Ultherapy: A Non-Surgical Approach for a Youthful Look
Ultherapy is a type of non-invasive treatment that goes in deep to stimulate your body’s elastin and collagen production for natural-looking results with no downtime and no surgery.
What Is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is an alternative to a surgical facelift. You use it to counteract signs of aging, such as:
- Drooping of your brow area
- Wrinkles on your face, chest, and neck
- Skin sagging
It’s been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to stimulate the production of collagen in order to generate a more youthful overall appearance.
Over the past few years, the popularity of non-invasive skin tightening treatments like Ultherapy has been growing consistently and has seen an 11.6% increase from the years 2015 through 2016.
How Does Ultherapy Work?
Despite eating healthy and working out, there are certain body areas you can’t target for definition without in-office procedure help. One of them is the submental area (neck and jawline).
Your chin has a “fat pocket” underneath it that’s fairly weight-loss resistant for many individuals. If you’ve always been fit, but you have this little fat pad underneath your chin, dieting will not make it go away.
However, one way you can achieve lifting, slimming, and tightening is through Ultherapy which firms areas like your neck, chin, décolleté and brow. It’s based on using the same technology as that of radiology for ultrasound images (like with pregnancy). The device uses sound wave energy to penetrate the muscle inside your skin and target the area you’re looking to treat. The device has various attachments used for medium, superficial, and deep penetration. It makes your muscle contract and shrink, resulting aesthetically in a wrinkle-smoothing, firming, and contouring effect.
Ultherapy works by targeting areas under your skin using focused ultrasound energy and the proper temperature for supporting collagen regeneration. The applicator’s heat energy is aimed towards various depths which affect several layers:
- Superficial wrinkles
The ultrasound energy stimulates elastic tissue and collagen, which helps lead to less sagging, firmer skin and fewer wrinkles.
What to Expect With Your Ultherapy Treatment
Before and during treatment, there are some things you can expect:
Before Your Ultherapy Treatment
You can expect to have a comeback in the collagen without surgery. You’ll first schedule your initial consultation with the Ultherapy provider so they can evaluate your skin, determine if you’re an ideal candidate for the procedure, and address any concerns.
They might suggest different options that will improve your level of comfort during your treatment. Treatment requires minimal preparation. You’ll eat, drink, work, and exercise as you normally would before and after your procedure.
Be sure to remove any skincare products and makeup from the targeted treatment area. If the doctor says it’s okay, you might be able to take an anti-inflammatory or pain-reducing medicine before your procedure starts. If these medicines impact your ability to drive, you’ll want to have someone waiting for you in the office to bring you home after your procedure.
During Your Ultherapy Treatment
You can expect a customized treatment plan tailored specifically for your needs.
After the Ultherapy doctor cleans your skin and identifies the certain areas to be treated, they’ll apply the ultrasound gel and place the applicator against your skin.
The doctor will visualize the best area for your treatment through ultrasound imaging to customize your treatment and target the areas you’ll benefit the most.
Indications/Uses for Ultherapy
According to the FDA, Ultherapy is used as a noninvasive aesthetic dermatological treatment for:
- Lifting your eyebrow
- Lifting neck tissue and submental tissue (beneath your chin)
- Improving wrinkles and lines of your décolletage
Ultherapy, along with an Ulthera DeepSEE transducer, enables the doctor to visualize through ultrasound 8mm depths below your skin’s surface. The indicated imaging use is for visualizing the subdermal and dermal tissue layers to:
- Confirm adequate treatment depth like to avoid bone
- Ensure the right combination of the transducer to your skin
Ideal Candidates – Who Should Get Ultherapy?
You’re an ideal candidate for Ultherapy if you have mild to moderate laxity of your skin where your skin starts to look and feel less firm. Some examples of this would be:
- Loose skin on your neck
- Lowered eyebrow line
- Wrinkles and lines on your chest
- Sagging under your chin
The best way of finding out if you’re a good candidate for Ultherapy, of course, is by consulting with a doctor.
If you have a substantial degree of looseness and sagging in your skin, this procedure is probably not going to offer that many benefits to you. Whether you’re experiencing loose or sagging skin because of lifestyle choices or your age, extremely sagging and loose skin isn’t ideal for this non-invasive procedure. Because of how stretched your skin is, creating collagen won’t help tighten it up.
If you’re uncertain about whether this procedure may work for your skin or not, you’ll want to sit down with an experienced doctor and discuss your options.
Benefits of Ultherapy
Some benefits of Ultherapy are:
1. It’s Non-Invasive
For people who aren’t ready to have a surgical facelift done, Ultherapy offers proven results in just one treatment for most ideal patients. Ultherapy will help treat your loose and sagging skin without the need for invasive surgery, without affecting your skin’s surface, and without any downtime.
2. It’s Cleared by the FDA for Lifting
Ultherapy is cleared by the FDA as being a non-invasive way of lifting skin under your chin, on your neck, and on your brow. It also helps to improve wrinkles and lines on your décolletage!
3. It’s an Ultrasound
Ultherapy isn’t a surgery, but rather relies on ultrasound therapy to go deep into your skin to stimulate collagen. It leverages traditional ultrasound imaging so the doctor can view the tissue layers they’re treating, ensuring the procedure energy is delivered to exactly where you need it most.
4. It Produces a Collagen Comeback
Collagen is a natural protein that keeps your skin toned and firm, maintaining its youthfulness. As you get older, collagen breaks down and this leads to your skin losing its elasticity and strength. This is where Ultherapy helps by lifting your skin through ultrasound therapy.
5. It is Noticeable, Yet Natural-Looking
Ultherapy’s proven results are clear. As new collagen starts working to lift the skin on your chin, neck, and brow, and smooths out lines on your upper chest, you’ll start seeing results. Ultherapy won’t duplicate a surgical facelift’s results, but it is a non-invasive alternative clinically proven for people who aren’t ready for surgery.
Following your treatment, there’s no downtime. You can get back to your regular activities immediately following your treatment without any post-treatment requirements or restrictions. You might experience flushed skin as first, but the redness should go away after several hours. Some individuals experience slight tingling, swelling or tenderness to the touch, but these are temporary and mild in nature.