As you age, the way you look is going to change. It can happen slowly or suddenly, but one day you are going to look in the mirror and barely recognize the face that is peering back at you. There are various methods to try to recapture the glory of your youth, the most drastic of which is a facelift or neck lift. While these treatments are very effective, they are also surgeries and it is best if possible to avoid going under the knife. Instead, some have suggested Ultherapy as a facelift or neck lift replacement, but can Ultherapy successfully replicate the results of a facelift?
What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a nonsurgical procedure that stimulates the production of collagen in your body, leading to a reduction in visible signs of aging. The procedure involves applying a device to the patient’s neck and face, where pulses of ultrasound energy penetrate your skin and the tissue beneath your skin. This energy heats up your second layer of skin, leading to your body starting the natural healing process by producing collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin then spring into action to reduce signs of age.
What is a Facelift or Neck Lift?
A facelift is a surgical procedure that involves making incisions starting at the hairline and going down to the ears. Then, the skin is pulled back and any excess skin is removed. The incisions are then closed, and the new tighter skin will iron out a lot of your wrinkles and signs of age.
Ultherapy vs. Facelift
When it comes to comparing Ultherapy to a facelift, both sides have a number of pros and cons. Here, we will compare some of the most prominent pros and cons of each treatment, allowing you to determine if Ultherapy can replace a facelift. Ultherapy Vs. Thermage: How Are They Different?
Ultherapy is Nonsurgical
Ultherapy is a non-surgical procedure with little to no recovery time or pain. A facelift requires you to go under the knife and recover from a surgical procedure, albeit a facelift is a fairly minor surgery.
A Facelift is Much Longer Lasting
When compared to other cosmetic procedures, Ultherapy actually lasts quite a long time, with results visible for anywhere from one to three years. However, that pales in comparison with a surgical facelift, which can see drastic results for up to ten years.
Ultherapy Can Improve Skin Texture and Tone
A facelift or neck lift mostly works to smooth out your skin, getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles by lifting the skin. Ultherapy is a more comprehensive skin therapy, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, but also improving your skin’s texture and tone. A facelift does nothing to improve texture and tone.
Ultherapy is Very Natural Looking
One of the big perks of Ultherapy is most of the improvements are a result of naturally occurring collagen and elastin in the body. Since it is natural, the results you get from the procedure look very natural and not artificial. A facelift can sometimes look unnatural.
A Facelift is Better for Patients With Very Loose Skin
If you have very loose skin, a facelift is your best option to tighten your skin and improve your appearance. Since Ultherapy cannot remove any excess skin, folds of loose skin cannot be fully treated by the procedure.
A Facelift is More Expensive Than Ultherapy
A facelift costs much more than Ultherapy, as it is a surgical procedure that is far more complicated than Ultherapy.
Ultherapy Can Replace a Facelift in Many Cases
In many cases, Ultherapy can act as a facelift replacement. As long as your main issue isn’t loose skin, Ultherapy can get many of the results you desire from a facelift at a fraction of the cost. Best of all, Ultherapy is nonsurgical so you don’t need to worry about the stress of a surgery. At San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic, we offer Ultherapy for our patients, helping them achieve a more youthful and beautiful appearance. If you are interested in learning more about Ultherapy or would like to schedule a free consultation with experts in San Diego, contact us today by calling (619) 583-7555. See our Ultherapy Specials.