When you hear the phrase ‘ultrasound therapy,’ you probably think of ultrasound scans used during pregnancy. And while both of these things do use the same technology, they don’t have the same purpose.
The use of ultrasound for therapeutic means has been explored since as early as the 1930s, becoming a beneficial technology for the treatment of conditions such as tendinitis, kidney stones, bone fracture healing, and more. But in recent years, ultrasound therapy has also found a unique place in an entirely different area: the world of anti-aging skincare.
But what is ultrasound therapy, and ultrasonic massaging? And how can it help to de-stress and rejuvenate your skin? We’re going to look into the science behind this new skincare technique, which may just make an appearance on your list of must-have skin treatments.
What is an Ultrasonic Massage?
Ultrasonic massage, also known as ultrasonic therapy or Ultherapy, uses high-frequency sound waves to generate controlled levels of heat that are then transmitted into the layers of your skin. Depending on the frequency of the sound waves, they can penetrate the skin at different depths, though most treatments will stop short of reaching your muscles and connective tissues.
The frequency of soundwaves used and the depth that they are transmitted will result in different cellular responses. But in the case of anti-aging treatment, the direct purpose of ultrasonic therapy is to stimulate collagen synthesis. This is because the ultrasound heating that occurs during a massage will cause micro-tears in the skin. This process is harmless and painless, but it does trigger a healing response as your body moves to repair these micro-tears by producing higher levels of collagen and elastin.
How Does it De-stress and Rejuvenate the Skin?
As you get older, your skin produces less collagen and elastin. These are the two most important proteins when it comes to keeping your skin tight, youthful, and elastic (which makes it more resilient to skin damage from acne, bacteria, and other pollutants). This is why your skin begins to show the effects of aging in your late 20s and 30s, as this is when collagen synthesis begins to slow down.
Anti-aging procedures like ultrasonic massage can directly de-stress and rejuvenate the skin because they stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the treated areas. By applying stress to the skin through the aforementioned micro-tears caused by ultrasound heating, over time this synthesis will soothe, heal, and remodel the skin. This results in a tighter, smoother, more elastic, and (most importantly) younger-looking skin! After several sessions of treatment, you will notice that your complexion is noticeably clearer and your skin tone and texture more even.
All in all, ultrasonic massage and ultrasound technology can play a very effective part in any person's anti-aging regimen. It still has yet to reach the mainstream in skincare, but here at Evenskyn, we are confident that procedures like this will become more popular as people realize what a useful treatment it can be. If you’re looking for an at-home anti-aging treatment, consider the Evenskyn Venus, which utilizes sonic massage to rejuvenate the skin around your eyes.
Written by: Shannon Campbell