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How to Preserve Ultherapy Results
The skin on the face and neck is often the first area to show visible signs that the natural process of aging has begun in earnest. This vulnerable area also takes the biggest hit from exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet light, wind, environmental toxins and other aging influences.
At the same time, people are enjoying longer and healthier lives than at any other time in history. Here, it just makes sense that you would want to look your best while you enjoy all of the other benefits that come with better quality of life!
Ultherapy is unique among all other options in the field of cosmetic and plastic surgery today. Read on to learn more about all the benefits this innovative, simple, quick and painless non-invasive procedure can offer you!
What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a new, cutting-edge method of smoothing and lifting the skin of the eyebrow area, the neck, the chin and the décolletage. Ultherapy is also the only method approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat these areas in a way that actually causes the skin to lift.
While results can vary from patient to patient, Ultherapy results are sufficiently consistent that you can actually use a free online simulator tool to visualize in advance how the treatment can help you achieve your appearance goals. Many patients find that their personal results exceed the simulator’s predictions.
How does Ultherapy Work?
You can think of ultherapy as ultrasound treatment for the skin (ul + therapy = ultrasound therapy). The goal of ultherapy is to use existing ultrasound technology in a highly focused way to encourage the body to activate its own healing and restoring powers.
Ultherapy stimulates your skin to produce more of a substance called collagen, a protein that causes the skin to look fresh, hydrated, youthful and glowing. As the body ages, collagen production slows down, and this is what causes vulnerable areas of skin to begin to succumb to gravity and thin and sag.
Ultherapy triggers neo-collagenesis (“new collagen production”), a body process to make more collagen. This is why ultherapy results in an actual skin lift, because the skin is restored and renewed at a very deep level by welcome infusions of healing collagen.
How to Prepare for an Ultherapy Treatment?
Ultherapy is completely non-invasive, which means you won’t have to worry about any down-time or recovery time. You can come to your appointment straight from work and even return to work right afterwards if you would like.
For the same reasons, you don’t have to restrict your activities after your treatment. You can rest and relax during and after the treatment and let your skin do all the work!
What Does Ultherapy Feel Like?
If you have ever had an ultrasound for another reason, you know the technology is painless. Ultherapy uses a more focused type of ultrasound, and some patients notice a feeling of energy at the point being treated, but it is not a painful sensation and it does not linger at all.
An ultherapy treatment is painless, non-invasive (requires no incisions) and fast. No anesthesia is needed and treatment times range from five to 15 minutes per session, depending on the size of the area(s) being treated. But the best part is that most patients only need a single treatment!
How Long Until the Full Results Are Seen?
Of course, once you have your ultherapy treatment, you will be eager to see the results right away! However, this is the one area where you will need to be a little patient.
Ultherapy tells the body to start making more collagen, and this process can take some time. However, once begun, the body will keep making more collagen, so you will see ever greater results by the time two or three months have passed since your treatment.
Does Ultherapy Have Side Effects?
Ultherapy has very few and minimal side effects for most patients. Because the skin is being stimulated at a deep level to produce more collagen, some patients report there is a temporary sensation of tenderness or even slight bruising at the treatment sites.
For some patients, there may be a temporary numbness, swelling or tingling sensation at the treatment sites. However, these sensations wear off quickly following treatment.
Since ultherapy is still a medical procedure, there are certain very rare side effects that may arise, and you can learn about those during your consultation with Dr. Weber.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Ultherapy?
Most patients who are experiencing mild to moderate skin loosening, wrinkling or sagging in the face, chin, neck or chest areas are typically good candidates for ultherapy. During your consultation, Dr. Weber will take a complete personal and family health history and do an exam of the treatment areas.
One thing to keep in mind is that ultherapy is not a substitute for healthy weight loss, and this is a treatment best done after you have achieved your weight maintenance goals.
How to Learn More About Ultherapy Treatment?
Ultherapy treatment is administered by medical professionals who have been trained in the technique. The first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stephen Weber to discuss your treatment goals.
Dr. Stephen Weber, MD, FACS, is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon with a specialization in cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery, facial rejuvenation and correction of facial defects. Dr. Weber is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery, an honor only a handful of his colleagues also enjoy.