Ultherapy continues to gain credibility as face lift alternative

By S. Larry Schlesinger, MD, FACS

Ultherapy continues to gain credibility as face lift alternative

UltherapyUltherapy, a new type of non-surgical treatment intended to tighten and lift the skin around the face, is gaining credibility and popularity in the realm of cosmetic medicine. The procedure utilizes a special frequency of ultrasound that agitates tissues beneath the outer layer of the skin. This causes those tissues to shrink and contract, tightening the overlying areas.

Brian Biesman, the executive director of the Nashville Center for Laser and Facial Surgery, admits that ultherapy doesn’t yet deliver the kind of drastic results that can be achieved with a conventional face lift. He’s still happy to offer the treatment to his patients, however, believing that it constitutes an excellent alternative for those who prefer a less invasive treatment. The cost of ultherapy is also far less preventative than its surgical counterpart, often amounting to no more than about three or four thousand dollars.

Michael Gold, a dermatologic surgeon who owns the Gold Skin Care Center in Nashville, allows that the treatment is uncomfortable and even painful for some. The recovery time, however, is virtually non-existent. That fact, along with the treatment’s incredible quickness and its complete lack of scarring effectively counter the drawbacks in many patients’ minds.

“This is not the kind of thing where you walk in,” says Dr. Gold, “get your Botox and leave.” He went on to say that ultherapy patients are offered pain medication to help reduce the treatment’s discomfort.

Even with the apparent limitations, though, ultherapy has proven to be a great success with many patients. Nina Kuzina, a Tennessee woman who recently underwent ultherapy treatment, was more than happy with the results.

“It’s unbelievable,” she said of the procedure’s results — results achieved in just over an hour — “I’m amazed.”

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