by the time we hit the middle years of life. The decrease causes skin laxity, leading to sagging skin and the formation of facial creases.
The Nonsurgical Lift
Ultherapy addresses the issue of loose, sagging skin on different levels. The ultrasound energy is delivered deep into the dermal layers without damaging the outer dermis or surrounding tissues. The heat constricts tissue, leading to an immediate improvement in skin laxity. At the same time, the ultrasound energy triggers collagen and elastin production by the body, which creates natural, long-lasting tightening and firmness in the facial profile.
Ultherapy is a non-invasive treatment that does not require anesthesia or downtime afterward. At the same time, the ultrasound energy is delivered, ultrasound imaging is used to pinpoint the tissue that requires treatment most to ensure an efficient procedure and optimal results.
Ultherapy Treatment Options
Ultherapy works on the face, neck and décolletage to firm skin and addresses the following concerns:
- Lifts and smooths the brow area
- Restores definition and firmness to the midface
- Minimizes the appearance of wrinkles around the nose and mouth
- Early signs of jowls along the jawline
- Wrinkles and sagging skin around the neck
- The formation of the double chin
- Wrinkles and skin laxity on the chest
This procedure offers the best results to patients with mild to moderate skin laxity. If you are in need of more correction than what can be achieved through an Ultherapy treatment, Dr. Mordkovich also performs surgical procedures that offer dramatic results that can last many years.
During your Ultherapy treatment, a handpiece will be run across the treatment area to deliver ultrasound energy into the deeper dermal layers without damaging the outer dermis. At the same time, Dr. Mordkovich will use ultrasound imaging to identify the tissue in need of the most correction and target that location. The duration of your procedure will vary based on the areas you have treated. For example, the brow area takes just 20 minutes to complete, while the full face and neck could take up to two hours.
No Recovery, Long-Lasting Results
You can head back to the office immediately following your Ultherapy treatment without any visible sign you just had a procedure performed. Some patients may experience slight tingling or redness for a few hours, but these side effects shouldn’t be uncomfortable enough to prevent you from participating in your regular activities.
Preliminary results of your Ultherapy treatment might be apparent right away, as your skin may look and feel slightly tighter and smoother. The real results will develop in the weeks and months following your procedure as the body’s processes kick in to support the time reversal process. Within three months, you should see significant improvement in your skin, and those results should be long-lasting. Of course, you can schedule maintenance Ultherapy treatments every few months to one year to keep that healthy, youthful glow going strong.
Ultherapy is an efficient anti-aging procedure that does not involve anesthesia, incisions or a recovery process. To find out if this nonsurgical lift is the right choice for you, contact Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery today at 201-751-9490.