Loose skin is one of the signs of aging that no one tells you about. One day you notice that your skin just isn’t as tight as it used to be. You’ll want a solution, and not just any solution; one that works. Fortunately, there is a solution that does deliver visible results, and at the office of Ingrid E. Trenkle, MD in Redlands, CA, we have it; it’s called Ultherapy. This treatment can deliver some skin-transformative results that will increase your confidence.
How Long Does It Take To See Results From Ultherapy?
You’ve seen the before and after pictures. You are amazed at the results and want them for yourself. But you have to know, how long does it take to see results after your treatment? While you will notice a difference in the feel and appearance of your skin after one ultherapy treatment, final results do take time. This treatment depends upon the body for results in those results come from increased collagen production.
With each week that passes after your initial treatment, your body will continue to create more collagen and elastin, strengthening and improving the foundation and structure of your skin. Since each patient comes into this treatment with a different goal in mind, results do vary. Most patients notice the most dramatic improvements in the elasticity of their skin within two to three months of their initial treatment. The skin tightening benefits will continue to increase for up to six months after your treatment.
What Is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a non-invasive skin tightening and lifting treatment. It uses ultrasound technology to increase collagen production to tighten and firm the skin. Ultrasound therapy provides patients with the ability to rejuvenate, tighten, and renew their skin through increased collagen production deep within the skin’s layers. Increased collagen leads to the gradual improvement of the different signs of aging, including loose, sagging skin and wrinkles.
The Importance of Collagen
Collagen is the key that unlocks the natural anti-aging processes in the body. Collagen is a natural protein whose purpose is to strengthen the skin and support elasticity. As you age, collagen levels decrease collagen production decreases. The skin is negatively affected by collagen loss and begins to sag and droop in different areas of the body. The only effective way to increase collagen in the body is by increasing production.
The beauty world understands the importance of collagen, which is why so many companies are developing and marketing different supplements, creams, and serums that contain collagen. While these products can promote healthy skin, they will not make a significant difference in actually improving skin laxity. A treatment that stimulates collagen production within the body is the only way to effectively increase collagen production naturally from the inside out.
How Does Ultherapy Work?
This treatment has a device that is fitted with an applicator that emits ultrasound energy that sends waves of energy through your skin’s top layer into the deeper subdermal tissues. The benefit of ultrasound energy is that it can stimulate collagen production without the use of invasive measures and without harming the surrounding tissue.
Ultrasound energy emits heat energy which causes the existing collagen within your skin to contract. It also helps your body make more collagen, giving you lifted, tighter, and firmer-looking skin.
What Areas Can It Treat?
This treatment is versatile because it can lift and tighten different areas on the face and the body. Some patients choose to only treat their face while others choose to treat multiple areas on both the face and body. The aging process doesn’t discriminate when it comes to body areas, and any part of the body can develop sagging skin, but this treatment provides an effective way to treat and improve that skin. Some of the common treatment areas include:
If you want to address a different area of the body or face not listed, it most likely can be done. All you need to do is point out each area you want to address during your initial consultation with one of our experts. They can tell you what kind of results you can expect and how that particular area should look once you undergo treatment.
Ultherapy has been likened to a facelift for its ability to lift the skin, but it can do so without requiring surgery. While it will not replicate the results of an actual facelift, it does deliver some dramatic lifting and tightening results. Many people choose to treat their face to lift drooping cheeks or address the signs of aging on the chin. Another benefit of this treatment is that results appear gradually, so you won’t look like you had anything done.
While the face gets most of the attention when it comes to the aging process, the skin on the body can suffer just as much, if not more, because it doesn’t receive the same kind of attention or skincare treatments that the face gets. Most people only begin to pay attention to the skin on their body once it shows the signs of aging.
If you have sagging or drooping skin on different areas of your body and feel like it’s too late, we are here to tell you that it’s not. This treatment will lift the skin on your chest, neck, stomach, knees, buttocks, or other areas that are suffering from the results of decreased collagen production.
What Happens During a Treatment?
Your Initial Consultation
Ultherapy treatments are simple and relaxing. You won’t feel any pain, and you will get results. This process begins with an initial consultation to confirm that you are a good treatment candidate. Our experts will examine your problem areas and analyze the condition of your skin. They will also discuss any previous skin tightening or cosmetic treatments you’ve experienced.
Additionally, they will ask questions about your medical history and discuss any other pertinent information to determine your candidacy for the treatment. Once we confirm that this skin tightening treatment is the best option for you, we will schedule your appointment.
Your Treatment Day
When you arrive for your appointment, we will prepare your skin by cleaning it and applying ultrasound gel to the skin surface. If you have ever been pregnant, this process will feel familiar because it will be the same gel that you used before your ultrasound, only this time, you won’t be seeing your growing baby; you’ll be getting ready to tighten your skin.
Once the treatment applicator makes contact with the skin, the deep layers of your skin will appear on the ultrasound imaging system. Your technician will use these images to analyze your skin and choose the best areas and precise depths to deliver the ultrasound energy. The imaging system is a revolutionary part of the treatment because it allows for precision which in the end, helps you get the best results possible.
What To Expect
As the applicator passes across your treatment area, it will deliver ultrasound energy to the necessary locations. The ultrasound energy stimulates collagen production, and while it does not cause any pain, you may feel a warm sensation during the process. Most patients read, watch TV, nap, or work remotely. That’s how relaxing and comfortable this entire process is.
All in all, you can expect your treatment to take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes based on which and how many areas you choose to treat. Once the process is over, you will be free to return home or carry on with your day. This treatment is convenient and effective and won’t take up your entire day.
One of the benefits of this treatment is that there is no downtime. You can resume your normal daily schedule without any interruption. Your technician will provide you with any aftercare instructions that you should follow once your appointment is over. These instructions are minimal and will not cause any significant interruption to your daily life.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The total number of treatments necessary to get the best results will vary from one patient to the next based on their goals and skin condition. Some patients noticed a drastic improvement in the appearance of their skin after just one treatment, while others may need additional treatments to achieve their desired results.
When you come in for your initial consultation, we will examine your skin and give you a better idea of what your treatment plan will look like. Many patients schedule maintenance appointments each year to maintain collagen production and to continue to lift in tighten their skin.
Will My Results Look Natural?
Once you undergo this treatment, you can expect completely natural results. This treatment does not involve the use of any synthetic ingredients or injectables. All it does is stimulate your body to produce more collagen. Your results are completely driven by your body’s response to the ultrasound energy, which makes them 100 percent natural.
Since they happen gradually, your skin and the appearance of your treatment area will improve over time, so you will not walk out looking drastically different than you did walking in, but you will get some impressive results.
Who Is a Candidate?
This treatment provides men and women from all walks of life with the opportunity to lift and tighten the skin the natural way. Some patients are in their 40s and 50s and want to address the visible signs of aging and skin laxity on their face, body, or both. Other patients are younger and don’t have significant signs of aging but want to address their skin condition before it gets any worse. This treatment can help younger patients get an edge on the aging process.
An initial consultation will help determine your candidacy for treatment. Once we confirm that you are eligible for treatment, we can begin creating your treatment plan and schedule your first treatment. We want to help you reach all of your anti-aging goals so that you can look and feel your best, regardless of your age.
Lift Your Skin the Natural Way
If you’ve wanted to address your skin that has begun to experience laxity due to the aging process, but don’t want to undergo a surgical procedure to do so, Ultherapy can give you the kind of results you may have never dreamed possible. We’ll create a treatment plan that helps you reach all of your aesthetic goals. Contact us today at the office of Ingrid E. Trenkle, MD, in Redlands, CA, and schedule your consultation to see if you are a candidate for this anti-aging treatment.