What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy® is the only FDA-cleared, non-invasive procedure that lifts and tightens the skin on the neck, chin and brow, and improves lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. NewBeauty, your leading authority on today’s latest beauty trends, along with a panel of medical aesthetic experts, has recognized Ultherapy as the Gold Standard treatment for nonsurgical skin lifting and tightening. Having received the NewBeauty “Best Nonsurgical Skin Tightener” award for six consecutive years, ask your provider more about Ultherapy.
Before Your Treatment
The first thing you will want to do is schedule a one-on-one consultation with Southern Beauty Aesthetics. During this session, your practitioner will address your concerns, assess your skin and determine if you are a candidate for the treatment. Once you book your Ultherapy® procedure, you won’t need to follow any special preparations or skincare regimens in advance of the treatment. To enhance your comfort, your practitioner may recommend that you take an over-the-counter or prescribed medication before the treatment. Your provider will help you feel comfortable during your treatment
During Your Treatment
A topical numbing cream will be applied to the skin prior to procedure for comfort. After cleansing the skin and identifying the specific areas to be treated, your Ultherapy practitioner will apply the ultrasound gel and place the smooth treatment applicator against your skin. Next, your provider will use Ultherapy’s ultrasound imaging to first see deep within the skin to determine optimal placement of the treatment energy, and then deliver the focused ultrasound energy beneath the skin’s surface.
During the treatment delivery, you will feel tiny amounts of energy being deposited to precise depths, indicating that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Comfort levels can vary from person to person, but the sensation only lasts while the energy is being delivered.
The length of your treatment will depend on the area being treated and your individual treatment plan. A full face and neck can take up to 2 hours, while a chest treatment and smaller face areas can take approximately 30 minutes.
After Your Treatment
With Ultherapy, there is no downtime! You can return to your normal activities immediately after your procedure without any post-treatment restrictions or requirements. Your skin might appear flushed at first, but the redness should disappear within a few hours. Some patients experience slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to the touch, but these are mild and temporary in nature.
Other, less common post-procedural effects may include temporary bruising or numbness on small areas of skin. As with any medical procedure, there is the possibility for other rare effects, which your practitioner will review with you.
How Long Before I Will See Results After the Procedure?
Some patients see an initial effect right after their treatment, but the real results appear over 2−3 months* as new collagen works to lift and tighten skin on the neck, chin and brow as well as smooth skin on the chest. While Ultherapy won’t duplicate the results of a facelift, it’s a clinically proven non-invasive alternative for those not ready for surgery—and can even be an option for patients who wish to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery.
How Long Do the Results Last?
Since the procedure stimulates a person’s own collagen production, how long the results last depends on the individual. The treatment produces new collagen on the inside, but the individual’s natural aging process will dictate how long that translates into visible results on the outside. Most treatments last anywhere from 2-3 years. Future touch-up treatments can help provide more control over the aging process, which varies by individual.
Am I A Good Candidate for Ultherapy?
A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone with some degree of laxity, to the point of looking, and often feeling, less firm. Loose skin under the neck and under the chin, or lines and wrinkles on the chest, are signals a patient might be a candidate. Typically, those in their 30s and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates. While Ultherapy is not a replacement for a surgical facelift, there are many people who want some facial lifting but are not ready for surgery, whether mentally, physically or financially. There also are younger people who want to "stay ahead of the game," as well as patients wanting an aesthetic maintenance option.
How Much Will Ultherapy Cost?
The cost will vary depending on area treated and severity of your skin laxity. Scheduled a consult for a detailed cost analysis. At Southern Beauty Aesthetics we also understand how patients are managing their budgets, which is why we offer financing through CareCredit®.