Unlike a facelift that might deliver drastic or jarring results, your results with Ultherapy will be gradual and natural-looking, with zero downtime.
After Ultherapy treatment, the skin may appear slightly red for a few hours. Sometimes, redness lingers and, in some patients, minor swelling is also noticed. There are typically no significant side effects after Ultherapy, which is precisely why this skin-tightening treatment is so popular.
Con: Not Effective on Significant Sagging
One last Ultherapy disadvantage: It might not help people with a significant amount of skin sagging. The non-surgical skin tightening treatment is usually recommended for people with mild to moderate amounts of skin laxity or early signs of aging.
Most patients notice the most dramatic improvements in the elasticity of their skin within two to three months of their initial treatment. The skin tightening benefits will continue to increase for up to six months after your treatment.
Ultherapy works via ultrasound waves that stimulate the production of collagen in several deep layers of your skin, improving your skin tone and texture. In fact, patients who choose Ultherapy often see a noticeable decrease in fine lines and wrinkles*.
Although it helps reduce the signs of aging when it comes to sagging or loose skin, Ulthera doesn't treat every type of skin concern. Since it's working on the dermal layer of skin and doesn't exfoliate the top layer, it won't help minimize dark spots or hyperpigmentation.
Occasionally, you may see welts, or raised bumps, in your skin. This also usually resolves within minutes. Limit eating and drinking after Ultherapy until normal sensation has returned.
Collagen is a protein that contains structural fiber that firms the skin and gives elasticity properties. Ulthera slows down the aging process by stimulating collagen production. This helps the skin to maintain a youthful appearance for at least 2 more years. Ultherapy is a natural procedure with very few side effects.
The results can be worth it. In fact, Ultherapy is often regarded as a great option for patients with moderate facial sagging, and in fact has won year after year as the best non-invasive lifting treatment.
Ultherapy treatments stimulate the skin from the inside out to smooth and tighten many areas, including the face, jowls, eyes, and brow. Ultherapy is also effective for lifting the skin on specific areas of the body, including the neck, chest, knees, and stomach.
Although temporary redness, swelling, and other side effects may occur, the skin itself should not become damaged as a result of Ultherapy. Keep in mind, Ultherapy works by delivering ultrasound waves to the tissue well below the superficial surface of the skin.
Jennifer Aniston, Christie Brinkley, Vanessa Williams, and Paulina Porizkova are just a few of the stars who use Ultherapy as their go-to alternative to old-school facelifts. If you've ever wondered how everyone in Hollywood is all endlessly youthful—but still natural—it's probably Ultherapy.
To this day, Ulthera maintains that “no permanent injuries to facial nerves have been reported” from Ultherapy procedures. Ultherapy users have also reported eye damage following the procedure.
You can expect none or some of the following symptoms immediately after the procedure. These symptoms may persist for up to four weeks. Most patients have very mild symptoms but, as with any medical procedure, each patient experiences it uniquely. Symptoms always subside over time.
There is virtually no recovery time.
Since Ultherapy is not surgery and not invasive, your recovery after a 60-90 minute in-office procedure is virtually immediate. You will need someone to drive you home after the procedure, but most times you can go about your day the same day as the procedure.
While Ulthera is limited to treating the facial area and décolletage, Morpheus8 and Halo treatments offer more versatility with their ability to address skin concerns on other parts of the body, including areas such as the abdomen, legs, buttocks, arms, hands, chest and neck.
Thermage is better for patients who care more about addressing the texture and quality of sagging skin. It has the power to tackle problematic issues like cellulite or drooping fat thanks to its emphasis on contouring. However, Ultherapy is generally more effective when it comes to stimulating deeper skin layers.
But they all have this follow-up question: “Does Ultherapy hurt?” In general, Ultherapy doesn't cause pain. Because this treatment uses ultrasound energy to trigger skin tightening, patients will feel a heating sensation and tingling below the dermis.
The results of Ultherapy tend to last around two years but they can last longer if you take steps to boost your collagen production and keep your existing collagen healthy.
As long as you are in good health and your skin condition is good, there is really no age limit for Ulthera treatments. It's the quality of the skin and the degree of laxity that counts.
We strongly recommend that our clients receive Ultherapy once a year as part of their regular skincare routine to keep results consistent. That's because this revolutionary non-surgical facelift encourages your body to produce new, healthy collagen, and this takes between several weeks and several months.
We actually encourage patients to have botox in their face, either prior to or shortly after ultherapy treatment, because we find that they get a better result when they are not moving a lot.
A: Ultherapy is great for lifting the cheek area
You can see lifting of the brows, improvement in wrinkles around the eyes, lifting of the cheeks, firmer jawline, and tightening of the upper neck.
The treatment also works on the decolletage or chest area. Since it focuses on the dermal layer, Ultherapy doesn't do much to treat the texture or external appearance of the skin. It won't reduce hyperpigmentation or spotting, for example, nor will it shrink pores or minimize scars.
Avoid taking Aspirin, Non-‐steroidal Anti-‐Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen, Vitamin E, Ginger, Ginko Bilboa, Ginseng, and Garlic 7-‐10 days prior to the procedure. These drugs and herbs may cause excessive bleeding or bruising.