At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have to comment on the very latest “non-invasive facelift” technique. Ulthera is an ultrasound device that is applied to the skin with a smooth probe. It delivers heat stimulation to the deeper layers of the skin, resulting in new collagen production. This is a recurring theme in non-invasive rejuvenation, but the problem with almost all of these techniques is that the result is very temporary.

In my opinion, most of the early result occurs due to swelling in the deeper layers of the skin, causing a smoothing of fine lines. Once this swelling resolves, the original appearance returns. It is no wonder that doctors rarely post how long following the procedure the “after” photos are taken. As with many of these types of treatments, the makers recommend multiple treatments at intervals. None of the non-invasive techniques can re-position excess fat in the jowl or neck that has lost the battle with gravity. Correcting these changes requires surgical re-positioning. My recommendation is to save your time and money and avoid this new “too good to be true” therapy.

  • If interested in a facelift, Scottsdale patients are encouraged to read more about the surgical procedure available for long-lasting results.
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