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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

One of the most obvious signs of aging is skin that has lost elasticity. This causes sagging that can be almost impossible to conceal, especially around the face. It also emphasizes fine lines and wrinkles.

While surgical procedures can easily address these conditions, many individuals are hesitant to undergo surgery due to cost and recovery. But, there are options to consider that don’t involve going under the knife. Ultherapy® is the only non-invasive, FDA-cleared treatment that lifts and tightens the skin on the neck, under the chin, and around the eyebrows; Dr. Taranow leverages this ultrasound technology to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and tighten the skin.

How Does It Stand Apart?

The ultrasound technology utilized by Ultherapy® directs energy waves to deep layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production. Collagen is a protein important to skin health; it helps maintain strength and elasticity. When production declines with aging, it contributes to loose skin. This causes sagging and emphasizes wrinkles. But, by targeting temperature-regulated waves at the deeper layers of the skin, collagen production is stimulated, which restores strength and smoothness to the skin. This increase in collagen continues months after the procedure, continually improving the health and appearance of the skin.

The Procedure


Treatment sites will be determined in consultation with Dr. Taranow prior to the procedure. During the procedure, the treatment sites will be cleaned and ultrasound gel will be applied to the skin. Dr. Taranow will scan and observe the condition of the deep layers of the skin, and this information is used to direct the energy waves to their optimal locations. These waves will trigger the collagen production deep within the layers of the skin.

Treatment time can range from 30 to 90 minutes depending on the treatment sites. Individual comfort levels vary, and many describe the sensation as energy radiating beneath the skin. This feeling lasts only while the ultrasound is imaging, though over-the-counter pain medication can be used to minimize discomfort.

Recovery


There is no downtime associated with Ultherapy®. Normal activities can be resumed immediately with no restrictions. The skin may appear red and flushed immediately following the procedure, but this will dissipate after a few hours. Some swelling, tingling, or tenderness is normal, but these side effects are temporary. As with any procedure, more serious risks are possible; Dr. Taranow will review these during the initial consultation appointment.

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Results


The skin will begin to look improved after the initial treatment, though results occur gradually over the course of two to three months. As collagen production increases, it begins to strengthen the skin over time, revealing healthy, youthful skin.