19 Dec BeautyINC Lists Ultherapy as a “Botox Alternative”
Is “just Botox” not cutting it anymore? You may need to complement this go-to procedure with one that is even less invasive—and some say more effective. Ultherapy uses the power of ultrasound technology to tighten and lift the skin from the inside out via serious collagen induction. It was originally created as a “facelift alternative,” since it is especially popular on the lower half of the face and neck, but can really be used anywhere that skin tightening is desired. Ultherapy has been around for over a decade, but the science and technology behind it keeps improving year after year.
Ultherapy is completely non-invasive and heats up precise deep levels of the skin for an intensive tightening effect. When the layers below the skin are heated to over 40 degrees Celsius, collagen and elastin is “told” to surge in production. These are the two elements that are behind naturally taut, youthful skin—but our bodies create less of it as we get older. With Ultherapy and other collagen induction therapies, we can turn back the clock. These therapies, including Ultherapy, do not work instantaneously since our bodies are needing to create the new collagen. Instead, you will start to see results from Ultherapy after about three months, with full results at six months.
Why Ultherapy Isn’t an “Alternative,” But a Complement
Even though BeautyINC dubs Ultherapy an “alternative,” it’s actually better used as a complement for wrinkle reduction. Botox remains a gold standard in putting a stop to wrinkles and is does not rely on collagen induction. Instead, Botox works by literally freezing the muscles that cause lines, wrinkles, and creases for about six months on average. Younger and younger patients are also using Botox as a preventative measure.
Ultherapy does not freeze muscles that cause wrinkles. Instead, it tightens skin from the inside, which inherently reduces lines and wrinkles. Ultherapy addresses skin laxity, whereas Botox addresses the muscles. These are two very different approaches to youth-ifying clients and minimizing wrinkles. They work very well together, and considering the technique of each, can typically be used at the same appointment. Botox is considered a minimally invasive procedure since a needle is required for its injection, whereas Ultherapy is non-invasive. It simply requires a handheld device that passes over the target area.
What to Expect with Ultherapy
Ultherapy harnesses the power of ultrasound technology and allows providers to see exactly which layers below the skin are being targeted. Most patients describe Ultherapy as feeling like a “prickling,” hot sensation as it passes over the skin. Those with sensitive skin can receive a topical numbing agent before the procedure for maximum comfort.
There is no downtime required for Ultherapy, though in some cases skin may be a bit pink for a few hours after the treatment. Otherwise, you can immediately get back to your day. It is not uncommon for the treated area to feel numb for a few days or weeks after your treatment—this is normal and will subside. Although the area might feel numb, it is not “frozen” and will still be mobile.
The Long-Lasting Effect of Ultherapy
Ultherapy is not the only collagen induction therapy, but it is one of the longest-lasting. The results last up to two years on average and you can repeat this treatment at that time if desired. Other treatments, such as Thermage FLX, do not last nearly as long. The “OG” of collagen induction, microneedling, offers results that are not nearly as intense as Ultherapy plus requires monthly sessions to sustain the outcome. Ultimately, if you are looking for a one and done treatment with the best results, Ultherapy is for you.
Botox and Ultherapy are just one “power couple” for those looking for the most dramatic results with no downtime and no surgery. Additional procedures, such as chemical peels, can make your outcome even better. Let’s work together to design a customized treatment plan just for you. Ultherapy is suitable for men and women of all ages and of any skin tone and type. Get in touch with RefinedMD today to schedule your consultation or appointment for Ultherapy, Botox, or both. Give us a call during business hours or, for the fastest results, complete the online contact form right now.