Ultherapy is a non-surgical face treatment that uses ultrasound to actually lift and tone loose or sagging skin without any surgery or downtime. Ultherapy is the only non-invasive treatment that can specifically target the deep foundation tissue below the skin that is typically addressed in a face lift, without surgery. It is also the only procedure to use ultrasound imaging, which allows us to actually see the layers of tissue we target during the treatment and ensure that the energy is deposited precisely where it will be most effective.

Ultherapy deposits focused ultrasound energy below the surface of the skin and in the connective tissue layers of the face in order to stimulate the body’s creation of new collagen. As a result, the skin will actually lift and tone over time. Collagen is a natural protein that give skin its youthfulness by keeping it firm, toned, and elastic. As we age, collagen loses its elasticity and its ability to stand up to the effects of gravity that pull the skin downward. In the skin, Ultherapy jump starts a repair process that produces fresh, new collagen. Additionally, the deep ultrasound treatment allows for tightening of the facial connective tissue which allows improvement of contours of the neck and jawline, such as early jowls and neck excess. Treatment of the upper face can have excellent effects on raising the brow, improving the upper lids, and opening the eye.

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FAQs: Ultherapy

  • Can Ultherapy replace a face lift?

    Patients undergoing Ultherapy treatment should notice an undeniable improvement in the skin tightening and rejuvenation of the contour of their face. The advantages to Ultherapy are the lack of surgery and particularly the lack of down time that are required with face lift procedures. Many patients find that Ultherapy treatment is an effective bridge when a face lift is not something that they want to do just yet. Such patients find the results from the Ultherapy procedure provide enough improvement that they can put off the more definitive facial surgery for years and still enjoy significant facial rejuvenation in the meantime.

  • Who is a good candidate for Ultherapy?

    A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone with skin that has “relaxed” to the point of looking and often feeling less firm. A lowered eyebrow or sagging skin on the eyelids, for instance, is often the first sign of “maturing” skin. Typically, this in their thirties and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates. While Ultherapy is not a replacement for a surgical face lift there re many people who want some lifting but are not ready for surgery either mentally, financially, or logistically. There are also younger people who want to “stay ahead of the game” as well as those looking to prolong the effects of previous cosmetic surgery.

  • What problem areas does Ultherapy target?

    Ultherapy addresses mild to moderate loose or sagging skin, as well as the foundation tissue below the skin. Specifically, by renewing the tissue from within, Ultherapy will lift the brow which in turn reduces excess skin in the upper eyelid, opens the eyes, and gives a more refreshed look in the upper face. In the mid face, tightening of the SMAS can provide improvement of the nasolabial creases, the jowl, the cheek, and the jaw line. Ultherapy around the peri-oral region can improve fine lines and fine wrinkles around the mouth and lips. Treatment of the platysma muscle of the neck with the overlying skin can provide tightening of the neck with improvement of tissue excess below the chin and at the angle of the neck. Additionally, treatment of the upper chest in women can smooth out fine wrinkles and provide tightening of the décolleté region.

  • How long until I see results?

    Patients may enjoy some initial effect but the ultimate lifting and tightening will take place over 2-3 months, as tired collagen is replaced with new, more elastic collagen. As this collagen building process continues, further improvements can appear up to 6 months following an Ultherapy procedure.

    Conveniently located in Santa Barbara, Dr. Lowenstein commonly cares for many Ultherapy facial rejuvenation patients from Santa Maria, Bakersfield, Ventura, and Thousand Oaks. To see whether you may be a candidate for Ultherapy, contact Dr. Lowenstein for a consultation.

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