Age-related sagging skin
As your body ages, you expect gradual changes. How your body ages depend partially on your genetic patterns of aging. But your lifestyle choices have a more powerful impact on how well your body ages. Some of the following changes may apply to you. Others may not. A healthy lifestyle may slow many of these normal effects of aging.
The excessive skin laxity and sagging is a gradual degenerative process that affects almost all layers of the skin and the underlying tissues including the subcutaneous tissues, muscle layer and the bony structure. The skin has its power of regeneration as a part of our genetic structure. The regeneration power is maintained by the effect of the antioxidants in the skin which protects the skin from UVB, and regeneration power of the fibrocytes which produce fresh skin cells to replace old damaged ones.
As we get older, we gradually lose this power of regeneration and start to show the aging effect. Skin sagging occurs due to tissue deflation and laxity of tissue supporting system.
Tissue deflation and loss of volume affects the skin dermal and subdermal layers due to the aging and environmental effect on the skin cells and elastin, loss of subcutaneous layer and loss of bone volume due to age-related bone.
Skin is supported and connected to the underlying subcutaneous, muscles and bone by columns of fibrous tissues and fine fibrous ligaments. These ligaments and fibrous septae get thinner and weaker with age and that causes drooping of the skin.
Vertical changes of the skin include age-related loss of skin cells and elastin in the dermal layer of the skin which leads to skin thinning and sagging of the skin over the underlying supporting structures.
What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy harnesses the power of ultrasound to transform the brow, chin, neck and chest. Ultrasound, of course, has been used safely throughout the medical field for more than 50 years—and Ultherapy has been established as safe and effective in clinical studies and in over half a million treatments worldwide.
Ultherapy relies on ultrasound therapy to deliver its skin cell-boosting treatment.
While we’ve attempted to answer the most common questions in this article, you can always reach out to our team of experts on (03) 8822 3472 or at email@example.com.
You can book for free consultation with our dermal therapist or cosmetic surgeon in Melbourne. We work from 9 am – 5 pm Tuesday to Friday and from 9 am – 1 pm on Saturday.
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How it Works
Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to cause a mild tissue injury that stimulates skin cell production beneath the skin, leading to firmer, tighter skin. The treatment initiates a regenerative response in three different layers of the skin without damaging the surface layer. Ultherapy uses a combination of focused ultrasound energy. So in a nutshell, Ulthera delivers high ultrasonic energy to specific layers of the deep tissues and that leads to skin cell stimulation, shrinking and shortening of the connective tissue, supporting structure and tightening of the skin.
This technology differs from other non-surgical skin tightening procedures that use infrared and radio frequency technology, such as Titan and Thermage, respectively. Ultherapy enables medical professionals to accurately administer ultrasound energy to a specific depth within the skin and to view the deep layers of the skin. The treatment results in a more youthful and refreshed appearance over two to three months as skin cell production increases.
The patient will have a consultation with the treating doctor. During the consultation, the doctor will explain everything about the treatment and will answer all your questions.
On the treatment day, you will be given a sedative to help you to feel more relaxed, and then the doctor will apply a special ultrasonic gel and will review the plan of the procedure. After the procedure, you will be handed post-treatment instructions and will be booked for review.
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Most Popular FAQs
Ultherapy is approved for tightening the brows and forehead. It has also shown skin tightening effects when used on the neck and lower face.
Clinical trials demonstrate the benefits of Ultherapy are still evident 10 months after undergoing the procedure and that no downtime is required for patients receiving the treatment.
Although Ultherapy does not provide the same results as a conventional brow or face lift. It is a safe and suitable option for a patient not yet requiring an invasive and expensive skin-tightening procedure like a surgical facelift.
Some common Ultherapy complaints are pain and discomfort during the therapy sessions, swelling and inflammation after the procedure, and slight tingling, tenderness and redness of the skin. This can be minimised by proper sedation and painkillers before the procedure and avoiding exposure to heat after the treatment for few days.
- One important difference between Ultherapy and Thermage is the method they use to stimulate collagen production. Ultherapy involves ultrasound, while Thermage tightens skin with radio frequency technology.
- Thermage addresses the upper layers of the skin. Ultherapy handles those, as well as deeper tissue. Thermage stimulates collagen in comparatively large sections of skin. The ultrasound technology used in Ultherapy directs heat energy to specific areas.
- When dealing with the eye area, Thermage works well for eye wrinkles, such as crow’s feet and also appropriate for the under eye area. Meanwhile, Ultherapy is useful for the outer eye areas.
You might’ve heard about how they can help in anti-aging and skin tightening, but what are they really?
Ultherapy and HIFU are medical devices that deliver precise amounts of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) energy into your skin. This non-surgical, non-invasive treatment has the effect of stimulating collagen production, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and causing skin to look younger, firmer, and suppler.
But with so many HIFU devices in the market it can be confusing to figure out the difference between Ultherapy and other HIFU devices.
The major differences between Ultherapy and other HIFU devices are:
1. Ultherapy has FDA Approval
The Ulthera machine that provides Ultherapy skin tightening is a type of HIFU device, but it is the only HIFU device approved by the United States (US FDA) for lifting and tightening skin, while reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the face, neck and chest.
The US FDA is known for being stringent when it comes to safety and efficacy, and its approval of Ultherapy brings about assurances of effectiveness and safety.
This is especially important given the many different types of HIFU devices we see in the market these days. Not all HIFU devices are of medical-grade standards, hence there is a need to take extra precaution. Just to be on the safe side, our clients prefer Ultherapy for ease of mind!
You might’ve heard these buzzwords being thrown around and how they can help in anti-aging and skin tightening, but what are they really?
2. Ultherapy has ultrasound imaging
Ulthera is the only HIFU machine to have ultrasound imaging, effectively allowing our proffessional team to see the layers of skin tissue we are targeting. This allows us to accurately place the Ultherapy device and effectively target problem areas.
3. Ultherapy effectively targets 2 areas :
- The dermis (where our collagen is structurally located)
- The Superficial Muscular Apo neurotic System (SMAS) muscle (a tough, deep layer of muscles and fibrous tissue that forms the structure of the face and neck – this is the layer that plastic surgeons work on when doing a facelift!).
When targeting the dermis, the focused ultrasound pulses delivered by Ultherapy stimulate the body’s natural collagen production, resulting in increased collagen and firmer, younger-looking skin over time.
When Ultherapy targets the SMAS muscle, the ultrasound energy delivered has an effect of tightening the fibrous tissue in the SMAS, causing one to have a lifted.
- Brow lift: $350
- Brow Lift and Around eyes: $480
- Lower Face: $1,450
- Lower Face and Under Chin: $2,000
- Lower Face/ Chin/ Neck: $3,250
- Full face- No Under Chin: $2,280
- Full face with Under Chin: $3,000
- Full Face/ Chin/ Neck: $3,800
- Chin: $1,000
- Neck $1,000
- Neck and Chin: $1,800
- Decolletage : $750