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A Sonogram to Make You Look Younger: The Ultrasound Facelift
If the idea of using sound waves to make you look younger seems too good to be true, consider the ultrasound facelift, for that is exactly what it does. Conducting a focused ultrasound can actually cause the sagging skin on the face to tighten. Ultrasound technology is used for a number of other medical procedures, such as determining the gender and health of an unborn child or scanning the brain for potential problems. Though it is not commonly used for facelift treatments, ultrasound technology can indeed be used to stimulate the body’s production of collagen to tighten the skin on the face or in other desirable places. This article will explain the process involved in an ultrasound facelift procedure, how it differs from the microcurrent facelift, the costs, and reasons to get this type of facelift.
How Does an Ultrasound Facelift Work?
In order for this procedure to work, the patient is positioned carefully to optimize maximum effectiveness from the sound waves conducted through the ultrasound machine. The ultrasound specialist uses the machine to send sound waves that penetrate the surface of the face, creating miniscule pockets of heat from the energy of the sound wave frequencies. These heat pockets encourage the body to react by healing them, which in turn increases the production of collagen. Collagen then builds up the skin, lifting and tightening it to make it have a younger and firmer appearance instead of a sagging, aged one. The procedure takes approximately one hour. Recommended patients for the ultrasound facelift are between the ages of thirty five and fifty five because their skin that is beginning to sag is still young enough to know how to heal the body in a noticeable fashion.
How Does This Procedure Differ From the Microcurrent Facelift?
The ultrasound facelift, also called the ulthera facelift, is approved by the FDA and is very similar to the microcurrent facelift. In the microcurrent facelift, electric currents are sent into the body, while for the ultrasound facelift, sound waves send currents into the body. In essence, they do much the same thing. However, the ultrasound procedure tends to have results that last far longer than the microcurrent treatment. These results are not usually visible immediately, but they continue to improve for two to three months and the effect can last between five and ten years.
Costs of the Ultrasound Facelift
Financially speaking, this procedure may be difficult to afford: it can cost in the range of several thousand dollars. However, the lack of laser, scalpel, or injections of synthetic materials and the fact that results last as long as they do, altogether make this a desirable option for facelift treatment. Though more costly than microcurrent facelift treatments, only one treatment session is required, and much longer lasting results may make this a more worthy option. In addition, the procedure does not require downtime afterward for extended recovery, nor does it involve anesthesia. Many of the side effects or complications after receiving a full traditional facelift, such as nerve damage, bleeding, or scarring, are not risks from the ultrasound facelift. Most patients do not need to take pain relievers before or after the procedure, in spite of the fact that no anesthesia is used—the treatment feels like a warm, tingling sensation with almost no discomfort. In addition, the sound waves do no harm to the surface layer of skin but go straight to the layer of collagen beneath.
Why Get an Ultrasound Facelift?
There are many reasons why the ulthera facelift might be more appropriate than other facelift treatments for your needs. Depending on your health and medical background, you may not want to have surgery. This eliminates any surgical facelift procedure. You also may hesitate to use liquid fillers such as Botox or synthetic implants to enhance your skin. This procedure is a natural one that does not harm the body in any way, but merely increases the body’s normal bodily functions—namely that of collagen production—in such a way that they improve the appearance of the face. Thus, the ultrasound facelift or ulthera facelift is literally using a sonogram to make you look younger without requiring invasive techniques or synthesized fillers. Consider the potential results of this remarkable technology and how it can help you to look more youthful.