After years of assessing, advising and treating patients I am taking my own advice! Why wait until it has gotten to the point that you “just have to do something!” My advice is to embrace the low risk, non-invasive, treatments that really work; FDA approved for safety and efficacy. Look at this way, we are preserving youth, not just recapturing it. Now at 59, going on 60, I can’t pretend to be preserving youth; but I can look as good as I can by recapturing “youthful,” if not outright young. So here we go…Ways to firm and tighten sagging skin on the face and neck!
Thermage and Ultherapy are two phenomenal non-invasive (read: no down time, minimal risks) procedures for “shrink wrapping” your skin. Thermage has been around for more than a decade and we have done thousands of procedures on the face, neck and eyes to firm and tighten (What’s better, it’s good for other areas of the body, but that’s for another blog!). Ultherapy is a bit newer and penetrates deeper into the skin with Ultrasound generated pinpoints of heat. It precisely targets the SMAS layer below the skin of the face and triggers the generation of new, younger, tighter tissue to actually lift the brow, the cheeks, the jawline and the neck. SMAS is that sheet of connective tissue that fights gravity to keep the face from sagging; it gets lax as aging occurs. Not just a lifting procedure, Ultherapy also firms and tightens the skin itself.
The procedure I had was a combination of Ultherapy for the face and neck and Thermage for the eyelids – kind of a non-surgical eye job! Immediately after I felt some mild soreness and my face was a little pink but looked great, maybe a little early tightening. I wasn’t expecting much since I know it takes at least 1 month for new collagen to form and as long as 3 or 4 months for true results. The morning after, I was one of the few who get some swelling. I noticed it (I am pretty self-critical) but unless you know me you wouldn’t think anything was amiss. After a couple of days a subtle yellowish bruise appeared on my jawline, easily covered with makeup. Now, 3 weeks later, my jawline and neck feel delightfully tighter and people are telling me I don’t look my age. I love that! But this is still very early. I will post some photos in a blog after a little more time passes.
I am so excited to see my results!
Happy New Year,
Susan Van Dyke, MD