It’s a common myth that ageing happens at a constant pace. In fact everyone above the age of 45 would be able to tell you the specific year in which they feel they aged five years instead of one. That sudden dip occurs at different ages for different people depending on lifestyle, medical condition and stress levels!
And one of the first and the most noticeable sign of ageing are sagging jowls. Jowls are small tissue pockets on your face that develop along the jaw line due to loss of elasticity as collagen production decreases with age. With the continued effect of gravity on our tissues, the sagging jowls become increasingly visible as time goes by.
Ultherapy – the US-FDA cleared, gold standard amongst all skin tightening treatments, corrects sagging jowls giving a natural-looking lift without any surgery - all this, in just under 90 minutes, without surgery or needles. The best thing, however is that the newer generation Ultherapy devices do not cause much pain. While clients do feel some discomfort, it is temporary and most people take it positively without any need for numbing creams or pain killers. Most people notice an immediate initial lifting and firming after the treatment but full results take up to three months and lasts for almost two years.
This technology uses ultrasound waves to trigger our bodies’ natural healing response promoting the regeneration of collagen. The beauty of ultrasonic technology is that these waves penetrate the deeper layers of skin without causing any damage to the surface of the skin - hence, there is no redness and no risk of scarring.
The ultherapy transducers allow us to deliver energy at three depths – 1.5 mm for superficial skin, 3 mm for deeper skin layers and at 4.5 mm for the SMAS layer that surrounds the muscles (this is the depth that plastic surgeons reach when they perform a surgical facelift). This has allowed us to achieve similar muscle lift as in a surgical facelift, without any scars, although to a lesser degree. Generation of collagen in these deeper layers lifts and tightens saggy areas and in the superficial layers, it helps in improving skin tone, and softening fine lines and wrinkles.
What’s more, its special Ultherapy-DeepSee technology helps us visualise where we are delivering the energy. No other skin-tightening device has been able to combine all these benefits before. While RF (Radiofrequency) devices like ‘Thermage’ target only superficial layers, the other HIFU (High frequency ultrasound) don’t allow any visualization and don’t have the US-FDA clearance for their safety and effectiveness.
Ultherapy can also be used in other areas to achieve brow-lift, neck-lift, double chin correction, and treating lines and wrinkles on the chest. In case of double chin, this modality can be combined with Coolsculpting to target the excess fat and with Dermal fillers to give a definition to the jaw line.
Dr. Puneet Kapoor, MBBS, MD is an Aesthetic Medicine Consultant at Dr. K M Kapoor’s Anticlock Medispa, Chandigarh and specializes in CoolSculpting, Ultherapy and Laser skin treatments. For appointments, call at +91-9876600600, +91-172-4625600, +91-172-4627600, Instagram- @drpuneetkapoor