Sagging skin and facial wrinkles are just a natural part of aging. That doesn’t mean that anyone looks forward to these side effects of the older and wiser years. According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, almost 75% of those bothered by these outward signs of aging have considered a cosmetic procedure to correct or reverse them.
Thankfully, there are many methods available to help reverse the signs of aging we don’t appreciate. They range from extensive surgeries to simple in-office procedures. One non-invasive treatment that is getting a lot of buzz in the tabloids lately is called Ultherapy or Microfocused Ultrasound (MFU).
The premise is that as we age our bodies stop producing as much collagen and elastin. These are vital to the youthful skin we so desire. Ultherapy has created a way to prompt your body to create more of these naturally occurring proteins and bring your skin back to its youthful glory.
Dr. Ken Collins, one of Spokane’s top Cosmetic Dentists, says,
“Collagen and elastin are produced by our bodies in large amounts when we are younger. These substances provide a robust support system for the skin and give it a smooth texture. As we age, our bodies create less and less of these skin perfecting elements and lines and wrinkles begin to appear. In Ultherapy, the ultrasound techniques effectively prompt the body to create more collagen and elastin at levels similar to those of your youth. For two to three months your face will actually appear to subtly reverse in age, and the results will last for up to two years.”
The aging process the skin on the face undergoes is fascinating. Surprising to many, the decrease in production of collagen and elastin actually begins as early as the 20s and 30s. In the 40s reduced amounts of hormones start to affect the dryness of the skin. This causes fine lines to become deep lines especially around the eyes, mouth and on the forehead. In our 50s the wrinkles become folds around the mouth, eyes and forehead and neck skin begins to sag. By our 60s and beyond gravity and the natural aging process has made our skin thinner and the continued hormone reductions have dried it out even more than before.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved Ultherapy as the only non-invasive treatment to lift skin in places such as the chin, eyebrows, neck and décolletage. The décolletage is the area of skin on your chest. It doesn’t produce as much natural oil as the face so it actually starts showing signs of aging before other areas and is the most neglected.
Stars like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Anniston have reportedly had Ultherapy done, and Anniston has even mentioned it specifically in an interview as one of the ways she keeps her skin looking beautiful.
The treatment has many benefits, the most popular of them is the short and convenient treatment times. It usually only takes one visit that lasts only between thirty and ninety minutes for a treatment, and there’s no downtime for recovery. The results are noticeable but subtle and can last up to 2 years.
Dr. Collins says,
“Most people who have had this done get compliments on how great they look but no one can pinpoint what’s different about them. This is because it helps create a naturally younger and more beautiful look. Many of our patients report being asked if they’ve been working out or have lost weight after having Ultherapy treatments.”
While there are drastic situations that ca require more extensive and invasive treatments, less is usually best. Contact your medical provider for more information and to find out if Ultherapy is right for you.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788