Dr. Alexander Rivkin
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Skin Tightening in Los Angeles

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Ultherapy is an effective treatment to remove wrinkles naturally – making your own body work for you. Unlike radiofrequency technologies like Thermage, which have been around for the last ten years, Ultherapy’s precise targeting of collagen fibers with ultrasound generate deep heat that stimulates more collagen contraction and gets better results. Dr. Alexander Rivkin is highly experienced with cosmetic treatments and is proud to offer the Ulthera technology in his Los Angeles office. When you come in for a consultation he would see whether you are a good candidate for Ultherapy by itself or in combination with other aesthetic lasers and fillers.

Ulthera (also known as Ultherapy), uses ultrasonic waves to move through the skin surface without harming it. Once it reaches the targeted tissues of the dermis, it provides stimulating heat to the collagen fibers, forcing them into contraction. Ulthera is a treatment that does not require anesthesia. There is some discomfort associated with the treatment, but this is managed in the office with distraction techniques or, for our more sensitive patients, we have medications such as Vicodin and Xanax available. Ulthera is FDA-approved and safe to use on all skin types. The procedure takes thirty minutes to an hour to perform.

The full effects of Ultherapy may take a few months to be seen due to the gradual nature of bodily healing and collagen production. However, visible results can be seen very quickly due to the immediate effects of protein denaturation and fiber contraction. There will be no damage done to the superficial layers of skin.

There is no downtime with the Ultherapy treatment, so you do not have to worry about missing work or any important events. There may be some slight redness or tingling post-treatment, but these sensations fade quickly as the body adjusts to the new tightening of the skin. For areas such as the cheeks or neck that are most affected by gravity’s forces, there is no better or safer treatment in the market than Ulthera.

Dr. Rivkin founded Westside Aesthetics in order to provide the best cosmetic treatment to anyone who wants to improve his/her appearance and preserve a natural look. Serving patients both in Los Angeles and in areas such as Malibu, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, Dr. Rivkin ensures quality results for all his patients and fully accommodates their needs and goals. Schedule a consultation with him to discuss your cosmetic concerns and find the best treatment options for you. Even if you cannot make a consultation in person, Dr. Rivkin is happy to conduct consultations via email, phone, or Skype. It is never too late to look a little younger – call and ask about the Ulthera treatment, which has had people from all over the United States raving about it.


The Thermage procedure is a safe, effective way to tighten loose skin all over the body without the risk, downtime or expense of surgery. The Thermage machine is not a laser – it is a device that delivers radiofrequency energy down to the deeper layers of the skin, stimulating the production of new collagen and causing the existing collagen to interlace more, tightening the skin above.

Thermage is a one time procedure. There is no need to purchase series of treatments. It takes about 30 minutes to an hour and a half to complete, depending on the areas that are treated. Improvements are both immediately visible and continue for up to six months. Results can last for years depending on your skin condition and aging process.

The Thermage procedure is cleared by the FDA for the non invasive treatment of wrinkles and skin tightening.

The procedure is minimally uncomfortable – patients do not need topical creams or sedation.

Thermage is a procedure that does not cause downtime – taking days off from work is usually not necessary after thermage. There is a small amount of redness and swelling after the procedure that subsides within a day or two. More invasive laser procedures, such as CO2 laser resurfacing, result in several weeks of severe redness, weeping skin and discomfort.

Because Thermage is not a laser, any skin type or color can be treated without concern for burning or scarring. This is an important advance over CO2 laser procedures, where the risk of skin discoloration and scarring after treatment is quite serious in individuals with olive or darker skin.

For more information about Thermage, visit our Frequently Asked Thermage Questions page.

During your free initial consultation, Dr. Rivkin will evaluate your unique needs and explain the procedure in detail. You will have the opportunity to view before and after photos, so that you will know what to expect from the treatment. After your treatment Dr. Rivkin will instruct you on the best techniques to care for your skin to maintain your new healthy look.

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You can also read frequently asked questions about Thermage here.

Dr. Rivkin’s patients know that they can get in touch with him at any time. He’s always in the office at Westside Aesthetics, and is personally involved in every treatment.

To learn more about Dr. Rivkin’s thermage treatment for wrinkles or to schedule a free consultation in the Los Angeles area, contact us by phone or email today.

11645 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800. Los Angeles, CA 90025  |  (310) 443-5273

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