Cosmetic Treatments that Combat the Signs of Aging
Aging is inevitable. No matter how many creams and skin care products we try, eventually the telltale signs of growing older will begin to show. Unfortunately, when skin ages it loses its collagen, a skin tightening protein that creates a smooth and even surface. Luckily, there are new treatment options available in the cosmetic surgery industry that are non-invasive, have little to no downtime, and offer real results for seniors who want to revitalize and refresh their appearance:
Ultherapy® is a quick, non-invasive procedure designed to lift, firm and tighten the skin of the face and neck without surgery. It is the first procedure of its kind to use focused ultrasound energy to first visualize and then treat the deep support structures of the skin. Ultherapy® targets the SMAS, or superficial musculoaponeurotic system, the same deep layer of tissue that is addressed with a surgical facelift. By gradually strengthening the skin from within, Ultherapy® is able to lift and tone the skin for a natural, long-lasting result.
Ultherapy® is FDA-approved. It is commonly used on areas of the face and neck to address sagging of the eyelids, brow, cheeks, chin and jawline. It can also improve marionette lines and folds and a downturned mouth. The whole face may be treated for an overall tighter, more toned appearance, or individual areas may be targeted. This is an ideal solution for individuals with mild to moderate sagging in the face and neck who are not yet ready to undergo more invasive surgical procedures, such as a full facelift or Mid Face Lift.
There is little to no recovery or downtime associated with Ultherapy and patients are able to immediately return to their normal routine. Some minor redness may occur at the treatment sites, but this generally fades within a few hours. Immediate tightening of the skin can be seen after treatment and this will be followed by continued improvement over the next several months as new collagen growth occurs. Ultherapy® is a very safe procedure with few risks and complications. Contact the offices of Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation.
Until recently, aggressive laser resurfacing of the face (ablative laser treatment) was the only way to achieve superior cosmetic results in rejuvenating significantly aged or sun-damaged skin. Unfortunately, this treatment is associated with open healing, with prolonged recovery time and redness. With the advent of fractionated laser resurfacing (non-ablative laser), specifically the Fraxel® laser, significant results can be achieved through a series of “fractional” treatments whereby multiple tiny columns of skin are aggressively treated, with surrounding areas of skin untouched. This enables faster healing than if the entire area were treated at once, and since there is no skin surface disruption, healing times are very short. This treatment eliminates irregular skin discoloration, and stimulates new collagen production, tightening the skin without prolonged recovery. After a series of 2 to 4 Fraxel® treatments, the cumulative cosmetic improvement is near more aggressive lasers, but unlike more aggressive lasers, redness and swelling eliminated within 2 to 4 days after each treatment. Fraxel® is outstanding for fine wrinkles, mild skin laxity, irregular pigmentation, acne scars, surgical scars, enlarged pores, stretch marks, age spots and Rosacea. It can be used safely on the face, neck, hands, arms, and chest.
For more information on combating the signs of aging and different treatment options, contact Shapiro Plastic Surgery.