One of the most innovative and interesting treatments I offer at my plastic surgery practice isn’t actually a form of surgery at all. Ultherapy is a relatively new platform that can be used in addition to or instead of facelift surgery, and my New Jersey patients seem to love it. It’s a safe and effective skin tightening procedure that requires no downtime, so many people want to know whether it’s an appropriate option for them.

Ultherapy works by sending ultrasound energy into the deep layers of the skin where collagen grows. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that keeps our skin firm and toned, but collagen diminishes with age and our facial skin begins to sag. The ultrasound waves encourage new collagen to grow deep within the skin, causing a visible lifting and tightening in the treated areas.

Most people interested in Ultherapy are drawn to it because they don’t want the discomfort, inconvenience or expense of surgery. It can be a great option for those people and for those who have begun to notice minor skin drooping who want to stave off the need for surgery.

The best candidates for Ultherapy are in their 30s or older and notice sagging skin, in particular, on their eyelids, brows, neck, and chin. It’s important that patients have some skin elasticity remaining, so that their skin is more likely to respond to Ultherapy treatments. If patients have skin that is very lax, often the case for older people, then Ultherapy may not provide satisfactory results.

In those cases, facelift surgery would be recommended for effective treatment. This addresses many of the same tissues as Ultherapy treatments but in a more comprehensive way that also includes repositioning the muscle layer beneath the skin. Many surgeons refer to the facelift as the “gold standard” of facial rejuvenation, and recent advancements have made the surgical process smoother and the results more natural looking than ever.

Either Ultherapy or facelift surgery could be an appropriate treatment option for people with sagging facial skin. In fact, some people use both, getting Ultherapy treatments to enhance or maintain the results of a facelift. If you are curious about which option might work best to suit your lifestyle and your aesthetic goals, contact our practice to find out more.