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Concerned about undergoing a facelift? Try this effective facelift alternative.
Are you ready to try a new type of non-surgical, non-invasive facelift alternative that uses ultrasound and the body's own natural healing process to lift, tone and tighten loose skin? It's called Ultherapy®, and it can be a great option if you aren't ready for a facelift yet.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger and Skin Specialists are proud to be the first clinic in Nebraska to offer the new Ultherapy skin tightening procedure for lifting and toning loose, lax skin.
After just one treatment, with no downtime, your skin will gradually reflect a more refreshed, uplifting appearance.
Dr. Schlessinger, a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon at Skin Specialists in Omaha, Nebraska can assess your skin care concerns and provide options for smoothing wrinkles and wiping away the effects of time, gravity and too much sun. He has the medical background and precision training to look at all aspects of cosmetic surgery and work for solutions that will result in improvement for you.
What is Ultherapy Skin Tightening?
With this facelift alternative, you can go about your day after a single in-office procedure lasting just 30 to 60 minutes.
Focused ultrasound, much like the ultrasound used in pregnancy imaging, is delivered via a wand held over the top of the skin. The ultrasound waves are guided into the deeper layer of skin where collagen is present.
The ultrasound waves heat the collagen and break it down. Gradually, over the next few months, your body comes to the rescue and stimulates the tissue to produce new collagen. Because new collagen criss-crosses like a bridge to create a revitalized structure under your skin (rebuilding the very structures that are breaking down over time), your facial areas and neck can be tightened and uplifted as these new structures take shape.
Ultherapy skin tightening stimulates new collagen buildup, improving your skin from the inside out, around your eyes, cheeks and upper neck. There is no damage or change on the surface of your skin.
The Ultherapy skin tightening procedure has been cleared by the FDA and shown to be safe in clinical studies, and tens of thousands of treatments have been performed safely worldwide. Dr. Schlessinger has been on the forefront of these advances.
In addition, ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in the field of medicine for more than 50 years.
If you wish to be a patient of Dr. Schlessinger and are in the Omaha, Nebraska area, you are invited to make an appointment today.
Check out the actual results experienced by real patients
Questions & Answers About Ultherapy
Dr. Schlessinger will answer your questions on Ultherapy. If you have a question, he invites you to email him.
Who is a candidate for Ultherapy?
A good candidate is someone with skin that has "relaxed" to the point of looking - and often feeling - less firm. The best candidates for Ultherapy are between the ages of 30 and 70 (and some are even older) with mild to moderate skin laxity. The only contraindication is for women who are pregnant or lactating.
This procedure allows younger women (and men) to address wrinkles without having surgery for a full facelift. We also are able to help people who have some laxity in their skin but are not yet at the stage where they would need a surgical procedure to address signs of aging.
What are some signs of aging on the face?
Signs of skin laxity on the forehead include a drooping brow line, excess skin/hooding on the eyelids, and a less open-eyed appearance.
Signs of laxity in the cheek and neck areas include flattening of the mid-cheek, folds below the nose to the corners of the mouth (known as nasolabial folds), "marionette" lines on chin (downturned mouth), loss of jawline angularity, jowls, and sagging under the chin.
How is Ultherapy different from laser treatments?
Lasers treat the superficial layers of the skin (to address fine lines, wrinkles, and pigment changes on the top layers of your skin).
Ultherapy is the only nonsurgical treatment that uses ultrasound imaging to see below the surface of the skin and precisely target the same deep tissue and foundational tissue that doctors would typically address in cosmetic surgery.
To find the deep layers, pinch your skin. The collagen-rich layers targeted by Ultherapy are even deeper than you can pinch.
What happens during the treatment?
Treatment time depends on the areas being treated. An Ultherapy treatment takes between 30 minutes for the upper face, 60 minutes for the lower face and neck, and 90 minutes for the full face and neck.
You will be given a pain reliever such as ibuprofen and a muscle relaxer before we begin the procedure. You'll lie comfortably while we adjust the ultrasound wand over the areas to be treated.
You may feel a sting or pinch as the wand is moved and positioned and then triggered to deliver the heat. Some patients have described the feeling as less than the rubber-band-snapping feel of laser hair removal. You won't feel the heat because it is reaching a deep layer of skin.
So does it hurt?
This is the question everyone asks. Dr. Schlessinger and his staff make sure you are comfortable and that pain is minimal during the procedure. And remember, we give our patients pain relievers before the procedure to make this an easy and doable process.
Of course, comfort thresholds do vary from person to person. Although there can be some discomfort while the energy is being delivered, this is temporary and a sign that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Patients typically leave refreshed and excited to see the results.
We make every effort to assure the comfort of our patients.
How soon will I see results?
There can be some toning and firming immediately following the treatment, but the full lifting and tightening effect will build gradually over the course of 3 to 6 months. Some factors affecting treatment response include the current state of your skin laxity, volume, skin quality, age and lifestyle/health.
How many treatments will I need?
Clinical results have shown that most people need only one treatment. In cases where patients have more severe laxity and/or volume, multiple treatments may be necessary. Many patients also have fillers and other relaxers such as BOTOX after Ultherapy as these help improve the results. We can discuss all these possibilities with you during your initial consultation.
How long do the results last?
The new, healthy collagen results last over a year - and sometimes even longer. Patients typically come in for a treatment once every 12 to 18 months or longer.
Since your skin does continue to age during this time, you may also benefit from yearly touch-up treatments to help slow the rate of skin aging.
Do I have to do anything special afterward?
There is no downtime for this treatment so you can return to normal activities immediately.
If you are fair skinned, your skin may appear a little flushed or pink during treatment, but this disappears within an hour or so. Some patients may experience slight swelling or tenderness to the touch for a few days or weeks, but these are mild and temporary in nature.
Is Ultherapy safe?
Absolutely! Ultrasound has been used in medicine for over 50 years, and the device we use for this particular treatment has been cleared by the FDA.