As we get older, collagen loss occurs and this process causes wrinkles and saggy skin to develop on many areas of the body. Ultherapy is a non-invasive ultrasound skin tightening treatment quickly gaining momentum and becoming a favorite of medical practitioners and patients alike. It is a FDA approved device that can be used to treat signs of aging in the following areas: upper face, cheeks, lower jaw, neck and chest area.
Below are common conditions for which Ultherapy is known to be effective:
- Double chin
- Turkey neck
- Hooded eyelids
- Wrinkles and crepiness in the chest area
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How Does Ultherapy Work?
Ultherapy works by using ultrasound waves to target the collagen found in the deep tissue layers. As these waves reach the deep tissue layers, the production of collagen is stimulated. While new collagen is being produced, the skin on the treated area will begin to tighten and a younger appearance is created.
Ultherapy is best for patients with mild to moderate levels of loose skin. For example, if you are beginning to notice sagging skin on the neck, or the line of your eyebrows is becoming lower, Ultherapy can be a good option to consider.
This is normally the case in young to middle aged men and women. So, rather than opting for invasive treatments like a facelift, a better option would be Ultherapy.
Why Ultherapy is Better Than A Surgical Facelift?
No downtime – You can return to your usual activities immediately as opposed to the significant downtime (about 2 weeks) after a facelift. In addition, with Ultherapy, you will not have to worry about bleeding or infections.
No scarring – Ultherapy does not leave behind scars because it is non-invasive. On the other hand, any form of facelift surgery leaves behind mandatory scars, albeit hidden as best as possible.
Quick procedure – The entire Ultherapy treatment process can be performed in one lunch hour. A standard facelift can take anywhere from 3 – 6 hours to perform.
Quicker results – Although both facelifts and Ultherapy take time for their effect to show, Ultherapy results will be apparent within only two to three month. In comparison, a facelift can take up to six months to produce any results.
The possible side effects of Ultherapy are temporary and they include bruising, redness, irritation, swelling, and discomfort. Nevertheless, keeping in mind all these benefits, it’s also important to remember that Ultherapy can not do everything that a facelift does. Therefore, if you have severe loose skin and sagginess, you may not be an ideal candidate for Ultherapy.
Your Ultherapy Consultation with Dr. Chugh
If you are seeking a non-invasive skin tightening treatment for your brow area, neck or chin and would like to learn more about Ultherapy, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Chugh will assess the overall condition of your skin and determine whether Ultherapy can help you achieve a more youthful appearance or suggest other treatments that can make you look younger and refreshed.
Are there any risks associated with Ultherapy?
Every form of medical treatment has some degree of risk. However, Ultherapy is an FDA-approved treatment which is safe and bears the risk of only mild side effects. Among the side effects are:
- Mild bruising
- Having a tingly feeling
All of these minor side effects are temporary and will subside shortly after the procedure.
How long before you can see Ultherapy’s effects?
Since Ultherapy stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen and is not an injectable, it takes some time before it reaches its full potential. Normally, it takes about two weeks before results show. This process continues for the next three months until the final outcome becomes apparent.
How long does Ultherapy’s effects last?
The effects of Ultherapy can last up to three years in optimum conditions. However, on average, they last at least more than one year for most people. Therefore, patients usually have “touch up” treatments every two years.
Will I need to take time off from work in order to recover after Ultherapy?
No, that will not be necessary. Ultherapy requires no recovery time. At most, you will experience a few mild side effects such as redness and slight bruising, but nothing that would prevent you from being able to appear in public. After Ultherapy, you can return to normal activity immediately.
Does the procedure hurt?
Although each patients’ pain threshold is different, it is possible that some people will experience slight pain. However, generally the pain does not go beyond the feeling of mild discomfort and even then we do our best to make the procedure as pleasant as possible for every patient.