Hoping to tighten skin? Forget a facelift – today, there are far more comfortable and patient-friendly options. Ultherapy offers a non-invasive procedure for patients seeking gentle tightening on the face or neck. First time hearing about this treatment option? We’ve put together a quick Q&A to help you navigate the process.
Although there are some general answers below, the best way to learn more about your candidacy is to schedule a free consultation. The appointment is entirely complimentary, and we’ll be able to evaluate your skin and recommend the course of treatment that fits best.
What makes Ultherapy different from other treatments?
If you’ve been investigating your nonsurgical skin tightening options, you’ve probably seen a few different procedures and wondered how you can possibly choose between them. Ultherapy has a few unique advantages that sets it apart:
- The only non-invasive, FDA-cleared treatment that lifts skin
- The only cosmetic procedure that uses ultrasound imaging, which allows the provider to see target tissues while they are being treated
- Uses an energy type (ultrasound) that has been safely used in the medical field for over 50 years
- The only non-invasive procedure that the FDA indicates to improve fine lines and wrinkles on the chest
Should I Get Ultherapy Instead of a Facelift?
The two treatments are quite different, and offer diverse results. A facelift pulls skin, muscle, fat and other tissues higher up the face to lift facial features. This accomplishes overall tightening and can yield dramatic results. Ultherapy treats the deep layer of the skin that is responsible for skin laxity and a great deal of aging. Firming and stimulating this layer will help tighten and lift features from within.
Ultherapy is ideal for patients who are not yet ready for surgery, but hoping to gently lift their features back up where they once rested.
Is Ultherapy Better than Laser Treatments?
Ultherapy works very differently from laser treatments, and actually addresses an entirely different layer of the skin. Ultrasound energy bypasses the skin’s surface to reach depths that lasers can’t access. At this depth, the energy is able to stimulate collagen production. Lasers use light energy, which cannot penetrate as deeply and remain at an appropriate temperature. For this reason, lasers are ideal for superficial treatments but are not FDA-cleared for skin lifting.
How Does Ultherapy Work?
Ultherapy delivers targeted ultrasound energy to a deep layer of the skin, at a temperature which will stimulate collagen production. Treatments kickstarts neocollagenesis, which produces new collagen. In this way, Ultherapy uses your body’s natural processes to accomplish skin tightening and lifting. Results are wonderfully natural and fit right in with your other features – you’ll never look like anyone other than yourself.
How Much Time Will Treatment Take?
Treatment length varies depending on the treatment area and the individual. If you’re treating your face and neck, this usually takes between 60-60 minutes. A chest treatment takes about 30 minutes.
Most patients only need one treatment, but some can benefit from additional sessions. This is hard to predict before the first treatment, as each patient responds slightly differently to collagen stimulation. However, the degree of skin laxity is a good indicator of whether more than one treatment will be beneficial.
As the aging process continues, future touch-ups will help preserve results.
Is There Downtime After an Ultherapy Session?
There is typically no downtime after Ultherapy. Skin may appear red initially, but this will fade within a few hours. Patients occasionally experience mild swelling or tenderness, but these are also temporary. Less common side effects include small areas of bruising or numbness. Your provider will discuss all potential side effects before getting started. In most cases, patients can return to daily life immediately!
How Long Before I See Ultherapy Results?
Patients sometimes see initial differences to their skin, but it takes time for the full effects to present. Final results take hold over the next 2-3 months as the body forms new collagen. The length of results actually depends on how long your body continues the collagen production process, which is hard to predict. Then, the aging process will determine how long that fresh collagen and tighter skin lasts in terms of your appearance.
Am I a Candidate for Ultherapy?
Many patients interested in tighter skin are good Ultherapy candidates. If you have mild to moderate skin laxity, treatment could be a great fit. Consider whether you’re experiencing any of the following:
- Lowered eyebrow line, with skin sagging toward the eyes
- Loose skin on the neck
- Sagging skin under the chin
- Lines or deeper wrinkles on the chest
If you think you might be a candidate, just schedule a consultation to learn more. It’s as easy as clicking or calling – we look forward to seeing you!