Ultherapy Treatment: A Non-surgical way to lift and tighten skin
What happens when we age?
- Years of movement etches lines and wrinkles deeply in the skin
- Genetics and sundamage breaks down collagen which leads to loose and crepe-like skin
- Sun and Free radicals causes brown spots, poor texture, and loss of elasticity
- We lose fat and bone in mid face which leads to less structural support, jowls, and sagging skin
What can be done about this?
Loose, crepe-like skin of the face, neck, and chest is a common concern for patients. Ultherapy uses the concept that focused ultrasound therapy stimulates collagen production with no downtime. Ultrasound, has of course been used safely throughout the medical field for over 50 years. This new collagen as well as the healing response of the existing collagen lifts and tightens skin. Ultherapy is FDA-approved to lift the skin of the neck, under the chin, along the jowls/jawline, and on the eyebrow. It can also improve lines and wrinkles on the upper chest. Improvement in some patients is immediate but more often is noted over a 2-3 month period and invasive surgical procedures are able to be avoided.
How does Ultherapy work?
Ultherapy stimulates collagen production by delivering safe ultrasound energy to the deeper layers of the skin without needles, cutting, or disrupting the skin surface. The energy is delivered to the right depths of the skin and at the right temperature to trigger the body to naturally regenerate new collagen with no downtime.
What is involved in the Treatment?
Our Licensed Medical Aestheticians are very skilled in performing Ultherapy treatments. You will first have a consultation with one of them. They will address your concerns, assess your skin, and determine if you are a candidate for treatment. Good Ultherapy candidates have mild to moderate skin laxity in areas such as a lowered eyebrow line, chest wrinkles, jowls, or sagging under the chin and neck. Once you book your treatment, you will not have to change your skin care regimen or do any preparation.
During your treatment, your skin will be cleansed and ultrasound gel will be applied. The treatment applicator will be placed against the skin and our aesthetician use ultrasound imaging to see deep within the skin to determine optimal placement of the ultrasound energy. During the treatment you will feel tiny beats of energy being deposited. Comfort levels vary from person to person. Some patients opt to take 600 mg of ibuprofen before treatment to make the feeling of deposited energy less intense.
After your treatment, there is NO DOWNTIME!!! You may appear a little flushed but the redness disappears within a few hours. You can return to work or other activities immediately. Some patients feel a little tenderness or tingling but this is temporary and mild.
How long does an Ultherapy treatment take?
The length of treatment depends on the area being treated. A face and neck procedure typically takes 60-90 minutes, while a chest or brow lift treatment takes 30 minutes.
How many Ultherapy treatments will I need?
Most patients only require one treatment. Sometimes patients will benefit from additional treatments based on individual skin laxity and an individual’s ability to build collagen. Although results are permanent, skin does continue to age, so future touch ups may help patients keep up with the body’s natural aging process.
When will I see results?
Some patients see initial tightening immediately, but usually results gradually appear over 2-3 months as the collagen regenerating process naturally occurs. The procedure stimulates collagen regenerating and this effect is permanent. However, how long that collagen lasts depends on you and your natural aging process.
What are the side effects?
Your skin may be flushed or pink initially, but this generally subsides within a few hours. Some patients notice tingling or tenderness to touch but these are temporary and generally subside within days. More rare side effects include temporary bruising or numbness on small areas of skin.
Interested in whether an Ultherapy treatment is right for you? Call South Coast Dermatology 781 335 9700 for a cosmetic consultation.
Ultherapy Before and After Photos
Full Face Treatment
Under the Chin