Loose, sagging skin is an unpleasant, yet inevitable effect of the natural aging process. As we age, collagen and elastin in our skin beings to break down resulting in less youthful and vibrant skin quality. After age 30, we lose about 1% of our collagen per year. As new collagen production also slows, skin loses it elastic, firm, appearance. With a lower collagen concentration, skin appears to sag and wrinkle. A surgical facelift was really the only treatment option available until recently. However, new non-surgical options exist in Ottawa to improve mild to moderate lax skin.
At Concept Medical, we offer Ultherapy to lift, tighten, and tone the skin on the cheeks, chin, and neck. Although Ultherapy does not provide the same results as a surgical facelift, it is an option for patients who are looking to improve the laxity of their skin without surgery. Ultherapy stimulates collagen growth, by bypassing the surface of the skin with the power of ultrasound. Ultrasound has been used worldwide safely for over 50 years in the medical field making Ultherapy an effective yet safe treatment option for sagging and loose skin. Unlike other skin tightening procedures, Ultherapy is a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment with little to no recovery time.
Ultherapy incorporates real-time ultrasound imaging techniques that allow the practitioner to visualize the skin, muscle, and bone clearly, therefore delivering a very targeted result to the patient. Ultherapy treatments in Ottawa take about 1-2 hours to perform, and you may return to your normal daily activities afterward. Following your treatment, results build gradually over the course of 3 months and will continue for up to 6 months after treatment. As results depend on your skin’s ability to create new collagen, results do vary among patients. Although 95% of patients are pleased with their results after 1 year, some patients do not achieve an improvement following Ultherapy.
Although Ultherapy is considered a ‘one-time’ treatment, repeat Ultherapy treatments may be performed yearly to provide additional results. A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone who feels their skin is looking less firm, with mild to moderate skin laxity. Individuals with severe skin laxity are not ideal candidates for Ultherapy and will likely not obtain their desired results.
For more information about Ultherapy in Ottawa, please contact our office.