What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is one of the most effective ways to improve the appearance of wrinkles and skin laxity naturally. It uses the power of your body’s natural process to rejuvenate and restore your skin. Unlike radio frequency technologies, which have been utilized for many years, Ultherapy is able to more precisely target collagen fibers with ultrasound waves to provide deep heat that will stimulate contraction and skin tightening. Skin laxity and gravity affect different facial structures and therefore it is important to target only the places where treatment is needed. Dr. Alexander Rivkin is highly experienced with cosmetic treatments and is proud to offer the Ultherapy technology in his Los Angeles office.
The Ultherapy Procedure
Ultherapy (also known as Ulthera) uses ultrasound energy non-invasively to heat skin tissue at multiple depths and deep into the SMAS layer, which is where traditional facelift surgery is performed. The focused deep heating of Ultherapy stimulates the collagen fibers throughout the targeted skin to contract. This intense energy also triggers a natural regenerative response that stimulates the growth of new collagen in the skin without harming it. Ultherapy is FDA approved and safe to use on all skin types. Procedures typically last about one to two hours. Results last for several years, but many patients are so happy with the tightening effect that they come back for yearly Ultherapy treatments to combat the effects of aging.
Am I a Good Candidate for Ultherapy in Los Angeles?
Although results are subtle, and cannot be compared to a surgical face lift, Ultherapy works well for those patients who are not yet ready for a surgical lift, are too young or choose non-invasive procedures. Patients who are just beginning to see early jowl formation and loss of jawline definition are particularly good candidates.
The full effects of Ultherapy may take a few months to be seen due to the gradual nature of healing and collagen production; however, some visible results can be seen quickly thanks to the immediate effects of protein denaturation and fiber contraction. During the treatment, patients may feel some discomfort from the heat, but this is effectively managed with medications such as Vicodin and Xanax, as well as distraction methods. There will be no damage done to the superficial layers of skin, therefore no downtime is to be expected.
Pros and Cons of Ultherapy
There is no downtime after your Los Angeles Ultherapy treatment, so you do not have to worry about missing work or important events. There may be some slight redness, swelling, tingling or temporary numbness in the area post-treatment, but these sensations fade quickly as the body adjusts to the new tightness of the skin. For areas such as the cheeks or neck that are most affected by gravity’s forces, Ulthera has quickly become a gold standard in safety and efficacy. Ultherapy in Los Angeles at Westside Aesthetics will lift and tighten the skin non-invasively, stimulate the production of new collagen, and reveal natural and noticeable results.
Dr. Rivkin’s philosophy is that patients should exhaust their non-surgical options before they go under the knife. Surgical procedures like face lifts are temporary – they are effective for about 10 years. After that, revision treatment is risky and results are less predictable due to the scar formation generated by the first procedure. We are fortunate to have a variety of non-surgical treatments at our disposal. Our philosophy is that as long as skin laxity is minor, treatments like Ultherapy should be used and patients should postpone surgical face lifting until they really need it.
Dr. Rivkin and our other expert practitioners at Westside Aesthetics give credence to a comprehensive approach to beauty and facial rejuvenation. The results of Ultherapy are even better when used with other treatments such as Botox, injectable fillers and Fraxel laser. During your free consultation, we will create a personalized treatment plan based on your specific cosmetic goals, timeframe and budget.
Dr. Rivkin founded Westside Aesthetics to provide the best cosmetic treatments to anyone looking to enhance or restore their looks. Serving patients in the Los Angeles area as well as out-of-town patients who come from other parts of the U.S. and overseas, Dr. Rivkin provides quality results to all his patients and accommodates them to the best of his ability. We encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rivkin or his staff to discuss your cosmetic concerns and the best treatment option for you.
Even if you cannot make a consultation in person, we are happy to discuss your concerns with you via email, phone, or instant messaging. It is never too late to look a little younger–call today and ask about our Ultherapy treatment!