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Ultrasonic is the very best treatment that I have found for sagging skin, and when this technology is combined with LED, it is a skin firmer and plumper, and a smoother of lines. I decided to call this combination Ultra Renew. Yes, this is Truth In Aging’s very own at-home ultrasonic and LED device: Ultra Renew ($89, in the shop).

I left a little tease at the end of my post on how to pick the best at-home anti-aging device, saying that I was trying out a new device that has both ultrasonic and LED. Many of you picked up on it and asked for more details. Well, now I can reveal the all new Truth In Aging Ultra Renew. I have been working with a manufacturer and testing for months to be sure that I could create a real advance on the basic LED device. I love my Ultra Renew and I am proud to put Truth In Aging’s brand name on it.

Ultra Renew has ultrasound for face firming.  Plus there are three integrated LED lights (so there’s no removal of individual light panels) with red light for smoother skin, green for a clearer complexion and blue for breakouts and pimples.

Long a fan of LED, I am now very impressed with what ultrasonic can do, especially along the jawline, marionette lines and from cheek to temples. With regular use, the firming effects are notable and much better than LED alone. So what is it?

Ultrasonic is ultrasound. As the ultrasound waves pass to the skin, they cause the vibration of the surrounding tissues, particularly those that contain collagen. This vibration leads to the production of heat within the tissue. In most cases this cannot be felt (nor can ultrasonic waves be heard). It also produces more elastin and collagen. Ultrasonic also helps prep your skin for anti-aging serums. Even if you eshew the serum, you’ll need to apply a water-based gel or serum (UPDATE: we have now produced Ultra Renew Gel Serum infused with antioxidants) to help the conductivity of the ultrasonic waves.

In ultrasonic mode, the device is pushed firmly in an upwards direction across the face. Please note that neither the device nor the skin surface become no more than a little warm and the treatment isn’t at all uncomfortable. With ultrasound, the higher the frequency of the oscillation of the wand, the more shallow the ultrasound will pass to the skin. The Ultra Renew is set at 3 MHz, which is ample for an effective treatment with noticeable results. In fact research has shown that increasing source power doesn’t make ultrasound any more effective, so it is a gentle therapy.

LED seems to work by targeting water layers on elastin and encourages cellular metabolism, accelerates the repair and replenishment of damaged cells, and aids in the production of collagen. Blue light wavelengths pass to skin and produce singlet oxygen, which potentially destroy acne-causing bacteria. Green light targets melanocytes, melanin-producing cells located in the bottom layer of the skin's epidermis.

The LED and the ultrasound are used consecutively (not at the same time) and I have found that about 4 minutes of ultrasonic per side of the face, followed by 3-5 minutes of LED per side is adequate. Play around as time and inclination permits (LED alone, ultrasound alone, both treatments on just one area of the face). Three times a week is optimal. It can be used on hands, neck (LED and ultrasonic are safe for use on the neck providing that you don't have an over-active thyroid) and décolleté as well. I’ve seen research claiming that ultrasound elevates elbows (this I have yet to try) and can raise brow height by 2mm in just one session.

Ultra Renew is a sturdy, reliable device. All LED lights and ultrasound are activated at the press of a button and it comes with complimentary goggles and illustrated instructions. Note that the voltage is compatible worldwide, but outside the US you will need to purchase a local adapter from your hardware store.