Our skin changes as we age. Often, skin on the face, neck and chest begins to sag which can make us feel self conscious about our appearance. Many men and women seek plastic surgery such as a face lift, neck lift, forehead lift or eye brow lift to remove extra tissue and tighten skin in these areas to achieve a more youthful look. However, not everyone is an ideal candidate for surgery or willing to undergo the risks of surgery.
For many patients, Ultherapy is an effective skin-tightening alternative to surgery. Ultherapy is a safe, FDA cleared, non-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound energy to counteract the effects of time and gravity on your skin. A good candidate for Ultherapy has mild to moderate skin laxity where the skin is beginning to feel and look less firm.
During the Ultherapy treatment, ultrasound is used to visualize and precisely target the deep, foundational layer of tissue that is typically addressed during surgery. Ultrasound energy is then used to to stimulate collagen production, that will eventually lift and tighten the treated area. The entire procedure is done without any cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin.
Each Ultherapy treatment is performed in the office by Dr. Boudreault or our Nurse Practitioner Molly. The length of the treatment varies on the size and number of areas being treated, but typically last anywhere from 60-90 minutes. Many patients see an immediate effect following Ultherapy treatment, however the most significant changes occur over approximately 2-3 months as your body naturally produces collagen.
While most patients will only need one treatment, the number of treatments is based on the degree of skin laxity and the body’s collagen-building response to treatment. Some patients may benefit from additional treatments. Because skin continues to age, future touch-ups with Ultherapy may also be beneficial.
If you feel as though you might benefit from Ultherapy, call to schedule an appointment at our convenient Palo Alto location.Schedule a Consultation