There’s no reason to put up with sagging skin if it keeps you from feeling your best. You have access to a wide array of devices that can safely tighten and tone your problem spots. In fact, the options can be overwhelming, so we want to give you the details you need to make an informed decision about your aesthetic care. Ultherapy® is a popular skin tightening service that works well for many people. While we prefer to use Thermage® FLX, you deserve to know about the alternatives. Here’s your complete guide to Ultherapy skin tightening treatments.
What Causes Loose Skin?
Loose skin is a common cosmetic concern that everyone will experience at some point. It happens when a beneficial protein called collagen breaks down during the natural aging process. Collagen is responsible for firm and toned skin — but your body produces less of it over time. Other changes, such as fat loss below the surface, can play a role in sagging as well.
There are also behaviors and environmental stressors that speed up the breakdown of collagen in your skin. The following factors can accelerate skin aging and result in premature sagging:
- Sun damage
- Weight loss
- Poor nutrition
How Does Utherapy Skin Tightening Work?
Ultherapy treatments use microfocused ultrasound technology to generate warmth beneath the skin. This process stimulates the production of healthy new collagen. Ultrasound therapy is a sophisticated method of skin rejuvenation that can target the precise layers needed to achieve results. It can be a good option for some patients seeking a non-invasive facelift.
Ultherapy vs. Thermage
Ultherapy is often compared to Thermage FLX because the two treatments tighten loose skin without surgery. However, there are notable differences, many of which make Thermage more desirable to our patients in Miami. Some key factors that set these services apart include:
- Technology: Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to rejuvenate the skin. Meanwhile, Thermage FLX uses radiofrequency energy (RF). The radiofrequency energy is delivered in pulses alongside integrated cooling to help make you comfortable during the appointment. RF even has the benefit of improving your contours in the treated area!
- Treatment areas: It’s important to pick a device capable of addressing the exact spots you want to tighten and firm up. Ultherapy targets the forehead, chin, neck, and chest. Essentially, it’s designed with the face in mind. Meanwhile, Thermage FLX is versatile enough to treat a wide variety of areas on the face and body. It can effortlessly target large regions like your abdomen and legs. It can also treat cellulite on your thighs and buttocks, as well as drooping skin on your upper arms. However, it has the precision needed to target your forehead, eyes, and jawline too.
- Treatment depth: Typically, ultrasound energy penetrates the dermis more deeply than radiofrequency energy. Depending on the location and severity of your cosmetic concerns, this detail might have an impact on the most suitable service for you.
Is Ultherapy Safe?
Ultherapy has been thoroughly evaluated, and its safety profile is well-established. It is an FDA-approved ultrasound therapy treatment. What’s more, Ultherapy has been administered over 1.5 million times. And while it may be a new cosmetic treatment, the technology is anything but untested. Ultrasound energy has been used in the field of medicine for more than 50 years.
Explore Skin Tightening Treatments in Miami
Skin tightening treatments are a great way to enhance your appearance without surgery. Dr. Shaun Patel is a top cosmetic provider in Coral Gables who uses his extensive experience to create comprehensive treatment plans. He will gladly match you with the appropriate service.
Call 786-618-5039 today to schedule an unhurried, in-depth consultation at Miami Skin and Vein. We serve Miami, Coral Gables, and other areas of Florida.