WSVN -- Natalie Anderson admits looking good is a very important part of her job.
Natalie Anderson: "I'm in the beauty industry. I manufacture cosmetics, and you want to put your best face forward when you're telling people to use your products."
So when she noticed a little bit of sagging around her neck and jaw line, she wanted to tighten it up but felt she was too young for something drastic.
Natalie Anderson: "Of course a facelift was out of the question."
That's when she heard about a new treatment called Ulthera.
Dr. Mark Nestor, Dermatologist: "This is a radically new, non-invasive, ultrasound procedure to tighten."
Dermatologist Mark Nestor says as we age, our face tends to lose volume, leaving skin looser.
Dr. Mark Nestor: "Laxity in the skin, people see along the jowls, the jaw line, along the neck, and then you start to lose a little bit of lift in the brows."
He says in the past, doctors would surgically remove excess skin in a facelift, but Ulthera uses ultrasound energy to tighten these areas.
Dr. Mark Nestor: "This is ultrasound that goes through the skin and targets. There is no incision, there is no injection, there's no needles."
Ulthera works in two parts. First, the doctor uses the machine to visualize the areas that need to be tightened. Then, ultrasound energy is directed into the underlying layers of skin. The procedure takes about 20 minutes, and for most patients, there is little or no downtime.
Dr. Mark Nestor: "There are a few patients, about five percent or so, that can get a little redness or bruising from their treatment."
Natalie says, it was a bit uncomfortable but certainly bearable.
Natalie Anderson: "I had a tiny bit of bruising underneath my chin, but it was the size of an eraser. A little makeup, and I was good to go."
Dr. Nestor says you normally only need one treatment, and the tightening occurs over time. Natalie started to see results after two months, and friends she hadn't seen in 20 years told her she hasn't aged a bit.
Natalie Anderson: "Their comment was, 'You look exactly the same.' And you really just can't get a better compliment than that."
Natalie is thrilled with the results and says she would do it again in a heartbeat.
Natalie Anderson: "I look in the mirror, and I definitely feel younger. Yeah, definitely."
Diana Diaz: "The Ulthera procedure will cost you between $1500 and $3000 depending on how many areas you target."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Skin and Cancer AssociatesDr. Mark Nestor2925 Aventura BoulevardSuite 205Aventura, FL 33180Tel: (305) 933-6716