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Surgical vs. Nonsurgical Skin Tightening

May 29, 2015 | Blog, Facial Rejuvenation, Other, Skin Tightening

How many times have you seen a new skincare product on television that swears it’s the next secret product containing the “fountain of youth?” As much as we’d like to think all of our anti-aging woes can be solved in a nicely-packaged container that smells exceptionally good, sadly our genetics make this an impossible task (we can slow aging down but we can’t stop it) without the help of much more than a solid eye cream and moisturizer (though that’s a good start!).  Many of the men and women that come into our spa for facial rejuvenation start here because they aren’t quite ready to take the plunge and go straight to under the knife with surgical facial procedures.  If you find yourself trying to decide between surgical and nonsurgical skin tightening, we wanted to give you some insight into one of our most popular treatments, Ultherapy® nonsurgical skin tightening, to keep you looking younger and more vibrant that cosmetic companies won’t know how to contend their “results” over yours!

The days of plastic surgery being taboo are thankfully becoming a thing of the past.  We live in a society where making yourself happy on the inside and out is a beautiful thing and shouldn’t be judged based on someone else’s preconceived ideas of what a person should or shouldn’t do.  Cosmetic plastic surgery is the medical field that specializes in aesthetic results; meaning a person doesn’t necessarily need plastic surgery but they choose to have it performed.  Ranging from the forehead down to even the calves, plastic surgery helps a wide range of men and women much like skincare treatments do; one difference is the longevity a surgical procedure carries with it.  Results from a facelift may last you five to ten years but eventually the skin will show signs of aging and follow up procedures would be needed.  With anti-aging, there isn’t ONE treatment that will work for everyone and it really comes down to preference.  What do you feel most comfortable doing to make yourself look and feel better?

Our skin lets gravity take control and as the collagen breaks down in our skin, excess sagging of our forehead, cheeks and neck become more prominent.  From hooded eyelids to turkey waddle and deep furrows and wrinkles, Ultherapy® (sometimes called the “nonsurgical facelift or neck lift”) gets to the core of your anti-aging concerns.  This powerful technology system harnesses ultrasound waves to generate heat deep beneath the surface layers of the skin to tighten weak tissue and stimulate collagen production.  Collagen is like the glue that keeps our skin tight; Ulthera® uses the newly stimulated collagen to promote firmer skin, ultimately lifting sagging eyebrows to give patients a well-rested look.  The days of coworkers or family/friends asking if you’re tired are numbered with Ultherapy® skin tightening!

FDA-approved Ulthera® focuses on the same layers of tissue that plastic surgeons address during a facelift and browlift; except Ultherapy® doesn’t require any downtime.  Ulthera® results can be seen after the first treatment and as the body continues to boost its collagen production, the skin will continue to improve over two to three months after you’ve started treatment.  Most of our skin tightening patients are able to return to work after treatment and may experience only slight discomfort or a flushed appearance afterward.

Before we can best determine how many treatments are the best for your skin, we invite each of our patients into our AYA Medical Spa Avalon in Alpharetta or Phipps Plaza locations for an intimate complimentary skincare evaluation to see how we can help meet your cosmetic goals.  Feel free to contact AYA today to get your skin tightening journey started.  For more skincare news and updates, be sure to stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ for the latest.