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There are many treatments that can rejuvenate skin tissue, and one non-invasive option worth considering is Ultherapy. Involving the use of ultrasound energy, Ultherapy is the only FDA-cleared procedure that tightens and lifts loose skin in the neck, chin, and brow. The treatment also minimizes lines and wrinkles that may appear in skin on the chest.
How Ultherapy Works
Based on ultrasound technology that has been used in the medical field for more than 50 years, Ultherapy works on the deeper subcutaneous tissues (the layers of skin) without distributing the surface layer of the skin, also known as the epidermis. Performed in a relaxed setting, the procedure uses a special device to deliver ultrasound at the right temperature to the affected area of the skin.
No needles, creams, fillers, or toxins are used as part of the process. The energy transmitted from the device applied to the skin triggers signals in the body that increase the production of collagen, which makes up about 30 percent of all proteins made by the human body. The extra collagen helps deeper skin layers heal and tighten over time as elasticity is restored due to the return of normal collagen levels.
There is no downtime with Ultherapy. You should be able to return to your normal routine and activities after the procedure is completed. It usually takes about 30 minutes to perform chest treatment with Ultherapy, and about 60 to 90 minutes for face and neck treatments.
How Do You Prepare for Ultherapy?
As with most skin treatments, patients are often asked to avoid placing makeup and topical skin creams on the area that will be treated. Part of the reason for this is to prevent any issues with the ultrasound energy being transferred through the skin’s top layer to the deeper layers underneath. However, it is generally okay to use mild soap and water prior to treatment for normal skin cleaning purposes. Your medical professional will let you know which specific steps you need to follow in order to prepare for the treatment.
What Can You Expect During Treatment?
Every patient has different skin sensitivity levels. In general, there is little or no discomfort that is experienced during the procedure. You will likely feel a sensation of energy being targeted at deeper layers in your skin; but it’s not painful, just a sign that the treatment is working. You will only feel this sensation when the ultrasound is being administered. You may notice some redness in the treated area, but this usually disappears within a few hours after the procedure. You will go into the treatment with a clear idea of what to expect based on your unique situation.
How Many Treatments Are Necessary?
Most patients do well with a single Ultherapy treatment. If you have complex skin issues or an extensive area of loose skin that needs to be treated, you may see better results from additional treatments. Since skin continues to age and lose elasticity over time, occasional touch-ups may be necessary to maintain the desired results. Collagen production will continue in the treated area, but age-related changes to skin are expected to still occur in nearby areas. During your consultation, your medical professional will let you know how many treatments you should expect.
Why Should You Consider Ultherapy?
Collagen production starts to decrease around 25 years of age and continues to gradually decrease afterward in the years that follow. Ultherapy is worth considering if you’ve noticed increased signs of loose skin, which may include an uneven eyebrow line or more pronounced frown lines. Some patients prefer the Ultherapy treatment because it does not involve surgery, but can provide similar long-lasting results. is a treatment option considered compatible with many common laser treatments. This is because lasers normally target different layers of skin when compared with the tissues that can be stimulated with the Ultherapy treatment. It’s also an appealing option if:
- You have tried other skin treatments without success
- You do not want to consider surgery as an option
- You have specific areas of skin affected by a loss of elasticity
- You want to extend results from previous cosmetic procedures
If you are wondering whether or not your current cosmetic situation could benefit from the Ultherapy treatment, your medical professional can evaluate your skin and discuss your goals with you in order to find out if Ultherapy would be a good fit.
Ideal Candidates for Ultherapy
Suitable candidates for Ultherapy usually have mild or moderate issues with loose or sagging skin. This is the point where skin is just starting to show visible signs of sagging and lines are wrinkles are becoming increasingly noticeable, usually around the chin, nose, mouth, and eyes. It will be determined if Ultherapy is the right approach to skin improvement for you during your initial consultation.
Some patients will see some improvement after the first session with Ultherapy in the treated area. The most noticeable results are usually seen after a few months as the body naturally produces more collagen in deeper skin layers. It is this added collagen production that often restores your skin’s natural appearance. Ultherapy isn’t necessarily a replacement for traditional facelifts and similar procedures. For some patients, however, it’s an appealing, non-invasive alternative.
Ultherapy has been used for in over half a million treatments around the world and has been established as effective and safe in clinical studies. To learn more about the Ultherapy treatment, contact our medical spa today for a consultation. We can help you determine if Ultherapy can provide you with a more youthful and fresher look, without the need for disturbing your sin’s surface or undergoing invasive procedures.