Ultherapy – A non-surgical, non-invasive facelift
Ulthera is a non-surgical, non-invasive rejuvenation procedure for the face, neck and chest, that uses ultrasound and the body’s own natural healing process to lift, tone, and tighten loose skin.
The Ulthera device uses ultrasound to stimulate the deep structural support layers of the skin, including those typically addressed in a surgical facelift, without disturbing the surface of the skin. Ultherapy treatment also stimulates the creation of new collagen, which further helps the skin maintain its youthfulness.
The beauty of Ultherapy is that it is a 30 to 60 minute procedure that uses the body’s own subtle healing response to gently, gradually restore memory to the skin and its underlying tissue. Ultherapy requires no special recuperation or preparation and typically only takes one treatment to get a meaningful response. Patients enjoy some initial effect immediately following the procedure, but the ultimate lifting will take place over 2-3 months, as tired collagen is rejuvenated and supplemented with new, stronger collagen.
While ultrasound does not duplicate the results of surgery, Ultherapy has proven to be an inviting alternative for those who are not yet ready for surgery. Ultherapy offers a ‘no downtime’ approach to improving lax skin in a meaningful way.
Who is a good candidate for Ultherapy?
A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone with skin that has “relaxed” to the point of looking, and often feeling, less firm. A lowered eyebrow line or sagging skin on the eyelids, for instance, is often the first sign of “maturing” skin. Typically, those in their thirties and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates. While Ultherapy is not a replacement for a surgical face lift, there are many people who want some lifting but are not ready for surgery, either mentally, financially or logistically. There are also younger people who want to “stay ahead of the game” as well as those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.
These photos have been supplied from Ulthera. All photographs represent one person’s experience and this may vary for each patient.
Benefits of the procedure
- Only 1 x treatment is required
- The patient is awake during treatment
- Makeup can generally be worn immediately and you can generally return to work that day
- Results will occur over the next three months with gradual tightening
- Natural result
- Low risk
- Anticipated results
1. Skin lifting
- Smoother brow
- Tighter skin around eyes
- Less eyelid hooding / more lid showing
- Lifting of cheek tissue for overall rounding effect to lower 2/3 of face
- Reduction in folds /lines between nose and corner of mouth
- Sleeker, more defined jawline
- Jowls reduced
- Cheeks less sunken, more volume
- Corners of mouth turned up
2. Skin Feels
- Tighter, “better-fitting” skin
- Softer, more resilient
- Reduction of crepe like texture
- Smaller pores
4. Skin Colour
- More even tone
- Reduction of small blood vessels and general redness
Patients commonly choose to have the cheeks and lower face treated in order to obtain lifting of the whole area. The neck and the forehead can also be treated. Ultherapy can be combined with many other procedures such as fillers and muscle relaxants.
Ultherapy should not be used over a dermal filler and therefore it is important that there is good timing with other treatments. There may be some pain and tenderness during treatment. The Ultherapy should also not be used over any facial implants.
As the treatment is non-surgical no promises can be made as to the extent of lift or final result. This is because all patients react differently to such therapies. Burning or scarring has not been seen however some patients do find the treatment tender and even painful.