The newest beauty craze that lifts and tones without lasers or knives.
The search for the fountain of youth is a tale as old as time, and the business of beauty is ever-evolving with new technologies developed every day to help end that chase. The latest trend hailed by the likes of Hollywood elites as a “must-have” in your beauty regiment is Ultherapy, a new FDA-approved, non-invasive way to face the future.
Specifically targeting the areas that sag due to time and age, this new procedure claims to tighten and tone hard-to-tame areas that include: the brow, neck, chin and jaw line—without undergoing the knife. The gravity of the situation is that gravity is the situation. Ultherapy works to keep the face from looking tired and matured by defying gravity, and lifting the drooping areas.
How does it work, exactly? Collagen rejuvenation. As a natural protein that keeps skin firm, toned and elastic, collagen is what gives skin a youthful appearance. On the flip side, it’s also what the skin loses as we age. Ultherapy aims to renew the skin’s protein by specifically targeting the deep foundation of skin without cutting or disrupting the surface. The theory is that by penetrating below the surface of the skin to simulate the body’s creation of new collagen, new skin with supple collagen will begin to tone over time—typically two to three months—creating a more youthful appearance. Voila!
Before You Try It
Ultherapy addresses mild to moderate sagging of the skin on the face, neck and brow. It’s the perfect solution for someone who’s not ready for surgery, but wants to see some lifting, or for those who want to do preventative maintenance. Typically, people in their 30s and older are great candidates, though it varies per person.
While no preparation is required before an appointment, some practitioners will advise to take certain over-the-counter medication for comfort measures. Also, most patients only need one go-around to see results, but others may need two or three tries before achieving the look that they desire. It’s important to remember that since every face is different and has its own unique set of characteristics, it’s essential to consult with a doctor to see whether Ultherapy is right for you.
During the Procedure
Ranging in price from about $1,000 to $3,500, the treatment takes about 60 to 90 minutes. The process begins with cleansing the skin and identifying specific areas to be treated. Ultrasound gel is applied and the hand piece is placed on the skin, focusing ultrasound energy through the surfaces of the patient’s skin to target the treated area. Some patients will feel some discomfort while the energy is being delivered, but according to Ultherapy, it’s a temporary and even positive sign that the collagen-building process has begun. Thus, the patient is on his or her way to a more youthful appearance.
Most would think this process would require, at the very least, a few hours of downtime; but alas, the technology of the times has made it so patients can walk right out of the procedure and back to their daily activities. That’s right, the process has little to no downtime, so patients are able to go back to work immediately following the procedure. However, there may be some redness, temporary swelling, tingling and/or tenderness on the treated areas after the therapy is complete.
While some may see instant results, the majority of the lifting and toning will take place over two to three months. Further improvements can also appear up to six months after, as tired collagen is replaced with new, more elastic collagen.
This new discovery is revolutionary and is already the talk of the town, with such celebs as Kathy Lee Gifford taking interest and even being treated live on “The Kathy Lee Show.” If you’re looking for a simple way to make a big difference in your face, it appears as though Ultherapy is the way of the future. The best part? You don’t even have to spend your frequent flyer miles on your search for the elusive fountain of youth—it’s right in your backyard. OC is a prime location for this treatment, with doctors in Irvine, Newport and more. Visit www.Ultherapy.com to find the doctor nearest you.