Non-Surgical Jowl and Neck Lift With Ultherapy®
Our West Vancouver practice exclusively offers an advanced, non-surgical procedure for mild skin laxity on the face, neck, and jowls. Ultherapy®, a state-of-the-art technology using ultrasound, is designed to lift and tighten the skin with little to no downtime and natural-looking results. If you’re experiencing dissatisfaction with your skin in these areas, Dr. Shehla Ebrahim and Dr. Christopher Pavlou, our skilled physicians, perform Ultherapy® treatments that may be able to help.
We can now offer non-invasive rejuvenation of the face, neck, jowls, and even the brows if desired. Our physicians use imaging technology to focus the Ultherapy® device, precisely delivering energy to the areas being treated. There are no needles, knives, or invasive methods used during the procedure – instead, the ultrasonic energy waves lift the skin by stimulating the deeper, foundational tissue and revealing tighter, more youthful looking skin on the surface. Furthermore, this process can often activate natural collagen production within the body, which helps to firm and smooth the skin.
While you may see some immediate improvement following an Ultherapy® session, the treatment is designed to produce gradual enhancement over the course of two to three months. In addition to natural-looking results, you can typically expect to return to normal activities directly after the procedure. Ultherapy® alone offers excellent benefits, but this method also pairs well with other aesthetic enhancements, including BOTOX® Cosmetic, injectable fillers, and laser skin resurfacing.
If you have additional questions about Ultherapy®, or if you wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ebrahim or Dr. Pavlou, please contact us today.
How does the Ultherapy® procedure work?
Our physicians will begin with an initial consultation to determine your anatomic needs and expressed goals. Dr. Ebrahim or Dr. Pavlou will then place a smooth applicator onto the area to be treated. This device has two purposes. First, it will project an image of the deeper layers of skin onto a screen, which will help our physicians determine where to deliver the ultrasound energy. Second, the application will produce the ultrasound waves. This energy can stimulate collagen production in the skin of the targeted area and leave surrounding tissue unharmed. As a result, gradual lifting and firming should occur.
How is this procedure different from other cosmetic treatments?
Ultherapy® is designed to target the deeper foundational layers of skin, the same areas cosmetic surgeons address during surgery, without the use of invasive measures. This ability to enhance the surface of the skin by treating the supportive underlying structure typically provides satisfying effects if you are seeking facial rejuvenation without an extensive recovery period.
What does the treatment feel like?
Mild discomfort during the procedure is normal; however, the sensation indicates that collagen is being stimulated into production. Every experience is unique, and additional options to enhance your comfort are available if requested.
The feeling is usually temporary and should fade quickly after the completion of treatment. Most people leave our practice enthusiastic about the potential benefits.
What can I expect after treatment?
Recovery is typically brief, and you will likely be able to return to regular activities immediately following treatment. Some redness, swelling, and tenderness are normal after the procedure, but these effects should subside within a few days. In some cases, a tingling sensation may continue for a few weeks; however, this should be mild. In rare instances, you may experience some numbness or bruising. Dr. Ebrahim or Dr. Pavlou will discuss all the potential risks and benefits during the initial consultation.
Is Ultherapy® safe?
Ultherapy® uses ultrasound technology, which has been safely and effectively used in the medical industry for over 50 years now. A multitude of clinical trials have been conducted to establish this treatment as a safe and effective cosmetic procedure.
What kind of benefits can I expect?
You may only require a single Ultherapy® treatment to achieve your desired results, although in some cases additional sessions may prove beneficial. It’s worth noting that the effects will not occur immediately but as a gradual process over the course of two to three months.
During the FDA clinical trial for Ultherapy® treatment of the brow line, 9 out of 10 patients reported firmer skin around the eyes and eyelids, as well as a more refreshed, youthful look. This procedure typically provides visible skin toning and tightening in the treated area, which can include the face, neck, jowls, and jawline. Less noticeable on the surface, the increase in collagen production can help to slow the aging process, potentially reducing the need for cosmetic intervention in the future.
Who is a good candidate for Ultherapy®?
If you are experiencing dissatisfaction with the appearance of your face, neck, or jawline due to mild skin inelasticity or lack of tone, you may benefit from this treatment. Ultherapy® cannot provide the same results as a surgical procedure; however, this method can be an excellent alternative if you are not ready for or do not wish to undergo a more invasive approach.
For more information about Ultherapy® from our practice, or if you wish to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ebrahim or Dr. Pavlou, please contact us today.