Discover What a Difference Healthy Skin Makes
Ultherapy® has proven to be a popular treatment at Michigan’s Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery, where Dr. Pramit Malhotra introduced it in the summer of 2015. Since then, patients have enjoyed the results of their skin-tightening sessions, watching changes begin, then seeing continued improvements in the days and weeks after their Ultherapy® session.
While the initial application of ultrasound energy kickstarts the tightening process, steady change comes from new collagen growth.
Why Is Collagen Important for Ultherapy® Results?
Collagen is an incredibly important component of healthy skin. The protein is what makes skin hold its shape, and it contributes to structures that hold moisture. As we get older, we make less and less of it, so our skin begins to lose its youthful contours. This is especially a problem for people who do not practice proper skin protection, since UV radiation damages the skin and breaks collagen down. If collagen is being destroyed and not replaced, skin can form wrinkles and sag. The gradual loss of other elements, including elastin, hyaluronic acid, and healthy fat, also contributes to changes that add the appearance of years to your face.
The energy delivered by Ultherapy® is precisely controlled and specifically targets the layer in the skin where new collagen can begin to grow. The growth is not immediate, but happens over weeks and months, which is why you will notice continued improvement long after your Ultherapy® treatment session.
This is not a collagen replacement, but is actual new collagen forming in the skin. As the support structure returns, sagging tissue is held up once again, returning to a more youthful position and revealing more defined angles in the chin and neck area. The collagen also helps to smooth out creases and lines that appear around the mouth.
Ultherapy® can provide a noticeable lift, but your face will continue to age. Talk to Dr. Malhotra and the team at Ann Arbor Plastic surgery to learn about what you can do to maintain your results long into the future.
What Treatments Besides Ultherapy® Address Collagen Loss?
Ultherapy® is a frequent choice for people who want to tighten their facial skin, but aren’t yet ready for surgery. Patients who want a significant and longer-lasting change may choose a facelift from Dr. Malhotra, which involves surgically recontouring the lower face to eliminate sagging tissue.
Microneedling stimulates the growth of new collagen by prompting the skin to start production. While Ultherapy® focuses on tightening, toning, and lifting, microneedling is used more to even out skin tone, reduce the appearance of scars and pores, and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
Volume added by dermal fillers can help to counter problems associated with collagen loss. It can also plump up thin lips, creating a fuller, more youthful smile.
If collagen loss has led you to become dissatisfied with your skin, know that you have a variety of options designed to replace it or regrow it, giving you a revitalized, healthy appearance.