Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS is internationally recognized for his expertise in facial plastic surgery and non-surgical facial procedures. His Harvard-trained expertise in aesthetic and reconstructive facial surgery attracts patients both nationally and internationally to the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills.
What is Ultherapy?
The cosmetic industry is riddled with many different types of non-surgical skin tightening. As an internationally renowned expert in the field of facial rejuvenation, Dr. Azizzadeh personally investigated all such procedures before deciding Ultherapy was the most effective choice for his patients.
Ultherapy is a procedure that uses ultrasound technology to lift and tighten the skin. By focusing ultrasound waves at a singular point beneath the skin, Ultherapy stimulates collagen growth while concurrently tightening loose skin. Ultherapy can be used in all planes of the face to counteract the aging process or to maintain one’s youthful appearance. There are no incisions, no scars and no downtime following the procedure.
As a Harvard-trained, double board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Azizzadeh takes even non-surgical procedures very seriously. When a patient comes to see him for Ultherapy, he maintains the same standards as he would for a facelift or rhinoplasty patient. He examines each aspect of the face, always taking into account the symbiotic relationship between the individual features. With this thorough, integrated approach, his patients benefit from decades of experience.
Benefits of Ultherapy
Because Ultherapy tightens and tones loose skin, it can be used throughout the face and neck to both maintain and restore youth. Specifically, Ultherapy offers the following benefits:
Ultherapy lifts the forehead, eliminating unsightly wrinkles and creases
By lifting the forehead, Ultherapy in turn lifts the brows and lids, opening the eyes to eliminate a tired or worn appearance
Tightens a loose neckline
Reduces a sagging jawline
Reduces a double chin
Lessens the appearance of crow’s feet
Decreases smoker’s lines around the mouth
If you experience one or more of the above issues, your next step is an initial consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh. During this time, he will gather your cosmetic goals and craft a unique treatment regimen. By combining your cosmetic goals with his own unrelenting expertise, he is known for delivering among the best
Comprehensive Ultherapy Consultation Process
An Ultherapy consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh is a unique experience. After examining the patient’s face and getting a good understanding of the patient’s concerns and goals, Dr. Azizzadeh will discuss both non-invasive and surgical approaches, where appropriate. Unlike other plastic surgeons who may only recommend surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh has an innovative perspective of customizing surgical and non-surgical treatments to comprehensively address signs of aging. As a result, the patient will see an appearance that is youthful and balanced.
There are several non-invasive treatment options that provide appropriate candidates with great anti-aging results. Such non-surgical options may include:
Dermal fillers (Voluma/Restylane/Juvederm)
Laser skin resurfacing
Dr. Azizzadeh takes plenty of time to help his patients fully understand their cosmetic options during their consultation. He educates patients on the underlying causes of their cosmetic complaints, along with how each treatment option will address those particular issues. In the complex field of facial plastic surgery, knowledge is the most important thing for a patient, and that is Dr. Azizzadeh’s primary goal. From there, he knows that you will make the right decision for yourself.
Multiple Depths for Total Rejuvenation
Ultherapy can be used to address varying depths of the facial structure. The deepest is 4.5 millimeters, which addresses the SMAS muscle layer underneath the skin. A layer that is frequently addressed in a surgical facelift, Ultherapy can noninvasively tighten this musculature.
At 3 millimeters deep, Ultherapy addresses a layer known as the dermis. This is the depth of the collagen layer beneath the skin. The ultrasound energy serves to heat the collagen cells, promoting their production and growth. This gives the skin its youthful plumpness and smooth texture.
The newest technology from Ultherapy allows the ultrasound waves to focus at a mere 1.5 millimeters beneath the skin’s surface. This depth directly addresses fine lines and creases. The 1.5 mm depth is used primarily around the mouth, on the cheeks and on crow’s feet.
Trust Your Face To An Expert
As an internationally renowned facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Azizzadeh has been featured in major news outlets for his unrelenting expertise in this crucial field. Most notably, he was featured on Oprah for his groundbreaking facial nerve reconstruction on Mary Jo Buttafuoco, a prominent victim of a shooting.
Additionally, Dr. Azizzadeh has been featured in People Magazine, New York Times, Discovery Health, Los Angeles Times, Beverly Hills Courier, and many other prestigious media outlets. He authored the best-selling book Beverly Hills Beauty Secrets, and was the lead editor on a number of definitive medical textbooks, including Master Techniques in Facial Rejuvenation and Master Techniques in Blepharoplasty and Periorbital Rejuvenation. These textbooks have become a standard in the medical community and are used all over the world by board-certified plastic surgeons as well as training programs for up and coming plastic surgeons. He is the co-director of the annual, world-renowned Cedars-Sinai Advances in Multispecialty Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Symposium and the co-director of the USC Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship Program.
What is collagen, and why is Ultherapy important to stimulate collagen growth?
Collagen is a natural protein found in the skin. It helps give the skin a youthful look and feel and ensures the skin stays firm. Collagen also helps increase skin elasticity and improve skin tone.
With Ultherapy, a patient can accelerate the process that drives collagen production, as well as tighten the skin. This helps a patient reduce or eliminate visible signs of aging in the face and enjoy a rejuvenated facial appearance.
Is Ultherapy a form of surgery?
Ultherapy is a non-invasive procedure that addresses the skin and support layers below it. Additionally, a Ultherapy procedure does not require a patient to go under sedation.
How long does a Ultherapy treatment take to complete?
On average, a Ultherapy treatment requires about 30 to 60 minutes to complete. A full facial treatment usually takes approximately one hour, while a partial facial or brow lift treatment may require only 30 minutes. Plus, after a Ultherapy treatment is complete, a patient won’t have to worry about any downtime and can resume his or her everyday activities.
How many Ultherapy treatments will I need to complete to achieve my desired results?
In many instances, a single Ultherapy treatment helps a patient achieve the optimal results. Some patients, however, benefit from multiple Ultherapy treatments.
Ultimately, the number of Ultherapy treatments a patient requires may vary based on skin laxity and the body’s response to ultrasound waves. Dr. Azizzadeh works hand-in-hand with patients to ensure they can determine how many Ultherapy treatments are necessary.
Is Ultherapy painful?
A patient may experience some discomfort during a Ultherapy treatment, but pain during treatment is generally minimal. Dr. Azizzadeh does everything possible to make each Ultherapy treatment as pain- and worry-free as possible. By doing so, he helps patients enjoy comfortable Ultherapy treatment experiences.
What does it feel like to receive a Ultherapy treatment?
There is nothing quite like a Ultherapy treatment, and for good reason. During a Ultherapy procedure, ultrasound energy is used to stimulate collagen growth, and a patient will feel tiny amounts of energy that are deposited into precise depths in the skin. The procedure provides a unique sensation that lasts until ultrasound energy is no longer being delivered.
Can Ultherapy be used as a substitute for a facelift?
Ultherapy and facelift procedures are very different from one another. As such, Ultherapy will not provide the same results as a facelift. On the other hand, Ultherapy may provide a viable facelift alternative for patients who are looking to revitalize their facial appearance and avoid surgery.
Schedule Your Consultation
To learn more about your unique Ultherapy procedure, please contact The CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic surgery to schedule your consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh. We offer phone or Skype consultations for out-of-town patients.