Your body changes your life, growing into your teens from childhood, into an adult from your teens, and into old age in adulthood. One area those changes become more apparent over time is your skin, as your body loses the chemicals it needs to maintain flexibility and elasticity as you get older. Whether from overexposure to sunlight, environmental factors, or lifestyle habits, such as smoking, as you age, your skin will see roughness, dryness, and itchiness and become looser with more wrinkles and lines.
There are dozens of popular methods that promise to give you younger-looking skin. Ultherapy is a steadily growing, FDA-approved choice to reach the goal of getting results without chemicals, creams, or surgical procedures. Let’s examine what ultherapy can do for you by reviewing what it is, how it works, and what you can expect during the procedure.
If you live in the Lake Oswego, Oregon, area you’re looking for a noninvasive way to have younger-looking skin, the team of doctors at Lake Grove ENT can help.
To maintain the appearance of your skin, your body produces proteins like collagen and elastin to give skin firmness and flexibility and provide some of the underlying structure of the tissue in your body. As you get older, your body produces less and less of these essential proteins, and as your skin becomes less pliable and firm, it slowly gets rougher and looser, and you start to see more wrinkles, creases, and lines.
Ultherapy is a nonsurgical treatment that targets the muscles, superficial wrinkles, and skin to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin to restore firmness and flexibility to aging skin. It’s commonly used on your face, neck, and chest and treats drooping of the brow.
Ultrasound is often used in several ways to help the body, including imaging to look for abnormalities in your body and to offer deep heat to tissue in the body to relieve pain in muscles, tendons, and joints. To treat wrinkles and other aging signs, ultherapy uses focused ultrasound heat under the skin to stimulate the production of the proteins, as mentioned earlier, using an applicator applied directly to the skin. It requires very little preparation, lasts up to 90 minutes, requires no incisions, and very often no recovery time.
After the treatment area is determined, we start the process by cleaning it of any oils or residue and applying a gel to make the device move smoothly over your skin. Next, we place the device against your skin and adjust the settings to begin. Then we start applying the ultrasound energy, during which you’re likely to have a warm, tingling sensation in the treated areas. Pain medications can be used to address any mild discomfort, and once the process is finished, the applicator is removed.
Ultherapy often takes about 30 minutes to work on your chest and between 69-90 minutes on your face and neck. Tingling and heat will subside once the process is finished, and you may experience some short-term swelling and tenderness (which should fade within a couple of days). You can return to your day after treatment, and your skin should improve for up to three months. How frequently you need treatment will depend on how long your results last after the initial results.
There are many options for younger-looking skin, but for noninvasive results that allow you to get on with your day, ultherapy is a treatment that gets results. If you’re ready to see what it can do for you, make an appointment with the team at Lake Grove ENT today.