Ultherapy is a totally non-surgical, non-invasive rejuvenating treatment that lifts and tightens the skin on your face, neck, brow, and upper chest. If you want to lift loose skin but aren’t ready for facial surgery, then Ultherapy may be perfect for your goals. Using ultrasound technology, Ultherapy reaches below the surface of the skin to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin. To arrange your appointment, please call Austin Plastic Surgeon at 512-334-9917.
What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a treatment that lifts and tightens skin. This innovative device uses ultrasound energy to create a thermal effect in the tissues that need lifting. One of the great things about Ultherapy is that the ultrasound technology goes below the surface of the skin. It actually bypasses the surface, instead targeting the source of the loss of elasticity and collagen deep below.
The thermal energy stimulates your body’s own production of collagen and elastin, which are the building blocks of firm, supple skin. When you’re young, your skin has a lot of strong collagen. As we get older, collagen naturally breaks down, causing our skin to look loose, wrinkled, and crepey. By essentially causing what your body reads as a mild heat injury, Ultherapy boosts collagen in the skin.
What Areas of the Body Does Ultherapy Treat?
This device is used on the following areas of the body:
- Upper chest (decolletage)
The treatment is cleared by the FDA for these areas.
Am I A Candidate for Ultherapy Treatment?
People who are great candidates for Ultherapy:
- Want to lift and tighten skin that has lost elasticity
- Want to reduce wrinkles on the upper chest
- Are not necessarily ready to undergo a facelift just yet
- Have mild to moderate skin laxity and want to do something about it
You should be in generally good overall health for any cosmetic treatment. With a non-surgical option like Ultherapy, you won’t need anesthesia, so the risks and health candidacy factors related to general anesthesia aren’t present.
How is Ultherapy Performed?
You will recline in a comfortable treatment chair in one of our private, relaxing rooms. You won’t need any anesthetic or surgical prep, since Ultherapy isn’t surgical. Next, gel is applied to the face, neck, and chest so that the applicator will glide smoothly across the skin.
The Ultherapy specialist will be seated next to you. They will pass the handheld applicator over the skin. Because it’s ultrasound, we can see the targeted tissue on a monitor. This visualization lets us find the exact location where it will be most beneficial to deliver the pulse of ultrasound energy, which we do by pressing a button on the applicator.
Patients report varying sensations during treatment. Some people describe the thermal energy as feeling like a tingling sensation or the feeling of heat. Most people are able to tolerate the minimal discomfort without any sedatives or numbing agents. Any discomfort you do experience will be temporary.
Most people get good results from a single session. You may benefit from more sessions depending on the degree of skin laxity and your own individual response to the therapy.
How Can I Prepare for Ultherapy?
Getting ready for Ultherapy is really quite easy:
- Schedule a consultation at our practice
- Sit back, relax, and wait for your appointment day!
A consultation is necessary so we can assess the degree of skin laxity and discuss with you what you want to achieve. Once your cosmetic surgeon has determined that Ultherapy is capable of correcting the looseness of your skin, and that it will align with your expectations, we can discuss scheduling, cost, financing, and other aspects of planning your Ultherapy.
What Is Recovery Like?
As for recovery and downtime - you can get back to your day immediately! It is normal for the treated areas to be red and flushed, so some people prefer to take the rest of the day off, but it’s not necessary. Mild swelling, tingling, and tenderness may also be present for a few hours.
What Can I Expect from My Results?
Ultrasound energy provides rejuvenating results with time. The thermal effect of the treatment doesn’t cause immediate regeneration of collagen. Instead, collagen will begin to build with the first results becoming apparent 2-3 months after Ultherapy, and getting more noticeable over the course of 6 months. Results last about a year or longer before re-treatment would be necessary to maintain the effect.
Get Started with Non-Invasive Skin Tightening
If you are interested in Ultherapy and you live in Austin or the surrounding areas, please contact Austin Plastic Surgeon to arrange a consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic surgeons. You can reach our helpful staff in Texas at 512-334-9917.. We look forward to answering your questions and getting you started on the path to non-invasive skin rejuvenation.