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Ultherapy is an increasingly popular alternative to facelift surgery. For patients with mild to moderate loose skin, a non-surgical approach has a lot of appeal. Ultherapy has almost no downtime for recovery, and natural results start appearing within a few weeks as new collagen starts to be produced.
Patients have asked Dr. Delgado if they need to be at their goal weight before having Ultherapy treatments. The answer is actually the same for the patient that is having a surgical facelift.
If the amount of weight loss is only to be about 5 to 10 pounds after either procedure, it probably will not affect the final outcome. However, should the patient be looking at losing 20 pounds or more, it would be better to lose the weight first. When patients lose weight, it is not unusual to lose weight in the face. You have fat cells all over your body, and you can’t pick and choose where the weight will come off. Losing fat from the face may leave loose skin behind. Some patients choose to have the fat loss replenished will fillers or fat injections. This is an option and should be discussed with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
The patient that loses a lot of weight may find that the amount of loose skin is more than Ultherapy will be able to correct. A full facelift will be able to tighten the skin of the neck and lower face dramatically. Ultherapy may be a future choice for refreshing the face as it continues to age.
If you cringe when looking in the mirror at the laxity of your facial skin, contact Dr. Delgado today for a personal consultation to learn what options are available to you.