Looking for a non-surgical alternative to a neck lift or brow lift? Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved, non-invasive procedure for the treatment of skin laxity. Key treatment areas include the neck, chin and brow, with long-term improvement last for up to six months.
Ultherapy works by gently heating the tissue to stimulate the production of collagen deep in the skin, strengthening and firming the structural components of the skin without affecting the top layers. While surgical procedures like a neck lift or brow lift both tighten underlying muscle and remove excess skin, Ultherapy activates your body’s natural healing processes to stimulate the production of collagen and improve the skin’s appearance from the inside out.
- Preparation No preparation is needed prior to an Ultherapy treatment, though you may wish to remove any lotions or makeup on the treatment areas beforehand.
- Anesthesia No anesthesia is needed for Ultherapy, but pain thresholds will vary from patient to patient. It is not uncommon for Doctor Vallecillos to pre-treat patients with oral analgesia. The procedures in general are very well tolerated with minimal discomfort.
When you arrive for your treatment, the treatment areas are cleansed and an ultrasound gel is applied. The machine’s handpiece is then placed on the skin, and the energy is applied.
Who is a candidate for Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is appropriate for anyone who has experienced skin laxity in the neck, chin or brow areas and is interested in a non-surgical alternative treatment. While Ultherapy cannot provide the same results as a brow lift, facelift or neck lift, it can generate some subtle toning and tightening of the skin. The best candidate for Ultherapy would be someone who’s skin looks relaxed to the point of looking less firm, but still has a healthy amount of distensibility.
How long does the procedure take ?
The procedure is in-office and takes anywhere from 60-90 minutes including patient prep.
What is the recovery time after Ultherapy?
There is no recovery time after Ultherapy, and most patients return immediately to their normal routine.
Are there risks or side effects with Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is safe, FDA-approved and side effects are generally minimal and temporary. The most common are redness and slight swelling, but some patients may experience tingling or tenderness, slight bruising or numbness in the treated areas, which usually persist for a few hours to a few weeks after the procedure.
How long do the results last?
Some patients may see immediate results directly after the Ultherapy treatment session, though the production of collagen is a long-term process and generally results continue to emerge for up to six months after treatment. Once final results are achieved, you can help to maintain them with good skincare practices and routine follow up treatments.
How many treatments will I need?
The majority of patients need one treatment, but some may benefit from more than one. The number of treatments needed depends on your skin’s laxity and your body’s response to the ultrasound energy.
Am I a good candidate for Ultherapy?
The best candidate for Ultherapy would be someone who’s skin looks relaxed to the point of looking less firm, but still has a healthy amount of distensibility. Basically, patients demonstrating early signs of aging or senescence in the 4th decades of life. Most common areas treated are sagging skin on the eyebrows, neck skin, and skin under the chin.
Is Ultherapy an alternative to a facelift ?
In short, no, Ultherapy is not an alternative for a facelift, but it can help augment a facelift’s results and stave off early signs of facial aging. What most people do not realize, however, is that total facial “rejuvenation” requires a multi-faceted approach in accordance with 3 fundamental issues that occur with facial aging:
1) Repositioning soft-tissue deep in the face that is sagging subsequent to aging, along with volume loss in the face – this is best accomplished with a facelift or necklift procedure. Volume replacement may be accomplished with the use of fat, or injectable fillers, such as Juvederm, Voluma, Sculptra, among others.
2) Skin quality – A relatively startling fact about skin aging: 90 % of skin aging is due to the sun, and 90% of the damage occurs before the age of 18 ! Sun damage, hence, is the achilles heel of the prolongation of healthy looking skin. With sun damage comes sun spots, pre-mature wrinkling, and loss of a confluent skin tone seen in youth, just to mention a few. This can be greatly improved with the a solid skincare regimen, and light/laser-based therapies such as IPL and fractionated laser resurfacing
3) Tightening the skin – a subtle point with facelift surgery, which is often missed or simply left out during consultations, is that facelifts Do Not improve the quality of the native skin. What this means is that, patients requiring a facelift generally have skin which has lost elasticity with aging, so after a facelift, despite the fact that the skin may be “tight” initially, relaxation will inevitably occur to some degree over weeks and months following the surgery. Ultherapy can help by increasing the organized collagen in the deep skin layers, thus adding to the overall effect of a more invasive surgical procedure. Because Ulthera does not provide any sort of “resurfacing” effects that lasers do, a complement of both procedures lends to a comprehensively optimal result in patients with associated significant sun damage.