Ultherapy is one of the latest non-invasive treatments for lifting and toning skin on the face and neck without any downtime. Ultherapy is able to penetrate deeply and precisely into the foundational layers of facial tissue, bringing about tightening and lifting of the brows, jawline, jowls, facial skin and neck.
What does collagen do?
Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firmed and toned. As we age, collagen loses its strength and its ability to stand up to the effects of gravity that pull the skin downward. Ultherapy jumpstarts a repair process that strengthens your existing collagen and produces fresh, new collagen.
How is Ultherapy different from other cosmetic procedures?
Ultherapy is the only nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that uses ultrasound to specifically target the foundational layer of facial tissue that doctors address in surgery. The use of ultrasound also enables us to actually see the layers of skin we are treating, allowing the energy to be delivered precisely to where it will be most productive.
Is it safe?
Ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in medical imaging for over 50 years. In addition, the procedure has been cleared by the FDA after demonstrating safety in clinical studies, and tens of thousands of treatments have been performed worldwide without any significant adverse events.
Who is a good candidate for Ultherapy?
There is a broad range of people who can benefit from Ultherapy, but typically those in their thirties and older are candidates. While this is not a replacement for surgery, Ultherapy is ideal for people who desire some lifting, in order to look more refreshed and toned but are not ready for surgery.
How many treatments does it take?
Majority of people need only one treatment, while those with a fair amount of laxity may require more than one treatment. Annual touch-up treatments can help slow down the rate of skin ageing.
How long does the treatment take?
One full face and neck treatment usually takes about 60 minutes.
Does it hurt?
Comfort thresholds vary from patient to patient, but there can be some discomfort while the energy is being delivered, which is temporary and a signal that the collagen-building process has been initiated. We will take measures to make the experience as pleasant as possible, and this may involve the use of numbing creams and painkillers.
How long do the effects last?
Patients treated with Ultherapy still have fresh young collagen after a year’s time following the procedure, but skin continues to age. Yearly touch-up treatments can help keep pace with the ageing process.
Are there any side effects?
There may be slight redness for a few hours following the treatment, and it’s not uncommon to have slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to touch for a few weeks, but these are typically mild and they are temporary in nature. There can be other post-procedural effects such as bruising and small areas of numbness but these are less common and, again, temporary.