At Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center, our experienced dermatologists offer an innovative procedure that can tighten the skin without surgery. Ultherapy®, also known as Ulthera®, utilizes ultrasonic waves to rejuvenate areas of skin that are showing signs of drooping or sagging. This procedure can be a very effective alternative to invasive surgery for patients who are experiencing mild to moderate wrinkling in facial skin.
- What is Ultherapy®?
- Ultherapy® Benefits
- Ultherapy® Procedure
- Ultherapy® Side Effects
- Is Ultherapy® Painful?
- Ultherapy® Results
- Ultherapy® Cost
What is Ultherapy®?
Ultherapy® is a skin rejuvenation technique designed to firm up facial skin that has lost some of its elasticity. The procedure involves no needles and minimal downtime. Using ultrasonic soundwaves, Ultherapy® helps the skin to grow more natural collagen and regenerate healthier skin layers. This can ultimately give the skin a natural “lift” for a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Some of the most common areas that are treated with Ultherapy® include the face, chin, neck, and décolletage.
What are the Benefits of Ultherapy®?
For patients with more subtle signs of facial aging and those who are beginning to experience wrinkles and sagging skin, Ultherapy® can provide a number of benefits, including:
- Stimulation of collagen to give the skin a more youthful and smooth appearance
- Gradual, natural results which continue to improve over time
What are Ulthera® Treatments Like?
The Ultherapy® procedure uses a special device to deliver ultrasonic waves to the underlying layers. The heat from the device stimulates collagen, ultimately tightening the skin and improving elasticity.
Ultherapy® treatment requires no needles or incisions to perform. The initial results of Ultherapy® are often seen about two to three months after treatment, once the collagen has had ample time to grow and the skin has gradually tightened. Optimal results are seen at six months.
What are the Side Effects of Ultherapy®?
Recovery after Ultherapy® is typically minimal. Some patients may experience bruising or swelling after the treatment. These effects are usually temporary and often dissipate quickly. Patients are typically able to resume normal daily routines right after the Ultherapy® procedure. Our dermatology team will explain all aspects of Ultherapy®, including risks and benefits, before your treatment. The providers at our practice are well-qualified and experienced with this treatment, which helps to minimize any risks associated with Ultherapy®.
Is Ultherapy® Painful?
Our dermatology team works diligently to minimize the potential for pain during the Ultherapy® procedure. Patients may experience some level of discomfort during Ultherapy® as the ultrasonic waves begin the collagen-stimulation process; however, this sensation is temporary and should dissipate quickly. Most individuals do not require any pain-relieving medication following the treatment.
How Long Does Ultherapy® Last?
While the longevity of results from Ultherapy® varies from one individual to another, many patients who undergo this treatment still experience the positive effects up to a year after the procedure. Ultherapy® is able to produce long-lasting outcomes because of its ability to stimulate new collagen production, which helps the skin continue to renew itself for many months after the initial procedure. The results of Ultherapy® can also be maintained over longer periods of time with occasional follow-up treatment.
What Does Ultherapy® Cost?
Since Ultherapy® procedures are customized based on each patient’s unique needs and goals, the cost of Ultherapy® is often different for each individual. Factors that go into the Ultherapy® treatment plan include the size of the targeted area, the extent of improvement desired, and how many Ultherapy® treatment sessions will be necessary to achieve your goals. Once your initial treatment plan is developed during the consultation, a member of our dermatology team will provide you with an estimate of the total cost, including all associated expenses. We can answer any questions you may have about the comprehensive array of payment methods we accept. If you are interested in financing options, we can talk with you about the many convenient payment plans available through CareCredit® and ALPHAEON™ Credit, two reputable healthcare and cosmetic enhancement financing agencies that can help qualified applicants pay for their Ultherapy® procedure over time.
If you would like more information on our facial rejuvenation treatments, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our providers to find out if Ultherapy® is the best option for your needs, please contact Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center today.