Let your doctor do the walking with this machine and a few others
Some machines, those driven by your surgeon, are effective. I had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Mary Stefanyszyn, an ocular plastic surgeon. Dr. Mary actually ironed out some of my wrinkles with a Thermage machine.
This machine utilizes radiofrequency to stimulate new collagen in your skin, this modality, used properly, cooks the skin and the underlying tissues, causing them to tighten.
I have read a number of bad reviews on this procedure, and what I discovered was that ladies who were unhappy went to technicians or nurses and not doctors.
When I had it done, Dr. Mary told me that anecdotally, she noticed that it was most effective for those who had no skin damage due to smoking.
As a matter of fact, the majority of cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgeons refuse to work on a cigarette smoker because the smoking woman does not heal as well.
Although realself.com listed many unhappy campers for Thermage, my face reacted instantly to the treatment.
Some practitioners are even using Thermage to treat cellulite, although the prevailing wisdom on that is that it does not work.
That said, Thermage is not cheap. It averages $2500. Still, it is more affordable than a facelift. In the hands of a competent physician, it is affordable. I recall that Dr. Mary pressed my face for about the time it took my mother to iron my father’s shirts—a couple of hours.
A close cousin to Thermage is Ulthera. This machine uses ultrasound to lift and tighten the skin. Christie Brinkley is pictured on the advertisement.
Of course, I knew that she had done something, and now, you know it too. Celebrity Kathie Griffin went to super star New York Dermatologist, Dr. Patricia Wexler for a spin on the Ulthera machine.
The beauty of Ultherapy is that it can be used from the face downwards. Ultrasound, like Thermage is heat. So, perhaps it’s a good idea for us to get out of the kitchen and get your skin cooked.
Ultherapy works down deep down, all the way to the muscle. The cost range, at least the cheaper one that I’m hearing on this video is $2500.
A good candidate will have no sun damage or very little. Patients may have a bit of laxity but not need an actual facelift.
Sign me up! I just need an affordable touch-up. So, I will search for the best possible doctor with the lowest price.
As far as pricing works, and pay attention here please, what you are looking for is not the superstar, unless of course you have a superstar bank account. You are also not looking for the cheapest.
The best option, and this takes some homework on your part, is to find someone very good who is priced exactly right. Think of Goldie locks. Not too cheap and not too expensive. You will be fine with someone in between very expensive and very cheap.
Also, the power of the sun as in sun damage cannot be denied. Those southern belles of the past had it correct when they shielded their face and hands from the sun. A tan is not a tan—it is sun damage.