An Inside Look at How the Skin Actually Ages
Young skin enjoys a luminous look and feel because its plumped and smooth surface is much like a mirror surface that light bounces off from. The tautness is the result of youthful skin’s ability to constantly produce collagen - a vital protein that imparts elasticity and bounce to the skin. Collagen also helps replace dead skin cells rapidly.
Unfortunately, as we age and reach our 30s, the skin’s ability to produce collagen, diminishes, even as we continue to lose residual collagen at the rate of around 1% per year. What this means is that there is a slowdown in the skin’s regeneration on the one hand and on the other, there is lower turnover of skin cells. Other factors that lead to aging of the skin, include exposure to sunlight, lifestyle hazards, and general health conditions. As a result, the skin begins acquiring a tired and dull look in the ’30s. Soon, before we realize it, by the 40s, and 50s, wrinkles appear on our faces, and the facial contours register a discernible droop. At this point in time, topical skincare products are unable to create any impact as they are ineffective at this stage.
How To Reverse the Aging Process
Let’s face the facts - It’s impossible to stop the natural aging process. However, the silver lining is that we can take affirmative actions that effectively slow down the aging process.
Ultherapy, a non-surgical facelift, is an effective option we can consider to slow down the impact of aging on our skin. Ultherapy is a powerful treatment that is used for face lift & skin-tightening. It makes use of high-intensity micro-focused ultrasound, or HIFU, which is a kind of heat energy.
Ultherapy basically stimulates collagen production beneath the skin layer. This procedure is ideal for people who worry about sagging and loss of firmness in the skin. Treatment with Ultherapy results in skin that is firmer, and better toned, with a visibly improved skin tone in the facial and neck areas.
The FDA-approved procedure is also effective on areas like the brow, chin, and neck décolletage also, and is supported by scientific evidence gathered from several clinical trials.
How does Ultherapy Work?
Ultherapy basically harnesses safe levels of ultrasonic heat, and focuses it on areas suffering from sagging and wrinkled tissue.
It is a unique technology that systematically raises tissue temperatures to around 65 degrees Celsius - the best temperature range for facilitating collagen contraction and denaturation. This precisely regulated artificial trauma on the deeper layers of the epidermal tissue, induces a healing effect in the skin’s deeper layers.
Ultherapy promotes the tightening and contracting of the skin apart from encouraging new collagen formation - all leading to longer-lasting and more natural-looking results. It takes about 2-3 months for the results of this dermal regenerative healing process to become evident.
Ultherapy treatment works on multiple skin layers - from the superficial layers to deeper underlying tissues, including the crucial SMAS (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System) commonly known as the foundation layer that raises and supports the skin’s inner tissues. Plastic surgeons focus upon the SMAS layer to achieve the required lift through open surgery.
Powered by cutting-edge technology, Ultherapy achieves the same results without resorting to cutting or disrupting the skin surface. It is a great way to perform non-invasive dermatological sculpting and lift sagging skin on the upper and lower face areas, neck and décolletage.
In the 2-3 months period after the procedure is conducted, collagen is produced at enhanced rates due to the therapeutic effect of the ultrasonic waves. The collagen production further reaches maximum levels during the 3-6-month range after the procedure is done. From here on, noticeable improvements in terms of elasticity and tone of the treated areas are visible to the naked eye. Most patients are ecstatic on waking up one fine day to see their faces all young and glowing! And then, there are so many others who report being taken by surprise on being suddenly complimented on their ‘brand new looks’.
How Safe Is Ultherapy?
The Ultherapy treatment is considered as a very safe and non-invasive procedure. Apart from clearances from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it has also recieved the safety CE Mark in Europe, and Singapore’s HSA-approval. There is ample evidence of the safety and efficacy of Ultherapy®, in the form of multiple clinical studies and more than 1.5 million successful procedures performed till date across the world.
In addition to its impeccable safety profile, the Ulthera® system, used in Ultherapy® procedures, is the only nonsurgical device that equips clinicians with the precision to observe the tissue layers being treated. As a result, the heat energy is delivered safely to the specific skin zones to ensure maximum benefits. The system has a patented DeepSEE® visualization technology that infuses an additional level of accuracy and safety to the Ultherapy treatment.
Who is a Suitable Candidate?
To qualify for a face and neck treatment, one has to exhibit skin laxity ranging from mild to moderate levels.
Individual results can vary, depending upon the following factors:
• Skin laxity (presence of excess or loose skin)
• Skin Volume (depends upon the amount of fat and its distribution)
• Skin quality (appearance of wrinkles or damage caused by sunlight exposure)
• Advancing Age, health and lifestyle effects
While Ultherapy procedures give dramatic results, it is pertinent to note that the effects are not permanent. It is worthwhile to go in for a repeat of the Ultherapy procedure after a year or two, to maintain the levels of collagen production. During your treatment and post-treatment review sessions, your treatment specialist will offer you customized advice on the need for repeat Ultherapy procedures, depending upon your skin condition..
Expected Face and Neck Outcomes Post-Treatment
Ultherapy® acts by treating tissue and strengthening it from the inside out — a process that unfolds gradually as fresh collagen gets generated in the skin.
While individual results could vary, patients have commonly reported the following experiences:
1 week post-treatment
• Marginal lifting, and toning of skin accompanied by plumping of fine lines
• Slight swelling and tingling/tenderness of skin to the touch
• Possible signs of minor bruising with numbness of skin
1 month post-treatment
• Continued skin lifting and toning
• Skin feels tighter & skin texture is smoother
• Slight tingling/ tenderness of skin to the touch or numbness
3-6 months post-treatment
• Further lifting and toning
• Brow is elevated
• Reduced sagging of skin
• Smoother skin texture, and improved contours