You know ultrasound can give you a glimpse of an unborn baby, but that’s not all it can do. The same sound waves that reveal fetal growth and movements and provide other diagnostic imaging also can be a powerful anti-aging treatment.
At Viva Wellness Medical Group in San Diego, California, Dr. Michael Tachuk, our anti-aging specialist, helps women and men achieve their ideal look without surgery. One of the most popular techniques we offer is Ultherapy®, an FDA-cleared treatment that lifts and tightens your sagging skin. Here’s what you need to know.
What happens to your skin as it ages?
There’s no stopping the march of time, and skin is surely proof of that. Although everyone’s skin ages differently depending on individual factors like what you eat, where you live, your hygiene routine, personal habits, and genetics, all skin eventually succumbs to the effects of time.
External signs of aging skin
You probably don’t need us to tell you what happens to your skin as you get older; the signs are all too obvious. Aging skin:
- Gets drier
- Changes texture and become rougher
- Becomes thinner and more transparent
- Begins to sag
- Shrivels and wrinkles
- Becomes more fragile
- Develops hyperpigmentation (age spots)
And these are just the symptoms you see on the outside.
Internal signs of aging skin
Aging also affects the tissues within, exacerbating the external problems. What you can’t see under the surface of your skin are:
- Fat loss in your cheeks, chin, temples, and around your eyes
- Bone loss that affects the way your skin drapes over your skeleton
- Cartilage changes that can cause your nose to droop
- Reduced production of collagen and elastin, the proteins responsible for your skin’s resilience and structure
Over time, these factors weaken your skin’s defenses against the pull of gravity and the damaging effects of the elements. Before you know it, you have old-looking skin.
How Ultherapy reverses the effects of aging
Depending on the age and condition of your skin, you may be able to reverse some of the damage it’s sustained over the years.
For example, chemical peels can lift away the layers of skin that contain blemishes, wrinkles, and scars. Neuromodulators like Botox® and Dysport® can stop the muscle contractions that lead to deep facial creases. Dermal fillers can plump the low places that look sunken. These are just a few of the many treatments we offer at Viva Wellness Medical Group.
Ultherapy approaches skin rejuvenation from a different angle. It uses the power of sound waves to penetrate the surface of your skin and generate a thermal effect in the tissues below. Your body reacts to the heat by amping up its collagen production.
This fresh source of collagen resolves many of the problems you see in your aging facial skin. Ultherapy also is designed to treat your sagging neck skin, commonly called turkey neck, as well as your décolletage area, so you’ll look tighter and smoother from your hairline to your chest.
Ultherapy is a completely painless noninvasive treatment that requires zero downtime. Because Ultherapy works by triggering a response in your body, it takes about 2-3 months for the effects to show up, and it keeps getting better for another 3-6 months. After about a year, when the effects start to wane, you simply come back in for another 30-minute treatment.
Are you a good candidate for Ultherapy?
Almost anyone can use Ultherapy to achieve younger-looking skin. Ultrasound technology has been a standard diagnostic tool in the medical field for many decades, and it’s just as safe when used as an anti-aging treatment. The best candidates for Ultherapy:
- Are typically age 30 or older
- Have mild to moderate skin laxity
- Have fine lines and wrinkles on their face and chest
- Have sagging neck skin
- Don’t want to (or can’t) get a surgical face-lift
If you’re interested in finding out more about Ultherapy and whether it’s right for you, book an appointment online or call our friendly staff today. You can lift your skin from within without surgery.