Ultherapy is raising brows in NYC . . .


. . . and chins and necks, without surgery and with zero downtime. If you like the sound of that, you’ll love FDA-cleared Ultherapy.

Aesthetic medicine is an exciting field that is constantly evolving. I really enjoy bringing the latest techniques to patients at The New York Aesthetic Consultants, including Ultherapy. This procedure uses ultrasound technology to stimulate the body’s own natural healing processes. It lifts and tightens sagging skin in hard to treat areas – under the chin, on the brow, and around the neck.

Safe ultrasound energy has been used in medicine for more than 50 years. You are probably most familiar with it as first image parents see of their new baby. Ultherapy basically uses the same acoustic science to rev up the production of collagen and elastin in your skin, although the energy is more focused than diagnostic ultrasound.

We perform the hour to hour and a half sessions right in our office. You relax while we smooth ultrasound gel over treatment areas. Then a smooth hand piece delivers a controlled dose of ultrasound energy at a precise depth, bypassing the skin’s surface. Treatment is generally well tolerated, but we may recommend an over the counter analgesic or prescription medication if your skin is thin and very sensitive.

That’s it. There’s no downtime and no special care required after treatment. You’ll probably see a boost in the condition of your skin immediately, but the real magic happens gradually. Over the next two to three months skin on the brow, jaw line, under the chin, and on the neck lifts and tightens noticeably. (I like to compare it to the results you get by gradually building muscle tone in the gym.) As your skin becomes more firm, droops and sags resolve, and the appearance of wrinkles diminishes.

In a surgical facelift, underlying muscles are tightened and excess skin is removed. There isn’t a non-invasive treatment that can fully duplicate those results. However, Ultherapy, especially as part of a full facial rejuvenation program, can be a great interim method to postpone the need for facelift indefinitely. I recommend it in combination with neuromodulators, dermal fillers, and laser therapy for a fresh, youthful complexion.


Some of the finest faces in NYC are finding balance with Belotero


Dermal fillers have been around since about 1900. These compounds, which are injected beneath the skin to add youthful volume and soften the appearance of wrinkles, are constantly evolving – becoming more effective and even safer.

One of the newest kids on the non-invasive rejuvenation block is Belotero Balance, brought to us by Merz Aesthetics. The FDA approved this transparent hyaluronic acid formulation in November 2011. It improves the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles and folds, especially those around the nose and mouth.

What makes Belotero different? And why are women and men in NYC so anxious to give it a try? Let’s take a look:

  • Belotero integrates into your unique facial contours, enhancing individuality for a very natural look.
  • It is versatile. This one product is delicate enough to treat fine vertical lip lines, and sufficiently robust for deep nasolabial folds (the smile lines that form around your mouth).
  • The hyaluronic acid (HA) in Belotero is a natural part of your skin’s composition. After injection, HA binds with water to plump and smooth wrinkles even more.
  • There’s no waiting – results are instant and last about six month; longer for some patients.
  • Belotero is convenient. Treatment sessions are brief (usually an hour or less), and are performed right in our office.
  • There is zero downtime! You may return to work or other activities right away. Some patients experience a little redness or minor bruising at injections sites, but it is quite temporary and easily concealed with makeup.

I am very pleased to bring Belotero to NYC, because I believe in its effectiveness and safety – otherwise I wouldn’t offer it to patients of The New York Aesthetic Consultants. I find that Belotero works well alone, and in combination with Botox and fillers. When I design an individualized non-surgical facial rejuvenation program for a patient, I use Belotero Balance to complement techniques such as Fraxel and Portrait Plasma, and advanced skin tightening methodologies such as Pellevé, Ultherapy, and Thermage.