Ultherapy—often called Ulthera—is an ultrasound procedure for the face and neck. It lifts and tones loose or sagging skin. For patients interested in learning more, we’ve put together a short list of frequently asked questions with their answers to provide some valuable insight into this procedure.
How does it work?
This non-invasive, FDA-approved medical procedure lifts skin around the eyebrows, neck, and under the chin. It stimulates the body to create collagen, which improves and tightens skin tone. It treats the skin and its underlying support layers, and there is no cutting or disruption to the skin’s surface.
What makes Ulthera different from lasers?
Lasers typically address topical skin issues. On the other hand, Ulthera treats the foundation layers below the skin, producing greater lift and support to the skin. Depending on the patient, the two procedures can complement each other.
How long does each treatment take?
Full face and neck treatments can take an hour to 90 minutes. But partial, localized treatments to specific areas of the face or eyebrows can be successfully completed in as little as 30 minutes
Is it painful and are there any side effects?
There can be some mild discomfort. But that’s a good thing as it indicates that collagen is being rejuvenated. Side effects are minimal, and may include a very small amount of swelling in the stimulated area. Tingling or tenderness to touch in affected areas are not uncommon. But they too are typically mild and temporary. In a very small percentage of patients, other much less common post-procedural effects might be experienced.
How long do the results of the procedure last?
Though it depends on the individual, the results can last up to a year. Since skin continues to age, future touch-up treatments might be appropriate.