The first signs of facial aging are often subtle and difficult to notice. The neck and chin are just beginning to sag so it’s not a problem – yet. It’s at this very early stage of the aging process that people should be their most vigilant. The longer you wait, the more difficult it becomes to resolve facial age issues by non-surgical methods.

Have You Heard About Ulthera?

Ulthera is a no-incision facial technique that uses ultrasound energy to lift and tone loose neck and face skin quickly and painlessly with little or no downtime. As an up-and-coming new cosmetic technology, Ulthera is becoming a popular treatment for early signs of aging.

But is there an age limit? Can you be too old for Ulthera? The qualified answer is no. As long as you are in good health and your skin condition is good, there is really no age limit for Ulthera treatments. It’s the quality of the skin and the degree of laxity that counts. Not the age of the patient.

How Does Ulthera Work?

Ulthera works by gently heating the tissues beneath the skin, remodeling collagen and stimulating the body’s collagen production process. Collagen is an important connective tissue that plumps the skin. Elastin is another important connective tissue that gives the skin its elasticity. Youthful looking skin has both volume and elasticity and is more resistant to fine lines and wrinkles.

Ulthera addresses the deep foundation below the skin without altering the skin’s outer skin layer. It allows the neck and facial skin tissues to shift back to a more youthful position without an incision. As a rule, skin that is healthy and collagen rich responds better to Ulthera treatments – regardless of age. However, Ulthera is not to be confused with a surgical facelift, which is a more invasive surgical procedure for more advanced facial sagging.

Ulthera is showing promise in cases involving mild to moderate skin laxity in which the descent of the skin has not yet reached an advanced stage. So, if you are a man or a woman bothered by sagging face and neck skin and you don’t smoke or spend hours basking in the sun, Ulthera may offer a good alternative to the facelift. It’s also a great adjunct procedure following a surgical facelift.

Never Too Old for Ulthera

Ulthera is designed to treat mild to moderate face and neck skin laxity. While younger patients tend to have faster and better results due to higher levels of collagen, older patients by no means are left out in the cold by Ulthera’s rejuvenating effects of targeted ultrasound. However, if you smoke or present significant skin damage, there is a higher risk of treatment failure. In fact, a person with healthy skin in her 60s may respond better to Ulthera than a smoker or sun bather in her 40s or 50s. Smoking and sun damage both weaken skin elasticity, compromising Ulthera results.

Ulthera also improves many other early signs of aging, making it an excellent overall treatment solution. Find out more about this amazing new procedure by consulting a board certified facial plastic surgeon.

Dr. Kyle S. Choe is a board certified facial plastic surgeon and hair restoration specialist with offices located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Contact The Choe Center for Facial Plastic Surgery at 757.389.5850 for a private consultation.