When you notice that your skin is not as tight as it once was, you may also find yourself wondering about available methods to tighten it. If you are like many people, you first thoughts revolve around a surgical procedure, such as a facelift. For many, this is where the thought process ends. The idea of invasive surgery for a condition that is not considered medically necessary is more than a lot of people want to entertain. Consequently, they simply choose to put up with those lines, wrinkles and sagging skin, unaware that there are other, less invasive options. In order to understand how non-surgical skin tightening techniques like Ultherapy® work, it is helpful to learn a little about what causes those lines and wrinkles to form in the first place.
In the lower layers of the skin is a protein called collagen. It is a substance that helps tissue to stick together. It also gives the skin fullness and tightness. The body naturally produces collagen, but the level at which it is produced begins to drop off with age. With less collagen produced, less of it will be present. This leads to skin that becomes loose and starts to sag. The natural result of skin that sags is the development of fine lines and wrinkles that will only continue to get worse as time goes by.
Given the fact that less collagen results in loose skin, increasing the collagen level will tighten it. This is exactly what Ultherapy® does. It stimulates the production of collagen in the skin to restore the tightness and firmness to a level that is more in line with what it was before aging took away the body’s ability to produce higher amounts.
Ultherapy® is a treatment by which ultrasound energy is used for therapeutic effectiveness. It is the same energy that doctors often use for imaging, such as when they want to see how organs, such as the heart, are functioning. When used for skin tightening, the machine is dialed in so that the ultrasound energy waves are directed at the lower layers of the skin, where collagen is produced. The energy gently heats the tissue as the energy is absorbed. The heat stimulates the growth of additional collagen. Over the following months, the collagen increases to a level that it would have never reached without the therapy. The natural result of more collagen is tighter skin that is free from lines and wrinkles.
One of the best features of Ultherapy® treatment is the fact that it can be done in the comfort of our office and does not require any time away from normal activities for recovery. In fact, you can return to work immediately after the treatment, if you prefer. It is also safe and comfortable. If you have ever had an ultrasound conducted for diagnostic purposes, you understand that there is no discomfort associated with the procedure.
If you have skin that you would like to have tightened, you should ask our team at Rio Medical about Ultherapy®. It may be just what you have been dreaming about when it comes to achieving a more youthful appearance. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Hudson!