Ulthera is a non-invasive ultrasound therapy that lifts your brow, neck, chin, and décolletage by tightening the connective tissue under the surface of your skin. Ulthera stimulates collagen production to refresh your skin at deep level – without surgically damaging the skin. Recovery time is minimal, and there is no scarring, bandaging, or infection. Ultherapy is comparable to a face lift without many of the challenges and risks.
What is the process for Ulthera?
As we age, our skin normally loses collagen and elasticity. This causes skin to sag, resulting in drooping brows, jowls below the cheeks, turkey neck, and crepey or wrinkled skin above the breasts. Ultherapy stimulates new connective tissue beneath the skin, which causes the surface to look smoother and younger.
In an ultherapy session, a trained technician applies a clear water-based gel, and smoothes the Ulthera ultrasound wand over the desired area of the brow, chin, neck or décolletage to send an image of the patient’s facial structure and tissue to a screen. The ultrasound imaging will enable the technician to see deep within the skin to identify exactly which areas to target. The technician then activates the ultrasound device to deliver focused ultrasound waves past the skin’s surface to the deep connective tissue which forms the foundation of the skin – the area normally tightened in cosmetic surgery. Ulthera focuses the ultrasound energy to heat only the tissue beneath the skin surface, which causes the existing collagen and elastin to break down. The body stimulates the tissue to replace itself with a fresh, stronger, tighter batch of new collagen, which reinvigorates the connective tissue. The new collagen will provide a better underpinning of structure, so skin looks smoother and tighter. Because collagen is generated by the body over time, the Ulthera result actually improves over the course of 60 to 90 days or more, and remains visible for months or even years.
Does Ulthera hurt?
The deep sound waves create heat friction, which can feel internally warm or like pinpricks deep below the surface. The sensation only lasts during the treatment. We advise patients take an ibuprofen and prescription relaxant such as valium as preventative about an hour before the treatment. Recovery from Uthera takes only as long as the relaxant takes to wear off, about an hour, with no visible scarring or bandages. Skin may appear flushed or rosy, which will disappear in a few hours. Some patients experience mild swelling, tingling, or sensitivity for a short while after the treatment. Numbing or bruising is very rare.
How long does it take? What is the downtime?
Complete Ulthera treatments take about 60 to 90 minutes for face and neck, and 30 minutes for chest area. Once the relaxant wears off, patients can return to work with no visible change to their complexion or skin. Results improve over 2-3 months as new collagen lifts and tightens the skin. Results may last months or up to two years.
Who is a candidate for Ulthera?
If you are over the age of 40, it is likely you have some breakdown of collagen which is causing your skin to be less tight than it once was. If you are in good health, and eager for a treatment that will improve over time, with no needles, toxins, fillers, scalpels, or downtime, Ulthera may be ideal for you. Ulthera results are considered comparable to plastic surgery, without the associated exposures, risks, and healing process. Ulthera results look natural because the body responds to sound waves in a naturally healing way. Ulthera is also being used to enhance and extend the results of plastic surgery. Ulthera treatments can be repeated every few years as needed.