Saggy skin on a hound dog? Adorable. On you? Not so much. Loose, droopy skin signifies a lack of natural elasticity, which happens gradually as you age thanks to decreased collagen and elastin production. But some patients experience premature sagginess due to environmental factors and oxidative damage, namely too much (unprotected) fun in the sun, which can degrade essential structural proteins.
No matter how many hours you spend in spin class, there’s only so much exercise can do to tone and tighten sagging skin, so many of our patients seek out non-invasive solutions to restore that taut, supple skin of their youth.
What is Ultherapy?
This FDA-approved procedure harnesses ultrasound technology to stimulate the body’s healing process and encourage natural collagen production for plumper, tighter skin. As a general rule of thumb, Ultherapy is employed to correct sagging around the neck, chin and eyebrows without disturbing the surface. Dr. Alexander Rivkin [link] is certified to operate this non-invasive, non-surgical device and there is no downtime associated with the 60-minute procedure. Results unfold gradually over the course of two to three months as your body ramps up production of skin-firming collagen.
What is Thermage?
Thermage is commonly administered to lift sagging skin around the face and under the eyelids, though it can also be used on the body. Instead of ultrasound, Thermage uses non-invasive radio frequency technology to spur cellular renewal with vibrating heat energy that addresses collagen in deep tissues, while simultaneously cooling the skin’s surface to prevent discomfort. Facial treatments typically last 45 minutes, while body treatments can take up to 90 minutes. There is no downtime. After one treatment, results are manifest in as little as a day with continued improvements over the course of six months as cells churn out collagen.
Who is a Candidate for Skin Tightening?
After a personal consultation, Dr. Rivkin often recommends a skin-tightening procedure for patients whose skin appears saggy as a result of age-related loss of elasticity, gravity or significant weight loss. Most patients seek skin tightening to redress:
- Loose, droopy skin around the face and neck
- Saggy skin under the arms or around the back
- Skin that has lost elasticity after a previous surgery or from substantial weight loss
How Many Treatments of Ultherapy or Thermage Are Necessary?
The effectiveness of a skin tightening procedure varies from patient to patient and depends on the skin’s response to the treatment. Still, patients of Westside Aesthetics [link] typically see dramatic improvements after just a single Ultherapy or Thermage session. Both solutions offer results that can last up to six months and can be touched up by Dr. Rivkin to promote continued progress.
What Does a Consultation with Dr. Rivkin Entail?
Because each procedure touts its own unique benefits and indications, Dr. Rivkin meets with patients individually to determine which therapy is more appropriate for their concerns. During this free consultation, Dr. Rivkin – who is a Yale-trained, board-certified cosmetic surgeon – will evaluate the natural elasticity of your skin while reviewing your medical history and your treatment goals. Call us today at (310) 443-5273 to set up an appointment or fill out our contact form.