A new cutting edge facelift procedure that takes the knife out of plastic surgery is making its way to central Indiana.
Ultherapy is the first FDA-approved non-surgical alternative to a traditional facelift that uses ultrasound to tighten and tone sagging skin, instead of actually cutting and lifting the skin.
Medical experts said the treatment works to stimulate collagen growth, and it promises to improve facial appearance without incisions, scars or downtime.
Darlene Ingalls, 45, wasn't quite ready to go under the knife, but said she noticed her brows were beginning to show signs of gravity, RTV6's Stacia Matthews
"I just needed a little something. I needed something to freshen me up, she said.
Ingalls had the Ultherapy procedure performed two months ago and said she feels refreshed.
"When I look in the mirror, I see somebody that looks, I'd say, at least eight years younger, Ingalls said. "My husband even noticed and you know, they don't notice much.
Despite Ingalls rave reviews, doctors said everyone isnt a candidate for Ultherapy and it normally works best on patients with mild to moderate sagging skin.
"(The procedure) requires oral sedation. On average, it's 30 to 60 minutes and you see an immediate tightening. However, in two to three months, the skin continues to tone, tighten and lift, plastic surgeon Tim Gillum said.
Ingalls is so impressed with her brow lift, she said she plans to get the procedure on the rest of her face.
Doctors said results can be seen with one treatment, but if needed, its safe to repeat it after a couple years.
The average cost for an Ultherapy procedure is $3,000, a fraction of the cost for a conventional facelift.
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