Non-invasive procedures are very popular among patients who want to curb signs of aging. These services are growing exponentially as their safety and effectiveness are improved. Before such non-invasive skin tightening technology was available skin and tissue concerns around the face could only be treated surgically with procedures like facelift, brow lift, or blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).
A recent study in South Korea looked at how effective noninvasive skin tightening techniques were for patients from Asia. Patients from Asian descent have a greater risk of scarring and pigmentation change making nonsurgical options more attractive.
Specifically, the study concentrated on intense focused ultrasound (IFUS) devices such as Ultherapy®, an FDA approved noninvasive energy source that uses ultrasound to target tissue to lift the tissues of the face and neck. The study evaluated the effectiveness of IFUS in treating face and neck laxity. Ten of the study’s participants had both the face and neck treated. Two blinded, experienced clinicians reviewed pre and post treatments photos and patients also completed a self-assessment. As a result the clinicians felt that 8 out of 10 patients showed significant improvement 90 days after treatment while 9 out of 10 patients reported personal improvement.
Overall, IFUS devices such as Ulthera® have many advantages including expedited recovery time and lowered risk of adverse effects compared to more invasive, surgical facial rejuvenation treatments. Dermatology Associates of Atlanta use Ulthera® technology to heat the deep dermal layers of facial tissue to increase the production of collagen while lifting and tightening loose skin.
If you are interested in learning more about Ultherapy® or other non-invasive procedures we offer please contact our office today. Also don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to stay up-to-date on the latest dermatology news and skin care technology.