Ultherapy by Ulthera is a non-invasive facial skin treatment which employs the energy of ultrasound to lift and tone the deep structural elements of the skin without affecting its surface of the skin. Its action is based on stimulating the natural regenerative mechanism of the body which contributes to the restoration of the skin and the supportability of its underlying tissue. Ultherapy has recently become available in the United States, managing to secure already an FDA clearance.
How Does Ultherapy Work?
Ultherapy is an ultrasound procedure, and that means that an applicator is placed on the patient’s skin allowing the health practitioner to apply controlled levels of heat, targeting exactly at the specific areas below the surface of the skin while aided by a monitor that projects the image. The use of ultrasound makes it possible for the doctor to deliver the energy where most needed whereas leaving the surface of the skin unaffected. That very energy is the power that triggers the skin to generate new collagen, ultimately rendering a tightened and firmer skin.
Although depending on the particular area to be treated, its particular features and needs as well as the approach followed, the procedure usually lasts for approximately one hour, without sedation or anesthesia. Post-operatively, no special care is required and the patient can almost immediately resume his or her everyday routine.
Typically, the final results start to become noticeable after two to three months, and last for well over a year (even two to three in some cases).
The technology integrated in this method can provide a multitude of advantages:
It targets below the surface of the treated areas in a very precise way without injuring the surface of the skin
It activates the collagen production, thus delivering significant skin rejuvenation
It is much more painless and safer compared to other rejuvenative methods like plastic surgeries, laser treatments or injectable fillers
It is suitable for almost every skin type and tone
It involves no downtime
It ultimately delivers a natural, obvious effect
Areas To Be Treated
Theoretically, the technology integrated in Ultherapy makes it performable onto many areas of the body, however, its use is still in a preliminary stage. Therefore, the facial area is where this method should be used, and, more specifically, the zone that includes the upper, the mid and the lower face with the upper neck.
There haven’t been any major side effects reported by users of this method. Ultherapy seems like a fairly safe choice and shouldn’t deter any person from proceeding to it. Nevertheless, any potential user should be aware of a number of adverse reactions that may follow the procedure:
The skin might flush just after the treatment (still, this typically lasts for just a few hours after the operation)
Mild bruising and swelling may appear for several days after the procedure
Numbness may be sensed for a limited time
A tingling sensation may be experienced for a few days
Naturally, a fixed price tag for an Ultherapy procedure cannot be given since that is dependable on several variables such as the exact spot that would be cured, the experience of the medical professional who will carry it out etc. That being said, the average cost displayed on Realself.com is currently $2,700.
Despite being a relatively recent method, Ultherapy scores reasonably well in the customers’ feedback sector. Actually, the vast majority of the testimonials state that the procedure did deliver them fairly decent results, while also praising the lack of a recuperation period. On the flip side, a small percentage of customers claim that they were expecting a more obvious final outcome. In addition, in spite of the most reviewers acknowledging that the treating session was trouble-free, there have also been reports mentioning discomfort, numbing and sensitivity after the procedure, which however, in most cases, soon faded away.
Before and After Photos
Ultherapy is regarded as a reliable facelift alternative for people encountering moderate skin sagging on the face and do not want to proceed to a surgical operation. In essence, the ideal candidates are men and women between 35 and 65 years old. Still, although effective, this technique cannot perform miracles, so you need to have realistic goals before proceeding to it or you’d rather consider FaceLift. In any case, constant consultation with your practitioner will help both parts to maximize its benefits and deliver the best possible results.
PS: Before Opting for an aesthetic procedure please read our article on the Ethics of Aesthetics to help yourself choose responsibly!
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