Patients come to see me for their skin. Sometimes it’s of medical need, and at other times, it’s to gain back their youthful countenance or at least look a few years younger. From Botox® to Juvederm®, from microdermabrasion to laser rejuvenation, “scalpel-less” skin rejuvenation is the hot topic on social media feeds and on everyone’s minds. Here, I repost a blog entry from May about an amazing treatment called Ultherapy®. Not only is it effective and has no downtime, it is the only device cleared by the FDA to non-invasively lift and tighten the skin. In the photo, you see Adelle performing an Ultherapy treatment on one of your patients. Read below to learn more about what I have to say about this remarkable and effective rejuvenative treatment for the face, neck, and chest, harnessing the “beauty of sound.”
All of us are searching for that fountain of youth, to regain our youthful and vibrant selves, or at least, appear youthful and vibrant. Plastic surgery is always an effective option, although most everyone will be able to tell you had surgery. Surgery isn’t for everyone, especially if one wants a natural look. Short of that scalpel and a lot of downtime for recovery, how do we recapture that youthful look? How do we get back our younger, glowing selves? How do we slow down or reverse the wrinkles and the sagging of our skin?
There are many factors involved in the aging of skin, but much of the aging process is due to the deterioration of collagen in our skin over time. Collagen is a natural and essential protein that provides our skin with much of the foundation, support, firmness, and elasticity. Our cells naturally produce this amazing protein, which is not only required for the process of the natural turnover of skin cells, but also provides the skin with its strength and structure. As a natural process of aging, collagen production begins to decrease as we get older, leading to sagging and wrinkling of the skin. Genetics have a huge impact on how your skin ages, but many factors accelerate aging and are within our control. Exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun or tanning beds, cigarette smoking, vitamin deficiencies, nutrition, and autoimmune and other diseases can all lead to an accelerated breakdown of collagen. Assuming we will all strive to lead a healthier lifestyle, what else can you do to turn back the “collagen” hands of time?
Although there is no single magic potion to stop the signs of aging, there are effective ways to slow the process down, and building collagen is a powerful place to start. There are a variety of product, treatments, and procedures on the market geared toward increasing collagen production and achieving collagen restoration. They are popular not only because they are non-invasive, non-ablative ways to rejuvenate the skin, but they are also very effective.
Ultherapy® is one such collagen-boosting procedure that is the only FDA-cleared, noninvasive procedure to lift and tighten the skin on the face, neck, and chest. Ultherapy, by delivering ultrasound energy into the skin, stimulates the production of collagen by targeting the skin’s foundational layers with focused ultrasound energy. The ultrasound energy is delivered to specific depths of the skin at controlled temperatures triggering a natural response in the skin, leading to the regeneration and production of new collagen within the skin. It is hard to believe, but the power of sound is what stimulates this youthful tightening of the skin. Results of Ultherapy begin to appear 2-3 months after treatment, where the new collagen being generated begins to lift and tighten the treated areas. This noninvasive treatment is an effective, sustainable alternative for patients who are not ready for a surgical facelift. It is also a treatment that can be repeated every few years to jumpstart and maintain that youthful, lifted look without scalpels, needles, or downtime.
So, does Ultherapy® even seem a bit extreme to you? Tune in next time and learn on our blog which skin serums, lotions, and creams can help regain a younger look. Your skin’s fountain of youth may actually be in a bottle or jar waiting for you to discover.
Everyone wants to age gracefully and most of us wouldn’t mind looking younger by a few years. And of course, it is never too early or too late to prevent the wrinkles and sagging of aging. Come visit us at Honet Dermatology and Cosmetic to get started on looking and being the best you can be.
Repost – Building Collagen Part I: The Beauty of Sound
Read Part II here – Building Collagen Part II: Serums, Lotions, and Creams