When it comes to anti-aging, some treatments are better for some areas of the body and other treatments are better suited for other areas. For example, Botox is great for treating forehead lines and crow’s feet while a treatment such as Ultherapy is great for reducing mild skin laxity in certain areas. Learn more about a few Ultherapy treatment areas and find out if the procedure is a good choice for you.
Ultherapy Treatment Areas: The Brows
As you get older, so do your eyebrows. Although many people associate the signs of aging with their eyes or lower face, the brow area can add years to your appearance, too. It’s not just unruly or graying eyebrows that age you.
Droopiness in the brow can make you look sleepy or just plain old. While in the past, your best option for treating a droopy brow was surgery, Ultherapy now offers an effective, non-surgical option. The treatment is FDA approved for use in the brow area and will help lift brows that have started to hang a bit low or that now look droopy.
Although Ultherapy will help minimize sagging in the brow area, it’s important to understand that the non-surgical treatment isn’t necessarily a replacement for a procedure like a brow lift. Instead, it’s an ideal option if you don’t have sufficient droopiness in that area to benefit from a brow lift surgery, but still want to do something to turn back the hands of time and to minimize a sagging eyebrow.
Ultherapy Treatment Areas: The Chin and Neck
Jowls, a double chin and a turkey neck are a few common signs of aging. In the past, the only way to really take action against the effects of gravity on the chin and neck was with a facelift.
But, just Ultherapy offers people with minimal laxity in the brows an alternative to a brow lift, so it also offers those with a mild amount of sagging in the chin and neck an alternative to a facelift. The ultrasound energy used during the treatment helps stimulate the production of collagen in the dermis, making skin tighter and smoother.
It’s a great option for people who have looked in the mirror and noticed some jowliness or a bit of sagging in their necks, but who aren’t ready for a full facelift.
Ultherapy Treatment Areas: The Upper Chest
Ultherapy isn’t just the only FDA approved ultrasound skin tightening treatment. It’s also the only skin tightening treatment that’s FDA approved for use on the upper chest, or decolletage.
Although many people start the fight against the signs of aging on their face at a young age, the signs of aging on the upper chest are often ignored, until they are pretty visible. Few people use moisturizer or lotion on their upper chest and many forget to protect that skin from the sun’s UV rays. The way a person sleeps can also make the skin on the chest look older — side sleeping, for example, often leads to wrinkling.
The result is wrinkled, crepey skin, which often starts appearing when a person is in his or her 30s. Few treatments are available for smoothing that skin, save from laser resurfacing procedures and Ultherapy.
It’s worth noting that Ultherapy works slightly differently on the chest that on other areas of the body. Although it’s approved as a skin tightening treatment on the face, on the chest, it’s approved for smoothing lines and wrinkles.
Just as Ultherapy helps stimulate the production of collagen in the dermal layer on the face, so it does on the chest area. The newly produced collagen helps to smooth the skin, providing an additional level of support beneath the epidermis.
Is Ultherapy for You?
Whether Ultherapy is a good treatment for you depends on what you want to have treated and how far along that area is in the aging process. If you have significant sagging in the eyebrow and chin area, you might better off discussing surgical options with your surgeon. But if you’re still in the early signs of the aging process or have just started to notice a bit of droop and sag, Ultherapy might be ideal. It can also be the right treatment for you if you have some wrinkles on the upper chest.
Your surgeon will want to review your medical history with you before treatment to make sure you’re healthy enough for Ultherapy. Generally, candidates for the procedure are in overall good health. Your surgeon will also discuss your expectations for the treatment, to make sure they are in line with the type of results you can actually get from Ultherapy.
What Else Should You Know About Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a non-invasive treatment, which means there are no incisions made and you won’t be under general anesthesia. Your surgeon might give you a topical anesthetic at the start of treatment to minimize discomfort.
The treatment usually doesn’t take that long. Depending on what and how many areas are being treated, the process usually takes less than 90 minutes in the office. You might be able to go back to work the same day, but you might also prefer to take the rest of the day off to let any swelling fade and to let the work of any pain relievers wear off.
You might get the results you want after a single treatment, and you’re likely to see some improvement right away. But keep in mind that many people don’t see their final results until several weeks or months after treatment. For the most part, results will last for about a year. You can maintain your results by getting touch up treatments every year or so.
Ultherapy is one of the non-surgical anti-aging treatments offered by Dr. Paul Vitenas at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique in Houston. To learn more about Ultherapy and your other options, call 281-810-9083 to schedule a consultation at Mirror Mirror today.