Can you reverse the aging process without surgery?


I may be a facial and reconstructive surgeon, but I also know the value and power of some of today’s non-surgical technologies—especially when you use them together. While a facelift will always have a place for effectively addressing excess skin laxity and falling tissues, Ultherapy is an ideal non-surgical solution for those patients who are beginning to show early signs of facial aging and don’t need a facelift, or for those who simply prefer to avoid surgery at all costs and are willing to accept a lesser result compared with surgery.

The Power of Ultrasound Energy: Ultherapy

Ultherapy uses the power of ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen and lift and tighten tissues in any combination of areas, including the brow, midface (cheeks) and neck. The fact that this technology offers non-surgical lifting in a relatively short treatment time is remarkable. Ultherapy takes an an hour or so, depending on how many areas you’re having treated, so you’re in and out of the office with no indication that you’ve had something done—and nor will you. No injection marks, no bruising, no peeling. No visible evidence of any kind that you’ve had a facial treatment. At the same time, however, it does require effective pain management to offset the inherent discomfort from deep tissue treatment. Results are gradual and become noticeable within about 8 weeks and last about 2 years.

Turn Up the Volume: Voluma, Sculptra

While Ultherapy provides nice lifting and tightening results, getting the best overall result for a rejuvenated face means also addressing areas of lost volume. As the face ages, it loses fat from key areas—the cheeks, the temples, the eyes—which can makes the face look tired and older than its years. To achieve the facial contours that are characteristic of a youthful face, most patients need to add back lost volume to reversing the aging process, and that holds true whether you’re having surgery or not. In my hands, Sculptra is a nice option for patients who prefer more gradual results. Because Ultherapy also delivers a gradual result, this combination is perfect for the patient who truly wants to achieve subtle improvement over time. Voluma, the newest FDA approved hyaluronic acid filler—and only one of its kind formulated to address lost volume—is better for patients who want to see results more quickly.

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Shrewsbury Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon