Non-invasive, non-surgical procedure used to lift and tighten loose skin on areas such as the eyebrows, jawline, and even improve wrinkles on the chest. This treatment uses ultrasound energy to heat targeted tissue under targeted tissue under the skin, invigorating the body’s natural production of collagen. Ultherapy is the first and only FDA-approved ultrasound energy based device for aesthetics. This a good option for patients with the beginning signs of skin laxity and for patients who want to stay ahead of the aging process.
One of the major benefits of Ultherapy is that there is no downtime after the procedure. Patients are able to return to regular daily activities after treatment. Minor swelling and bruising, tenderness, tingling, and numbness may occur but only lasts for a few days. Some of the immediate benefits are a slight lifting and toning of the skin, along with a tighter and firmer feeling as the collagen growth starts. Similar to other rejuvenation treatments that rely on growth of collagen, results are gradual over the course of 2-3 months. Some patients have reported improvement for up to 6 months.
The Ulthera System has the ability to image tissue and provide treatment to that tissue. Ulthera can see under the skin to know where the energy is being delivered and just as importantly, know where NOT to treat. The Ulthera system can avoid structures such as bones.
The imaging component of the Ulthera system allows users to see up to 8 mm under the skin’s surface, to verify there is proper contact or coupling with the transducer and skin, and enable optimum placement of energy into the tissues while avoiding structures such as bone and blood vessels
During the Ultherapy procedure a smooth ultrasound probe is applied to the skin to deliver low levels of focused heat to the target muscles and tissue deep beneath the skin’s surface. Typically this causes a mild, warm tightening sensation that is tolerable without any form of anesthetic or pain medication; however, your doctor may recommend local anesthetic if your pain threshold is extremely low.
Ultherapy treatment takes 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on surface area being treated.
You may see a slightly tighter, firmer you right away, but the building of new collagen happens progressively over 2 to 3 months following the treatment. If there was ever a time when patience is a virtue it’s when you are rewarded with the amazing, risk-free results of Ultherapy: lifted, tightened, and toned skin around the eyes, brow, and jaw line.
Depending on your skin laxity, it may only take one Ultherapy treatment for ideal results; other patients may require a series of 3 treatments. As your skin endures the natural aging process, it is recommended to repeat this treatment every 12 months to maintain results.
With the addition of the new Ultherapy:registered: Décolletage Treatment, Ultherapy is also now the only non-invasive procedure specifically indicated by the FDA to improve lines and wrinkles on the chest.
Ultherapy treats the deep foundational layer addressed in cosmetic surgery, but won’t duplicate the results of a facelift. Ultherapy is a great alternative, however, especially for those not ready for surgery or for patients looking to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery.
Ultherapy uses sound energy – tried-and-true ultrasound – which has unique properties that allow it to bypass the surface of the skin to treat depths not matched by any other non-invasive cosmetic device.
Ultherapy deposits focused ultrasound energy deep beneath the skin at the optimal temperature for collagen regeneration. The treatment jumpstarts a natural process, known as neocollagenesis, to produce fresh, new collagen. Ultherapy doesn’t involve any creams, fillers or toxins; it just relies on your body’s own collagen-building process for natural, noticeable results.
The skin might appear flushed at first, but the redness should disappear within a few hours. Some patients experience slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to the touch, but these are temporary in nature. Other, less common post-procedural effects may include temporary bruising or numbness on small areas of skin.
Immediately after treatment, some patients will notice that the skin appears and feels tighter than before the treatment. However, real results will not begin to show until two or three months later, when the collagen begins to heal the treated areas. The results will appear natural since they occur over time instead of instantly.