Got Loose Skin?

Loose skin can result from aging or rapid weight gain/loss. Age-related loose skin is caused by slowed production of the proteins elastin and collagen in the skin’s inner dermis layer.  The skin becomes less able to repair itself, which results in sagging skin. In the case of weight gain/loss, rapid weight gain can cause connective tissues in the skin to stretch beyond repair. When the weight is lost, especially if lost rapidly, the skin is unable to tighten back to its previous state. Fortunately, there are surgical and non-surgical skin tightening options. Ultherapy skin removal is one such procedure.

Ultherapy skin removal is a non-invasive FDA approved procedure, using lasers to lift and tighten the skin.  Although it is most effective when used to lift excess skin around the brow and under the chin, it can be used anywhere there is a small area of skin laxity including the collage. Ultherapy has been around for more than fifty years and has proven safe and effective in over 350,000 treatments worldwide.

Ultherapy skin removal is different than conventional lasers that target the outer layers of the skin.   Instead, Ultherapy sends an ultra sound frequency to the deepest layer of the skin (the dermis). The targeted area is heated so that the underlying tissue contracts. This contraction results in strategic pockets of damage that stimulate collagen production.  The Ultherapy practitioner is able to visualize the layers to be targeted so that the correct amount of heat is delivered at the right tissue depth yielding the best results.

The degree of discomfort felt during treatments will vary from patient to patient.   Heat from the lasers can be fleetingly intense at times with bony areas being more sensitive.  Some patients experience temporary numbness or sensitivity to touch on treated areas.   There may also be some moderate redness, swelling, discomfort, bruising, nerve damage or even scarring.   Prior to the procedure you should discuss with your doctor the measures you can use to maximize comfort. Possible comfort measures include topical anesthesia, relaxation techniques, cooling fans or prescription medications.  Ultherapy skin removal claims no down time but you may want to anticipate it taking 2-3 days for redness and swelling to dissipate.  Sunblock should be used to treat areas exposed to the sun.  Results are typically seen in 3 to 4 months as increased collagen works to improve the skin’s elasticity.

Ultherapy skin removal is not for everyone.  It isn’t designed for larger areas of excess skin typically found in the abdomen or buttock, and is contraindicated in individuals that have open lesions or wounds, cystic acne, previous keloid scarring, mechanical implants (in the area being treated), dermal implants, implanted electrical devices, metal implants to the face, anticoagulant treatment, and pregnant or breast-feeding women.

Interested in learning more about Ultherapy skin removal?  Tune into our March support group or call us at 940.503.1302.