Aging can be partly chalked up to a loss of collagen production, which starts slowing down at a rate of 1 percent a year around age 38, gradually encouraging the skin to sag. To ensure that you maintain the slimming, tightening, and lifting – Ultherapy, a non-invasive way to firm areas like the chin, neck, brow, and décolleté is the best bet of the season. It’s based on the same technology used in radiology for ultrasound imaging (i.e. during pregnancy).
While most procedures use radio frequency, Ultherapy uses sound wave energy to go through your skin to penetrate the muscle of the area you’re treating, and the technology uses multiple attachments to allow for superficial, medium, and deep penetration. It causes the muscle to contract and shrink, which aesthetically results in a firming, wrinkle-smoothing, and contouring effect.
Given the advancement in medical science, it has been noted that 60 percent of cosmetic specialists now recommend the use of such non-invasive ultrasound therapies that have a very little downtime.
According to Dr Manar Nasar of CosmeSurge, this non-invasive treatment is a perfect bet for younger patients who desire facial rejuvenation but aren’t quite ready for a facelift, and those who want to put off or avoid surgery. The treatment takes less than an hour and often delivers the skin-tightening improvement that patients are looking for, but some may require two-session spaced six months apart for optimal results.
While most patients opt for this treatment in their early 30s or 40s, according to Dr Manar Nasar it is a good idea to get collagen-stimulating treatments in your 20s to mitigate future collagen loss. She believes that collagen gives the skin structure and prevents wrinkling, thus more collagen is always good for skin health which slows the ageing process. As such, having these treatments when your body is still able to generate collagen theoretically will yield improved skin health long term. While this treatment is optimal for most patients, it is advised that individuals who suffer from pre-medical or skin conditions shouldn’t opt for this treatment as it might result in medical complications which can prove fatal for the patient.
Besides that, a key benefit of using Ultherapy is its ability to be non-invasive without the potential side effects of anaesthesia or unforeseen complications associated with post-procedure healing. Another feature of the treatment is the ultrasound imaging which allows the doctor to visualize the lower layers of the skin. This means the heat can be directed to the precise locations that are in most need of improvement and avoids nerve damage, leading to 100 percent success.
With January being the busiest time for aesthetic procedures, now is the time men and women opt for Ultherapy. However, as always, it is recommended that seek a certified medical professional if you’re considering any collagen-stimulating treatments.