A new treatment for wrinkles
Posted: 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I’ve heard Ulthera can improve facial wrinkles. Is this true, and what type of results can I expect?
Answer: Studies show that Ulthera can effectively treat face and neck wrinkles.
In addition to tightening and lifting sagging tissue, Ulthera is used in my practice for upper and lower lip lines, wrinkles under and around the eyes, as well as cheek wrinkles. The Ulthera device can be set to penetrate to depths of 1.5 and 3 millimeters, to target lines and wrinkles.
For deeper wrinkles, combination treatments of Ulthera with Botox, Restylane and/or a prescription medical skin care line may be needed. Ulthera can give enhanced results when used in combination with Botox for the lines around and under the eyes. In the lip area, lines caused by overactive muscle motion can soften with Botox. Very deep lines can improve with fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm. Mild to moderate lines can be treated with Ulthera. Although cheek wrinkles do not typically respond well to Botox or fillers, Ulthera can improve lines in the cheek area.
Unlike laser resurfacing or deeper chemical peels, Ulthera offers the advantages of no downtime and no pain, scabbing or peeling post-treatment. Ulthera also has the benefit of treating neck wrinkles that chemical peels and lasers are not always safe for.
Because all wrinkles are not the same, careful evaluation by your facial plastic surgeon is the first step. This allows you to work with your surgeon to design the most effective treatment plan based on the type of wrinkles for which you desire treatment.