The New Noninvasive Facelift

Fine wrinkles can be treated with wrinkle fillers, peels and all sorts of lasers. But nothing, other than facelifts, has been successful at lifting the jowls and sagging neck skin. And only browlift surgery has been able to reposition the brows. Technology like radiofrequency and threadlifts haven’t really worked all that well – many surgeons feel that their risks outweigh their benefits. Now there’s a new procedure called the Ulthera system that claims to help plastic surgeons perform noninvasive face and browlifts.

Fine wrinkles can be treated with wrinkle fillers, peels and all sorts of lasers. But nothing, other than facelifts, has been successful at lifting the jowls and sagging neck skin. And only browlift surgery has been able to reposition the brows. Technology like radiofrequency and threadlifts haven’t really worked all that well – many surgeons feel that their risks outweigh their benefits. Now there’s a new procedure called the Ulthera system that claims to help plastic surgeons perform noninvasive face and browlifts.

Ulthera uses ultrasound – high energy sound, to fry and shrink face skin and the underlying tissues. No anesthesia is needed and not a drop of blood is spilled. That sound energy passes right through the skin and targets the areas you want lifted. I’ve seen the early results and I’m impressed with this technology. This thing may actually work and might really become an option for people who just don’t think going under the knife is fun. But hold on to your horses … and your money. Plastic surgeon’s closets are filled with high tech devices that promise the world but don’t deliver. And early results do not translate to sustained effects – we saw that with threadlifts. Let’s all slow down and let the scientists spend some time gathering data – that’s science talk for finding out if the horse will run. 


One thing’s for sure: Ulthera procedures won’t be cheap; a procedure will cost a few thousand dollars and probably would have to be repeated every now and then. But only time will tell if this procedure joins the other white elephants of the plastic surgery world, gathering dust in their closets, or whether this device will win this round of the wrinkle wars.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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