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About Ultherapy

Ultherapy is an FDA approved, noninvasive procedure that helps to rejuvenate saggy or loose skin on the face and neck. Over time, the effects of aging and gravity cause skin to become less firm due to the breakdown of collagen, which leads to skin laxity and the appearance of a droopy face. By using ultrasound technology, Ultherapy can tighten the skin and induce neocollagenesis, or the formation of new collagen. The thermal energy applied to the tissue from the device is what stimulates the body’s response to increase collagen production. This helps to reverse the effects and appearance of aging by creating tighter skin with more collagen. With this treatment, you can expect tighter appearing skin that continues to remodel over the course of 2 to 3 months.

What to expect during an Ultherapy treatment

Before beginning the treatment, a practitioner at Fourth N Main in Asbury Park will go over a few options to help minimize any pain or discomfort during the procedure. The Ulthera System delivers a low amount of focused ultrasound energy to the skin to induce skin tightening and collagen production The heat from the ultrasound stimulates is what causes new collagen to form. This duration of the treatment varies between 30 minutes to 60 minutes, depending on the areas being treated. Immediately following Ultherapy, the skin may appear red for a few hours. It is not uncommon to experience slight swelling for a few days following the procedure, but these are mild and temporary in nature. Occasional temporary effects may include bruising or welts, which resolve in hours to days, or numbness in a select area, which resolves in days to weeks. Upon completing the treatment, you will notice immediate skin tightening, but results will continue to unfold over the course of 2 to 3 months.

Frequently asked questions

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What is unique about Ultherapy?

Ultherapy is the only non-invasive treatment cleared by the FDA to actually lift skin. Ultherapy is also the only cosmetic procedure to use ultrasound imaging, which allows practitioners to see the layers of tissue targeted during the treatment to ensure the energy is deposited to where it will be most beneficial.

Can Ultherapy replace a face lift?

Ultherapy treats the deep foundational layer addressed in cosmetic surgery, but won’t duplicate the results of a facelift. Ultherapy is a great alternative, however, especially for those not ready for surgery or for patients looking to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery.

How does Ultherapy differ from laser treatments?

Ultherapy uses sound energy – tried-and-true ultrasound – which has unique properties that allow it to bypass the surface of the skin to treat depths not matched by other non-invasive cosmetic devices. Ultherapy ultrasound stimulates collagen production in the skin’s foundation, resulting in a clinically significant lift of tissue over 2-3 months.

Lasers rely on light energy, which cannot reach deeper skin layers at an optimal temperature, so laser treatments typically only treat superficial skin and are not FDA-cleared to lift skin.

Since the two technologies often treat different types of skin issues, they’re actually very compatible.

How does Ultherapy stimulate the creation of collagen?

Ultherapy deposits focused ultrasound energy deep beneath the skin at the optimal temperature for collagen regeneration. The treatment jumpstarts a natural process, known as neocollagenesis, to produce fresh, new collagen. Ultherapy doesn’t involve any creams, fillers or toxins; it just relies on your body’s own collagen-building process for natural, noticeable results.

How long does an Ultherapy treatment take?

The length of the treatment will depend on the area being treated and your individual treatment plan. A face and neck procedure typically takes 60-90 minutes, while a chest treatment takes approximately 30 minutes.

What does the Ultherapy treatment feel like?

As the ultrasound energy is delivered, you will feel tiny amounts of energy being deposited to precise depths, indicating that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Comfort levels vary from person to person, but the sensation only lasts while the ultrasound energy is being delivered.

When will I see results? How long do they last?

After your Ultherapy treatment, you may see some initial effects, but the ultimate results will take place over 2-3 months, as your body naturally regenerates collagen. Since the procedure stimulates your own collagen production, how long the results last really depends on you. The treatment produces new collagen on the inside, but your natural aging process will dictate how long that translates into visible results on the outside.

How many Ultherapy treatments will I need?

Most patients only need one treatment. However, based on the degree of skin laxity, the biological response to ultrasound energy, and the individual’s collagen-building process, some patients benefit from additional treatments. Because skin continues to age, future touch-up treatments can help patients keep pace with the body’s natural aging process.

Are there any side effects?

The skin might appear flushed at first, but the redness should disappear within a few hours. Some patients experience slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to the touch, but these are temporary in nature. Other, less common post-procedural effects may include temporary bruising or numbness on small areas of skin. As with any medical procedure, there is the possibility for other rare effects, which your practitioner will review with you. For full product and safety information, visit ultherapy.com/IFU.

Is Ultherapy safe?

The FDA-cleared Ultherapy® procedure has been used safely in over 350,000 treatments worldwide. Ultrasound energy has been used safely in the medical field for more than 50 years. In addition, every Ultherapy practitioner receives extensive procedural training.

How much does an Ultherapy procedure cost?

The cost of Ultherapy® can range, depending upon the area being treated and factors such as geographic location and individual practices. Since the treatment is so personalized, to get the most accurate price quote, it is best to speak with your provider.

Who is a good candidate for Ultherapy?

A good Ultherapy candidate has mild to moderate skin laxity where the skin begins to feel and look less firm. Examples include a lowered eyebrow line, loose skin on the neck, sagging under the chin, and lines or wrinkles on the chest. Of course, the best way to find out if you’re an Ultherapy candidate is to consult with a practitioner.

Call us to schedule your consultation to see if Ultherapy is for you. We are happy to answer all your questions to see if Ultherapy is for you.

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