Face Lifts Without Surgery? Check Out Ultherapy
Dr. Debraj Shome explains how Ultherapy, a non-invasive facelift treatment can help take 10-20 years off your face in one single sitting
The secret to younger-looking skin? While there’s no fountain of youth discovered yet, ‘Collagen’ comes close. It is a naturally produced protein in the body that’s responsible for the health of skin, blood vessels, bones and all the body’s organs. It’s also what keeps the skin firm and toned. Over time, as we age, the collagen breaks down causing loose skin and in turn wrinkles and skin folds. The growing presence of pollutants in water and air, stress from work and world events, and unhealthy lifestyle choices also have a detrimental effect on the body’s collagen production, causing early onset of skin ageing.
“So how can I get more collagen?” one might ask at this point.
Commercials of many cosmetic products will claim to have the answer but for those of you looking for a fool-proof solution; check out ultherapy. It helps boost collagen growth, bringing back skin strength and elasticity. Let's take a look at what is ultherapy and what makes it a popular facelift treatment.
What Is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a non-surgical skin tightening treatment that uses ultrasound technology to apply focused pulsing heat energy on the face, neck, and chest. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the treatment procedure in 2009 for noninvasive neck and submental area (under the chin) lift, eyebrow lift, and to improve lines and wrinkles of the décolletage (chest area).
The procedure lasts between 30 and 90 minutes and usually requires little to no recovery time. According to experts, Ultherapy treatment should be taken every five-and-a-half years. This is because it can take four to six months to see visible differences, and the final results last nearly 60 months. While some people may experience redness, bruises, itching or crusting of skin for the initial three-four days post-treatment, ultherapy procedure has no major side effects.
How Much Does Ultherapy Cost?
The Ultherapy treatment cost is determined by the surface area or body parts targeted for treatment, the number of sessions one needs for complete treatment, and the country they are in. In India, the average cost for one-time treatment comes up to Rs 1.3 lakh.
Indian faces are different from caucasian faces, not in just the way they look, but also in how they age. Dr. Debraj Shome states that in Indians, the upper third of the face ages well, and the problem areas clinically lie in the mid-face and lower face areas. “India is not a botox country because botox is mostly done in the upper half,” he says. Instead, we see an early onset of neck sagging and jowls because the bony support is less in Indians around that area as compared to Caucasians. Without a proper understanding of how certain ethnic groups age, cosmetic surgeries or beauty treatments can soil the facial aesthetics of the patient, rather than beautifying them.
Ultherapy helps solve this problem, by offering personalised skin tightening treatment exactly on areas that have sagging skin. Since the procedure also incorporates ultrasound technology, the patient can see in real-time how and where the treatment device affects their skin. Ultratherapy is currently available in more than 75 countries, with over 1.5 million treatments performed globally to date.
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