Is it possible to have tight and youthful skin after one treatment session? Ultherapy can relieve skin laxity and rejuvenate the skin in as little as one treatment session. This powerful treatment works beyond the skin’s surface to provide tight and healthy skin. No surgery is needed, and the treatment stimulates collagen using ultrasound waves. If you have any questions about this treatment, contact Dr. James DeStephens in Gainesville, FL for more information.
What Is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy uses ultrasound waves to rejuvenate your skin. Ultrasound stimulates the production of collagen, a natural substance that increases skin elasticity and rebuilds damaged skin. The treatment is FDA approved and safe for skin tightening and lifting without causing any pain or damage. The ultrasound waves penetrate deeper than the skin’s surface, giving your skin more advantages than other resurfacing treatments like chemical peels and IPL. You can enjoy this skin restoration treatment’s long-lasting results with no surgery or invasive procedures necessary.
What Should You Expect From Your First Session?
Your journey to tight and youthful skin begins with a consultation from Dr. James DeStephens to determine the safety and efficacy of the treatment for rejuvenating your skin. We will evaluate your medical history and health to determine if it is safe to proceed with treatment. During the consultation, we will also provide you with realistic expectations and give you an idea of how long it will take to reach your desired goal.
During your Ultherapy session, you will be comfortable in a sitting or lying position. The treatment device is handheld and is administered by a trained specialist. The head of the device glides gently across the skin and targets multiple layers of skin with ultrasound to increase collagen production and signal the repair of the skin.
You will not feel pain, but you may feel the energy as it stimulates your skin. After the treatment, you can return to work or your previously scheduled activities immediately. There are no complex post-treatment care instructions, and you can get back to your daily life without interference.
Do You Need Multiple Treatments?
Your ultrasound skin rejuvenation treatment can be completed in as little as 30 minutes if the target area is small. In most cases, we can treat larger areas or multiple areas in 60 to 90 minutes. The treatment is quick, and you will not have any downtime after the treatment, so it should easily fit into your busy schedule.
While each patient will need a different number of sessions to reach their desired skin tightness, you can achieve results in a single session, and a majority of patients do indeed reach their desired skin tightness after only a single session. If you need more than one treatment to reach your goal, we will proceed with the second session at least four weeks after the first. This helps your skin recover and gets you the maximum benefits from each session.
If you have a greater amount of skin laxity or your skin’s natural collagen production is less responsive to the treatment, more than one session will likely be needed to reach your ideal tightness. Age and lifestyle can be factors in your skin’s laxity and collagen production.
When Will You See Results?
After your treatment, your skin will gradually improve as the collagen increases and naturally restores the elasticity of your skin. You will notice an improvement in your skin’s tightness around two to three months after the treatment. Your results will continue to improve for up to six months. The number of treatments required and the laxity of your skin will also affect the time it takes to reach your desired skin tightness.
The gradual skin tightening results of the treatment can be helpful in keeping your treatment discreet. Your skin will tighten over several months, so the change is not drastic or sudden. This helps the results of the treatment appear more natural than a surgical lift or fast-acting injectable treatment. You will also maintain the ability to make natural facial expressions after the treatment.
How Long Do Results Last?
Ultrasound skin tightening results can be long-lasting, but your skin will continue to age and lose elasticity naturally. You will typically see tight and rejuvenated skin for one year after the treatment. Your treatment results will peak around the sixth month and can last more or less than one year depending on your age, lifestyle, and skincare routine. If you avoid sun exposure, moisturize, and keep a healthy diet, your skin tightness will last as long as possible.
Eventually, you will reach a point when your skin begins to lose its tightness and elasticity. When you are no longer satisfied with your skin’s tightness you can return for a touch-up treatment to maintain your skin’s youthfulness. Typically, yearly maintenance sessions will keep your skin tight and youthful.
Where Can the Treatment Be Effectively Used?
Ultherapy is commonly used to treat aging signs and skin laxity on the neck, face, and chest, but it can also provide skin tightening for most of your body. The treatment can be a good alternative to face-lift surgery if you are not ready to commit to an invasive surgical procedure. Ultrasound skin tightening is safe enough to treat your eyelids and can reduce skin laxity around the eyes and saggy eyelids.
Most skin rejuvenation treatments are not gentle enough to safely treat the eyelids. Ultrasound tightening can also tighten the abdominal area like a tummy tuck without the risk and recovery time. We can effectively tighten loose skin on the knees, and upper arms through treatment as well.
What Are the Benefits?
Ultrasound skin tightening can provide you with more benefits than just skin age reversing. If you are a young adult, you can use the skin rejuvenating treatment proactively to prevent wrinkles and lines from forming by including the treatment in your yearly skincare routine. This treatment boosts your collagen production to stave off the effects of aging and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
If you have gone through significant weight loss, the skin can be loose and saggy. This treatment can tighten the skin to finish your transformation and provide you with a firm and tight body. This treatment is capable of:
- Reducing frown lines on the brow
- Tightening skin laxity on the eyelids
- Reducing bagginess around the eye
- Eliminating forehead creases
- Reducing sagging cheeks and jowls
- Eliminating fine lines like “marionette lines” and “crow’s feet”
- Tightening loose skin on the neck and decolletage
- Firming and tightening skin on the abdominal area
- Reducing the appearance of loose skin on the knees and arms
Who Is an Ideal Candidate?
If you are a man or woman of any age looking to tighten your skin, you are an ideal candidate. The treatment also provides consistent and safe results for all skin types. Ultrasound skin tightening can provide you with results in as little as one quick session and involves no downtime, so it is the perfect treatment to rejuvenate your skin during your lunch break. You can return to your normal routine or work immediately after the treatment.
Ultrasound skin tightening is safe for most patients, but we do not recommend the treatment if you are pregnant or nursing. The treatment can be a good alternative to invasive surgical procedures. If you are not ready for the risk, financial burden, and recovery of surgery, you can get skin tightening results without the incisions and sutures of a lift procedure. It is also safer than laser therapies that may not be good for every skin tone. Young people can prevent aging signs, and a wide variety of patients over 30 can rebuild lax or aged skin with collagen. Over 1.5 million treatments have been administered to patients worldwide without significant side effects.
Will Insurance Cover the Treatment?
It is not likely that your insurance will cover your skin tightening treatment because it is a voluntary cosmetic treatment. You can ask your health insurance provider about the benefits and coverage they offer, but you may not need help from your insurance provider to afford this treatment.
The treatment does not require any downtime while you recover, so you can have the treatment without needing to miss work. The treatment is also more affordable than surgery because there are no expensive hospitalization or overnight care fees. After you are finished with the treatment in our Gainesville office, you will recover while you are active at work or in your home. Each treatment is different and customized to meet your needs, so you should contact Dr. James DeStephens for a personalized treatment plan.
Is It Safe?
Skin tightening with ultrasound therapy is an FDA approved treatment. Ultrasound waves have been safely used in various applications like ultrasound scans for over 50 years. It induces collagen without causing pain or damage to the skin and has minimal side effects. You may feel slight tenderness and see some temporary swelling after the treatment, but it should not interfere in your daily routine.
Before we begin your treatment, we will assess the risk of the treatment by evaluating your health and medical history. We will ask you questions about your allergies, medications you take, recent surgeries, and pre-existing conditions to ensure the treatment will be safe and beneficial.
How Does It Compare to Other Treatments?
Chemical Peels and Facials
Chemical peels and facial treatments can provide skin tightening and anti-aging benefits with quick and affordable treatment. These treatments can stimulate collagen and remove toxins and debris from the skin, providing healthy and youthful skin. Unlike the powerful results from ultrasound treatment, however, they are not long-lasting and will not provide the same degree of tightness. Instead of yearly touch up sessions, chemical peels and facials will require maintenance sessions every month to maintain anti-aging benefits.
IPL or Laser Therapy
IPL and laser therapy can provide lasting skin tightening. These treatments will not provide the same level of collagen production to lift the skin, however, and only target the skin’s surface rather than targeting deeper layers of the skin. Unlike Ultherapy, laser therapy and IPL may not be safe and effective for all skin types, and you may need as many as six sessions to reach your ideal skin tightness.
Treatments that use injectable solutions like Sculptra use substances injected into the skin to tighten skin and prevent aging signs. The treatments range in effectiveness and longevity, with the longest-lasting providing 24 months of skin tightening. While the treatments are not surgical, they do involve introducing substances to the skin through injections that could potentially be harmful. Ultrasound treatment is non-invasive and does not involve introducing anything into the skin. This treatment uses your natural collagen to repair and tighten the skin.
Find Out if You Are One Session Away From More Youthful Skin
If you are ready to reach your ideal skin tightness in as little as one session, visit Dr. James DeStephens in Gainesville, FL for your initial consultation today. Experience tight and youthful skin without surgery or downtime from Ultherapy.