Ultherapy is a non-invasive skin tightening treatment that has been used for years to help people reverse the signs of aging safely, effectively, quickly, and painlessly. The FDA-approved Ulthera device is used at Rejuvalase Medical Spa in Los Angeles, CA to help clients tighten loose skin and improve their self-esteem. If you’ve ever wondered whether you could benefit from this non-invasive skin tightening treatment, keep reading to find out.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Ultherapy?
If you’re an adult and want to tighten and lift loose, sagging skin, you will probably be considered a good candidate for this treatment. The results of this treatment are derived from an increase in localized collagen production due to the warming effects of ultrasound therapy. The technology is the same as the ultrasound technology that has been used for decades to photograph a pregnant woman’s womb. This treatment is safe enough for virtually everyone.
Note, to receive FDA approval, the Ulthera device had to be proven both safe and effective. You don’t need to worry about whether this treatment will be safe for you. What really needs to be considered is whether this treatment will be effective for you. If you have loose, sagging skin, you will most likely be considered a good candidate. If you are worried about wrinkles, you won’t qualify if they are caused by muscle hyperactivity rather than volume loss.
Am I Too Young To Get This Treatment?
You’re probably not too young to be a good Ultherapy candidate. Generally, people start to see the signs of aging between the ages of 25 and 30. It is around the age of 25 that the skin starts to produce collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid at a reduced rate, resulting in sagging and wrinkling. However, some people start to visibly age when they are younger due to genetics, alcohol and tobacco consumption, stress, sun damage, or other factors.
If you are at least 21 years of age and worried about the appearance of your skin, you don’t need to worry about being too young for a non-invasive anti-aging treatment. Note, the younger you are when you get your first treatment, the more likely it is that your results will last longer. If you are starting to notice the signs of aging, it is not too early to start helping your skin boost its collagen production rate.
Am I Too Old To Get This Treatment?
It is also highly unlikely that you are too old to be considered a good fit for this treatment. It is possible that the results of your treatment will not last as long. However, you will still benefit from a significant collagen production boost. Just keep in mind that if you are in your 50s or 60s, your skin’s collagen production rate will have been dropping by roughly 1% per year for 25 or more years. You may need a couple of treatment sessions to achieve ideal results.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment if I Have Sagging Lower Body Skin?
There is an excellent chance that you will be considered a good candidate for this treatment if you are worried about sagging skin affecting the appearance of your thighs or buttocks. This treatment is most commonly used to lift sagging skin affecting the lower face. However, it can absolutely be used to address cosmetic concerns in other regions of the body, including the lower body, trunk, upper body, midface, and upper face.
What Will My Treatment Session Be Like?
Before your treatment session begins, Dr. Gregory Keller will cleanse the treatment areas thoroughly. Then, he will apply a special ultrasound gel to the areas. This will feel a little cool; it will not be painfully cold. Once the preparations are complete, the Ulthera device will be turned on and pressed against the ultrasound gel. It will be moved around the treatment areas painlessly, warming them due to the emission of energy from the soundwaves.
All told, your treatment session will take roughly half of an hour to 1.5 hours depending on the severity of your cosmetic concerns and the size of the areas being treated. If you’re only treating one area, like your chest, you should be able to come in during your lunch break. On the other hand, you may need to take an hour or so off from work if you are tightening loose abdominal, facial, thigh, and arm skin.
Will I Need To Take Time Off From Work To Recover?
Unlike invasive skin-tightening procedures, there will be no recovery period following this treatment. You will not have to take any time off from work, although you are certainly welcome to take the rest of the day off from work if you want a break. If you can’t take any time off from work, you’ll be pleased to know that you don’t need to worry about any redness, swelling, or bruising. Your skin will feel tighter and smoother and you can return to work with confidence.
How Soon Will I See the Results of My Treatment?
While your skin will feel tighter and smoother as soon as your treatment session is over, it will take several months before your final results become apparent. Individual results vary, but it is generally expected that it takes four to six months after the final treatment session for the final results to be realized. This is because it takes time for your skin to build up enough extra collagen in response to the treatment.
Keep in mind, it may be closer to seven months before you see the final results of your treatment depending on your age and the severity of your cosmetic concerns. If we suspect one treatment session will not be enough for you to achieve your desired results, you should come in for a follow-up appointment three to four weeks after your first appointment. From that point, it will take four to six months for your final results to be realized.
How Long Will the Results of My Treatment Last?
If you’re relatively young, you can feel pretty confident that your results will last for around five years. If you’re in your 50s or 60s, your ideal results may only last for a couple of years. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help your ideal results last longer. Remember, the results of this treatment are derived from extra collagen in your problem areas. If you make lifestyle choices that facilitate healthy collagen, you will need less frequent follow-up sessions.
For example, you can help protect the collagen in your skin by not consuming tobacco products and only drinking alcohol in moderation. Another very effective step you can take is to stay hydrated. This step is so effective because a sufficient amount of water is required both for the health of your existing collagen and the production of new, healthy collagen. Exercising regularly will also help because it improves circulation.
Why Is Circulation Important for Skin Health?
Good circulation is important for the health of your skin because your skin needs nutrients to build collagen and keep its existing collagen healthy. Your circulatory system is responsible for transporting oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. The stronger your circulatory system is, the more likely it is that your skin will get the nutrients it needs to keep itself healthy and youthful.
Keep in mind that while a strong circulatory system is important, it is also crucial that your body has the nutrients it needs. It doesn’t matter how good your circulation is if you’re not eating enough protein to get the amino acids that your skin needs to produce collagen. It is also crucial that you get your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C to maintain your skin’s health.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
Ultherapy is an FDA-approved skin tightening treatment that lifts and tightens skin without injections or incisions. It is based on the same ultrasound technology that has been used for decades to photograph the womb, so it is safe for just about everyone. However, it is still important to attend an initial evaluation to verify that this treatment is the most effective way to reach your cosmetic goals. It won’t help if you have overactive muscle-related wrinkles.
If you think your self-confidence would improve if your skin was tighter, reach out to us today at Rejuvalase Medical Spa in Los Angeles, CA to schedule your initial consultation.