What to Expect with Ultherapy

What to Expect with Ultherapy | RefinedMD, Los Gatos + San Jose

What to Expect with Ultherapy

Ultherapy is known as the facelift alternative because it provides lifting and tightening with results nearly as good as a mini lift. It’s also available at RefinedMD, along with its counterpoint Thermage FLX, but does it really work? What are sessions like? Is it the right option for you? Ultherapy uses the power of ultrasound technology to allow your provider to see exactly where they are directing the ultrasonic waves below the skin’s surface. This means it is the most precise non-invasive skin tightening procedure on the market.

One of the first things clients want to know is what Ultherapy feels like, but everyone’s experience is different. Some clients feel very little while others experience discomfort. A numbing topical is applied to the treatment site 30 – 45 minutes before the treatment to maximize comfort. In most cases, Ultherapy is applied to the face, jawline, and neck. Typically, the jaw and neck are especially sensitive areas for Ultherapy. However, this is almost always a “one and done” treatment that takes 90 minutes or less for these areas. Results can last several months, and it’s the go-to treatment for celebs like Jennifer Anniston who want to avoid surgery. In other words, while it might not feel like a relaxing and pampering session, it’s tolerable and long-lasting.

Off-Label Uses

Ultherapy is FDA-cleared for the neck, chin, and brow but can technically be used anywhere on the body, such as the stomach or thighs. It works via collagen induction therapy, and your provider being able to see where the energy is reaching will maximize these results. However, just like any collagen induction therapy, you won’t see results immediately. Most people see full results about three months after their treatment because it takes the body time to build collagen. This slow and steady process means that progress photos are important for you to gauge results.

Ultherapy is considered a zero downtime treatment, but you might present with some mild redness for a day or two post-procedure. A potential side effect that is lesser known is numbness at the treatment site. However, should this occur, it is also temporary and will not interfere with your daily life. Otherwise, Ultherapy requires no after care and you can get back to your day right after the treatment.

Why Use Ultherapy?

We all lose collagen as we get older. As children and young adults, our bodies are great at producing collagen and elastin in mass doses. This is what makes skin look soft, supple, and taut. When we stop producing so much, skin gets lax and becomes of poor quality. Sagging, lines, and wrinkles occur. Ultherapy works by telling the body to start producing collagen and exactly where. However, sometimes that’s not enough. If you have also lost a significant amount of good fat that is associated with youth, you might want to combine Ultherapy with dermal fillers.

Fillers can be placed anywhere in the face and do provide instant results. It is very common to pair these two treatments. You can also marry Ultherapy with lasers like LaseMD, Halo, or Clear + Brilliant. Ultherapy doesn’t really address conditions like hyperpigmentation, but lasers do. Although most clients cannot undergo an Ultherapy and laser treatment during the same appointment, they can be scheduled closely together. Laser results aren’t usually immediate, but do offer results much quicker than Ultherapy so you can get instant gratification from one technology while waiting to see your Ultherapy outcome.

Anti-Aging for All

There are many technologies to treat every skin condition and concern, including the many signs of aging. Ultherapy is a renowned, proven, excellent tool for tightening and lifting. Laser skin rejuvenation can also help with wrinkles and lifting to some degree, but are better suited for more superficial concerns. Together, they make a powerful duo that can drastically turn back the clock for you in 2023.

Some lasers require multiple sessions while more aggressive lasers can give you big results with just one treatment. If you’re looking for a way to appear younger and healthier with minimal maintenance sessions, Ultherapy is your golden ticket. Schedule a consultation today to see if Ultherapy is for you and to learn which additional treatments can complement it best. Call the office during business hours or fill out the online form right now.