What is Ultherapy®? (Skin Tightening Treatment)
Using ultrasound energy, Ultherapy® treatment lifts and tightens skin on the face and neck. Ultherapy treatment works on the deep layers of tissue usually targeted during a facelift or neck lift, but leaves surface skin alone. By heating tissue with sound waves, collagen production increases, resulting in younger-looking skin. According to its manufacturer, Ulthera, Inc., Ultherapy treatment “is the only noninvasive procedure FDA-cleared to lift skin on the neck, chin and brow.”
The Ultherapy Procedure
At your Ultherapy treaatment, we first cleanse the treatment area, and then apply gel to the target area. We then place the Ultherapy handpiece on the skin, delivering low-level focused heat as it moves over the target area. You may experience mild discomfort as the heat travels beneath the skin. Discomfort levels vary from patient to patient, and on the treatment area.
It takes 60 to 90 minutes to treat the entire face and neck; a partial face or brow treatment usually takes 30 minutes.
Ultherapy Treatment Results
We perform Ultherapy treatment on mildly to moderately loose or sagging skin on the face and neck. Results, however, vary from patient to patient, and on the condition and quality of the treatment area of the skin.
Treatment that “lifts” the brow reduces excess skin on the eyelids, making the eyes look more open. Treatment that lifts and tightens sagging skin on the neck and under the chin eliminates or reduces a double chin or “turkey-gobbler.”
Although some patients may see immediate improvement, results of Ultherapy treatment are usually apparent within 2 to 3 months, during which old collagen is replaced with new, more elastic collagen. At 6 months, full benefits are attained. Most patients need only one treatment, but those with significant issues may require more. It is possible for results to last up to a year.
Ultherapy Treatment Side Effects
Side effects of Ultherapy treatment are usually minor and temporary, and are specific to the treatment area. Side effects include:
- Slight redness
- Slight swelling
Ultherapy treatment is not a substitute for a surgical facelift, but is an option for those not interested in or ready for surgery.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in Ultherapy treatment, and would like to see if you are a good candidate, contact Dr. Altamira at (713) 271-9000 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Altamira has plastic surgery offices located in Houston and Sugar Land, Texas.