Exciting New Technology Achieves Immediate Non-Surgical Facelift in Portland, Oregon

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Dermatologist Dr. Douglas J. Key is the first in Oregon (and among the first in the nation) to offer Ultherapy™, a non-surgical skin tightening technology that provides immediate results.

Increasing demand for non-surgical cosmetic options has led to the development of a revolution new device, a non-surgical alternative to a facelift – now available in Portland, Oregon at the Key Laser Institute for Aesthetic Medicine (http://www.keylaserinstitute.com). Created by Ulthera™ and now approved by the FDA, the procedure uses ultrasound technology to achieve results similar to a surgical facelift or brow lift for a fraction of the cost and no downtime whatsoever. This has patients at Key Laser Institute for Aesthetic Medicine, home to one of the first of these Ulthera Systems in the nation, excited.

This non-invasive procedure, called Ultherapy™, has been available in Europe, Asia and elsewhere since early 2009. But Dr. Douglas J. Key of Key Laser Institute in Portland, OR is pleased to be among the first physician innovators adopting the technology in the U.S. Today, the Key Laser Institute is the exclusive and only provider offering Ultherapy in Oregon.

“I've had lots of positive feedback from patients treated with Ultherapy," reports Dr. Key. "One patient called me the day after her procedure to say that she felt and looked like a whole new person. Other patients have told me that, not only did they see immediate tightening and firming, the texture of their skin improved too. I can use Ultherapy to achieve results similar to a facelift or brow lift and my patients are very pleased with the results of these skin treatments in Portland.”

While drawing on the same reliable ultrasound principles that physicians and patients have trusted for decades, the Ulthera System is considered a first-of-its-kind technology because it utilizes ultrasound energy to lift and tighten the skin on the face and neck in a quick procedure that requires no downtime. The treatment triggers the body’s own regenerative response which, in turn, results in a firming, tightening and actual lifting of skin tissue over time.

“We now have the ability to use ultrasound imaging to see the layers of tissue we want to treat below the surface of the skin, and then focus the same ultrasound energy to treat just the targeted tissue,” says Key "With Ultherapy, this is accomplished without disrupting the epidermis, or top layer of skin, so patients experience no downtime whatsoever."

According to Dr. Key, Ultherapy can also be combined with other treatments for improved results. Non-surgical treatments that may be combined with Ultherapy include Thermage® and laser skin tightening or laser lipolysis. Dr. Key may also recommend that some of his patients receive more than one treatment, even though he says that the results of even a single treatment can be quite impressive.

"My philosophy is that the treatment plan I develop for each patient should be completely unique and adapted to their specific needs," explains Dr. Key. "The more treatment options I have, the more personalized each patient's results will be. That's why I'm so excited about Ultherapy. It's effective and it's non-surgical. It can be performed alone or it can enhance the results of other procedures. It's a very useful tool."

Dr. Douglas J. Key (http://www.keylaserinstitute.com) earned his medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco, and split his dermatology residency between New York University and Yale University. Dr. Key is a board-certified dermatologist and one of the nation's leading authorities in the field of cosmetic laser treatments. At the Key Laser Institute for Aesthetic Medicine in Portland, liposuction and laser skin restoration are among the most popular procedures he performs. He is responsible for much of the research which has contributed to the development of Retin A, as well as other vitamin derivatives that are now considered standards in clinical dermatology.

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