Thanks to continuing developments in cosmetic procedures, there is an ever-growing number of options for those seeking help with age lines to improve their appearance, including Botox and ultherapy. For those in the area considering having a procedure done, there are some facts about ultherapy Houston patients need to know before deciding which is best for them.

First, Botox doctors and those providing ultherapy will agree that while both procedures will help with lines, they operate in totally different ways. Botox relaxes the muscles in the face, particularly the one that raises the eyebrows, to reduce the appearance of lines. It is injected and takes rapid effect, but lasts only about four months before another injection is needed. It also tends to lower the eyebrows.

Ultherapy uses ultrasound treatments to painlessly tighten the skin over time, encouraging it to produce the all-important collagen that skin loses with age. This gradually will eliminate lines and lift the skin of the chin, eyebrows, and neck. Though it will not replace more extensive and invasive reconstructive surgery, it will treat the deep skin layers that are addressed by cosmetic surgery. In fact, ultherapy is the only non-invasive treatment for skin lines that is indicated specifically by the federal Food and Drug Administration.

Because ultherapy is non-invasive, there are few, if any, side effects. The most typical are a redness of the skin, which will disappear, or some slight and temporary swelling. Ultrasound is considered safe and has been used in medical practices for more than 50 years. Ultherapy has been used to provide more than 250,000 procedures nationwide.

With ultherapy, there may be some initial effects that are visible, but typically the change will occur over the span of two or three months. This is the time the body needs to regenerate its collagen, and it is the body’s own collagen production that will determine how long the procedure will last.

Dr. Patt can help you decide which options are right for you. Call our office today (281) 552-8111 or you can send us your questions online.