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Sagging Skin Got You Down? Ultherapy Can Help.

It’s the law of gravity that what goes up must come down. Unfortunately, that law applies to our aging skin as well. High browbones, sculpted cheeks, and snatched jawlines can fall faster than a souffle as we get older, leaving scowling, jowling, and that annoying loose “wattle” on your neck. Chin up, buttercup! You don’t have to let the sagging drag you down! You can lift your face and your spirits without ever going under the knife, thanks to non-surgical procedures like Ultherapy© that can effectively tighten the skin on the face and neck with no little to no downtime.

A Sound Procedure

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Think back to the taut, firm skin you enjoyed in your youth. Sure, good genes played a part, but most of the credit goes to collagen, the MVP of smooth, supple skin. This natural protein makes up about one-third of all the protein in your body and is responsible for a variety of things, including joint health. But let’s be honest, the reason most of us care about collagen (or lack thereof) is because of what it does for our skin. Specifically? It’s what gives skin its elasticity and “bounce.” Unfortunately, collagen doesn’t stick around for long. By the age of 25, we begin to lose as much as 1% of our total collagen per year, and that percentage increases for women after menopause.

Because collagen works as a scaffolding under the skin, as it declines, the skin begins to sag, droop, and wrinkle. And while there’s not much you can do to stop the aging process, you can control other factors that affect collagen, such as smoking and sun exposure. You can also stimulate new collagen to grow, and that’s where procedures like Ultherapy© can prove to be very beneficial in restoring a tighter, more youthful visage.

What is Ultherapy©?

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Rooted in science-based technology, Ultherapy© uses a handheld ultrasound device to send waves into the deeper layers of your skin, heating the tissues and revving up the body’s natural collagen production. What makes this procedure different from other non-invasive collagen stimulators is that practitioners can use ultrasound imaging to see the underlying tissue they are treating. This real-time viewing results in a more exact, customized approach that delivers the treatment directly to the areas where it will make the most difference.

It is the only non-invasive procedure that has been FDA-cleared for lifting the trinity of trouble spots (i.e., the neck, chin, and brow) and improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the décolleté.

What To Expect

As with most procedures involving the delicate skin of the face, you can expect some discomfort, so if you have a low pain threshold, consider yourself warned. While the surface of your skin will not be impacted, the depth and heat of the ultrasound waves are more than a little intense. Most practitioners will offer a topical anesthetic that can make the whole thing much more bearable, so make sure you ask about options before beginning.

You may also have a little redness and tenderness following the procedure, but it typically subsides within a couple of hours. So while it’s not a relaxing “spa-like” facial, it’s a walk in the park compared to the pain and swelling following a facelift! Plus, you can return to your normal activities immediately with no downtime. That doesn’t mean that you should have the treatment on the day of a big event, but it does mean that you won’t have to disguise yourself in a wide-brimmed hat and oversized sunnies to go about your day.

A Confidence Boost — Not a Facelift

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Results of Ultherapy© vary depending on how lax or how deeply lined your skin is, so if you are going into it expecting the dramatic results of a facelift, or instant gratification, you may be disappointed. While you may experience a nice glow and the skin may appear tighter or more “lifted” immediately following the treatment, the full effects will take some time (a couple of months) to show up. Still, they will be subtle, natural, and beautiful.

According to the experts at Advanced Aesthetics in San Antonio, Texas, “while it does not duplicate the results of surgery, Ultherapy© has proven to be an inviting alternative for those who are not yet ready for surgery.”

So while it can’t turn back time ala Cher, think of it as a way to create a more refreshed and rejuvenated version of yourself rather than a time capsule that restores your face to its former youthful glory. And, because the skin continues to age despite our best efforts, you can expect to need another “maintenance” procedure every year or two, depending on your skin type. At anywhere from $1500 to upwards of $4000, it’s not cheap, but it’s still less expensive than a facelift, which adds to the appeal for many people.

As with any procedure, you want to make sure you do your research. Schedule a consultation, ask to see some before and after photos, and make sure that the doctors address all your questions and concerns. In the right hands, Ultherapy© can create beautiful, natural results that will leave you looking like the best version of yourself.

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