Ultherapy® is an innovative and exciting treatment that tones lax skin on the face and neck for a more youthful and younger appearance without the downtime. Patients want to feel and look their very best. Staying up to date with today’s impeccable styles, looking tired or older just isn’t an acceptable option. Many patients, however, want to avoid more invasive and costly cosmetic procedures such as a facelift. Ultherapy® can achieve a tighter, lifted and more toned appearance of eyebrows, eyes, cheeks, submentum and neck.
- How Ultherapy® Works
- Ultherapy® AND THE FDA
- Clinical Results
- The Benefits of Ultherapy®
- Effects of Ultherapy®
- Eyebrow Lift
- A Lasting Procedure
- Less Risk
- More Natural
- Ultherapy® versus Traditional Facelifts
- Differences in Procedures
- Appearances Afterwards
- Cost of the Procedures
- Who is Suited for the Procedure
- How Quickly Will I See Results?
How Ultherapy® Works
Ultherapy® uses precise, micro-focused ultrasound waves, and using ultrasound images to focus heat on the correct soft tissue layers. By focusing on these layers of tissue, the body’s regenerative response is to restore toned and tight appearance to the skin.
Having the ultrasound waves concentrated on soft tissues of the neck, chin, and face, new collagen grows over time, providing our Ultherapy® patients with a younger appearance minus the invasiveness a surgical procedure involves. It is particularly intended for those hard to treat parts of the neck and face that are trickier to lift when using traditional methods.
Ultherapy® AND THE FDA
Ultherapy® received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration as being an unprecedented non-invasive means to tone and tighten skin. According to a 2009 press release, Dr. Murad Alam, an Associate Professor of Dermatology and Otolaryngology and Surgery, was quoted as saying, “We use imaging to anticipate where the energy will be placed, and then we deliver small amounts of very productive energy to targeted planes of tissue. This precision contributes to both safety and effectiveness, and because this is accomplished without damaging the superficial layers of skin, patients experience no downtime.”
Clinical trial evaluation has shown that after the first treatment there can be a noticeable amount of tissue lift over the next three to six months with the patient experiencing no downtime or major recovery. Eighty-six percent of patients having Ultherapy® saw eyebrow lifts with a mean value of 1.9 mm in height difference and a height range from 1.5 mm to 6 mm. This gives the entire face a more youthful look, and will seem like you’ve had a good night’s sleep, erasing that “tired look.”
The Benefits of Ultherapy®
The advantages of Ultherapy® treatments are for smoothing and tightening neck and facial skin. Great benefits of Ultherapy® include:
- Less downtime and pain than when a patient has a full facelift surgical procedure.
- Ultherapy® can be performed in two hours or less.
- Simple non-invasive way for toning loose skin.
- Patients are able to tolerate the treatment well with minimal discomfort.
- We utilize customized treatment.
- Ultherapy® is less costly than traditional facelift surgery.
- Foreign substances are not used.
- It is non-invasive. There are not any surgical incisions.
- Short term boosts give a more natural look.
- As collagen will build over time, a more elastic skin will be created.
Effects of Ultherapy®
Mamy patients see noticeable changes with your first Ultherapy® treatment. Ultherapy® can last anywhere between one and three years. The average time frame is one and a half years. The results are long lasting, but the treated area will continue to age. Many patients will choose to have additional treatments in the future or to have other areas treated. Some patients have even better long-term results, with results seen over six months. The length of time your lift will be visible depends on many factors such as stress, environmental issues, and the care you give to your face and neck.
Dr. Miguel Delgado—our plastic surgeon in the Bay Area—has seen patients over time and he endorses this technology. He has seen significant improvement in many patients with positive referrals. This is the best non-surgical facial lifting procedure today.
Eyebrows that droop over the eyelids are one of the most common ways of making the face appear older. When the eyebrows are lifted, the face can look less tired and refreshed. 86% of patients that received treatment got a lift of the eyebrow area with an average increase of 1.9mm in height according to clinical studies. For no downtime and a non-invasive treatment, this is remarkable.
A Lasting Procedure
During your consultation, we will discuss how long you can expect your Ultherapy® procedure to last and when you might need an additional treatment. Most patients see a noticeable difference within 3 months of their first treatment, and continue to see changes in the skin for up to six months. There are different ways to prolong the results, such as a medical grade skin care routine, good sleeping habits and overall health.
Ultherapy® has fewer risks associated with it than surgical procedures and does not require downtime. The procedure can be completed in an hour and a half. Ultherapy® of Marin is a practical choice for patients who can’t afford downtime from surgery or who are looking for a non-invasive alternative.
Ultherapy® treatment can produce very natural-looking results. At Ultherapy® Center of Marin, we offer customized Ultherapy® treatment to optimize results.
Two locations serve Dr. Delgado’s patients for their Ultherapy® treatments, Marin County and San Francisco. Scheduling a consultation will allow you to ask all questions you may have, find out the costs involved and what payment options are available. You will be able to view many before and after pictures. You are invited to call today to schedule a consultation and get started with a more refreshed and vibrant you.
Ultherapy® versus Traditional Facelifts
Deciding which facial procedure for sagging skin is best is a decision many patients are contemplating. Would a traditional surgical facelift or the non-invasive Ultherapy® be most appropriate? Let’s look at the similarities and differences between the procedures.
Differences in Procedures
A surgical facelift is an invasive procedure done with a scalpel by the surgeon. Ultherapy® is FDA approved using ultrasound technology and is a non-invasive treatment. If you consider the trauma to the facial tissues, there is a big difference. With surgery there are incisions that require downtime for healing, not so with Ultherapy® that uses gentle ultrasound and no pulling of tissues or cutting.
You will get a much more dramatic result from a traditional facelift; some patients think it looks plastic, until it starts to relax. There are many patients that prefer a more subtle natural change as with Ultherapy®. Depending on how natural or dramatic of a look you want, Dr. Delgado will help you decide which procedure to go with.
Cost of the Procedures
With a facelift, you will have a lot more expense; there are surgical fees, anesthesiologist fees, and facility fees. On the other hand, Ultherapy® is an office procedure performed at the Ultherapy® Center of Marin, allowing for less of a financial burden.
Ultherapy® is not a surgical procedure, therefore, the patient experiences minimal swelling and can return to normal activities the same day. Unlike a surgical procedure that requires healing time.
Who is Suited for the Procedure
There is a significant difference between who is suited for a facelift versus who is more suited to have Ultherapy®.
- Facelift – Patients who are middle aged, have skin laxity issues, and do not have any health issues, are good candidates for facial surgery.
- Ultherapy® – Men and women between 35 to 65 years of age that have mild to moderate laxity of the skin, who are in good health, may be more suited to Ultherapy®.
How Quickly Will I See Results?
After Ultherapy®, the patient will see results gradually over a couple of months as the collagen growth takes place. When thinking about facial rejuvenation there are many things to consider, Dr. Delgado will be able to guide you in the direction of what is best for you at the time of your consultation. He will be able to answer all your questions and give you the results you desire.