08 November 2016

Is There a Non-Surgical Alternative to a Facelift?

By Kyle Song

Loose skin on the cheeks and jaw, along with a few fine line and wrinkles, are some of the early signs of aging, and reversing these changes has traditionally required a facelift. But not everyone wants to undergo a surgical facelift, so is there a non-surgical alternative to a facelift?

Non-surgical facelift alternatives

There are now several different non-surgical procedures for facial tightening, but Ultherapy is undoubtedly one of the best. In cases where facial aging is not advanced, it may not be worthwhile to go under the knife, and so alternatives like Ultherapy are a good solution. These treatments not only tighten the skin, they also create a therapeutic effect, which boosts skin texture.

Why Ultherapy

Some plastic surgeons have introduced Ultherapy into their practice because it is a very effective facial rejuvenation option for patients who are not ready for a surgical facelift.

Ultherapy has become an appealing alternative to cosmetic facelift surgery because it has fewer risks and complications, and downtime is minimal.

In the hands of an experienced surgeon, Ultherapy can play an important role in treating the aging face, as it is a one-time treatment that can subtract a few years from your appearance. There are times when Ultherapy may have to be combined with other treatments such as soft tissue fillers, in order to achieve optimal results.

What is Ultherapy?

Ultherapy is a non-invasive skin tightening procedure that also lifts and tones the skin, using ultrasound energy. It is a very effective way to refresh the face and neck. Ultherapy is an outpatient procedure that kick-starts your body's collagen production.

Collagen is an important component in skin elasticity, and along with elastin, it helps to keep the skin tight. Since Ultherapy heats up collagen to a level that causes it to contract, the treatment is able to improve the firmness of the skin. Collagen contracts and then remodels, which causes the skin to tighten.

How does it work?

The Ulthera wand delivers focused ultrasound energy to the deep collagen and elastin layer of the skin but does not disturb the surface layers. The heat produced by the sonic waves stimulates collagen production, and also tightens the tissue in the structural layers of the skin.

No sedation is required with Ultherapy, and patients can return to normal activities right away. It takes approximately 60-90 minutes to treat all the facial areas.

Is it painful?

Patients will feel some discomfort as the ultrasound energy penetrates the skin, so they are usually given pain medication prior to treatment.

Can Ultherapy provide a non-surgical facelift?

Ultherapy provides what is known as a micro-lift, as it lifts and tightens loose skin. The results will become clear over several months, and improvements will continue for up to 6 months, as collagen rebuilds in the underlying skin.

Ultherapy treats the foundational layers of the skin that are normally addressed by the surgeon during a surgical facelift. While the results seen with Ultherapy will not be the same as those achieved with surgery, the subtle to moderate improvements gainedare very often what patients are looking for.

Nowadays, many people who wish to rejuvenate their face want to achieve natural looking results, and Ultherapy is able to meet their expectations.

Ultherapy is not meant to replace a facelift, but it can make you look more rested and rejuvenated. In addition, the results are natural, and you will certainly feel more youthful when it's all over. It is the ideal non-surgical face-lift for the right client.

Who is a good candidate?

Ultherapy is generally recommended for people in their 30's and 40's, looking to gracefully combat those ever so subtle facial changes that are starting to appear. It is also a good option for older patients with minimal skin laxity.However, it is not recommended for individuals with a lot of loose facial skin.

Contact Song Plastic Surgery, Irvine, CA to find out more about a non-invasive facelift using Ultherapy. Why not call us today at (949) 701-4454 to schedule an appointment with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kyle Song. You can also contact us online at www.kylesongmd.com/contact/. During your consultation Dr. Song will determine if a non-surgical treatment is the right option for you.

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