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Skin & Face

Non-Surgical Facelift

Aging is an unfortunate fact of life. The older we get, the more collagen we lose in the skin, which is essential for a plump and youthful face. Unfortunately, everything from the sun and free radicals to pollution and even your diet can break down the protein, leaving the skin saggy, jowls more present, and eyebrows droopy.

If a nip and tuck are out of the question, a non-surgical facelift is the next best option to restore a more youthful appearance to the face.

Collagen levels decrease by about one percent per year, and this loss contributes to the development of fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin. But because collagen levels degrade as we age doesn’t mean all hope for a youthful appearance is lost. Professional collagen-stimulating treatments can help to tighten the skin and boost production for a lifting and firming effect. 

Non-surgical facelifts work to improve facial definition and tighten and lift the skin through unique non-surgical devices like Ultherapy. The treatment uses energy from sound waves to firm and tighten aging skin and improve wrinkles and laxity. In addition, restoring collagen strengthens it and improves elasticity.

What is a non-surgical facelift?

A non-surgical facelift is a treatment that works to restore youthfulness to the face and lift the skin and neck back into place without having to undergo plastic surgery. We use Ultherapy, a revolutionary non-invasive procedure to perform non-invasive facelifts. Ultherapy utilizes focused, harmless, radiation-free ultrasound energy to prompt the body to create new collagen. As a result, the jowls become tighter and elevated, the appearance of a double chin diminishes, the neck is firmer, and the brows lift back to where they belong. Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved device that employs ultrasound energy for effective skin lifting and firming.

Besides treating the face, Ultherapy is also FDA approved to improve fine lines and wrinkles on the chest. 

Ultherapy delivers energy precisely to the areas where it will benefit most through ultrasound imaging. The results are always natural-looking, and they improve over time.

If you’re not ready for a surgical facelift, Ultherapy is an excellent alternative with proven results. It dramatically firms the skin without a single cut, incision, or resulting scar and doesn’t impact the skin’s surface.

Ultherapy is safe for all skin types and was initially introduced as a way to tighten saggy skin on the neck and face without surgery. Ultrasound energy is effective and remains a go-to for non-surgically tightening the skin while boosting collagen production and targeting facial lines and wrinkles. With Ultherapy, the ultrasound is delivered to three different layers of the skin: superficially to the dermis, deeper to the dermis, and down to the SMAS and platysma muscles.

How does a non-surgical facelift work?

Non-surgical facelifts using Ultherapy improve mild to moderate facial sagging. The ultrasound-based treatment safely delivers micro-focused ultrasound energy below the skin’s surface to generate a safe thermal effect that stimulates collagen production.

The more collagen in the skin, the stronger, tighter, and plumper it is. Collagen is a natural and essential protein that builds and maintains connective tissues. It is also responsible for giving the skin strength, elasticity, and a youthful, firm appearance. Conversely, when the skin lacks healthy collagen, it just hangs with little definition.

Unlike other non-invasive aesthetic treatments, Ultherapy relies on focused energy waves that prompt the body to create new collagen to firm loose skin.

An ultrasound gel is first applied to the Ultherapy device during the treatment, which helps the handpiece glide repeatedly over the treatment area. Ultherapy is safe for all skin types and tones and helps to lift and tighten the face. 

In addition, it provides energy deeper than other collagen-stimulating treatments. While the results are natural and noticeable immediately after a treatment, they will continue to improve and last one year or more.

Unlike surgical procedures, Ultherapy is a downtime-free procedure and can be used to lift saggy skin on the neck, face, chin, and brows while improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The results are often seen over the coming two to three months as new collagen is created and lifts the skin on the neck, chin, and brow for a facelift-like effect. These results will continue to improve over the next three to six months and can last a year or more.

What are the benefits of a non-surgical facelift?

There are several benefits of a non-surgical facelift with Ultherapy. Ultherapy is considered the gold standard in non-surgical skin lifting and tightening. Usually, just one treatment provides noticeable results. 

Unlike other non-surgical modalities, there are no pre- or post-treatment skin care requirements with Ultherapy.

Keep in mind that while Ultherapy won’t duplicate the same exact results as a facelift, it is a clinically proven alternative for those not ready for surgery. Compared to traditional surgical facelifts, non-surgical facelifts don’t require incisions or anesthesia, and there’s no scarring. In addition, there’s no recovery period or downtime, so you won’t need to take much time off work.

The production of new collagen takes time, so the results are more apparent in two to six months. The procedure takes anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the area treated. Ultherapy is also the only non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound imaging, allowing your provider to see the deeper layers of tissue and where the energy is deposited.

Ultherapy non-surgical facelifts are highly customizable and address your specific treatment goals. Your individualized Ultherapy treatment plan can treat the following:

Because a non-surgical facelift triggers natural collagen and elastin growth within your skin, you can expect natural-looking, long-lasting results.

Who is a non-surgical facelift for?

Anyone experiencing the first signs of aging is a good candidate for an Ultherapy treatment. While Ultherapy treats the deeper layers of skin typically addressed in plastic surgery, the treatment is ideal for anyone who needs a little lift but isn’t ready for surgery yet.

Ultherapy is also designed to treat the “turkey waddle,” a common sign of aging, and is FDA-cleared to lift the skin on the neck. So if you suffer from an aging neck, the treatment can help without going under the knife. 

Another Ultherapy treatment area is the décolletage or the upper chest area commonly exposed to the sun and other elements that age the area. Rather than resorting to invasive lasers, Ultherapy works to improve lines and wrinkles there.

The best candidates for Ultherapy are those with some skin laxity on the face, neck, or under the chin or lines and wrinkles on the chest. Ultherapy patients are usually in their 30s or older and want to correct the mild to moderate signs of aging and skin looseness they are experiencing. Ultherapy is also ideal for those who desire some facial lifting but are not ready for surgery and those who want to get ahead of aging. It works as a maintenance option, too.


What does a non-surgical facelift feel like?

Ultherapy is a non-invasive treatment that is relatively comfortable on the skin. After cleansing the skin well, a special ultrasound gel is applied directly on the machine’s handpiece applicator and then pressed against your skin. Each treatment is fully customized depending on what you need, and your practitioner will use the imaging feature to locate precisely where the ultrasound is being delivered.

As the device delivers ultrasound energy, you may feel tiny amounts of energy or heat deposited underneath the skin, stimulating collagen production. There may also be a bit of tingling during the treatment. The comfort level of the treatment varies from person to person, but any feeling on the skin and under it only lasts while the ultrasound energy is delivered. Some patients opt for the topical numbing cream to make the procedure more comfortable.

After an Ultherapy treatment, the skin may be slightly red, which subsides after a few hours. There can be some mild swelling or tenderness, which lasts no more than a few days. However, there’s no actual recovery process or downtime with Ultherapy. After the procedure, you can resume your normal activities immediately with zero restrictions.

Most patients need just one treatment, but depending on the degree of laxity, some people may need more than one treatment. Others require additional treatments if the body requires more treatment to prompt the collagen-building process. Yearly follow-up treatments will help maintain your results.

Common FAQs

Most patients who opt for Ultherapy need one treatment, but some require more. Skin improvement is gradual and occurs over two to six months, which is how long it can take for new collagen to form.

The cost of Ultherapy varies from person to person, depending on the treatment area and the number of sessions needed. We recommend a consultation for a detailed estimate to determine your treatment’s cost.

Most patients who opt for Ultherapy need one treatment, but some require more. Skin improvement is gradual and occurs over two to six months, which is how long it can take for new collagen to form.

Yes, Ultherapy is safe and clinically proven to improve the look of loose skin. More than 1.5 million Ultherapy treatments have been performed globally to date.

Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin a natural youthfulness by keeping it firm and toned. However, as we age, collagen breaks down, resulting in skin strength and elasticity loss. Ultherapy relies on micro-focused ultrasound to generate a thermal effect under the skin, which jumpstarts the body’s natural collagen-creation process.

No. Ultherapy is entirely different from lasers and uses ultrasound energy, which bypasses the skin’s surface to treat the depths of the skin. Lasers employ energy wavelengths and heat but not ultrasound, stimulating collagen production. Lasers utilize light energy, which doesn’t reach the deeper layers of skin like Ultherapy. Laser treatments typically only treat the superficial layers of the skin and cannot lift the skin.

The results can last one year or more since the procedure stimulates collagen production, but the results are always individual. It can take at least two to six months to surface and last a year or more.

Get started with AdvancedMD Aesthetics of Atlanta

If you’re ready to restore your face to a more youthful appearance without surgery, there’s no better time than now to book a consultation with Advanced MD Aesthetics of Atlanta. A one-on-one consultation with our experienced, professional aestheticians and team of skin experts will determine the best non-surgical facelift for you. We can also customize a package specific to your needs so you can obtain the best results possible.

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