Most Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS ULTHERAPY?

Ultherapy is a safe, non-surgical ultrasound treatment that uses the body’s own regenerative response to gently and gradually lift skin on the eyebrow, under the chin and on the neck, and smooth lines and wrinkles on the décolletage.

WHO IS A GREAT CANDIDATE FOR ULTHERA?

Ulthera is recommended for areas where the skin starting to show some degree of laxity or “looseness”. Ulthera is also recommended for areas where collagen has broken down.

Loose skin under the chin or neck, droopy eyelids and a loose jawline signal a potential great candidate for treatment. Under eye bags are also a great treatment area. While Ulthera is NOT a replacement for a surgical facelift or skin reduction, it can help those with the early signs of aging, as well, those who want a natural looking lift.

Ulthera is also ideal for those looking to prolong the effects of a surgical facelift.

If you are NOT ready for surgery (mentally, physically or financially) then Ulthera may be for you!

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT ULTHERA?

Did you know that Ulthera is the only FDA cleared treatment to lift skin?

Ulthera also uses ultrasound imaging, which allows treatment to be highly targeted for the most effective results.  No other skin tightening device allows this precise, focused treatment. Plus Ulthera actually helps to condition the skin, so those lines on the neck (as seen below) or chest, can now be treated safely and effectively. 

WHAT are the key benefits of ULTHERApy?

  • FDA-cleared
  • Non-invasive
  • No downtime
  • Uses safe ultrasound
  • Takes just 45-90 minutes
  • Measurable results after just a single procedure
  • Stimulates the body’s natural collagen production

WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS FROM ULTHERA?

The visible effects of Ulthera—lifting and toning—take place over a period of 2-3 months post treatment, as tired collagen is replaced with new, more elastic collagen.

Ulthera will keep building-up collagen for up to 6 months following the procedure.

WHAT IS AN ULTHERA TREATMENT LIKE?

On your first visit with us, an Ulthera specialist will evaluate your specific needs and answer any questions you have.  They will discuss what treatment plan is best to achieve your desired results.During the procedure, your provider will use Ulthera ultrasound imaging to view deep within the skin to determine the best depths to administer treatment.

Your provider will scan treatment areas to then direct ultrasound waves in three different penetration depths to target fine lines, wrinkles and to target skin lifting.

Ulthera gently heats the tissue to lift and tighten loose skin without disrupting the surface of the skin.

How Does ulterhapy work?

Unlike lasers, radio frequency, surgery and other technologies, non-surgical Ultherapy bypasses superficial skin to deliver the right amount of ultrasound energy at the right depths and the right temperature. This energy triggers a natural response under the skin, jumpstarting the regenerative process that produces fresh, new collagen. The treatment also uses traditional ultrasound imaging, which allows practitioners to see the layers of tissue they are treating, ensuring the treatment energy is delivered to where it will be most beneficial.

IS THERE ANY DOWNTIME FROM ULTHERA?

No, there is no downtime with Ulthera. When your treatment has finished, you are able to return to normal activities immediately after.

THERE IS NO RECOVERY TIME & NO SCARRING.

You are not required to stay out of the sun, and there is no post treatment care you will need to conduct.

Are there any side effects?

There may be slight redness for up to an hour or so following the treatment, and a small percentage of patients may have slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to touch, but these are mild and temporary in nature.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY ULTHERA TREATMENT?

Some patients may see some initial effect, but the ultimate results will take place over 2-3 months, as the body naturally regenerates collagen. Since the procedure stimulates a person’s own collagen production, how long the results last really depends on the individual. The treatment produces new collagen on the inside, but the individual’s natural aging process will dictate how long that translates into visible results on the outside.

DOES ULTHERA HURT?

Continual scientific and clinical research is conducted to enhance the treatment, and thanks to a recent development, the Ultherapy treatment is now more comfortable for patients! This new-and-improved treatment approach is proven to increase patient comfort of the procedure without impacting efficacy.

Of course, comfort thresholds vary from patient to patient, so some people may experience discomfort while the ultrasound energy is being delivered. This sensation is temporary and a positive signal that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Patients typically leave comfortable and excited about the benefits to come!

HOW LONG DOES ULTHERA TAKE?

The length of the treatment will depend on the area being treated and patient’s individual treatment plan.

A face and neck procedure typically takes 60-90 minutes. A small area like the chin or around the eyes may take 20-30 minutes.

How many treatments will I need?

The majority of patients only need one treatment; however, some may benefit from more than one treatment depending on how much laxity they have and their body’s own biological response to the ultrasound and the collagen-building process.

HOW DO I GET THE BEST RESULTS FROM ULTHERA?

In brief, do not use ant-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen post treatment as these will may slow down the factors that stimulate new collagen production.

HOW DOES ULTHERA COMPARE TO LASER TIGHTENING?

HOW DOES ULTHERA COMPARE TO LASER TIGHTENING?

Ulthera is able to treat at at depths not reached with other devices, which ultimately target dramatic skin lifting.

Ulthera is the only treatment that can actually “see” and target the specific area of concern. Thus Ulthera is the only treatment suitable for those with thin, or even thick skin.

Ulthera is 100x more powerful that treatments like Thermage, Pelleve or other similar treatments because it provides more intense energy that ultimately causes more change within the skin. Ulthera is FDA cleared.

What are all of the fda-clearances for ultherapy?

  1. Lifting indications Ultherapy is the ONLY non-invasive procedure FDA-cleared to lift skin on the neck, under the chin and on the brow.
  2. Décolletage Indication: Ultherapy is the ONLY non-invasive procedure specifically FDA-cleared to improve lines and wrinkles on the décolletage.
  3. Imaging Indication: Ultherapy is the ONLY FDA-cleared aesthetic procedure to use ultrasound imaging to visualize dermal and subdermal layers of tissue during treatment.

What does collagen do? How does Ultherapy stimulate the creation of collagen?

Collagen is the natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firmed and toned. As we age, collagen loses its strength and its ability to stand up to the effects of gravity that pull the skin downward. Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound to generate a thermal effect under the skin. The thermal effect essentially jumpstarts a repair process that strengthens existing collagen and produces fresh, new collagen.

WHEN SHOULD I RECEIVE ULTHERA?

Ulthera is suitable to receive prior to a special event, however in some rare cases bruising may occur, which can be covered with makeup.

WHO SHOULD NOT RECEIVE ULTHERA?

Those who have:

  • Any area of cystic acne breakouts.
  • Open wounds near treatment area.
  • Anyone looking to treat an area treated with injectable fillers within the last 3 months.
  • Anyone who has had Botox/Dysport in areas of desired treatment within last 2 weeks.
  • Anyone looking to treat over an active implant such as a pacemaker.
  • Men should be clean shaven prior to treatment.

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