Ultherapy® is the only FDA-cleared, non-invasive procedure that lifts the skin of the neck, lower face, and eyebrows. It uses ultrasound imaging to deliver energy precisely at the skin level needed to optimize skin tightening.
Ultherapy® utilizes ultrasound therapy to go deeper than other non-invasive treatments. It also leverages traditional ultrasound imaging to enable visualization of the layers of tissue being treated and customize treatment by targeting energy delivery where it’s needed.
Ultherapy® can be a great non-surgical alternative for facelift surgery in the right patient. Candidates for Ultherapy® include patients:
- With mild to moderate skin sagging along the upper face, lower face and/or neck
- Who desire skin tightening but are not ready for surgery
- Who previously had a facelift and wants a tweak without surgery
- Who desire to maintain the results of their facelift or mini-facelift
- Who would like to minimize sagging skin after losing weight
How Ultherapy Works
Collagen is a natural protein made by your body to keep the skin firm, toned, and youthful. With age, collagen breaks down faster than new collagen is created, resulting in a net loss of skin strength and elasticity. Ultherapy® uses micro-focused ultrasound to generate a thermal effect under the skin to jump-start your body’s ability to make new collagen, increasing the amount of new collagen produced relative to your old collagen, resulting in tightening and lifting.
Unlike other devices, Ultherapy® bypasses the skin surface using ultrasound energy with focused imaging to target the right amount of tissue, at the right depths and right temperature.
Results begin to appear over 1 to 3 months as new collagen forms to lift and tighten skin. Results may continue to improve over the following 3 to 6 months, lasting one year or longer.
After cleansing the skin, ultrasound gel is applied to allow more effective delivery of energy transmitted from the treatment applicators to your skin. Treatment is customized by visualizing the optimal location through Ultherapy’s ultrasound imaging, thus targeting the most beneficial area(s).
During treatment, patients may feel tiny amounts of energy being deposited under the skin, indicating that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Comfort levels can vary from person to person, but patients often experience a sensation of heat and/or tingling during treatment.
Ultherapy® is customized so the duration of treatment depends on the areas treated. A face and neck procedure typically takes 60 to 75 minutes.
There is no peeling, no dressings, and no special aftercare. Pain medication is also typically not needed after treatment. Most patients can return to routine activities immediately following treatment without restrictions. Treated skin may show some redness which typically disappears within a few hours. Some patients experience slight but temporary swelling, tingling, or tenderness to the touch. Make-up, which typically easily covers the redness, can be worn the next day.
Alternatives to Ultherapy®
There are various alternatives to Ultherapy® which should be discussed with your surgeon to determine the optimal solution for your unique needs. These include:
As a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Mandal focuses on satisfying results that are very natural looking. When it comes to the face, patients prefer quality and excellence over price. They seek her skills from throughout Palm Beach County, across Florida and a range of national and international locations. To discover your options, request a consultation online or call 561-238-0040 at our Palm Beach Gardens office.