Ultherapy in Northern Virginia

Ultherapy in Northern Virginia

The Non-invasive Solution to Lift, Tighten and Tone Skin on the Face and Neck

It’s been featured on national television shows such as Rachael Ray, The View and The Doctors. It’s been touted by big-name beauty editors from Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Shape and more…

It’s Ultherapy, a non-surgical face and neck treatment that uses ultrasound to actually lift and tone loose skin — on the brow, on the neck and under the chin — without any downtime. And, it’s offered here in Northern Virginia at The Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts.

Ultherapy Uses Ultrasound?

That’s right! Ultherapy is the only cosmetic procedure to use ultrasound imaging, which allows us to actually see the layers of tissue we target during the treatment, to ensure that the energy is delivered precisely to where it will be most effective.

Leveraging this tried-and-true technology, we can specifically target the deep foundation below the skin – the one typically addressed in cosmetic surgery – without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin. That means after a 90-minute non-invasive treatment, you’ll be able to return to your everyday life without interruptions…and, without hiding behind those “post-treatment” glasses or scarves.

Ultherapy Creates Collagen and Elastin Naturally

Ultherapy is so unique because it refreshes your collagen by jumpstarting a repair process. It relies on the body’s own regenerative process to stimulate the natural creation of new collagen and elastin – yes, new collagen and elastin. This results in an actual lift of skin overtime – and just better-fitting skin.

Many people notice an immediate effect following the treatment, but the ultimate lifting and toning takes place over 2-3 months, as tired collagen is replaced with new, stronger collagen. And, as this collagen-building process continues, further improvements can even appear up to 6 months following a procedure!

Ultherapy – an Uplift not a Facelift

Ultherapy is a non-surgical option for people with mild to moderate skin laxity – those who want some lifting for skin that has lost elasticity, but are not ready for surgery, either mentally, financially or logistically. It’s also a great option for those who want to “stay ahead of the game” as well as those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.

Ultherapy may cause some discomfort while the energy is being delivered, but it is temporary and a positive signal that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Of course, we offer a number of options to help make your Ultherapy treatment as comfortable as possible. Our patients who’ve had Ultherapy typically leave comfortable and excited about the benefits to come!

Ask us if Ultherapy is right for you!

If you’re looking for a lift to counter the effects that gravity takes over time, it may be just the treatment you’ve been waiting for.  Click here to learn more about Ultherapy or call our office today.

The Aesthetic and Medical Benefits of Sunscreen

Soaking up the sun on a beautiful summer day is very tempting; however, the importance of protecting your skin with a proper sunscreen cannot be overstated—not only for health reasons, but also for cosmetic reasons.  According to skincancer.org, “More than 90 percent of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging are caused by the sun.” This incredibly powerful statistic illustrates the fact that although some of the negative aesthetic effects of aging are natural and inevitable, a much larger percentage are absolutely avoidable and can be prevented with some very simple and practical steps!

There are two different forms of the sun’s ultra violet (UV) rays, and they each impact your skin in a different way.  UVB rays are known as the “burning rays,” because they burn the outermost layers of the skin, causing redness and sunburns. Exposure to UVB rays puts you at risk for both basal and squamous cell carcinomas—two very serious, and potentially dangerous types of skin cancer. UVA rays are often referred to as the “aging rays,” and make up 95% of the ultraviolet rays that reach the earth’s surface.  UVA light is the light primarily used in tanning beds, and while a tan might give you the outward appearance of a healthy glow, the darkened color of the tanned skin is actually the result of injury to your skin’s DNA caused by UVA rays.  Studies over the past two decades have shown that UVA rays damage skin cells in both the epidermis (outermost layer of the skin) and the dermis (innermost layers of the skin), and damage to each of these layers has distinct negative ramifications for your health and appearance.

UVA damage to the epidermis can contribute to, and potentially initiate, the development of various types of skin cancers. UVA damage to the dermis weakens the skin’s collagen and elastin fibers, causing a phenomenon known as “photoaging,” which is the term dermatologists use to describe the type of premature aging caused specifically by sun exposure. Symptoms of photoaging include:  wrinkling and sagging of the skin tissue, dilation of the facial blood vessels, freckles, spider veins on the face, rough leathery skin, a blotchy complexion, rough-reddish patches of skin (actinic keratoses), age spots, and hyper-pigmentation. With repeated exposure to the sun, the skin loses the ability to repair itself, and the damage accumulates.

Sun protection is necessary throughout the entire year, because UVA rays are equally intense year-round, and are powerful enough to penetrate clouds and glass. Therefore, even if the majority of your time is spent indoors or driving in your car, it is still imperative that you wear a proper sunscreen, to guard against UVA rays passing through the windows of your home and vehicle.  Similarly, although UVB rays are at their strongest between 10 AM and 4 PM from April to October, at high altitudes or on reflective surfaces (snow, sand, ice), UVB rays can burn and damage your skin year-round.  Another factor to keep in mind is that many medications and topical products can increase your sensitivity to sun exposure, and can potentially lead to burning, hyperpigmentation and allergic reactions even after minimal sun exposure.

Fortunately, protecting yourself from the harmful effects of sun exposure is very simple. Wearing a hat, UV-absorbent sun-glasses, clothing made of dark, tightly woven materials, and a quality sunscreen can all help to shield you the negative effects of the sun. Because UVA and UVB rays are both detrimental to your skin, look for a sunscreen that offers “broad” or “full spectrum” protection.  The FDA recommends a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, plus some combination of the following UVA and UVB absorbers/blockers:  Octocrylene, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide. The MyBody brand “Protect & Serve Sun Shield” is an example of an ideal sunscreen, because it provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with SPF 40. This oil free sunscreen contains three of the FDA-approved UVA/UVB-blocking ingredients, and infuses skin with antioxidants while hydrating the skin. For women seeking a product that offers sun protection as well as makeup coverage, MyBody also offers the “Protect & Serve Tinted Sun Shield” with SPF 30. As with most sunscreens, MyBody products should be applied liberally 15 minutes prior to sun exposure, and reapplied at least every 2 hours as needed after swimming or perspiring. For more information, or to purchase the MyBody products, please click the link below:

http://www.iderma.com/sunscreens/?features_hash=V1459

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