Ultherapy® is a powerful new technology designed for the treatment of sagging skin and wrinkles. The name of the treatment is derived from its ultrasound technology. Ultrasound is typically used for diagnostic purposes but is used here therapeutically for deep skin tightening and lifting. In observance of American Diabetes Month, Dr. Patt and the staff of Houston Center for Facial Plastic Surgery address the concerns that some patients with diabetes may have about receiving Ultherapy Houston and other anti-aging treatments of interest.

How Ultherapy Works

Ultherapy delivers thermal energy to the deepest layers of skin, where surgeons perform facelifts. No other non-invasive technology can target such deep layers without negatively affecting the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. It is often compared to Thermage®, which uses focused radiofrequency (RF) energy to build collagen in the skin; however, ultherapy goes deeper with very little to no pain.

It’s FDA-Approved for Several Facial Areas

With ultherapy treatment, the skin is encouraged to make more of its own collagen, and connective tissues undergo secondary contraction. The effect is a rejuvenation of the neck and face that starts on the inside. Ultherapy has been approved by the FDA to lift the brow, face, neck, décolletage and jaw. Since it’s approved and non-invasive, many cosmetic surgeons can provide this treatment to approved patients who have their diabetes under control.

Ultherapy is Natural & Safe

Safety is another major reason to consider this treatment. There have been more than 350,000 treatments done on patients from 25-85 years of age, and no major or permanent side effects have been reported. The most common effects are mild bruising and swelling along the jaw line along with mild numbness, tingling, and soreness. Side effects typically only last a few days, and recovery requires no downtime. Therefore, if diabetes is well managed and under control, ultherapy shouldn’t be a problem.

It’s Not Right for Everyone

Although it’s effective for most patients with mild skin sagging and laxity, this procedure is not right for every patient. Because the process depends on the stimulation of the body’s natural healing responses, certain people may not respond optimally. For example, those with immune deficiencies and uncontrolled diabetes may not heal as well, and should undergo a thorough medical evaluation before treatment.  If you are diabetic, it’s very important to first speak with your primary physician, and then consult with Dr. Patt once you’ve been given the “Green Light” for having ultherapy.

Dr. Patt will provide you with specific details on whether it’s right for you. If not, there are a wealth of other anti-aging treatment options and therapeutic procedures that he and his professional staff can provide. If you ultimately desire to look and feel younger, and slightly turn back the hands of time, you can! Call us or request an appointment online today.

For more information on American Diabetes Month, please visit:

http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/american-diabetes-month/