Preventing aging has been a common goal of fairytale mothers and herbalists alike for centuries. With modern medical advances, it’s almost a reality.
For decades, facial plastic surgery and its regenerative procedures have been of two extremes. On one end, there were superficial treatments. Chemical peels, laser treatments and skin creams loaded with beneficial goodies help slow aging, and even reverse its effects, on a minimal level. On the other end of the spectrum was the formal facelift, during which the skin is lifted and trimmed. Facelifts still provide an instant, dramatic improvement, but they’re invasive and require a lot of downtime, plus significant risk and expense.
Since 2008, there’s been a simpler solution: Ultherapy. “Ultherapy acts as an in-between,” says Dr. Barry Pate Jr., one of Asheville’s experienced head and neck surgeons. “It’s a more moderate approach to helping achieve some skin lifting and freshening of the face and the neck.”
So, how exactly does it work? We asked the expert to explain. “Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved, non-invasive method for facial lifting and tightening of the face and neck,” he expounds. “It’s using focused ultrasound to create small, pinpoint areas of thermal injury under the skin, which promotes collagen formation. The framework of the skin of your face is made up primarily of collagen, and over time gravity weakens the collagen and causes the sagging of the face and skin and ridges or wrinkles.” Ultherapy reverses the negative effects of age by reforming that missing collagen.
Ultherapy is the foundational procedure for nearly anyone considering a touch-up. By the age of 30 to 35, gravity has begun to take its toll on the face, leading to sagging, loose skin. It’s at this point that patients should begin to consider Ultherapy, but Dr. Pate points out that, depending on the quality of your skin and sun damage, the procedure is an option for patients as old as 70. He refers to it as a foundational procedure because it can be repeated several times (the initial results last some two to three years), it’s not expensive compared to other pricey procedures, and it can be paired with any other treatment, like fillers.
The procedure can take anywhere from an hour and a half to two and a half hours, and discomfort is minimal. Dr. Pate recently began to offer anesthetic cream, making the procedure virtually painless. Though the Ultherapy procedure is quick, it does take time to see the results. Over the course of the three to six months following the treatment, as the collagen begins to reform, the face is revitalized to its youthful brilliance.
Perhaps the best part of Ultherapy is that it simply and beautifully restores your young, glowing appearance. “You still have exactly the same facial appearance, except you look younger and fresher,” notes Dr. Pate. “The skin just looks better, the pores are not as noticeable, and skin looks brighter and more vibrant.”
Dr. Pate’s unique experience makes him the best choice for Ultherapy in Asheville. The doctor performs the operation personally, and because he’s been a head and neck surgeon for 25 years, he has a deep understanding of the facial structure, including nerves and the skeleton. Patients interested in Ultherapy first go into the office for a personal consultation with Dr. Pate. On the day of the procedure, Dr. Pate sets aside an entire morning or afternoon to spend with the patient so that the procedure is never rushed.
Ultherapy can be used on the face, neck and décolletage. Dr. Pate also points out that it’s the perfect procedure for men, whose thicker facial skin is difficult to work with in other procedures (especially facelifts). It’s a great optionfor the businessman or businesswoman, who doesn’t have the opportunity for downtime and wants a subtle, seamless freshening up.
“It requires a bit of patience to see the final result, but it does work,” Dr. Pate promises. Preventing aging might still be the stuff of fairytales, but with Ultherapy, magic is almost a reality.