The passage of time can have many effects on the face. Not only does the gradual loss of collagen cause the skin to sag and droop, resulting in folds and wrinkles, but external environmental factors, like ultraviolent light or atmospheric contaminants, can also mar the skin’s outer surface, making it appear discolored and uneven in texture. Giving the face a younger, more vital-looking appearance requires subtly addressing all of the various signs of facial aging, without giving the face an over-corrected or unnatural look. Fortunately, there are two extremely effective non-surgical surface skin rejuvenation treatments: Sciton® Laser Skin Resurfacing and Ulthera® Non-Surgical Facelift. Understanding the differences between these two advanced technologies can help you to determine which would be right for you.
Smoothing the Surface of the Face with the Sciton® Erbium Laser
The outermost layer of the skin is composed primarily of dead skin cells that are constantly flaking off and being replaced as newly formed cells are pushed outward. As we get older, and the production of new cells slows down, the dead and damaged cells on the skin’s surface can build up, exaggerating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while giving the skin a dull and dry appearance. Moreover, damage from external factors like exposure to cigarette smoke or excessive ultraviolet light can cause imperfections like sun spots and generally uneven pigmentation. Sciton® Erbium Laser skin resurfacing removes dead and damaged cells from the skin’s surface, smoothing its texture and minimizing the appearance of irregularities. By exposing fresher, younger-looking skin, the laser resurfacing treatment also stimulates the skin’s natural healing process, increasing the production of collagen to help renew the skin’s youthful appearance even further.
Deep Rejuvenation with the Ulthera® Non-Surgical Facelift
Ultherapy® skin tightening is a revolutionary, FDA-approved system that uses ultrasonic vibration to stimulate the deeper layers of the skin. The deepest layer of skin is composed almost entirely of subcutaneous fat, which anchors the dermis to the muscles and bones and helps regulate the body’s internal temperature. Over time, the subcutaneous fat in the face can break down, giving the facial tissues a slack and drawn appearance. Ultherapy® uses ultrasonic vibrations that pass harmlessly through the skin’s outer layers to gently warm the tissue underneath. This stimulates deep collagen production while firming and tightening the subcutaneous fat. The result is a firmer, more lifted facial appearance, not unlike that achieved through a facelift procedure, without the need for any damage to the skin’s surface or extensive post-surgical downtime.
While both laser skin resurfacing and Ultherapy® skin tightening can address many of the most common signs of facial aging, they are also particularly useful as maintenance procedures, helping to delay the point at which more extensive anti-aging techniques may become necessary. If you are interested in treating your own signs of facial aging, or in learning more about any of the other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures that we perform, please contact Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. at one of our Atlanta, Alpharetta, Cumming, or Newnan offices. We also have a variety of financing options, like Alphaeon® and CareCredit®, to assist you. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news.