Ultherapy® is a treatment that is used to tighten the skin and help patients regain a more youthful look that resembles what it was in the past. It makes use of the same ultrasound energy that is used for imaging purposes. In fact, the images that are captured during the process can help our medical professional deliver it more precisely. Understanding how Ultherapy® is beneficial becomes a little easier with some fundamental knowledge of what creates the need for skin tightening in the first place.
The Role of Collagen
There is a substance in the skin called collagen that helps keep it full. This protein is produced in the deeper layers of the skin. In addition to providing fullness, collagen helps keep the skin tight and hold tissue together. The way the body produces collagen changes over time. As you age, less of it will be present than before.
When collagen levels decrease, the skin will not be able to maintain the same level of tightness it once had. The looseness of the skin that results will cause it to sag. This is why sagging of the jowls is a common sign of aging. Loose skin will also cause lines and wrinkles to form, especially around the eyes and mouth and across the forehead.
How Ultherapy® Helps
Since many of the signs of aging can be attributed to a drop in the production rate of collagen in the skin, it is reasonable to assume that finding a way to increase the level of collagen will return the skin to a former level of tightness. This is the purpose of Ultherapy®.
The ultrasound energy that is emitted during the administration of an Ultherapy® treatment causes the tissue to become warmer. The warmth then stimulates the dermis to produce collagen at a higher level than it would have without treatment. Following the treatment, additional collagen will begin to grow until it reaches its peak a few months later. During this time, the skin will gradually become tighter and fuller thanks to the increased collagen. The tighter skin will be free from those unwanted lines and wrinkles that prompted you to seek treatment in the first place.
Because Ultherapy® makes use of ultrasound, it offers advantages that are difficult to obtain with other treatment methods. The images that are produced by the ultrasound are displayed on a computer screen as the treatment is delivered. This allows our specialist to see what is happening as it happens. As a result, the settings can be changed as necessary to make sure optimum results are attained. The right amount of energy can be more easily directed at the proper depths.
Ultherapy® comes with little to no discomfort and is performed as an outpatient procedure. You can immediately return to your normal activities. We can provide you with more information about this treatment during your consultation with us at About Face Medical Aesthetics. Contact us at our office in Stratham today to schedule your first appointment!