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Breast-Augmentation Incision Options

Published on June 20, 2018

When it comes to breast augmentation, all the hours of preparation and doctor consultations are incredibly important. While most consultations are devoted to envisioning the patient’s goals for the surgery, another key topic of discussion is the type of incision that will be used.

The incision type and pattern used for your breast augmentation will be chosen based on Dr. Forman’s preference and your goals. Because you’ll be discussing your options beforehand, it is important that you know the uses and limitations of each incision pattern.

Incisions and Implants

The primary purpose of incisions during breast augmentation is to facilitate proper and safe placement of the breast implants. Through these incisions, surgeons create tissue pockets – spaces in the breasts for the implants – and the shape and size of the pockets influences the final outcome.

To better understand the reasons why incisions are chosen, you must first understand a key difference between saline and silicone implants. Silicone implants come pre-filled to their intended size, meaning their size cannot be changed. Saline implants, on the other hand, do not come pre-filled. Instead, they are filled to their intended size during the procedure.

Because saline implants are inserted empty into the breast pocket, they are much smaller than silicone implants when inserted. This makes them more versatile. They can be inserted into a much smaller incision that is a longer distance from their intended position in the breasts.

Incision Types

In general, one of these three incisions is made:

Periareolar: This option is a common approach in breast augmentation. As the name suggests, the incision is made along the lower circumference of the areola. Any post-surgical marks resulting from this incision are expertly hidden along the areola’s border. People sometimes think that this incision leads to loss of nipple sensation, but in reality, loss of nipple sensation is the consequence of choosing the wrong implant size. This incision option works well with silicone and saline implants.

Inframammary: The inframammary incision is made along the crease of the breast or right above the crease. Many surgeons prefer this incision option, since it offers easy access for breast-implant insertion and provides an unparalleled view of the internal tissues. Any post-surgical marks resulting from this incision are camouflaged in the breast fold. This incision pattern can accommodate silicone and saline implants of any size.

Transaxillary: This incision is quite small and is made in the armpit crease. Because it is created in this area, post-surgical marks are well hidden. Since it is farther away from the final implant location than the other options, it is best suited to saline implants. The size of the incision made is quite small in comparison to the periareolar and inframammary incisions.

Arranging a Consultation

During a consultation at our office, you will discuss your breast-augmentation incision options with a skilled medical professional. Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni are all board-certified plastic surgeons with years of experience.

Together, you and your plastic surgeon will decide on the right incision option for you. To schedule your consultation with one of our experienced plastic surgeons, contact our office today.

Your Skin Can Look Revitalized and Fresh with Microdermabrasion Treatment

Published on June 1, 2018

Exfoliation is a well-known technique used to remove dead skin cells from the face. There are many techniques that are commonly used for exfoliation. Facials and scrubs are common exfoliation techniques, but these are ineffective for deep exfoliation and skin rejuvenation.

Microdermabrasion is a technique of exfoliation wherein dead cells are mechanically scrubbed off the skin and vacuumed away, revealing radiant youthful skin beneath. Although the word “microdermabrasion” may sound intimidating, microdermabrasion is one of the gentlest and fastest non-invasive anti-aging treatments currently available on the market.

This exfoliation treatment is suitable for all skin types. For those candidates with skin conditions like widespread acne, lupus, active sunburn, herpes, psoriasis, open sores, and fragile capillaries, a thorough medical report may need to be conducted before a microdermabrasion treatment can be recommended.

The Microdermabrasion Procedure

If it’s your first microdermabrasion treatment and you’re not sure what to expect from the procedure, here is a breakdown of the steps involved.

To get an idea of how the procedure works, imagine smoothing down a rough edge with sandpaper. Don’t jump to conclusions and assume that the process is painful, though – it’s actually quite gentle.

In general, there are two variations of the treatment. The first option involves the use of a handheld machine that targets the skin’s surface with a stream of miniscule crystals. The machine contains an attached vacuum that suctions away the loosened skin cells.

The second option – and also the most widely used – involves using a diamond-tipped wand. The wand is gently moved over the surface of the skin, causing dead skin cells to be loosened and removed. Apart from removing dead skin cells, the wand also massages the treated region to improve blood circulation.

Microdermabrasion or a Chemical Peel?

The end results of microdermabrasion and a chemical peel can be quite similar, depending on the type of peel chosen. After either of these procedures, the patient can enjoy radiant younger-looking skin free of blemishes.

However, the mechanism of action is quite different. Chemical peels rely on chemicals to remove the outermost layer of the skin. Rashes and severe redness are potential side effects of a chemical peel.

With microdermabrasion, on the other hand, since no chemicals are used, the skin exfoliation is gentler and the pink tinge left behind heals faster.

Microdermabrasion Aftercare

Removal of the outermost layers of dead skin reveals new skin cells. These new skin cells are quite sensitive and are not yet ready to withstand harsh sunlight. Aestheticians recommend avoiding direct sunlight soon after the treatment to ensure that the cells are not injured. If you do need to step out, sunscreen is mandatory to protect the skin. The key to speed up healing after a session of microdermabrasion is to moisturize daily.

Try Microdermabrasion for Yourself!

If you’re interested in trying microdermabrasion treatment for yourself, set up an appointment for a consultation by contacting our office. Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni are experienced board-certified plastic surgeons and will be happy to answer your questions regarding the procedures we offer.

A Breast-Reduction Procedure Can Dramatically Improve Your Quality of Life

Published on April 26, 2018

To many who were unhappy with the shape and size of their breasts, augmentation and lift procedures came as a major blessing. Breast reduction is another breast procedure that has brought comfort to those who are unsatisfied with the proportions of their breasts. For patients who want to decrease the size of their overly large busts, this surgery is an excellent choice.

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction, also called reduction mammoplasty, is a plastic-surgery option that aims to reduce the size of a person’s breasts through the removal of excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin tissue. This not only reduces the volume but also the weight of the breasts, helping the patients live normal and comfortable lives.

Plastic surgeons use different approaches to breast reduction depending on the size of the breasts and the degree of breast sag. Here are some of the main breast-reduction techniques:

Liposuction – Patients who have breasts with excess fat in them may require only minor volume reduction without any need for sag correction. In these cases, liposuction alone would suffice.

Donut (Benelli) technique – This technique is useful for making minor size corrections. An incision is made around the perimeter of the areola, and another concentric circle is made around this incision.

Lollipop (vertical) technique – This option is ideal for removal of small to moderate volumes of excess tissues. A circular incision is made around the areola and a vertical incision is made that travels down from this to the crease of the breast.

Inferior pedicle (anchor) technique – Also called the inverted-T or wise pattern technique, this surgery is used when the size of the breasts is extremely excessive. With this, sagging can also be corrected. Three incisions are made: one around the areola, one vertically from the areola to the crease of the breast, and one along the crease. This resembles the appearance of an anchor. After the excess tissue is removed, the nipple-areolar complex is moved up to achieve an even appearance.

How Breast Reduction Helps

For women who are encumbered with breasts that are large or asymmetrical, reduction surgery can do a world of good:

Physical – The weight of large breasts often causes neck, back, and shoulder aches, not to mention the pain of bra straps cutting into the skin. Sweating and rashes under the breasts are common problems for these patients. Exercise also becomes difficult. Breast reduction gives them freedom from physical pain and improves their mobility.

Aesthetic – Breast reduction can bring symmetry to the breasts and improve them aesthetically. The size and shape can be reduced so that it is more proportional to the body.

Emotional – Women with larger breasts than normal for their body shape often struggle with low self-esteem. This can also mean unwanted sexual attention. Breast reduction restores proper proportion to patients’ bodies. Patients don’t look overweight anymore, clothes fit them better, and in many cases, they feel more confident.

Arrange a Helpful Consultation

Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni are board-certified plastic surgeons who will be happy to help you reach your aesthetic goals. Contact our office to schedule your breast-reduction consultation.

Hyaluronic-Acid Fillers Are Ideal for Treating Wrinkles

Published on April 6, 2018

The signs of aging affect everyone regardless of gender, ethnicity, and lifestyle. There are a few factors that can hasten the formation of these signs, such as smoking, genetics, exposure to sun, and stress.

Cosmetic medicine has come a long way in creating cutting-edge anti-wrinkle solutions, and many people now use injectable dermal fillers to fill their facial age lines. Injectable hyaluronic-acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane are effective ways to eliminate facial lines, folds, and wrinkles.

Hyaluronic-Acid Fillers

Juvederm and Restylane are minimally invasive FDA-approved treatments that help improve the skin’s structure by restoring moisture. They are composed of hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid is a complex sugar that moisturizes the skin in order to restore the moisture it has lost due to the aging process and environmental factors. Once the skin’s moisture is replenished, volume is boosted and the quality of your skin is improved. Through this, your skin becomes smoother, softer, and free of wrinkles and age lines.

Juvederm and Restylane are specifically made of cross-linked hyaluronic acid. Cross-linked hyaluronic acid lasts longer in the body and is much more effective when it comes to attracting and attaching to water molecules.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Hyaluronic-Acid Fillers?

Wrinkles and fine lines can appear as early as your mid-twenties. It’s natural to find them unsightly and aesthetically displeasing. Anybody who has noticed that their face has developed obvious signs of aging such as wrinkles, folds, and fine lines is a good candidate for dermal filler injections.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural organic compound designed to cause no side effects. Dermal fillers are excellent options for people who do not want to undergo major surgical procedures such as facelifts. This treatment does not involve scalpels or create scars, and it requires zero downtime, so you’ll be able to immediately return to your daily schedule.

How Is the Injection Procedure Performed?

Juvederm contains lidocaine, a local anesthetic, which will make the procedure more comfortable by numbing the treatment regions. The first step of the treatment involves choosing the best injection points on the patient’s face. The chosen filler is precisely injected into the skin at these specific points. The compound spreads itself underneath the layer of skin. Antiseptic is applied during the procedure to minimize chances of infection.

The patient can go back to work following the procedure. They are advised to protect their skin from direct sunlight for a few days.

What Can You Expect from Dermal Fillers?

Once wrinkle fillers have been injected, your skin immediately becomes smoother and softer. Wrinkles, lines, and folds are erased, leaving you looking more youthful than ever. Hyaluronic-acid fillers produce results that can last for four to six months or longer depending on a number of factors.

Learn More About Your Dermal Filler Options

A hyaluronic-acid filler may be the best injectable option for your wrinkles and fine lines. Another option we may recommend is Radiesse, a dermal filler composed of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres instead of hyaluronic acid. This filler is used for deeper facial folds and as a result involves deeper injections.

To find out which filler is right for you, visit Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni, board-certified plastic surgeons with years of experience in cosmetic procedures. Contact our office to arrange a consultation regarding your dermal filler treatment options.

Male Breast Reduction May be the Solution You’ve Been Hoping For

Published on February 16, 2018

Male breasts can make a man feel self-conscious and embarrassed. Your situation doesn’t have to be permanent – your chest can look natural and more masculine with help from an experienced plastic surgeon. In today’s world, thanks to advances in medical technology, getting male breast reduction surgery is more convenient and effective than ever before.


Those with male breasts have a condition called gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is the condition in which the male chest appears to be enlarged, creating the appearance of breasts.

Around 50% of men in the United States tend to experience this condition in some manner or other during their lives. The condition can manifest itself at any age. Adult men develop gynecomastia due to factors like certain types of medications, hormone level fluctuations, genetics, health conditions, and recreational drugs.

Male Breast Reduction

Male breast reduction is a surgical procedure that provides treatment for male breasts. This procedure helps the patient by removing glandular tissue as well as fat from the chest area to modify the contours of the chest. This gives the chest a firmer and more masculine appearance.

While the appearance of gynecomastia can in some cases be managed by addressing excess fatty tissue, often there is also excess glandular breast tissue present, which causes even the leanest of patients to still have the appearance of male breasts. Male breast reduction can remove both types of tissue through various surgical techniques.

At the start of male breast reduction, general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation is administered in order to make the patient comfortable and pain-free during the procedure. Following this, incisions will be created in order to give the surgeon access to the underlying tissues.

To remove excess glandular tissue, excision will be conducted with the help of a scalpel. To remove excess fatty tissue, liposuction will be performed using a cannula and medical suction. In many cases, the patient will have excess fatty tissue and excess glandular tissue; this requires the use of both surgical techniques.

Why Do People Come In for Male Breast Reduction?

Most patients claim that after they’ve gone through male breast reduction, they feel confident enough to go shirtless – a feeling that they haven’t experienced in years due to their gynecomastia. Patients may experience increased self-esteem and a boost in their confidence level.

If you feel self-conscious or are uncomfortable with the way you look, or if you keep avoiding and missing out on fun activities just because you will have to go shirtless and show your chest, then male breast reduction surgery is worth considering. This procedure can give you an amazing-looking chest. It offers almost immediate and dramatic improvements.

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon for You

Since male breast reduction surgery is a very personal procedure, it’s best to find a surgeon that you’re personally comfortable with. At our office, we have many qualified and experienced board-certified plastic surgeons to help you address your gynecomastia.

Contact our office and schedule a consultation with one of our skilled plastic surgeons. Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni will be happy to help you get the masculine chest you deserve.

With the Endoscopic Brow Lift, You Can Look Revitalized

Published on February 2, 2018

No one likes premature aging. Age lines and wrinkles on the face not only look unappealing, they appear unnatural on a youthful face. The forehead is one of the most vulnerable regions when it comes to the formation of lines and wrinkles. These wrinkles can make a person look angry or stressed even when they’re not.

With the latest developments in cosmetic treatments and surgeries, newer and better treatment options are emerging. The endoscopic brow lift is one of the many developments to have hit the market in recent years.

The Endoscopic Brow Lift

The endoscopic brow lift is a less invasive forehead lift technique than the traditional brow lift. Because of this advantage, the recovery time is much shorter and can involve less post-operative bruising and swelling. This procedure offers smooth and beautiful-looking skin on the forehead. The results of the surgery look quite natural.

During this procedure, the surgeon makes small incisions on the forehead, just below the scalp. These incisions are smaller than the one made during the traditional brow lift. An endoscope is inserted through those incisions in order to give the doctor a highly detailed view of the underlying tissues.

After general observations, the surgeon makes adjustments to the muscle tissues using another small tool, causing wrinkles to be removed. As wrinkles are removed, the forehead develops a more relaxed and youthful look. The incisions are closed with sutures, and you are free to return home and heal. You can typically return to your regular activities in several weeks.

Good Candidates for the Endoscopic Brow Lift

An endoscopic brow lift is ideal for those with drooping eyelids and facial wrinkles. Signs of aging make people look worn out, tired, or even angry and irritated. Most patients who opt for this procedure are between 40 and 50 years old. Sometimes even people in their late 20s or early 30s also opt for this procedure.

The endoscopic brow lift is safe and involves only minimal risks. Before the actual procedure, patients are advised to stop smoking a few weeks prior to the surgery. It is also advisable to purchase necessary supplies for the healing process, such as cold compresses. You’ll learn more details about the healing process during your consultation.

Benefits of the Endoscopic Brow Lift

The endoscopic brow lift procedure is a great way to regain that youthful look and get rid of age lines and wrinkles. It is amazing how something as simple as the shape of eyebrows can have such a powerful impact on the facial appearance.

Another great benefit of this surgery is that it can be used in combination with other procedures like rhinoplasty. Doing this is an excellent way to achieve more comprehensive facial enhancement.

Find Out More About the Endoscopic Brow Lift

Do you want to learn more about what the endoscopic brow lift can do for you? If so, contact our office and schedule a consultation. Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni are board-certified plastic surgeons who will be happy to answer your questions.

A Partial Abdominoplasty Sculpts the Lower Abdomen

Published on December 27, 2017

The most stubborn fat on the body is around the abdominal area. Even with exercise, the lower abdomen is the most difficult to tone. When the excess fat is lost, the skin often does not have the elasticity to present a smooth and toned look, leading to sagging skin. Moreover, this part of the body is a problem area for women who have just given birth. Pregnancy causes diastasis, which is a stretching of the abdominal muscles, which often does not go away on its own.

Excess sagging skin, excess fat, and drooping muscle tissues in the lower abdomen cannot be resolved using cosmetological methods. The ideal procedure to resolve the problem is the partial abdominoplasty, also called partial tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck. This procedure removes loose skin and fat deposits from below the belly button while tightening the muscles. There is no repositioning of the belly button, and the result is a flat lower abdomen with a sculpted look.

What Does a Partial Abdominoplasty Involve?

The procedure takes only between one and two hours and is usually done under general anesthesia. Local anesthesia may be used if the surgeon thinks it is suitable for you. A partial abdominoplasty may be performed with liposuction if there is any excess fat that needs to be removed.

The surgeon makes a short incision on the bikini line. Excess skin and fatty tissue are removed from the lower abdominal wall, and the muscles are tightened using internal sutures. The skin is pulled down, and the incision is closed with stitches.

Due to the minimal invasiveness of the procedure, an overnight stay in the hospital is all that is usually required after the surgery. A bandage and/or compression garment will be applied, which will help reduce swelling as well as help the skin of the lower abdomen better conform to the region’s new contours. The compression garment should be worn for up to two to three weeks after surgery.

Recovery and Results

It is recommended that patients take at least one to two weeks off of work after the procedure in order to recover properly. The patient’s diet should also be different during the recovery period; avoid fried, spicy, and salty food, as they may cause digestion problems that could complicate the healing process. Eat foods that are easy to digest so that bloodflow in the abdominal region is minimized, which will in turn minimize swelling.

Strenuous exercise should be avoided until after at least two months after the surgery. There may be mild discomfort and pain, but these can be controlled with the help of prescription pain medication, which the surgeon will provide if needed. The results of the procedure can last for many years, as long as proper care is taken of the body. Regular exercise and a healthy diet are key to maintaining a sculpted lower abdomen.

Is the Partial Abdominoplasty Right for You?

If you’re unhappy with the look of your abdomen, you may be in need of a partial or full abdominoplasty. To find out which option is right for you, contact our office for a consultation. Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni are skilled board-certified plastic surgeons who will be happy to help.

Get Rid Of Your Dorsal Hump with Rhinoplasty Surgery

Published on November 29, 2017

The nose can make or break one’s appearance. It defines the angles of the face, and the presence of a hump can be enough to change the appearance of the whole face. If you’ve always hoped for a miraculous reshaping of your nose, there is a solution: rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty is the surgical procedure used to correct and reshape the contours of the nose according to a patient’s aesthetic goals.

Correction of a Dorsal Hump

A dorsal hump is a bump that forms in the bridge of the nose caused either by excessive bone, cartilage, or a mix of the two. Depending on the size of the hump, the causative bone and/or cartilage is removed, trimmed, filled, or broken to correct the issue. As the region of correction plays an important physiological function, it is important not to disturb the septum (the internal structure that separates the nostrils). In a few cases, a special graft is designed to protect the passage between the nostrils from collapsing.

What Does Rhinoplasty Offer?

Patients who seek to get rid of a dorsal hump can achieve their desired result through rhinoplasty. The procedure creates a smoother bridge as well. If you wish to have a more feminine nose, a supra-tip break in the upward direction can be created.

When rhinoplasty is done specifically to address the issue of dorsal hump, it is known as reduction rhinoplasty. A reduction in size translates to removal of excess tissue to reshape the nose to suit the patient’s needs. Reductive rhinoplasty is considered one of the most complex cosmetic surgical procedures.

Complexity of the procedure can be explained by the need to manipulate the region, which is integral in defining the overall shape. While it is easy to reshape in a two-dimensional space, achieving an aesthetically proportionate nose in three dimensions while leaving the functionality undisturbed is a challenge.

Healing After Dorsal Hump Reduction Rhinoplasty

Patients who have had reduction rhinoplasty have felt that the recovery period is not painful. Since the nose is not directly involved in physical activities like walking or sitting, there is no persistent strain that could hamper recovery. Time taken to recover is short compared to other surgical procedures performed on different body parts like the abdomen or breasts. Slight bruising around the eye is common during the recovery period.

During this time, it is important to wear the nasal cast until the time the surgeon says otherwise. Also, it is recommended to refrain from wearing glasses or any other similar accessory that would sit directly on the bridge of the nose.

Dorsal Hump Reduction Rhinoplasty Results

Depending on the extent of reduction, the healed nasal bridge will appear more even. Before the surgery, the doctor offers a digitalized view of the outcome, and after healing, the reshaped nose closely resembles the digital prediction. Thickness of the skin plays a key role in determining the outcome of the surgery.

Take Action

Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni are board-certified plastic surgeons with years of experience and numerous satisfied patients. During a consultation, you can find out more about dorsal hump removal, preparation for the procedure, and the proper ways to care for your nose after the surgery. Contact us today for your consultation.

The Differences Between an S-Lift Facelift and a Traditional Facelift

Published on November 6, 2017

If you’ve been troubled by the appearance of harsh wrinkles on your face, it’s time to take action. Everyone experiences the signs of aging; unfortunately, some show signs of it earlier than others. The signs of aging have negative effects on one’s appearance, and so they must take steps to address them.

In this era of cosmetic surgeries, there are numerous corrective measures that you can take to get rid of those crow’s feet and smile lines. One of these corrective options is a facelift.

There are several facelift options out there, including the S-lift facelift and the traditional facelift. The choice is yours, but before you make that choice, you must fully understand your options. Once you know the pros and cons for these two techniques, you will be able to decide which one will be better for achieving your aesthetic goals.

The Facelift Procedure

A facelift surgery is performed with the goal of reducing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and loose skin. The surgeon will tighten and lift the muscles under your skin so that you can get better facial contours and look more aesthetically appealing. If there is any excess fat then that too is removed by the surgeon so that you do not have a sagging and aged look.

What Is an S-Lift Facelift?

An S-lift is a type of facelift procedure that gets its name from the type of incision that is done during the process. The shape of the incision is that of an S. This procedure is also known as the mini facelift and is ideal for a less comprehensive and more specific degree of change.

First, a local anesthetic will be given to the patient to numb the region, and IV sedation will also be given so that the patient can remain unconscious for about four to five hours. During this time, the S-lift surgery will be completed.

The S-shaped incision is made at the hairline at the temple region and is continued both in front and behind the ear. After it has been created, the surgeon will reposition your tissues and remove excess skin and fat, giving you rejuvenated facial contours.

What Is a Traditional Facelift?

A traditional facelift is the best option for comprehensive results. It can solve a variety of issues, from sagging around the cheeks to creases below the eyes. This facelift technique is especially useful for women past the age of 50 due to its comprehensive benefits.

The Main Difference

The main difference between the two types of facelift is their type of incision. In an S-lift facelift, the incision made is in the shape of an S, starting from the temple to the back of the ear. In the case of the traditional facelift, the incision starts from temple, goes around the ears, and extends to your neck below. Thus, it covers a larger area and gives more comprehensive results.

The S-lift is less invasive and thus provides a shorter and more comfortable recovery process. The chance of complications is lowered, and the procedure as a whole takes less time to complete.

Schedule a Consultation

Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni are board-certified plastic surgeons with years of experience. Contact our office to schedule a consultation to meet and discuss your facelift options with a skilled medical professional.

Ultherapy May Be Your Ideal Rejuvenation Option

Published on October 4, 2017

Skin rejuvenation is as important as the rejuvenation of body and mind. When your age starts to show on your face, your regular skin-care regimen may not be enough. You need something extra. Fortunately, there are many excellent options available, including Ultherapy.

Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved non-invasive and non-surgical procedure that lifts and tightens the neck, chin, and brow and improves lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. It can help you attain a fresher and more youthful appearance from your brow to your upper chest.

Tightening the skin is not possible with surface treatments; Ultherapy reaches deep into the tissues for effective tightening. It uses time-tested ultrasound energy to lift and tighten the skin naturally without any surgery required.

Safe and FDA-Approved

The treatment employs ultrasound therapy to deliver its collagen-boosting treatment. Ultrasound technology has been used throughout the medical field for many decades and is known to be entirely safe, owing to the fact that is used in pregnancy detection and to monitor fetal development.

Ultherapy, or ultrasound therapy, has been officially recognized as safe and effective in clinical studies worldwide and has been used in over half a million treatments all through the globe. It is an excellent alternative to invasive and intense surgical procedures.

The Process

Ultherapy provides precise and accurate results that cannot be achieved by other procedures. The goal of the procedure is to tighten the skin without surgical intervention. During treatment, ultrasound energy is used to stimulate the production of collagen, tightening and lifting tissue.

It integrates conventional ultrasound imaging, which allows the provider and the patient to see the layers of tissue that are being treated on a monitor. This helps the provider deliver the treatment energy to exactly where it will be most beneficial.

Ultherapy can be potentially uncomfortable at times because of the use of ultrasound heat, which is used to penetrate the skin and reach down to the muscular level. To reduce the likelihood of any discomfort during treatment, most qualified physicians will prescribe pre-treatment medications. Any discomfort felt afterwards is not long-lasting, and occasionally the skin has a temporary feeling of tightness.


As far as results are concerned, the benefits of the treatment last for two to five years. Younger patients under 45 usually get closer to the five-year mark, as do patients who actively take good care of their skin, wear regular sunscreen before venturing out or have a history of minimal sun exposure, don’t smoke, don’t drink, and have good genes.

The quality of the results of the treatment depends on the ability of the patient’s body to create collagen. The effects of Ultherapy are visible within three to six months after the treatment date.

Learning More About Ultherapy

Finding out more about what Ultherapy can do is as simple as contacting our office and arranging a consultation. Board-certified plastic surgeons Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni, as well as our highly trained laser nurses, are happy to answer questions regarding procedures and will make sure you have a full understanding of your procedure.

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