Have you noticed your skin is looser due to significant weight loss? Are you seeing wrinkles and folds in the mirror caused by aging-related volume loss? Do you wish your skin looked brighter and healthier? If so, Ultherapy at R Shaheen Vascular in Mountain View, CA may be right for you. Today, we’re taking a closer look at this treatment, including what it is, what it does, and whether you may be considered a good candidate.
What Is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a safe, effective skin tightening treatment that improves the health and appearance of skin by encouraging the skin to produce extra collagen. In turn, your skin uses the extra collagen it produces in response to the treatment to repair damaged skin cells and replace dead skin cells with new cells. Due to the healing and regenerative properties of collagen, your skin can correct just about any problem it has, like sagging, wrinkling, and an uneven tone.
What Can I Expect During My Treatment Session?
Before your skin tightening session begins, we will thoroughly cleanse the areas targeted for treatment with an alcohol-based sanitizer. Then, we will apply the special ultrasound gel to the treatment areas and gently warm your skin with the FDA-approved Ulthera device. Everyone has a unique tolerance to heat, but many clients remark that they feel rejuvenated after their session like they had a relaxing hot stone massage.
How Long Will My Treatment Session Take?
Generally, you can expect your ultrasound-based treatment to take around 30 minutes if you are treating only one area, like your face or stomach. If, on the other hand, you are treating several areas, you should expect your session to take closer to an hour-and-a-half. We can advise you on how long your treatment will take once we have discussed all of your cosmetic concerns,
What Are the Benefits of This Treatment?
There are many benefits associated with Ultherapy treatment, not the least of which is skin tightening. Note, this treatment is commonly used to target upper facial skin problems. However, it can be used just about anywhere, including the:
- Upper arms
- Lower legs
Another outstanding benefit of ultrasound-based therapy is that the results can last for up to five years. It may take between four and six months for your skin to finish producing all of its extra collagen and restoring its health. However, once those final results become apparent, you can expect them to stick around for the long haul. In extreme cases, ideal results will only last for roughly 2.5 years.
How Many Treatments Will I Need To Achieve My Ideal Results?
Another exciting benefit of ultrasound-based therapy is that most people only need one treatment session to achieve their desired results. However, if you’re in your 50s or 60s, you may want to schedule a follow-up appointment roughly four weeks after your first appointment. We can assess how well your improvements are developing and advise you on whether a follow-up treatment would behoove you.
Will My Treatment Hurt?
No, your ultrasound-based skin tightening treatment will not be painful. This is another awesome benefit of this therapy. The special ultrasound gel may feel a little cool on your skin when it is first applied, but it is definitely not painfully cold. Also, you may feel a bit of tingling as the sound waves penetrate the outer layers of your skin. This means the treatment is working! It might feel a little funny, but it won’t hurt, and it isn’t uncomfortable.
How Long Is the Post-Treatment Recovery?
One of the most beloved benefits of this treatment is that there is no downtime required afterwards. As soon as we remove the ultrasound gel from your skin, we will review your recovery guidelines. Then, you will be free to go back to work. Also, you should know that there are no side effects of this treatment, like redness, that will reveal that you had professional work done to improve the appearance of your skin.
How Will I Need To Care for My Skin After Treatment?
It’s really important that you protect your skin from sun damage during the first couple of weeks following your treatment. Regardless of where you receive this treatment, make sure you don’t forget to apply sunscreen every morning before leaving the house. Read the instructions on the back of the bottle and note how often the sunscreen should be reapplied. It will also behoove you to minimize the amount of time you spend outdoors between 10 and 4.
Another very important post-treatment care step is to make sure your skin stays hydrated. Do this by drinking plenty of water to hydrate the inner layers of your skin. Also, moisturize the outer layer of your skin daily or twice daily. In addition to hydrating your skin and wearing sunscreen, you should make a point to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Am I a Good Ultherapy Candidate?
You may be considered a good Ultherapy candidate if you are worried about loose, sagging skin and relatively healthy. What’s exciting about this revolutionary skin tightening treatment is that it is based on the same ultrasound technology used to photograph fetuses in mothers’ wombs. There really isn’t a safer, more effective way to tighten loose skin.
Am I Too Young for This Treatment?
If you are at least 21 years of age, you are not too young to get this ultrasound-based skin tightening treatment. We all start to produce collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin at a reduced rate starting around the age of 25. Sometimes, the effects of this production rate decrease can’t be seen until we’re in our early 30s. Other times, the signs of aging start to creep in early due to sun damage, smoking, stress, a poor diet, or other factors.
What’s great about getting ultrasound-based skin tightening treatment when you’re young is your skin is still producing a fairly reasonable amount of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. If you maintain a fairly healthy lifestyle, there is a good chance that your cosmetic concerns are only mild or moderate in nature. Since your skin is probably pretty healthy, your results will last far longer.
Am I Too Old for This Treatment?
It is highly doubtful that you are too old for this treatment. People often get this treatment when they are in their 50s and 60s. Remember, the older you become, the less supportive structures your skin has.
This means that your cosmetic concerns are much more severe, so there is a small chance you will need two sessions to achieve your desired results. Also, you may find that your results don’t last as long. However, you don’t need to worry about whether your concerns are too severe.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
Ultherapy is an ultrasound-based skin tightening treatment that is safe for virtually everyone. It works by inducing extra collagen production, so your skin has everything it needs to heal itself. The best part is that the results can last for years and look completely natural. To find out whether this treatment is appropriate for you, schedule an appointment with us today at R Shaheen Vascular in Mountain View, CA. We’ll see you soon!