Ultherapy, a revolutionary application of focused ultrasound technology for skin tightening and lifting is now offered for the first time in South Carolina at Germain Dermatology in Mount Pleasant.
Ultherapy allows physicians to focus sound waves deep under the skin to heat, lift and tighten loose skin without needles, cutting surgery or any damage to the skin's surface. New collagen is naturally created and restore skins youthfulness. In addition, the deeper layers of the skin are thermally tightened and contract, to lift the skin. This latest FDA cleared technology is being used primarily on the face to lift sagging brows, reduce excess skin on the lids and open up the eyes thus wiping away years for a younger, rejuvenated look.
Ultherapy is a quick lunch time procedure that offers a no-downtime treatment lasting between 30 to 60 minutes. In just a single treatment session, the Ultherapy device take images of the deep inner layers of the skin and a wand like treatment hand piece delivers heat to areas requiring treatment.
|Ulthera® Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Ultherapy procedure work?
A smooth applicator is placed on your skin which is then used to deliver low levels of ultrasound focused energy just beneath the skin. This is accomplished while leaving the surface of your skin undisturbed. Your skin's response to the energy is to stimulate the growth of new collagen. A gradual tightening and firming occurs, resulting in a natural lift of the skin over time.
Does it hurt?
Comfort thresholds vary from patient to patient, but there can be some discomfort while the energy is being delivered, which is temporary and a signal that the collagen-building process has been initiated.We take measures to make the experience as pleasant as possible, which may include giving pre-procedural pain and anti-anxiety medication.
How long does it last?
Patients treated with Ultherapy® still have fresh young collagen after a year's time following the procedure, but skin continues to age. The affects usually last up to two years following the treatment.
Are there any side effects?
There may be slight redness for a few hours following the treatment, and it’s not uncommon to have slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to touch for a few weeks, but these are typically mild and they are temporary in nature. There can be other post-procedural effects such as bruising and small areas of numbness but these are less common and, again, temporary.
How is Ultherapy® different from other cosmetic procedures?
Ultherapy is the only nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that uses ultrasound to specifically target the foundational layer of facial tissue that doctors address in surgery. The use of ultrasound also enables us to actually see the layers of skin we are treating, allowing the energy to be delivered precisely to where it will be most productive.
How many treatments does it take?
The majority of patients only need one treatment, while those with a fair amount of laxity may need more than one treatment. Annual touch-up treatments can help slow down the rate of skin aging.
Who is a good candidate for Ultherapy®?
There is a broad range of people who can benefit from Ultherapy, but typically those in their thirties and older are candidates. While this is not a replacement for surgery, there are many people who want some lifting, in order to look more refreshed and toned but are not ready for face lift surgery. Younger patients who want to retain their youthful look before significant aging occurs are also excellent candidates for the procedure.
What does collagen do?
Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firmed and toned. As we age, collagen loses its strength and its ability to stand up to the effects of gravity that pull the skin downward. Ultherapy® jumpstarts a repair process that strengthens your existing collagen and produces fresh, new collagen.
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