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SMAS Lifting: Ultherapy Is Effective And Non-Invasive


SMAS Lifting: Ultherapy Is Effective And Non-Invasive

No matter what we do, there are just some things about our appearance that we can’t improve through natural methods. While there is nothing wrong with having fine lines, wrinkles, or sagging skin, there’s also nothing wrong with wanting a bit of help in targeting and defining the problematic areas of our skin.

Enter Ultherapy: a non-invasive SMAS lifting procedure designed to tighten the skin on the face, neck, and chest.

In this blog, you’ll learn everything you need to know about Ultherapy, how it works, and why it might be right for you, so keep scrolling!

SMAS Lifting and Ultherapy Explained

Gone are the days of shaming people for wanting facelifts, implants, or other forms of plastic surgery. With society becoming increasingly accepting of technological advancements that improve aesthetics such as SMAS lifts, knowledgeable aestheticians capable of performing these procedures are in high demand.

However, many people are afraid of going under the knife, rendering them unable to address their “problem” areas despite there being safe and simple solutions available. So, what’s the solution to these worries?

Ultherapy: a non-invasive and non-surgical SMAS procedure that uses ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen production, which helps lift, improve, and tighten skin and wrinkles. This FDA-approved ultrasound therapy helps retain a youthful look.

This kind of treatment has grown in popularity over the past few years because it is a reliable alternative to cosmetic surgeries like traditional SMAS lifts.

 A woman marking her face to prepare for a SMAS lift.

What Is SMAS Lifting?

The superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) is a layer of tissue that lies beneath the skin on the face and neck. Composed of muscle fibres, collagen, and connective tissue, the SMAS plays a critical role in our facial movements and expressions.

Our bodies and faces change naturally as we age, often resulting in sagging cheeks, jowls, excess skin, and a double chin. As we grow older, we’re also likely to experience a loss of cheek fat and the development of creases on the sides of our nose that extends to our mouths, causing what are known as laugh lines.

Surgical SMAS lifting is a cosmetic procedure that requires the excellent skills of a surgeon with extensive experience in the medical field. It is a face-lifting technique meant to “correct” the appearance of the skin in the lower two-thirds of the face, tightening sagging skin or excess fat, and fixing a double chin or the loss of volume in the cheeks.

SMAS Lifting: Results and Risks

You might be wondering, “How long does a SMAS facelift last?” Well, the results typically last seven to 10 years, with some still seeing results 12 years after their procedure.

However, like any other surgical procedure, SMAS lifting has risks. Potential complications include the general risks of anaesthesia and surgery, as well as adverse reactions to medicine, infection, bleeding, and blood clots.

Other potential risks include: nerve damage to the face; bleeding under the skin; pain; numbness; wounds that won’t heal; and the permanent loss of facial tissues. For others, the adverse effects may be skin-deep, such as being unhappy with the outcome of the surgery, irregular contours, or discolouration of the skin.

Ultherapy: A Non-Surgical SMAS Alternative

Although Ultherapy and SMAS lifts are not the same procedure, they both target the same areas to sculpt and tighten the skin in our facial region.

Ultherapy has become the preferred option for many seeking non-surgical alternatives to traditional SMAS facelifts. Ultherapy targets areas underneath the skin with focused ultrasound waves using the right temperature to support collagen regeneration.

Ultherapy is FDA approved for use in target areas of the face and neck. Additional target areas may also include the eyebrows, chest area, and under the patient’s chin.

Collagen is the main structural protein found in the body’s connective tissues; it’s the protein that keeps your skin firm, elastic, and toned. To counteract the effects of aging on the collagen in our body, Ultherapy delivers ultrasound energy up to 4.5mm deep in the skin to stimulate the tissues. This heat gradually repairs the skin by strengthening the existing collagen and encouraging the body to produce more.

A woman stretching the skin on her face.

Ultherapy: Benefits, Results, and Side Effects

One of Ultherapy’s main benefits compared to traditional SMAS lifting is its non-invasiveness—no incisions involved or anesthesia to worry about. This alleviates the risk of blood clotting, bleeding, infections, and surgical complications.

Ultherapy is an outpatient procedure, meaning little downtime needed to recover from the treatment. This means you don’t have to take time off of work or miss out on any exciting events with your friends and family.

Another benefit is that Ultherapy doesn’t target melanin like some laser treatments do, making it a safe cosmetic procedure for all skin types. Like any other treatment, results can vary from person to person. Most patients typically see results after the first session, however it can take up to 6 months for full results. For long-lasting results, you will have to finish the required treatment sessions set out by your aesthetician.

Do note that the treated skin could sometimes turn red or flushed hours after the session. Short-term effects such as tingling sensations, swelling, or tenderness of the muscles underneath the skin may also be felt by the patient. Although rare, bruising or numbness in the treated area might be felt, but will subside within a few days after the treatment.

While these side effects can be undesirable, the less-invasive nature of the Ultherapy process means they’re overall much more bearable than those you may experience after undergoing a traditional SMAS lift procedure.

SMAS Lift vs. Ultherapy: Final Thoughts

If you’ve evaluated your SMAS lifting options and decided that Ultherapy is the right cosmetic procedure for you and your skin, then it’s time to let the professionals at APT Medical Aesthetics get to work.

As a leading med spa in Oakville, Ontario, we offer a wide range of treatment programs and cosmetic products that promise long-lasting results. Our experts have the training, qualifications, and experience to perform intricate non-invasive SMAS procedures.

Contact us today for a FREE consultation.


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