Ulthera (Ultherapy) – non-surgical Facelift
Age-related sagging skin
- As your body ages, you expect gradual changes. How your body ages depend partially on your genetic patterns of aging. But your lifestyle choices have a more powerful impact on how well your body ages. Some of the following changes may apply to you. Others may not. A healthy lifestyle may slow many of these normal effects of aging.
- The excessive skin laxity and sagging is a gradual degenerative process that affects almost all layers of the skin and the underlying tissues including the subcutaneous tissues, muscle layer and the bony structure.
- The skin has its power of regeneration as a part of our genetic structure.
- The regeneration power is maintained by the effect of the antioxidants in the skin which protects the skin from UVB, and regeneration power of the fibrocytes which produce fresh skin cells to replace old damaged ones.
- As we get older, we gradually lose this power of regeneration and start to show the aging effect.
- Skin sagging occurs due to tissue deflation and laxity of tissue supporting system.
- Tissue deflation and loss of volume affects the skin dermal and subdermal layers due to the aging and environmental effect on the skin cells and elastin, loss of subcutaneous layer and loss of bone volume due to age-related bone.
- Skin is supported and connected to the underlying subcutaneous, muscles and bone by columns of fibrous tissues and fine fibrous ligaments. These ligaments and fibrous septae get thinner and weaker with age and that causes drooping of the skin.
- Vertical changes of the skin include age-related loss of skin cells and elastin in the dermal layer of the skin which leads to skin thinning and sagging of the skin over the underlying supporting structures.
What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy harnesses the power of ultrasound to transform the brow, chin, neck and chest. Ultrasound, of course, has been used safely throughout the medical field for more than 50 years—and Ultherapy has been established as safe and effective in clinical studies and in over half a million treatments worldwide.
Ultherapy relies on ultrasound therapy to deliver its skin cell-boosting treatment.
How does Ultherapy work?
Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to cause a mild tissue injury that stimulates skin cell production beneath the skin, leading to firmer, tighter skin. The treatment initiates a regenerative response in three different layers of the skin without damaging the surface layer. Ultherapy uses a combination of focused ultrasound energy. So in a nutshell Ulthera delivers high ultrasonic energy to specific layers of the deep tissues and that leads to skin cell stimulation, shrinking and shortening of the connective tissue, supporting structure and tightening of the skin.
This technology differs from other non-surgical skin tightening procedures that use infrared and radio frequency technology, such as Titan and Thermage, respectively. Ultherapy enables medical professionals to accurately administer ultrasound energy to a specific depth within the skin and to view the deep layers of the skin. The treatment results in a more youthful and refreshed appearance over two to three months as skin cell production increases.