What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is currently the only non-invasive procedure that is FDA approved to tighten and lift the skin on the face and neck.
How does Ultherapy work?
Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen production in the deep layers of the skin and underlying structures while bypassing the surface of the skin. By utilizing ultrasound technology, Dr. Patel is able to effectively see the different tissue layers and provide you with the most accurate treatment. When the treatment is performed, small, precise areas of micro-focused energy is delivered to the various depths of tissue which, over time, stimulate collagen production and this is what tightens and lifts the skin. Ultherapy is a non-surgical option for skin tightening and lifting. The results from Ultherapy are natural and gradual as collagen stimulation is a gradual process with maximum results in 6 months.
Who is a candidate?
Ultherapy is an excellent option for anyone who wants to rejuvenate and tighten their skin without undergoing surgery or other invasive procedures. Ultherapy can be used in all different skin colors and ethnicities. Dr. Patel has effectively and safely treated patients that ranged from very fair complexions to dark complexions, and all different types of ethnicities. A complimentary consultation is offered for anyone considering Ultherapy, in order to give you an opportunity to discuss your goals and have Dr. Patel evaluate your skin and history to see if you are a good candidate for the treatment. There is no down time associated with Ultherapy and patients find they can resume their regular activities immediately after treatment.
What parts of the body is Ultherapy good for?
While Ultherapy is only currently FDA approved for treating skin laxity of the face and neck, it is commonly used “off-label” in areas including the abdomen, buttocks, and arms. Often patients start with their face, and like the results so much that they now want their neck, abdomen, and buttocks treated. The Ultherapy tratments are adjusted based on body area to tailor the best treatment for your body and goals.
What to expect at your visit
Once you have been evaluated and found to be a good candidate for Ultherapy, the treatment may begin. No topical numbing is required for Ultherapy treatments. Some patients prefer to be given pain medication (injection or oral). This decision is dependent on each individual patient and their pain tolerance. If you choose to have pain medication, you must have someone available to drive you home after the treatment. If you have a history of cold sore or herpes breakouts, we recommend pre-treating and post-treating with an anti-viral such as Acyclovir, as Ultherapy treatments can activate outbreaks in some patients. A prescription for medications determined by your provider will be written for you and you will have the option of using your insurance or to pay cash for the medication.
You will then be given a gentle cleanser to use to wash the area completely clean of any makeup or lotions. After drying the skin, you will be given a headband to keep hair out of the area, and protective eyewear to wear during the procedure. It is also recommended to remove jewelry at this time. Next the areas are treated with the Ultherapy. The hand piece is similar to ultrasounds received in the hospital or what expectant mothers receive. When the pulse is delivered to the skin you may feel a “pin prick” like sensation. On average, the treatment time of an Ultherapy treatment is about 1 ½ -2 hours. After the treatment is finished, a moisturizing cream and sunscreen will be applied to the skin.
Sun protection is of utmost importance after Ultherapy treatments. In general, you should avoid unprotected natural and artificial sun exposure until healed and always use a broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA & UVB) with a SPF of 30 or greater between treatments. Make sure you reapply throughout the day, not just once in the morning. Keeping the treatment areas hydrated and moisturized is important for the overall texture and quality of your skin.
Risks of Ultherapy treatments
While Ultherapy is very safe there are some risks associated with the treatments. These risks include: pain; redness; local tenderness; swelling; allergic reactions; bruising; welts; painful or unattractive scarring; delayed healing; burns/blisters; unsatisfactory result; lack of permanent results; tingling/tenderness to the touch for days to weeks following the procedure-these are mild and temporary in nature; numbness in a select area, which resolves in days to weeks; temporary nerve inflammation, which will resolve in a matter of days to weeks; temporary local muscle weakness may result after treatment due to inflammation of a motor nerve; temporary numbness may result after treatment due to inflammation of a sensory nerve; risks associated with medication use.
Recovery -what to expect & when
Immediately following Ultherapy, some mild redness may be present, this usually resolves within a few hours after treatment. Patients are able to apply makeup immediately following the treatment and can resume normal activities. Some tenderness may be felt after the treatment that typically lasts for a few days. Since the results from Ultherapy are natural and gradual, results are not typically seen until 2-3 months after the treatment. Optimal results are seen 6 months after the first treatment. For many patients, only one treatment is necessary but some patients find they are so happy with the results they get from one treatment, they want to do additional treatments. If treatment is repeated, it is recommended to wait at least 6 months if not longer, as there is improvement over time.