Your skin can wrinkle and loosen if you spend too much time in the sun or lose a significant percentage of your body weight. At Premiere Aesthetics in Fort Myers, FL, we offer Ultherapy to help our clients tighten and firm up loose, sagging skin. Today, we’re talking about what this state-of-the-art aesthetic treatment can do for you.
What Is Ultherapy and How Long Does It Last?
Ultherapy is a revolutionary aesthetic treatment that harnesses the power of ultrasound technology to tighten loose, sagging skin tissue. It can also be used to erase moderate-to-severe lines on your chest caused by significant collagen loss. The results of this powerful treatment last for at least two years but can last for up to five years.
Understanding This FDA-Approved Treatment
This FDA-approved treatment will enhance your appearance significantly thanks to an innovatively designed device that emits ultrasound energy into areas lacking collagen. What’s great about this ultrasound-based device is it provides a clear view of the targeted tissues. We can apply a customized amount of energy into the most strategic locations to provide convenient, desirable results. The ultrasound energy emitted by the device is converted into heat energy and gently encourages the foundational layer of your skin to produce extra collagen.
Collagen provides essential support and volume to erase fine lines and moderate-to-severe wrinkles. It can also lift and tighten loose, sagging skin. Collagen is a protein that is produced naturally by your body; it is one of the most essential supportive structures of your skin. The more collagen your skin produces over time, the more dramatic your aesthetic improvements will become.
Achieving Durable Results
While most people enjoy ideal results for 24 months after this non-invasive treatment, how long your results will last depends on lifestyle choices you make, such as how much UV exposure you get. Besides avoiding excessive UV exposure, there are several other lifestyle choices you can make to facilitate longer-lasting results.
Additionally, your results will last longer if you receive regular follow-up treatments. You may want to come in once per year to get a follow-up ultrasound session to ensure your results remain flawless.
How Should I Prepare for My First Appointment?
You don’t need to make too many lifestyle changes to prepare for your first ultrasound session. However, you should stop taking NSAIDs for two weeks before your session. NSAIDs, along with other drugs and supplements that thin your blood, may affect how your body responds to this anti-aging treatment.
Furthermore, we advise you not to apply any cosmetics to the treatment area on the morning of your scheduled session. Finally, we recommend wearing comfortable clothes when you come in for your appointment.
Is This Type of Treatment Relaxing?
Yes, this is a very relaxing treatment. There is nothing invasive about it and it is completely comfortable.
A Convenient Treatment
The average ultrasound-based skin tightening treatment will take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete. How long your session will take depends on the results you are trying to achieve, the size of the targeted treatment areas, and how many areas you are trying to treat. Your session may take up to 90 minutes if you are trying to treat three areas, such as the face, neck, and chest.
What To Expect During Your Treatment
Depending on your personal preference, we may give you a mild sedative to relax you before your treatment session starts. An anesthetic may also be used to numb the treatment area so you don’t feel the cool ultrasound gel. Once you are relaxed, we will sanitize the treatment area and apply the ultrasound gel to the upper layer of your dermis.
Then, sound energy will be pulsed deep into your tissues. At this point, you will feel a mild, deep warmth. The warmer your tissues become, the more your skin is encouraged to produce extra collagen. Many clients liken this treatment to a hot stone massage. We recommend bringing a book to read during your treatment. Clients also often opt to take a nap during their anti-aging session.
What Should I Expect After My Treatment Session?
You won’t need to take time off from work, skip leg day or go on a long hiatus from other important parts of your life. That said, you should be prepared to make a few minute alterations to your skincare routine and other components of your daily schedule once your treatment is complete.
Leaving Our Office
Depending on the medications you requested during your treatment session, you may not be able to drive. During your initial consultation, we will discuss your medication preferences and advise you on whether you need to arrange for transportation home. If you opt out of a relaxing medication, you may drive yourself home safely, finish work or run errands.
Taking Care of Your Skin
Throughout the duration of your scheduled appointment day, you should avoid applying cosmetics to the treated areas.
Adjusting Your Beauty Routine
As the results of this treatment become apparent, you can take several steps to improve your results. We strongly recommend that you hydrate your skin with a gentle, hypoallergenic moisturizer or cream. Skincare products containing vitamin C and retinol (a derivative of vitamin A) can also boost the results of your treatment.
Furthermore, you should read the label on the bottle of cleanser you plan to use to clean your face after your treatment session. It should be free from abrasive ingredients. You should also make sure you are patting your treatment area dry gently with a soft towel rather than drying your skin aggressively.
How Many Sessions Will I Need To Achieve My Desired Results?
Most people only need one treatment session to achieve their desired results. Only in extreme cases are two treatment sessions necessary to achieve the desired aesthetic. We will advise you on how many sessions you should expect to need once we have a thorough understanding of your current skin health and cosmetic goals during your initial consultation.
When Can I Expect To See My Results?
Your skin begins to produce extra collagen as your deep skin tissues are warmed by the ultrasound energy. However, it can take between eight and 12 weeks for your skin to finish producing all of the extra collagen. It is at this point you can expect your loose, sagging skin to lift and tighten.
What Else Can I Do To Boost My Collagen Production?
Collagen induction therapy is another convenient, comfortable way to boost your skin’s collagen production and reverse skin sagging. This incredible skincare technique is also used to erase stretch marks, reverse sun damage, treat rosacea and acne, eliminate certain types of scars and reverse other signs of aging, like lines and wrinkles. During this treatment, a dermal roller will be rolled across your skin at a 45-degree angle.
This roller houses several fine-gauge needles that penetrate the upper layers of your skin. It is most commonly used to improve the appearance of the hands, chest, neck, and face. However, it can also eliminate acne scars and stretch marks from other regions of the body, such as the abdomen, back, and thighs. Collagen induction therapy treatments rarely take longer than 45 minutes.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Collagen Induction Therapy?
Collagen induction therapy, also known as microneedling, is approved by the FDA for the treatment of most healthy adults. During your initial Ultherapy consultation, we will discuss the scope of your desired results and determine whether this safe, effective treatment is right for you.
Tighten Loose Skin
You may feel older or heavier than you are if you experience skin sagging. After Ultherapy, you can enjoy tight, firm, smooth, hydrated skin. To learn more about this treatment, contact us now at Premiere Aesthetics in Fort Myers, FL to schedule your initial consultation. We can’t wait to meet you and help you achieve your ideal aesthetic.