What is Ultherapy Face Tightening?
Ultherapy is an advanced, non-invasive treatment to improve the body contour or facial profile. Patients are increasingly inclined in favor of non-surgical cosmetic solutions that are safe and involve minimal downtime, and ultherapy is one of them. The procedure has been approved by the FDA, and is used effectively to tighten and lift the neck and face.
Ultherapy is based on ultrasound technology, which is non-invasive and helps lift, tighten and rejuvenate skin along the brow, chin, and the neck.
How does Ultherapy work?
Ultherapy is done by focusing ultrasound energy specifically into the deep foundation below the skin that is usually addressed in surgery, as well as into the skin itself.
- Tightening of the skin without cutting or disrupting the surface of skin.
- With ultrasound, we can bypass the upper layers of the skin and deliver the right amount of energy at the right depths to contract and then ultimately lift the soft tissue.
- The quality of skin is improved from the inside out.
- Immediate visible effects of lifting and tightening.
Ultherapy Before & After Photos
Lower Face/Chin Results:
*Photos courtesy of Ulthera
The Aging Process:
Early Changes: Lowered brow, “smaller” eyes, Nose-to-mouth folds, softened jawline.
Later Changes: Eye “hooding”, Under-eye pouches, Cheek droop, Jowl formation, Sagging neck
If you’re looking for a lift to counter the effects that gravity takes over time, Ultherapymay be just the treatment you’ve been waiting for.
Natural-looking results build gradually over 2-3 months, and the collagen-building process can continue for up to 6 months (no one has to know you had any work done; they just notice you look better with each passing day!).
Ultherapy Creates Collagen and Elastin Naturally
Ultherapy is so unique because it refreshes your collagen by jump-starting a repair process. It relies on the body’s own regenerative process to stimulate the natural creation of new collagen and elastin – yes, new collagen and elastin. This results in an actual lift of skin overtime – and just better-fitting skin.
Ultherapy Frequently Asked Questions
Many patients have questions about the safety and effectiveness of Ultherapy because it is still a fairly new procedure. The following list of FAQs attempts to answer most of these questions.
What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a new and revolutionary technology to cosmetically treat the face and other areas. It involves the use of ultrasound to lift, tighten, and tone the skin. The procedure can be completed in under an hour and does not have any downtime.
How is it performed?
Just like any other ultrasound procedure, Ultherapy involves a smooth applicator that is place over the patient’s skin. The goal here to heat up the excess tissue underneath the skin surface with an aim to promote the natural and gradual production of new collagen. The collagen helps firm up the skin naturally from inside out, without affecting the skin surface.
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Does Ultherapy require multiple treatments?
Most patients report satisfactory outcomes with just a single treatment of Ultherapy. However, a few patients with more lax skin may benefit from more than one treatment. It will depend on the needs and goals of the patient, which can be decided in consultation with the doctor.
How long until I see results?
Many people notice an immediate effect following the treatment, but the ultimate lifting and toning takes place over 2-3 months, as tired collagen is replaced with new, stronger collagen. And, as this collagen-building process continues, further improvements can even appear up to 6 months following a procedure!
Is Ultherapy painful?
Ultherapy is not a painful procedure, but some patients may experience a little discomfort or stinging sensation on the skin while the ultrasound energy is being delivered. An experienced physician will take the necessary measures to ensure patient comfort and satisfaction during and after the treatment.
Any precautions required during recovery period?
Most patients are able to resume their normal everyday activities immediately after the procedure. No special precautions or measures are necessary. After the treatment, the affected areas of the skin may show redness, which will go away on its own within a few hours.
What problem areas does Ultherapy target? What kind of results do you get?
Ultherapy addresses mild to moderate loose or sagging skin on the face and neck. Specifically, by reconditioning and renewing the skin from within, Ultherapy will lift the brow, which in turn reduces excess skin on the lids, opens up the eyes, and gives a more refreshed look overall. Ultherapy is also used to lift and tighten sagging skin on the neck and under the chin, addressing the “turkey gobbler” and “double chin,” which many patients are trying to eliminate.
How is Ultherapy different from other cosmetic procedures?
Ultherapy is the only non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses focused ultrasound to stimulate the growth of new collagen deep within the skin. The production of new collagen occurs over time, so results can become more apparent over three to six months. There is no downtime involved.
It also is the only procedure to use ultrasound imaging, which allows us to actually see the layers of tissue we target during the treatment and ensure the energy is deposited precisely to where it will be most effective.
Ultherapy vs Lasers?
Weakened collagen in the superficial skin layer can cause fine lines and wrinkles.> This is where laser play a role, improving the superficial layers.Weekened collagen in deeper connective tissue causes the skin to become prone to gravitational forces and begin to stretch, sag and shift downward.> This is where Ultherapy plays a role. It uses ultrasound to bypass the upper layers of the skin and deliver the right amount of energy at the right depths to contract and then ultimately lift the soft tissue.
Ultrasound allows us to actually see the layers of tissue we target during treatment and ensure the energy is deposited precisely to where it will be most effective.
Are there any side effects?
There may be slight redness for up to an hour or so following the treatment, and a small percentage of patients may have slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to touch, but these are mild and temporary in nature.
Who is a good candidate for Ultherapy?
A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone with skin that has some degree of laxity, to the point of looking, and often feeling, less firm. A lowered eyebrow line or sagging skin on the eyelids, for instance, is often the first sign of “maturing” skin. Loose skin under the neck and under the chin signals a patient might be a candidate. Typically, those in their thirties and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates.
While Ultherapy is not a replacement for a surgical face lift, there are many people who want some lifting but are not ready for surgery, either mentally, physically or financially. There also are younger people who want to “stay ahead of the game” as well as those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.
What does collagen do? How does Ultherapy stimulate the creation of collagen?
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 uses focused ultrasound to generate a thermal affect under the skin. The thermal affect essentially jumpstarts a repair process that strengthens existing collagen and produces fresh, new collagen.
Can men have it done?
Yes! Both women and men globally are receiving Ultherapy.