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Ultherapy: The Newest Non-Invasive Rejuvenation Technique

In the ongoing battle against aging, innovative technology continually evolves. Ultherapy is one of the latest non-invasive treatments available that is designed to rejuvenate skin and provide a more youthful appearance. The FDA-approved procedure lifts and tightens skin on the face, neck or anywhere laxity becomes a problem.

The Ultherapy Procedure

Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound energy, which is not unlike the devices used for diagnostic imaging. Initially, the skin is thoroughly cleansed, topical anesthetic is administered and a special gel applied. During treatment, client may experience mild discomfort. The handheld device contacts the skin while emitting high-frequency sound waves that penetrate into the superficial musculoaponeurotic layer. With the assistance of the ultrasound screen, the dermatologist delivers the focused beam precisely into the deep dermal region. Moving back and forth in repeated rows, the skin immediately tightens. The heat produced by the waves damages the existing collagen layers, which in turn stimulates new collagen development. The entire treatment requires 45 minutes to two hours, depending on the specific area requiring attention.

Post-Procedure Expectations

In most cases, following the non-surgical treatment the skin appears red, slightly swollen and tender to touch. No down time or recovery is necessary, and skin gradually returns to normal within two to three days. Patients must wear sunblock for the recommended period of time to ensure proper healing.

Ultherapy Candidates

Ultherapy cannot be performed on individuals having open lesions or wounds. The treatment also cannot occur on areas having scarring, dermal, electrical, mechanical or metal implants. Breast-feeding or pregnant women are not candidates and anticoagulant therapy must stop for a designated time prior to treatment.

Dermatologists recommend having a minimum of three treatments for optimal results. While the effects may last for up to two years, often times, annual maintenance follow-up treatments are recommended. Men or women under the age of 55 experience the best results. However, patients 60 and over exhibiting little sagging might also be considered likely candidates.

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