Benefits of Ultherapy
There are many reasons to consider Ultherapy when you are ready to move forward with a skin-tightening treatment:
- No needles used, no neurotoxins injected
- Does not require incisions, so no post-procedural scarring
- Quick procedure with no recovery time
- Promotes collagen production within the skin for a natural result
- Visible improvement after one treatment
- No anesthesia means you can drive yourself home after treatment
Despite its many benefits, Ultherapy may not be the right choice for everyone. Schedule your exam at our medspa to find out if this procedure is the best option for you.
What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a nonsurgical treatment that works on the deepest layers of the skin to lift and tighten while eliminating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Ultherapy is the first noninvasive, FDA-approved skin treatment that firms up problem areas without surgery. Instead, this technology targets the deeper dermal structure and muscle layer to create natural, long-lasting results without anesthesia, incisions or a recovery process.
Ultherapy treatments involve little discomfort and require no recovery time at all. This state-of-the-art procedure diminishes the early signs of aging after just one treatment session while leaving the topical layer of skin and surrounding tissue undamaged. You can enjoy a smoother, firmer complexion without the need to disrupt your daily schedule to achieve your aesthetic goals.
Ultherapy Lifts Naturally
As we age, our skin changes due to the natural breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers. Under the constant stress of sun exposure and the pull of gravity, our skin becomes loose and begins to sag. Cheeks that once had volume and definition might now look shallow and wrinkled. Lines and creases form around the nose and mouth. Skin laxity on the lower face can lead to the formation of jowls along the jawline. These changes prompt many to look for ways to efficiently turn back the clock that are both quick and painless.
There are a variety of nonsurgical therapies that promise to help slow the aging process, from laser treatments and chemical peels to radiofrequency treatment and topical creams. However, not all these procedures offer the same long-lasting results of Ultherapy, and some may carry significant risks for side effects. The most invasive treatments for addressing severe signs of aging are facelift and neck lift surgeries. While these procedures offer dramatic results, they also involve a degree of pain and an extended recovery period afterwards. Ultherapy is a way to achieve similar results without potentially damaging laser treatments, or painful surgery.
Areas treated with Ultherapy
Ultherapy is a safe, versatile treatment that can address a variety of treatment areas, including:
- Cheeks and midface – treats volume loss, sagging and nasolabial folds
- Neck – addresses “turkey neck,” skin sagging, horizontal banding
- Chin – reduces marionette lines and jowl formation along the jawline
- Brow – raises drooping lids and diminishes crow’s feet around the eyes
- Décolletage – minimizes fine lines while firming skin in the upper chest
We will personally assess your needs to determine whether Ultherapy will produce the best results for you. If Ultherapy is not the right treatment, we will recommend alternatives that may be more effective in helping you reach all your aesthetic goals. In some cases, a combination Ultherapy and other treatments may be advised to produce the most desirable outcomes for your look.
How does Ultherapy work?
Ultherapy is the first treatment that uses targeted ultrasound energy to penetrate deep within the dermal structure and into the muscle, promoting natural collagen production to lift and tighten skin. This procedure is not the traditional ultrasound treatment you might associate with monitoring a growing baby during pregnancy. Instead, this ultrasound technology delivers gentle heat energy to the same deep tissue planes addressed by modern facelifts – the precise depth necessary to have both immediate and long-term effects on the skin. Ultrasound imaging can also be used to target the dermal layers and tissue, so the treatment reaches the exact area where it will offer the most significant benefit.
Once the treatment area is located, the ultrasound energy heats the layers to coagulative temperatures between 60-70 degrees Celsius. This temperature helps catalyze aggressive collagen synthesis, without causing damage to the skin.
Laser therapies also deliver heat to achieve results but tend to use a higher temperature that can cause significant damage to the skin. While laser treatments can produce results that may be positive in time, these treatments often involve an extended and sometimes uncomfortable recovery process. At the same time, laser treatments cannot penetrate as deeply, leading to a superficial outcome that may not last as long as that achieved by Ultherapy.
Ultherapy can reach into all the essential layers deep under the surface of the skin to help visibly tighten and lift similarly to a more invasive facelift, but without the need for anesthesia and incisions. The fractional treatment targets key areas to break down damaged layers and rebuild healthy new collagen fibers. Those crucial fibers begin to build the skin’s latticework and provide a stable base that maintains tightness and firmness throughout.
Are there any Risks Associated with Ultrasound Exposure?
Ultrasound technology has been utilized in the medical industry for decades, so it has a track record of safety. There are no harmful effects from this therapy because there are no x-rays or other harmful energy frequencies used during the procedure. Ultrasound energy safely heats the skin to an optimal temperature that causes no damage to surrounding tissue or the outer dermis.
There is also little discomfort associated with this technology. During the procedure, patients may experience slight heating of the soft tissue layer, but it should not be overly painful. Your provider will ask you about your comfort level throughout your treatment, so your entire session is a pleasant and even relaxing experience. If any discomfort is felt, adjustments can be made as the procedure progresses.
We perform Ultherapy in our office in Orange County, without the need for any anesthesia. A handpiece is guided over the surface of the skin, which delivers the ultrasound energy into the deeper dermal structure. Some patients report a mild sting or prickling sensation as the energy goes in, but it is not overly painful. Treatment sessions last about one hour, depending on the number and size of the areas you would like to address.
After your Ultherapy session, your skin may be red and slightly swollen for a few hours. These side effects should not be too uncomfortable to keep you from resuming your daily routine right away. One of the most attractive features of Ultherapy is the fact that you can have the treatment on a lunch hour and return to your office with few visible signs you just had a procedure performed.
While some patients will achieve their full aesthetic goals in just one Ultherapy treatment sessions, others may prefer a series of appointments to reap the most significant benefits. Results from Ultherapy last anywhere from six to 12 months and can be repeated periodically without any damaging side effects to the skin. We provide complimentary exams for every patient interested in Ultherapy and create a custom treatment plan to address all your skin concerns to provide you with the best possible results.
Ultherapy is a surgical alternative for those looking to minimize early signs of aging. It can also be used as a maintenance option for previous cosmetic procedures. If you are interested in this innovative treatment, contact our medspa today at 949-515-9377 to schedule your complimentary exam.
*Any claims regarding the duration or outcome of any treatment, procedure, or service provided are based on optimal results. Individual results may vary. For realistic expectations, please set up a one on one exam with our practice.