Collagen is a structural protein that occurs naturally and abundantly in the body. Because it is fibrous, with molecules densely packed together, it holds together the skin, tissues, and bones, providing strength and enhancing elasticity.
In the dermis, collagen encourages new cell growth and aids in replacing and restoring skin cells. After the age of 40, the continuous collagen production process begins to slow down. As collagen levels decrease, the skin’s elasticity is impaired, causing sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles.
At The Menkes Clinic & Surgery Center in Mountain View, CA, we offer several options for patients who wish to restore some of the youthful fullness, firmness, and tightness of their necks and faces for a refreshed appearance.
With more than 30 years of experience and thousands of surgeries performed, Dr. Andrew Menkes is a recognized and respected leader in the field of dermatology and dermatologic surgery. He and his colleague, Dr. Lillian Soohoo, are board-certified dermatologists with extensive training in all aspects of medical, cosmetic, surgical, and pediatric dermatology.
Surgical face and neck lifts yield significant, long-lasting, and natural-looking results. Using local anesthesia for quicker recovery and less downtime, Dr. Menkes performs the procedure in our cutting-edge, certified surgery center.
For patients seeking non-surgical treatment with no downtime for sagging skin, we also offer Ultherapy. Based upon ultrasound technology, which has been safely used in medicine for over 50 years, Ultherapy is a non-invasive procedure, cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lift and tighten skin. Precise ultrasound energy is delivered into the deeper layers of the skin, bypassing the surface. This energy activates collagen production, generating fresh collagen naturally.
While patients may see some results immediately, the ideal outcomes are achieved over two to three months after the procedure, as new collagen is produced. Some of the benefits of Ultherapy include:
- No needles, sutures, drains, or downtime
- Just one treatment in most cases, typically 60 to 90 minutes
- Less cost than surgical procedures, depending upon the areas being treated
- Successful treatment of:
- Sagging skin on the face and chin
- Wrinkles and lines on the décolletage
- Falling eyebrow line
- Loose skin on the neck
To discuss options for your skin care goals, consult Drs. Menkes or Soohoo today at (650) 962-4600. The Menkes Clinic & Surgery Center is located in Mountain View, CA, at 2490 Hospital Drive.