Ultrasound has been taking over the cosmetic dermatology field with its innovative uses. Ultrasound technology has been well-known for physicians to see inside a mother’s womb to check on the baby’s health, as well as the progress of the pregnancy. However, ultrasound can now be used for a variety of things, including lifting skin and melting fat. Ultrasound enables physicians to see deep into the structures of the skin to lift and tighten skin, as well as destroy fat without surgery.
Dr. Rokhsar presented the latest findings to tighten skin without surgery at the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Conference in April. Dr. Rokhsar conducted a clinical trial on a device that uses high-intensity focused ultrasound, (Ultherapy) and its ability to tighten elbow skin. The “Evaluation of the Ulthera System for Lifting and Tightening of the Elbow Tissue” study was presented in April at the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery in Boston.
For those that are surgery averse but wish they could slow down the aging process, a treatment that uses unique ultrasound technology is a new and effective skin rejuvenating option. Dermatologists are rapidly recommending Ultherapy to patients seeking younger skin. Ultherapy emits focused ultrasound energy below the skin’s surface to lift the layers, essentially tightening and smoothing out wrinkles and sagging skin. The treatment is ideal for tightening loose sagging skin in the face, neck, under the chin, along the jaw line and brow
Ultherapy stimulates the repair process that strengthens existing collagen within the skin to produce fresh, new collagen, ultimately creating a stronger and tighter structure within the dermis layer. This 60 to 90 minute treatment will progressively show results 2 to 3 months afterwards and continued improvements for up to 6 months.
Ultrasound has been used for medical diagnostics as a tool for physicians to monitor the progress of a woman’s pregnancy for years. Ultrasound is energy that is generated by sound waves of 20,000 or more vibrations per second and uses specific sound waves that are far above the frequency that can be heard by the human ear. Technologies such as lasers and radiofrequency are commonly used for non-invasive skin tightening procedures in addition to ultrasound.
Liposonix, is another procedure used for non surgical fat reduction, uses High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) waves to selectively treat and dissolve fat cells. This provides a custom contouring capability to eliminate exercise stubborn fat. The ultrasound energy heats up the targeted fat and thermally ablates it, which is then digested through the body’s natural processes. Results begin to show over the next 8 to 12 weeks with continued progressive improvements in fat reduction up to four months post-treatment.
Ultrasound’s defining feature is its ability to deliver deep treatment through the skin and subcutaneous tissue, which is the deepest layer of the skin and where the connective and elastic tissue lies. Both Ultherapy and Liposonix utilize ultrasound technology, providing patients with yet another non-surgical option to achieve their cosmetic goals. Ultrasound is something that most thought could only be used for expectant mothers to monitor the health and gender of their baby, but is now demonstrating significant success in cosmetic dermatology.