What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a new type of cosmetic procedure that does not require surgery. It is designed to reduce the appearance of loose, sagging skin to create a more youthful yet natural appearance. The procedure works deep within the skin and does not cause any damage the outer layers. Using medical grade ultrasound technology, Ultherapy tightens, firms, and lifts the skin on the face and neck.
How does Ultherapy work?
Ultherapy is based on the same ultrasound technology used in medical imaging devices. The Ultherapy device takes images of the inner layers of skin and delivers heat to the areas needing treatment. This heat causes the skin to respond and create new collagen, which is responsible for tightening the skin.
How is the Ultherapy treatment unique?
Ultherapy is the only non-invasive treatment that can specifically target the deep foundation below the skin that is addressed in cosmetic surgery without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin. It is also the only procedure to use ultrasound imaging, which 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. While lasers typically address issues in the superficial layers of the skin (e.g. fine lines, wrinkles, pigment changes), Ultherapy addresses the deep skin layer and the foundational layer addressed in cosmetic surgery that lift and lend support to the skin. Therefore, the two technologies are quite complementary!
What areas of the body does Ultherapy treat?
Ultherapy can be used anywhere on the face and upper neck. It can be used on the entire area, or it can be used in localized sections.
What are the advantages of Ultherapy over other similar treatments?
Unlike some of the other nonsurgical treatments for sagging skin, Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to allow the doctor to see deep within the skin prior to treating it. This leads to a safer and more precise procedure.
Who is a candidate for Ultherapy?
A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone with skin that has “relaxed” 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. 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, financially or logistically. There are also younger people who want to â€œstay ahead of the gameâ€ as well as those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.
How is Ultherapy performed?
Ultherapy is performed by a medical professional using a small handheld device. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and there is no need for anesthesia. During the procedure, the doctor will hold the device against your skin. The device captures and projects ultrasound images of the inner layers of your skin. Looking at these images, the doctor will determine precisely where you need treatment. Using the same device, the doctor will deliver low levels of heat to those areas. The entire procedure typically takes about thirty minutes, during which time many patients feel mild warming sensations or prickling beneath the skin. In general, patients are able to obtain their desired results with just one treatment.
What results can I expect?
Following the Ultherapy procedure, the vast majority of patients will experience a noticeable lifting. Many patients also experience firmer, tighter skin that has a smoother texture and more even skin tone. While some results are apparently immediately following the procedure, the full effect develops over the course of two to three months and typically lasts for ten to twelve months. To maintain the full results, many patients require annual touch-up procedures.
What is the post procedure guideline?
The recovery for Ultherapy is typically very simple. Patients are able to return to their regular day to day activities immediately following the procedure, and there are no special measures that must be taken. Immediately after the procedure, some patients have reported redness, but this typically goes away on its own within a few hours.
What are the possible side effects and risks associated with Ultherapy?
Compared to many other cosmetic procedures, Ultherapy poses very few risks. The procedure utilizes the same ultrasound technology that has been used in the medical community for over 50 years. The most common side effects include mild redness and tenderness in the area where the treatment was performed. Both of these are completely normal and tend to go away quickly. Some patients may also experience bruising and swelling, but these side effects are much less common. They also tend to be mild and clear up on their own.
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