For a great Mother's Day gift, consider gifting mom a new neck instead of another bauble or spa package.
Let's be real for a moment. People are staying in the workplace longer, and competing with new college grads who will work for half of what a vested employee makes.
Then, there's the middle-age boomerang of divorce and re-entry into the dating game.
Never in the history of EVER have non-invasive cosmetic procedures been so white hot. Nobody wants a 10 inch Frankenstein facelift scar from ear to ear through the scalp, so plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons - aided by some brilliant technology - have devised clever and effective ways to tighten and firm contours of the face without a scalpel.
Add to this newfound vanity - based in job insecurity paranoia and looking your best for a Match.com photo - is the dreaded "selfie," the smartphone version of chewing on tinfoil that makes even Angelina Jolie gasp out when she sees her self-induced double chin.
Yes, even she is mortified and has to hold the phone JUST SO to avoid this gaffe when she Face Time's Brad (we don't know this for sure but would like to think it's true).
Enter one of our favorite go-to experts on all things beauty, Dr. Alexander Rivkin, who has mastered rejuvenating the aging neck, one of the first places that gives your chronological age away.
Dr. Rivkin has an FDA-approved, non-invasive procedure that lifts and recontours skin on the neck, called Ultherapy.
"Ultherapy, is an effective non-surgical treatment actually lifts and tightens loose or sagging skin in these and other areas of the face without any downtime," sys Dr. Rivkin. "It is the only non-surgical treatment that is FDA approved to lift skin on the brow, neck, and under the chin."
What it does:
Ultherapy makes your own body work for you. It is the only cosmetic procedure that utilizes ultrasound to stimulate the bodyís natural production of collagen and elastin to lift and tighten the skin. Unlike radiofrequency technologies such as Thermage, Ultherapy utilization of ultrasound gets better results. Because Ultherapy is the only cosmetic procedure to use utrasound imaging, practitioners can actually see-for the first time ever-the layers of tissue deep beneath the skin as they are treating.
Focused energy bypasses the surface of the skin and treats the skinís foundational layers- including what is typically addressed in cosmetic surgery. There is no damage done to the superficial layers of skin. Natural Ė looking results build gradually over 2 to 3 months and the collagen-building process can continue for up to six months.
Dr. Rivkinís patients love the results and the fact it requires no anesthesia, there is no downtime and it takes just one hour so there is no need to miss work or an important event. And, most people only need a single treatment to look better with each passing day.
Ultherapy does cause some discomfort associated with the treatment, but Dr. Rivkin manages this in the office with distraction techniques or, for more sensitive patients, he offers medications to take the edge off. Ulthera is FDA-approved and safe to use on all skin types. The procedure takes thirty minutes to an hour to perform.
What happens next
The full effects of Ultherapy may take a few months to be seen due to the gradual nature of bodily healing and collagen production. However, visible results can be seen very quickly due to the immediate effects of protein denaturation and fiber contraction. There is no damage done to the superficial layers of skin.
There is no downtime with the Ultherapy treatment, so you do not have to worry about missing work or any important events. There may be some slight redness or tingling post-treatment, but these sensations fade quickly as the body adjusts to the new tightening of the skin. For areas such as the cheeks or neck that are most affected by gravityís forces, there is no better or safer treatment in the market than Ulthera Ultherapy treatment.