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11 February 2023
We are often asked by our customers about what professional aestheticians call “multi-factoral” treatment: whether it makes sense to use Ultherapy® alongside other treatments.
Let’s start with what we’re trying to achieve. Ultherapy® is designed to assist with the problem of “skin laxity”. The Nursing Times reports that “Collagen is the body’s most abundant protein, conferring strength and support to the skin.” But “the collagen content of the dermis decreases by 1% per year throughout adult life”.
At age 50, that would suggest that there is typically 30% less collagen giving strength and support to the skin as was the case at age 20.
To use an analogy from one of our clinicians, your skin is like a lycra T-shirt. No matter how tight it starts out, after many years of use and washing, it’s eventually going to become a little less responsive to the stresses and strains of everyday life.
But unlike a lycra t-shirt, all is not lost for your skin. It’s entirely natural that you’d want to take care of your appearance, and there are plenty of ways to address the different signs of aging.
The first thing to note is that different treatments work in different ways. Which is most effective for you depends on your personal needs. You should talk to your aesthetics professional for impartial and personalised advice before making a decision. Indeed, Ultherapy® can only be delivered by trained professionals, so a good place to start for advice is the list of providers on the Ultherapy® website.
Ultherapy® applies energy to disrupt the collagen and elastin across the layers of the dermis, stimulating your natural collagen production, and therefore countering one of the root causes of skin laxity – that gentle reduction in collagen generation over our lifetimes.
So that’s lifting and tightening, but what about the other effects of aging? Well, that’s where multi-factoral treatment comes in. There are plenty of options allowing you to manage wrinkles and folds, loss of facial volume as well as skin texture and quality, including microneedling, lasers and fillers. And in fact, the use of Ultherapy® can even enhance the effectiveness of filler!
If you do take the route of multi-factoral care, you should note the following advice.
You should never administer different treatments (whether fillers or something else) to the same area of the body in the same session. Particularly with invasive options, you should allow time for the skin to heal between different treatments.
This is partly for healthcare reasons but is also important in terms of outcomes. It makes little sense to have a second treatment before the first has shown its effect.
Whatever course of treatment you decide to employ, there are some good reasons why Ultherapy® should be your first choice.
Ultherapy® represents the gold standard for lifting and tightening, according to a panel of experts, so make sure whatever treatment you decide on is based on good advice and clinical evidence. To get the results you want from your wellbeing regime, speak to your aesthetics healthcare professional – you’ve got plenty of options!
M-ULT-UKI-1294 Date of preparation: February 2023