What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a non-surgical aesthetic procedure that uses ultrasound technology to improve loose or lax skin on the face and neck. There are other procedures that claim “skin tightening”, however, this is the first procedure that has been cleared by the FDA for actual lifting of skin tissue.
With Ultherapy, Dr. Behr can treat below the surface of the skin without ever disrupting the top layer of skin. Ultherapy is a great option for those not interested in or ready for face or neck lift surgery.
Ultherapy Treatment Areas
Ultherapy treatment may be used to treat a number of areas including:
Ideal Candidates for Ultherapy
Both women and men who have skin laxity without excessive sun damage are great candidates for Ultherapy. The eyes are often the first place to show the effects of gravity in the form of laxity on the eyelids or a more ‘closed’ appearance. Tightening the skin on the forehead can lift the brow, which in turn alleviates the hooding of the lids and restores a more refreshed and open look around the eyes.
There is also tremendous demand for “shrinking” the skin on the cheeks, along the jawline and under the chin back into a more youthful position or contour.
Younger patients, increasingly, are taking a proactive approach to anti-aging, seeking medical treatments that can help to slow down the clock instead of waiting and turning it back. Because Ultherapy addresses the foundational layers providing support to the skin, it is complementary to other skin rejuvenation procedures geared to surface issues.
How is Ultherapy Performed?
At the start of your treatment, Dr. Behr and her team will cleanse the skin and apply ultrasound gel to the treatment area. Then, the Ulthera handpiece is placed directly on the skin where the gel was applied to deliver low-level focused heat. Although the heat is low-level, there may be mild discomfort during treatment dependent upon the patient and the area being treated.
How long is the Ultherapy treatment?
The entire tightening treatment for the face and neck takes about 60 to 90 minutes, while a partial face or brow treatment usually takes about 30 minutes.
Results After Ultherapy
Patients will enjoy some noticeable effects immediately following the procedure, but the ultimate lifting takes place over a 3-6 month period. It takes a little time for the collagen to be rejuvenated and supplemented with new, stronger collagen created by Ultherapy™. While not a replacement for the dramatic effects of surgery, Ultherapy™ offers a “minimal downtime” approach to significantly improving lax skin.
For optimal results, patients should consider yearly treatments to combat the ongoing effects of age and gravity.
When Can I Return To Normal Activity After Ultherapy?
There is minimal downtime, and our patients typically can return to their normal activities right away.
How Does Ultherapy Compare To Laser Skin Tightening?
Ultherapy addresses the deep layers of the skin while lasers typically address the superficial layers. Ultherapy works great in combination with other skin rejuvenation procedures such as Fraxel laser skin resurfacing, brown spot removal, Clear + Brilliant, and more for a more youthful appearance. Ask about the best treatment option for your skin laxity, tone and texture during your consultation.
Ultherapy Side Effects
Patients may experience some minor, temporary side effects including slight redness, slight swelling, and tingling or tenderness in the treated area.
Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Before and After
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