- Posted on: May 30 2018
While not as zealous as Ponce de Leon, we’re all chasing a proverbial fountain of youth to some degree. No one likes to show their age.
The key is collagen. Collagen is the protein in the human body that provides the skin’s underlying support structure. Collagen keeps the skin taut and firm, the tenets of younger looking skin. For some odd reason, collagen production decreases every year in the human body by one percent after you reach your 20th birthday. Add that up and when you hit 50, you now are producing 30 percent less collagen than in your youth. No wonder our skin sags and allows wrinkles to form.
There are different aesthetic procedures for triggering a boost in collagen production. One of gentlest, yet most effective, procedures uses ultrasound energy to do so. The procedure is called Ultherapy®, a non-invasive way to firm the skin without any downtime. Dr. Beaty offers Ultherapy for his Atlanta patients.
What is Ultherapy?
Whereas other skin tightening procedures often employ laser energy, Ultherapy® uses ultrasound. This gentle, non-invasive treatment is FDA-cleared and effective for triggering new collagen production in the dermis layer of the skin. This lifts, tightens, and tones the skin on the face, neck, and décolletage.
How does Ultherapy work?
In an Ultherapy® session, a handpiece is passed lightly over the skin. It delivers focused ultrasound energy down into the dermis, the second layer of the skin beneath the epidermis. When this ultrasound energy reaches the deeper levels in the skin the energy heats up the skin’s foundation. The body perceives this as a wound and responds by producing new amounts of collagen and new skin cells to address the “wound,” despite the fact that there is no actual injury. The new collagen and skin cells improve the tone and texture of the skin in the treatment area.
Unlike some tightening procedures that can damage the epidermis, Ultherapy®’s ultrasound energy passes right through the epidermis into the dermis. This protects the outer skin surface and is more comfortable than other procedures. Plus, there isn’t any downtime.
Ultherapy delivers some of the same skin tightening benefits as a surgical facelift. It doesn’t achieve the same level or degree of change, but this is a totally non-invasive procedure.
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