Collagen and elastin levels decrease in your skin as you age, leading to undesirable facial volume loss, hollowness, wrinkles, and sagging. Chronological aging is a major part of what causes this, but the skin is also constantly subjected to wear and tear from sun exposure, pollution, weather and other factors, like our nutrition and skin care habits. There are various cosmetic treatments available to help rejuvenate and restore skin tone and firmness, resulting in younger-looking skin. Naturally, many patients prefer a non-invasive treatment method whenever possible before resorting to a surgical one, but the best choice for you depends on the condition of your skin and tissues, as well as the signs of aging and damage you wish to address. In short, excellent skin tightening results can be obtained with Ultherapy, a treatment popularly referred to as the “non-surgical facelift.” While many patients experience noteworthy results with yearly Ultherapy treatments, the results cannot compare to the amount of lift and tightening that is achieved through surgery. Read more below about how a non-surgical facelift at Los Angeles’ Cassileth Plastic Surgery compares to a standard facelift.
FDA-cleared Ultherapy works by using focused ultrasound energy delivered through a handheld device to promote collagen production in the deep layers of the dermis, improving its structure from the inside out. The heat that the device gives off helps to firm, tighten, and raise the treated areas of the skin that have lost their elasticity, while leaving the outer layer of skin intact. Ultherapy is commonly used to treat the face, neck, brow, and chest, and results can be seen within two to three months post treatment and last up to a year. Best of all, there is no downtime.
Facelifts are not only a much longer and invasive surgical procedure, but also have a much more extensive recovery time when compared to a non-surgical treatment like Ultherapy. For this procedure, our surgeons elevate facial tissues, remove unwanted skin, and re-drape and stretch the remaining skin over the facial contours. When it comes to addressing jowls, loss of facial contours, and severely sagging skin folds, facelifts without a doubt deliver unparalleled results and can “turn back the clock” by about 10 years.
Still unsure as to whether a traditional facelift or non-invasive skin tightening with Ultherapy will get you the results you want? Learn more about the benefits of a non-surgical facelift from our Cassileth Plastic Surgery & Skin Care team. Call us at (310) 278-8200, or fill out a contact form to request a consultation.