Ultherapy is A Non–Surgical Face and Neck Lift Utilizing Ultrasound. It is a face and neck treatment that creates a brand-new category in aesthetics: non- invasive tissue lifting. As always, Dr. Nield continues to keep on top of new medical advances and has begun to offer this exciting new procedure since December 2010.Dr. Nield performs the procedure herself, ensuring the highest level of care for all of her patients. Ultherapy utilizes ultrasound energy to lift and tighten the skin in a short, 30 to 60 minutes procedure. Ultrasound imaging focuses energy on sagging areas of the face and neck, stimulating the body to rebuild the supportive collagen fiber network that decreases with age. Because the skin’s top layer is not disrupted, there is very little downtime. Most patients will be able to resume normal activities by the next day. The result is a natural, gradual firming, tightening and actual lifting of the face and neck.
For the first time ever, Non-Invasive ultrasound lifting enables physicians to direct sound waves not only into the skin but deep under the skin to the same tissues addressed in surgery. This gently heats the tissue to lift and tighten loose skin without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin. Besides the visible effects of lifting and tightening, there is also an invisible result from with the formation of new collagen, which helps the skin maintain its youthfulness.
Non-Invasive ultrasound lifting utilizing Ultherapy seems to be much more effective than the older technology of Thermage which used radiofrequency. Non-Invasive ultrasound lifting is the most advanced skin tightening and lifting treatment available. We have treated many patients who initially tried Thermage and were disappointed with the results of this older technology. These same patients are extremely happy with the results from only one Non-Invasive ultrasound lifting treatment with Ultherapy.
Non-Invasive ultrasound lifting lifts and tightens loose skin to counteract the effects of time and gravity. One of the first effects of gravity is that the brows descend, and the eyes start to appear smaller. An Ultherapy treatment will lift the brow, which in turn reduces the excess skin on the lids, opens up the eyes and gives a more refreshed appearance. When the skin on the cheeks and neck begins to shift downward, the result is a change in the contour of the lower face. An Ultherapy treatment will lift and tighten the sagging skin on the cheeks and neck to give a more youthful look. Ultherapy can also treat and rejuvenate wrinkled chests. Ultherapy is now being used to lift and tighten upper arms, thighs, buttocks and knees. It can also be used in conjunction with blended, hyperdilute Radiesse to ehance your overall results.
The beauty of Non-Invasive ultrasound lifting is that it uses the body’s own subtle healing response to restore firmness gently, gradually, and reliably to the skin and its underlying tissues. Ultherapy requires no special recuperation or preparation and typically only takes one treatment to get a meaningful response. Patients enjoy some initial effect immediately following the procedure, but the ultimate lifting will take place over 3-6 months, as damaged collagen is rejuvenated and supplemented with newer, stronger collagen.
This isn’t a replacement for the dramatic effects of surgery, but Utherapy offers a ‘no downtime’ approach to improving lax facial and neck skin in a meaningful way.
Non-Invasive ultrasound lifting enhances the cosmetic results of Cosmetic Wrinkle Injections such as Xeomin, Collagen and other Dermal Fillers. It can be used in conjunction with other rejuvenating procedures available at the Woodbridge Dermatology and Laser Centre such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion and photofacials. Skin Care Products and sunscreens help maintain the benefits of all these cosmetic procedures.
Ultherapy is the only nonsurgical skin rejuvenation procedure that can specifically target and strengthen the deep foundational layer of tissue that doctors address in surgery. The ability to treat not just the skin but its underlying support, from the inside out, helps to ensure both safe and satisfying results, with no downtime. What does it feel like?
There may be some discomfort while the energy is being delivered, but it is temporary and a signal that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Comfort thresholds vary from patient to patient, and practitioners will discuss options for making the experience as pleasant as possible. Patients leave comfortable and happy given the benefits to come.
Dr. Nield usually applies a very fast acting topical freezing cream that effectively numbs the skin within 30 minutes. Usually this is all that is needed prior to the treatment. Dr. Nield performs the Ultherapy treatment herself, knowing that this is a very specialized procedure that requires a high level of expertise to achieve the best results.
In fact, Dr. Nield was the first physician in Vaughan to offer this procedure and remains a leader in effective skin tightening procedures.
Dr. Nield is the only dermatologist in Ontario who routinely performs the Ultherapy herself. Hence, Dr. Nield has consistently positive results.
Ultherapy treatments can now be used to reduce upper chest wrinkling secondary to chronic sun exposure. Ultherapy can now reduce loose, saggy skin involving arms, thighs, knees and buttocks.
You are able to return to your normal activities right away, and there are no special measures you need to take. Your skin may appear a bit flushed immediately after the treatment, but any redness should disappear within an hour. Occasionally patients may experience slight swelling or tenderness to the touch, but these are mild and temporary in nature.
Ulthera has a proven tract record, with use in the field of medicine for over 50 years and clinical trials have demonstrated the safety of this latest application. As with any medical procedure, there are general safety considerations, which your physician will review with you. Dr. Nield performs the procedure herself, ensuring that you receive the highest level of care when you have this non- invasive procedure.
With just one treatment, the regenerative process is initiated, but the full effect will build gradually over the course of 3 to 6 months. The overall benefits can last for 12 to 18 months. Some patients may benefit from more than one treatment.
Patients have found that following an Ultherapy treatment, they need less frequent injections of cosmetic wrinkle injections or fillers.
Visible effects include a lifting and toning of loose skin. In the FDA clinical trial for instance, nine out of ten patients had a noticeable, significant lift of the brow line. This resulted in reduced skin laxity on the eyelid and a more open, youthful look to the eyes overall. Patients reported firmer, better-fitting skin in other areas of the face and neck as well. There is also an invisible result from the procedure with the creation of new collagen, which can help to slow down the rate of skin aging.
Many of our patients do an ultherapy treatment every 1 to 2 years to ensure they continue to look as refreshed as possible, without looking overdone. Most of our patients treat their face and neck, but more are now also having their chest, arms and knees treated as well.
A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone with skin that has “relaxed” to the point of looking, and often feeling, less firm. A lowered brow line or sagging skin on the eyelids, for instance, is often the first sign of “maturing” skin. Ultherapy can lift your cheeks, leaving them to look very natural, and youthful. Ultherapy can reduce upper lip wrinkling and chest wrinkling. Ultherapy can rejuvenate your neck and jawline.
While it is not a replacement for surgery, Ultherapy has proven to be an inviting alternative for those who are not ready for surgery.
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