What is Ultrasound skin tightening and why do celebrities and influencers buzz about it? Today, we will be explaining the nonsurgical, popular skin tightening procedure Ultherapy® and the FAQs behind it.
What is Ultherapy®?
Ultherapy® is a non-surgical face and neck treatment developed by Ulthera, Inc. that delivers ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen production below the skin’s surface, which helps to tighten and lift the skin. The device uses ultrasound technology to lift and tone loose or sagging skin without any significant downtime.
It is the only FDA-cleared, non-invasive treatment, with the ability to stimulate production of your body’s own collagen and elastin from deep within the skin's layers. This state-of-the-art medical aesthetics procedure delivers ultrasound energy precisely to the areas where it will benefit you most for natural-looking results without surgery.
The procedure non-invasively lifts common areas of concern, and most patients see results in as little as a single treatment.
What areas can Ultherapy® treat?
Areas that can be treated by Ultherapy® include:
- Upper face, including under eyes, crow’s feet and eyebrows
- Lower face, including jowl and jawline
- Vertical lip lines (lipstick lines, smoker’s lines)
- Upper arms
What are the benefits of Ultherapy® treatment?
Ultherapy® treatment results in the lifting and lightening of loose skin over time, without any downtime. Some of the other benefits include:
Results visible after the first treatment for most patients
Non-invasive, requiring no recovery time
Restores and rejuvenates collagen
Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
Safe and FDA approved
What makes Ultherapy® different from other treatments?
Ultherapy® is the only procedure that uses ultrasound imaging that allows treatment providers to see the patient’s layers of tissue and deliver treatment to where it will be most beneficial. Since the energy is deposited precisely where it is needed, the treatment leads to visible skin tightening results after the first treatment for most patients.
How is Ultherapy® different from laser treatments?
Laser treatments typically only treat superficial skin, rather than deep skin, because they typically rely on light energy. For example, laser treatments target wrinkles, pigment changes, fine lines. Ultherapy®, on the other hand, relies on ultrasound energy, and its distinctive properties allow visualizing through the layers of skin, with the ability to treat depths that are not matched by any other non-invasive cosmetic technology.
The newer devices, like we have at Mint & Needle, have the ability to visualize the tissue and be precise. These changes in the machine have resulted in a much more comfortable and improved procedure.
And here's a fun fact: Ultherapy® is FDA-cleared to lift skin, whereas laser treatments are not.
Ultherapy® technology versus traditional surgical facelift
Ultherapy® cannot replace the traditional surgical facelift. However, it is a good alternative for those who have skin concerns but are not yet ready for surgery or are looking for extended effects of a non-invasive option.
How long will results last?
Ultherapy® stimulates production of new collagen below your skin’s surface. The longevity of results depends on each patient’s own collagen production and varies for each individual patient. Each patient’s natural aging process influences the time it takes for the new collagen to be produced on the inside and then translate into visible results on the outside.
How will I feel when getting the treatment? Does it hurt?
Most patients do report some discomfort during the treatment. However, we can use Pro-Nox, which is an analgesic that helps to relieve pain and anxiety, if needed. We also recommend taking ibuprofen before your appointment. You may feel tiny amounts of energy being deposited to precise depths during the treatment. However, comfort level will vary from person to person. The sensation only lasts while the ultrasound energy is being delivered.
How much does it cost?
The cost for an Ultherapy® treatment can vary. It will depend on the areas that are being treated, your geographic location, and the practice that you are getting the treatment from. If you're looking to book an appointment with us here at Mint & Needle, you can book a consultation with us and we can provide you with a quote.
How many treatments will I need?
Most patients only need a single treatment. However, some may benefit by having more than one treatment. It depends on your skin laxity, how your body responds to the ultrasound, and your collagen production process.
Who is an ideal candidate for Ultherapy® treatment?
An ideal candidate for Ultherapy® has mild to moderate skin laxity. Other signs of an ideal candidate include:
Loose skin under the neck and under the chin
Lines and wrinkles on the chest
Age 30 or older
Do I need to take time off from work for the treatment?
There is no downtime with Ultherapy®. You can apply makeup and get back to your usual routine immediately with no lasting discomfort or special instructions.
Is the treatment safe?
Ultherapy® is a proven treatment that is FDA cleared and safe to use. Over 1.5 million treatments have been performed globally to date. Plus, ultrasound energy has been in use in the field of medicine for more than 50 years.
What about side effects?
Right after the treatment, your skin might experience mild redness. The redness typically resolves within a few hours. Some patients may experience mild tingling, slight swelling or tenderness to the touch. But these are also temporary. Other less common post-treatment effects include temporary numbness on small areas of skin and/or bruising.
Before and After
It makes total sense why everybody is buzzing about Ultherapy®, right? We absolutely love this treatment and the results it gives. We hope this helped to answer any questions you had and get rid of any fears! If you're interested in making an appointment, book here.