Ulthera: Non-Surgical Permanent Facial and Neck Rejuvenation
Ulthera is the first device ever endorsed and recommended by Dr. Epstein and Dr. Bared. As facial plastic surgeons, they understand better than anyone what surgery can accomplish to help their patients look their best, and now they feel there is a role for Ulthera.
If you’re not ready for surgery, but want to do something about the loose skin around your neck, chin and brows, Ulthera might be the treatment for you. Ths non-invasive, non-surgical procedure, when performed in a doctor’s office, uses ultrasound energy to tighten and lift the skin on the face and/or neck, creating a more youthful look, without the long recovery time commonly associated with surgery.
How Does Ulthera work?
Ulthera is different from other cosmetic procedures– it’s not a laser, nor a filler, nor does it require surgery.
Instead, Ulthera uses ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen in the deeper layers below the skin where it can work on the natural collagen. The energy is able to penetrate the surface of the skin without any incisions.
Ulthera has been approved by the FDA to lift and tighten the skin beneath the chin and jawline, in the brow and forehead areas, and on the neck. During treatment, a specially designed handheld device is applied to various areas on the surface of the skin, capturing an image of the layers beneath the skin, projecting the image onto a screen.
With these layers being seen, the ultrasound energy can then be specifically sent to the targeted areas beneath the skin. In response to the energy, in that area the body starts producing new collagen, the protein responsible for supporting and uplifting the skin. As the body continues to produce collagen, the skin on the face becomes tighter and the appearance more youthful.
What Ulthera Feels Like
During the treatment, you will feel the ultrasound energy from the Ulthera device. The sensation varies from patient to patient. Some patients do experience a bit of discomfort or pain, which can be prevented with a topical anesthetic, applied before the treatment begins. Feeling something is a good sign, though, as it means that the ultrasound technology is working and stimulating the production of collagen in the dermis. Patients are to take ibuprofen ahead of time to help prevent discomfort, and if desired a valium can assure a relaxing experience.
Recovery After Ulthera
The Ulthera treatment typically takes between 60 and 120 minutes and most patients only need a single treatment to get the results they want. There’s no downtime afterwards and most people are able to return to their regular activities immediately.
Immediately after the treatment, it’s common for the skin in the treated area to be red. Redness usually fades after about an hour. Some patients also experience tenderness or swelling in the area, but that usually fades within a few days.
Usually, the results from the treatment appear after a couple of months. It can take up to six months for final results to appear, as the body continues to produce new collagen. Often, the results from the treatment can last for up to two years.
Ulthera is for individuals seeking subtle but definitive facial rejuvenation without undergoing surgery. This includes those with concerns about loose neck skin, jowling along the jawline, and brows that are drooping. In addition, it can be an excellent way to help tighten up a bit the skin that can begin to settle after a facelift or liposuction. Typically the Ulthera is performed six months after the surgery, further enhancing results.
Dr. Jeffrey Epstein is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon. To learn what the best course of action is moving forward for your particular case, contact one of his offices for a consultation. In Miami, call (305) 666-1774, and in New York, call (212) 759-3484.