When asked for her secret to looking so young, Gloria Estefan is quoted as saying “I have great genes. Thank you to my mom and dad for that one.” Well, not everyone has been blessed with great genes and some of us can use a little help.
So what’s a woman to do when the signs of age are showing up on her face, neck & brow? If the wrinkles and sagging haven’t reached the point of surgery there are some skin tightening treatments that can result in a more youthful appearance.
Thermage has been around for over 10 years. It was approved by the FDA to be used on wrinkles on the face and eyelids. Thermage uses radiofrequency to create a heating effect in the deep dermis, which stimulates collagen production. As more collagen is produced under the skin, the outer skin becomes more plump and tight. Unfortunately, a number of problems have been associated with Thermage: The use of radiofrequency to heat the deep dermis is imprecise so technicians were not able to target the correct areas consistently. This meant the results were inconsistent, with some women seeing good results and others seeing no results. In addition, many women complained of severe pain during the Thermage procedure. Finally, Thermage has caused burns, blistering, and fat loss (which results in uneven, textured skin). When comparing the expense of the treatment to the results, only about one third of the women thought Thermage was worth it.
Ultherapy has been approved by the FDA for tightening and lifting the neck, chin & brow. Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to accurately pinpoint the areas to be heated to stimulate collagen production. With ultrasound technology, the technician can see the patient’s actual skin layers during the Ultherapy treatment, so the energy is delivered to the exact depth necessary for ideal collagen stimulation. Collagen growth is stimulated and over the next 2-3 months the skin regains its youthful look. Ultherapy does not have the problems that are experienced with Thermage. The top layer of skin is not affected because the ultrasound passes right through it and the level of discomfort is very tolerable. Three quarters of the women who have experienced Ultherapy have said it was worth it. With the high satisfaction rating and minimal side effects, Ultherapy has become the favorite procedure for women who want to lift and tighten their skin and thereby slow down the look of aging.
Although you will continue to age after an Ultherapy treatment, you will likely be able to hold off that facelift for a few years. The expert technicians at BodyLase® can have you looking youthful again in no time. Call for your Ultherapy consultation today. (919-954-2288/www.getbodylase.com).