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The Face: Skin


What is Ultherapy?

Surgery has always been the mainstay of rejuvenation, but now there's Ultherapy, a novel non-invasive ultrasound treatment for counteracting the effects of time and gravity on your skin.

The beauty of an Ultherapy procedure is that it uses the body's own regenerative response to gently and gradually restore memory to the skin and underlying tissue support.

How does the Ultherapy procedure work?

A transducer placed on your skin projects an image onto a screen that allows your doctor to visualize the different skin layers and plan where the energy will be directed. This same applicator is then used to deliver low levels of focused heat at just the right depth below the skin to achieve a positive effect, all the while leaving the surface of your skin undisturbed.

Your skin's response to the energy is to stimulate the growth of new collagen. A gradual tightening occurs, resulting in a natural lift of the skin over time.

How is this procedure different from other non-surgical skin tightening procedures?

Ultherapy is the only skin rejuvenation procedure that uses ultrasound for non-invasive skin sculpting. THIS ALLOWS FOR COMPLETE PRECISION AND ACCURACY. The ability to use such a trusted technology to treat only the most relevant and responsive tissue helps ensure both safe and satisfying results.

What does it feel like?

Comfort levels vary from person to person, but it is unlikely you will need pain medication during the procedure. Many patients describe the sensation as momentary prickling or heat beneath the skin. This is the ultrasound energy being delivered into the tissue, which is how Ultherapy lifts and tightens the skin.

What can I expect afterwards?

You are able to return to your normal activities right away, and there are no special measures you need to take. Your skin may appear a bit flushed immediately after the treatment, but any redness should disappear in a matter of hours.

What kind of results can I expect?

With just one treatment, the regenerative process is initiated, but the full effect will build gradually over the course of two to three months. In the FDA clinical trial, nine out of ten patients had a noticeable, significant lift of the brow line. This resulted in reduced skin laxity on the eyelid and a more open, youthful look to the eyes overall. Patients reported firmer, tighter, better-fitting skin in other areas of the face and neck as well. There is currently an absence of a non-invasive way to produce the dramatic effects of surgery, but finally, there is a non-invasive approach for significant skin tightening and actual lifting.

Who is a good 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 brow line or sagging skin on the eyelids, for instance, are often the first signs of "maturing" skin.