As you age, you naturally produce less collagen — and less collagen means lax skin. While many people consider a facelift to tighten skin and restore a youthful appearance, surgery isn’t your only option. Ultherapy® can lift the skin on your face without surgical intervention.
This remarkable FDA-cleared procedure is one of the skin tightening treatments available at AM Facial Plastics in Santa Barbara and Beverly Hills, California. In this blog, Dr. Arash Moradzadeh explains what Ultherapy is and how it stimulates collagen production.
What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a nonsurgical, noninvasive alternative to the traditional facelift. It harnesses the power of sound energy (ultrasound) to counteract the pesky signs of aging like wrinkles, skin laxity, and sagging.
Ultherapy can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your face, neck, chest, and brow area. The highly customizable technology stimulates collagen production and promotes a more youthful appearance.
How Ultherapy stimulates collagen production
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, and it’s found in your bones, tendons, muscles, and skin. Collagen provides structure and strength to your body’s cells. When it comes to your skin, collagen is what provides a youthful appearance and firm tone. The natural aging process, UV exposure, and smoking diminish collagen production.
Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to generate a thermal effect under your skin. The heat energy is directed at different depths, allowing it to penetrate muscles, skin, and superficial wrinkles. The heat triggers your body to produce fresh, new collagen, which leads to firmer skin, reduced sagging, and fewer wrinkles.
Benefits of Ultherapy
During your Ultherapy session, the handheld device glides over your skin, similar to other ultrasound experiences you may have had. The application of gel at the treatment area allows for smooth movements.
Ultherapy is completely noninvasive, meaning there are no injections or incisions. Although Ultherapy doesn’t duplicate the results of a surgical facelift, it is a good option for those who aren’t ready for surgery.
In addition, Ultherapy doesn’t require any downtime. You may experience slight redness at the treatment area, but this is short-lived and dissipates shortly after your treatment.
Keeping your skin healthy
After your Ultherapy treatment, you can continue to promote healthy skin with these tips:
- Wear sunscreen daily
- Stay hydrated
- Keep your skin moisturized
- Follow a well-balanced diet with plenty of foods rich in vitamin C — research shows that vitamin C also supports collagen production
- Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night — sleep promotes cellular renewal and improves skin health
If you’re bothered by loose skin but aren’t ready for surgery, consider Ultherapy. To learn more about Ultherapy or to schedule a consultation, call Dr. Moradzadeh at 310-659-9900 today. You can also schedule your appointment easily with our online tool.