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What is Ultherapy®? A Comprehensive Guide to Non-Surgical Skin Tightening

With the passage of time, the supportive skin structures that keep our skin firm (like collagen and elastin) break down, inciting sagging, wrinkles, and a fatigued appearance. A skin tightening treatment like Ultherapy® complements a 360° treatment plan for any suitable candidate aiming to age with confidence.

What is Ultherapy®?

Ultherapy is a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment that harnesses the power of advanced ultrasound technology to effectively smooth, lift, and tighten the skin. With Ultherapy, you have the ability to enhance the overall integrity of your skin for a firmer, more revitalized version of yourself.

This non-invasive treatment stimulates the production of collagen, the protein responsible for the skin’s elasticity and firmness, resulting in natural, gradual skin tightening and lifting. Ultherapy essentially works behind the scenes over 3-6 months to alter the current trajectory of aging. 

How does Ultherapy® work?

Ultherapy is unique for its ability to treat the fascia, which is the same tissue targeted by a standard surgical facelift or brow lift. During an Ultherapy treatment session, a trained provider uses ultrasound imaging to deliver focused energy to targeted depths of the skin. With its precise targeting, the energy is effectively delivered to the deeper layers of your skin, which stimulates a natural regenerative response.

Over 3-6 months, the production of new collagen and elastin leads to lifted and tightened skin, improving the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and laxity. Utilizing the power of advanced ultrasound technology, Ultherapy provides a non-invasive solution that harnesses your body’s own regenerative capabilities. 

What to expect during Ultherapy® treatment? 

Prior to your Ultherapy, a map is drawn on the area to be treated to ensure even delivery. An ultrasound transducer is then used to visualize and deliver energy beneath the skin’s surface. The duration of an Ultherapy treatment session can vary depending on the specific areas being treated and the extent of the procedure, but on average, the procedure lasts between 30 and 90 minutes. 

When is the right time to consider Ultherapy®? 

When it comes to the optimal age to begin incorporating Ultherapy into your 360° treatment plan, it is generally recommended for individuals who are 30 years of age or older and exhibit mild to moderate skin laxity. Certain younger patients may find brow lifting and shaping advantageous for their personal aesthetic goals, whereas individuals aged 30 and above might prioritize collagen enhancement, lifting, and firming.

However, it’s important to note that there is no strict age requirement for undergoing this procedure and that age is just one aspect to consider. It is more important to align with your personal goals, assess the overall condition of your skin and consult with a knowledgeable professional who can guide you on the most effective treatment approach for your unique needs. 

How much does Ultherapy® cost? 

The cost of Ultherapy varies depending on factors such as the treatment area, procedure extent, and provider’s location. To obtain an accurate cost estimate tailored to your specific goals, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Humphrey & Beleznay Cosmetic Dermatology.

During the consultation, we will evaluate your goals, and discuss options towards your desired outcomes. Based on this evaluation, we will provide you with a customized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. 

What areas can you treat with Ultherapy®? 

Ultherapy is versatile and can effectively target areas prone to sagging and laxity, including the forehead, brows, eyes, jawline, as well as the neck and decolleté. Other areas including the abdomen, arms and legs can also benefit from Ultherapy. By customizing the treatment depths, your provider can address specific concerns, helping you achieve a more lifted and youthful appearance in your desired areas.

How many Ultherapy® treatments do I need? 

While individual results vary, studies show a single Ultherapy treatment boosts collagen an average of 30-40%. Repeat treatments may be advised to optimize outcomes and maintain results. Your provider will assess your needs and recommend the optimal treatment plan to help you achieve your goal.

When will I see results from Ultherapy®? 

Results from Ultherapy develop gradually over time as your body naturally produces collagen and elastin. An initial contraction may be observed immediately, but the full extent of the results becomes apparent within 3 to 6 months following the treatment. The skin will continue to improve over another several months, providing a more lifted and rejuvenated appearance.

How long do results last? 

The results of Ultherapy will vary from person to person, but many individuals experience long-lasting improvements in their skin’s appearance. The longest peer-reviewed studies have proven effects beyond 22 months. 

Since Ultherapy stimulates the production of collagen and elastin fibers, the rejuvenating effects can continue to enhance the skin’s firmness and elasticity over time. While the natural aging process will continue, maintaining an evidence-based skincare routine and undergoing annual maintenance treatments will help extend the longevity of results. 

Is Ultherapy® painful? 

Ultherapy is a well-tolerated treatment for most patients—any discomfort is temporary and typically mild. The level of discomfort can vary from person to person, however simple analgesics and talk therapy support most patients through the treatment.

Discover if Ultherapy® is right for your 360° treatment plan

If you’re interested in learning more about Ultherapy or how skin tightening may fit into your 360° treatment plan, reach out, or speak to us at your next appointment.

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