Ultherapy is a non-surgical ultrasound treatment using the body’s own regenerative response to gently and gradually “restore memory” to the skin and underlying tissue support. It is the only non-surgical procedure that allows practitioners to see below the surface of the skin and to specifically target the deep foundational layer of tissue that is addressed with surgical facelifts. The ability to treat not just the skin but its underlying support very precisely, from the inside out, helps to ensure both safe and satisfying results with no downtime.
As with other ultrasound procedures, a smooth applicator placed upon your skin projects an image onto a screen. This same applicator is then used to deliver tiny deposits of focused ultrasound energy at just the right depth below the skin to achieve a positive effect while leaving the surface of the skin undisturbed.
The skin’s response to the energy is to stimulate the growth of new collagen. A gradual tightening and firming occurs resulting in a natural lift of the skin over time.
The procedure itself takes from 30 minutes to one hour depending on the treatment area. There can be some discomfort while the energy is being delivered, but it is temporary and a signal that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Comfort levels vary from patient to patient and some may opt to take analgaesics ½ hour prior to the procedure to make the experience as pleasant as possible.
Immediately following the procedure, your skin may appear a bit flushed but any redness should disappear within a few hours. It is not uncommon to experience slight swelling for a few days following the procedure or tingling/tenderness/numbness to the touch for a few weeks after the procedure but these are mild and temporary in nature.
After one treatment, the regenerative process is initiated, but the effect will build gradually over the course of three to six months. Some may benefit from more than one treatment.
A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone with skin that has “relaxed” to the point of looking and often feeling, less firm. Areas that are suitable include the jowls and laxity under the chin. Some body areas may be treated but world-wide experience is less for these areas.
The results will vary depending on age, skin condition and individual response to the treatment.