If you have begun to notice that the creases on your face are getting deeper, that your jawline is getting saggy, and that your face is just slouching, you’re experiencing some of the most frustrating effects of aging. These changes are the normal result of the collagen decline that occurs throughout adulthood. Collagen is the protein that supports tissue. Collagen keeps the skin firm and resilient. When fibroblast cells slow down their production of this vital protein, the skin and underlying tissue change. Here, we discuss how Ultherapy can correct this.
What Is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a cosmetic device that stimulates collagen production utilizing safe, controlled ultrasound waves. The procedure is non-surgical and completely noninvasive. Depending on the treatment area, face, neck, or face and neck together, an Ultherapy session can take from 30 to 90 minutes.
The purpose of an Ultherapy session is to stimulate fibroblasts into action. The ultrasound energy that permeates the skin and the dermis gets absorbed into the same layer of tissue that is repositioned during a facelift. No other device has been able to reach as deep beneath the skin as Ultherapy. That is one reason this treatment has become the gold standard for dramatic tissue tightening.
What Happens After Ultherapy
Being a non-invasive modality, Ultherapy’s ultrasound effects work under the surface without causing lingering side effects. Patients’ skin may be slightly red for a short time, and some experience minor tenderness. However, these do not get in the way of normal activities. As patients go about their days without having to follow any special post-treatment instructions, the energy that was deposited into the deep layers of tissue gets dispersed through the many dormant fibroblasts that have stopped producing collagen. These cells come to life and resume their abundant production of collagen. This process continues for several weeks.
So How Long Does It Take To See Results?
We all produce collagen at different rates. The effects of an Ultherapy session may seem immediate at first because collagen strands constrict due to the heat of ultrasound. They loosen somewhat over a few days. However, the amplified production of collagen continues for up to six months. This results in a gradual improvement in lines, wrinkles, texture, and skin tightness.