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Stand firm in the face of gravity - with Ultherapy®!One of the primary reasons for collaborating with a board-certified physician is to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Until recently, non-surgical treatments that could sufficiently address the problem of sagging skin did not exist. In our Mid-town Manhattan aesthetic medicine practice, we accomplish this goal with Ultherapy, a non-surgical facial treatment based on ultrasound technology.
There are several benefits to the FDA cleared Ultherapy treatment, the most prominent being that this non-invasive procedure produces immediate results in many cases, and requires no downtime. Typically, the areas below the surface of the skin are addressed through surgical treatments like a facelift or liposuction. With Ultherapy, however, we are able to see those inner layers of skin and tissue, targeting them for treatment without affecting surrounding tissue or the surface of the skin.
Once your highly trained clinician can determine the areas below the skin to target, ultrasound energy is applied carefully and precisely. As we age, our bodies decrease the production of collagen, a naturally occurring protein that keeps skin looking young. The application of energy during an Ultherapy treatment stimulates the production of collagen, which subsequently encourages the skin to gradually tighten and lift.
Ultherapy is a versatile treatment that rejuvenates the skin from the inside out. Most commonly, Ultherapy is used to treat the forehead, cheeks and neck, where sagging skin makes you look older than you are. The entire face can also be treated, in a session that lasts from 45-60 minutes. Spot treatments typically last about thirty minutes. Regardless of whether a patient receives a full-face treatment or a partial treatment, he or she will be able to resume normal activity upon leaving our office.
It is important to remember that the main difference between a surgical face-lift and treatment with ultrasound energy is that one procedure is invasive while the other renews skin through a gradual process. With a surgical facelift, results are seen right away, whereas Ultherapy results appear over the course of two to three months, as new collagen works to improve the elasticity of skin. Being patient as results come more slowly is rewarded with a rejuvenated appearance that lasts upwards of twelve months. To maintain what is accomplished with Ultherapy, yearly maintenance treatments may be most beneficial.
If you desire an appearance that shows your inner vitality, contact us to discover what Ultherapy can do for you.
Ultherapy Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a non-surgical face treatment that uses ultrasound to actually lift and tone loose or sagging skin without any downtime.
What is unique about the Ultherapy procedure?
Ultherapy is the only non-invasive treatment that can specifically target the deep foundation below the skin – typically addressed in cosmetic surgery – without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin.
It also is the only procedure to use ultrasound imaging, which allows us to actually see the layers of tissue we target during the treatment and ensure the energy is deposited precisely to where it will be most effective.
What kind of technology does Ultherapy use?
Ultherapy uses tried-and-true ultrasound technology, which has received FDA clearance for use in this new type of medical procedure.
What does the ultrasound therapy do?
Ultherapy deposits focused ultrasound energy below the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s creation of new collagen. As a result, skin will actually begin to lift and tone over time.
What does collagen do? How does Ultherapy stimulate the creation of collagen?
Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firmed, toned and elastic. As we age, collagen loses its elasticity and its ability to stand up to the effects of gravity that pull the skin downward.
Ultherapy jump starts a repair process that produces fresh, new collagen.
Is Ultherapy surgery?
No. Unlike a facelift, Ultherapy is a non-invasive procedure that addresses the skin and support layers below it, but doesn’t entail cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin.
Can Ultherapy replace a facelift?
Ultherapy is an “uplift” not a “facelift.” While it is not a replacement for surgery, it is a viable option for those not ready for a facelift or those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.
How is Ultherapy different from lasers?
Lasers typically address issues in the superficial layers of the skin (e.g. fine lines, wrinkles, pigment changes). Ultherapy addresses the deep skin layer and the foundational layer addressed in cosmetic surgery that lift and lend support to the skin. Therefore, the two technologies are quite complementary!
Is Ultherapy safe?
The procedure has been cleared by the FDA after demonstrating safety in clinical studies, and tens of thousands of treatments have been performed safely worldwide. In addition, ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in the field of medicine for more than 50 years.
Who is a good candidate for Ultherapy?
A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone with skin that has "relaxed" to the point of looking, and often feeling, less firm. A lowered eyebrow line or sagging skin on the eyelids, for instance, is often the first sign of "maturing" skin. Typically, those in their thirties and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates.
While Ultherapy is not a replacement for a surgical facelift, there are many people who want some lifting but are not ready for surgery, either mentally, financially or logistically. There are also younger people who want to “stay ahead of the game” as well as those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.
How long does the treatment take?
A full face treatment takes 45-60 minutes, and a partial face or brow lift treatment can take around 30 minutes—neither with any downtime.
What problem areas does Ultherapy target? What kind of results do you get?
Ultherapy addresses mild to moderate loose or sagging skin. Specifically, by reconditioning and renewing the skin from within, Ultherapy will lift the brow, which in turn reduces excess skin on the lids, opens up the eyes, and gives a more refreshed look overall.
How long until I see results?
Patients may enjoy some initial effect but the ultimate lifting and toning will take place over 2-3 months, as tired collagen is replaced with new, more elastic collagen. As this collagen-building process continues, further improvements can appear up to 6 months following a procedure.
How long do results last?
Patients treated with Ultherapy still have fresh young collagen after a year’s time following the procedure, but skin continues to age. Future touch-up treatments can help keep pace with the aging process, which varies by individual.
Will I need more than one treatment?
The majority of patients only need one treatment; however, some may benefit from more than one treatment (depending on how much laxity they have and their body’s own biological response to the ultrasound and the collagen-building process).
Is there any downtime?
Ultherapy is an entirely non-invasive procedure and as such, there is no downtime. You are able to return to your normal activities right away, and there are no special measures you need to take.
Will I feel the ultrasound during the treatment?
Yes. What you are feeling during the treatment is actually tiny amounts of focused ultrasound energy being deposited below the surface of the skin.
What does it feel like?
Patients have noted there can be some discomfort while the ultrasound energy is being delivered, but it is temporary and a positive signal that the collagen-building process has been initiated.
Is Ultherapy painful?
Comfort thresholds vary from patient to patient, but there can be some discomfort while the ultrasound energy is being delivered. This is temporary and a positive signal that the collagen-building process has been initiated.
We will consult with you prior to your skin treatment to make your experience as pleasant as possible. Patients typically leave comfortable and excited about the benefits to come!
Are there any side effects?
There may be slight redness for up to an hour or so following the treatment, and a small percentage of patients may have slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to touch, but these are mild and temporary in nature. There is always the possibility for other less common post-procedural effects, which we’ll review with you.
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