WHAT IS ULTHERAPY?
Ultherapy is the only non-invasive, FDA-approved skin rejuvenation procedure that can specifically lift and tighten skin on the neck, jowls, eyebrows and decollete by targeting the deep layers of tissue usually only achievable with surgery. Unlike lasers, surgery and other technologies, Ultherapy bypasses the surface of the skin to deliver high intensity focal ultrasound energy to the correct tissue planes. It’s this energy that triggers a natural response under the skin, jump starting the collagen process.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
The length of your treatment will depend on the area being treated but typically a face and neck procedure takes between 60−90 minutes, while a chest treatment takes approximately 30 minutes. During the treatment, you will feel tiny amounts of energy being deposited into the skin. Levels of discomfort can vary from person to person, but the sensation only lasts while the energy is being delivered. Whilst there is no downtime, your skin might appear flushed at first, and any redness should disappear within a few hours. Any swelling, tingling or tenderness to the touch experienced are mild and temporary. Some patients feel that they see effects immediately after their treatment, however, full results appear over 3-6 months as new collagen works to lift and tighten skin on the neck, chin and brow as well as smooth skin on the chest.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
While Ultherapy won’t duplicate the results of a facelift, it’s a clinically proven non-invasive alternative for those not ready for surgery—and can even be an option to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery when used with Botox and fillers. With Ultherapy, there is no downtime, you can return to your normal activities immediately after your procedure without any post-treatment restrictions or requirements. With just one treatment, the regenerative process is initiated, that can be amplified with annual top ups to create visible effects including lifting and toning of sagging skin and soft tissue. Ultherapy can be used alone or in combination with with a number of other treatments.
CONDITIONS ULTHERAPY CAN TREAT
Repetitive facial movements and expressions, such as squinting or smiling can cause the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Each time you use a facial muscle, a groove forms beneath the surface of the skin and as skin ages, it loses its ability to spring back into place resulting in these grooves becoming apparent even when not using the muscle.
What to expect: Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles causing lines and wrinkles via a series of super-fine injections. The injections can be administered during one 20-minute appointment and have minimal downtime, although some bruising may sometimes occur. Expect effects to last between three to five months.
Also good for: Dramatically smoothing frown lines on the forehead, furrows in between the eyebrows and crow’s feet around the eyes. Botox can also be used to treat neck bands and diminish jowling, reduce gummy smiles, as a treatment for teeth grinding and to slim down the face by injecting into the Masseter muscle. Botox can also help with treating headaches and excessive sweating (armpits, hairline, hands, feet, groin and menopausal sweats)
Alternative treatments: Fillers, Lasers, Peel, Ultherapy and Radiofrequency.
With age, we naturally lose the fatty tissue that gives skin that plumped, youthful appearance.
What to expect: To replace volume loss and prevent the face from ‘falling’, injecting hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the body, into points of the face needing a boost gives skin more volume and reduces the appearance of fine lines, folds and depressions. Alternatively, Radiesse, a calcium based gel or Sculptra, a poly-L-lactic acid, can also be used to treat volume loss and sagging. The effects of these temporary fillers can last between four to eighteen months depending on the substance used. While it is possible to experience some mild bruising, itchiness, swelling and redness, this should subside a few days after treatment.
Also good for treating: Scars and depressions, nose to mouth lines (nasolabial folds), vertical lip lines (smokers lines), corners of the mouth, marionette lines (lip to chin folds), lips, hollow or drooping cheeks, tear troughs, chin, jawline (to create a sharper jawline), nose, ear lobes, chest and hands.
Alternative treatments: Ultheraphy, Fractional ablative laser and Clearlift.
Skin often loses its suppleness, tone and texture as we age because of the decrease in collagen, elastin, and sub dermal fat – the building blocks of youthful skin.
What to expect: A non-invasive, FDA approved procedure, which uses the power of ultrasound to lift skin on the neck, under the chin, on the brow, and chest. Ultherapy bypasses the surface of the skin to deliver high intensity focused ultrasound energy deep into the dermis to trigger collagen production and tightening. There is no downtime and uncommon temporary bruising and swelling should resolve within two weeks. Initial lifting and tightening results are seen immediately after treatment with ongoing improvement from 3-6 months thereafter.
Also good for: Improving the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the décolletage and non-surgical facial rejuvenation.
Alternative solutions: Radiofrequency and iPixel laser
As we age, the lower jaw can lose its definition, giving you an older, jowlier appearance.
What to expect: Using therapeutic deep heat, Radiofrequency heats different tissue depths within the body to cause collagen contraction and stimulation which tightens loose and wrinkled skin. No anesthesia is needed and there is no downtown, only a slight redness may occur that generally disappears within 24 hours. A course of 4-6 treatments is recommended with maintenance top ups every six months.
Also good for: Firming the entire body and non-surgical facial rejuvenation.
Alternative treatments: Ultherapy and Fillers
It can be one of the biggest age giveaways, horizontal or vertical neck lines and loose skin, can give the effect of a ‘turkey neck’ particularly prominent when teeth are clenched.
What to expect: Get the uplift without resorting to invasive surgery by using a high intensity focused ultrasound to tighten loose, wrinkled and sun damaged skin. This energy triggers a natural reaction in the skin to tighten and kick start new collagen leaving a smoother, younger looking neck. There is no downtime to this treatment and for optimal results 1-2 treatments are recommended.
Also good for: Jowling, Eyebrow Lift, Chest tightening and Non-surgical facial rejuvenation.
Alternative treatments: PRP, Botox and Radiofrequency
This often neglected area of the body is one of the first areas that show the signs of ageing. Wrinkles and sagging occur due to the thinness of the skin and by over exposure to sun resulting in sun damage.
What to expect: This natural method uses the patient’s own blood to isolate platelets which have the ability to release growth factors and act as messengers to stimulate the skin’s regeneration process. From a small sample of blood, platelets are isolated and then re-injected into the skin to leave a smoother and healthier complexion. Some bruising and swelling may occur post–treatment for up to one week. This treatment can be used alone or used in conjunction with Mesotherapy and/or Dermapen to bolster results.
Also good for: Eyelids, Face, Neck, Body (stretch marks), Hair growth on the scalp and non-surgical facial rejuvenation.
Alternative treatments: Ultherapy
Nasolabial lines run from each side of the noses to the corners of the mouth and with age can deepen and widen.
What to expect: Hyaluronic acid fillers add volume to the face, smoothing grooves and adding a youthful softness to the face. With minimal downtime, effects can be seen immediately after the treatment and the length of duration depends on the type of hyaluronic acid used, although slight bruising and swelling may occur post-treatment but will subside in a couple of days.
Also good for: Soften lines, winkles, lip enhancement.
Alternative treatments: Radiofrequency, Ultherapy
Gravity, over time, can exacerbate the sagging of the soft tissues of the forehead, lowering the brow position which can create a tired, sad or grumpy appearance.
What to expect: The position and shape of the eyebrows are critical in defining the face. Careful use of Botox can adjust this balance to lift and enhance eyebrow shape and position. This treatment may also be supplemented with dermal filler to help support the eyebrow. The injections can be administered during one 20-minute appointment and have minimal downtime, although some bruising may sometimes occur. Expect effects to last between three to five months for Botox and longer with fillers.
Also good for: Restoring facial volume, softening lines and wrinkles.
Alternative treatments: Hyaluronic Acid Ultherapy.