CONSUMER REPORT - ULTHERA
(What you really need to know)
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Ultherapy is a skin firming treatment intended to tighten and lift brows, jawline, jowls, and facial skin without
invasive surgery. Average Price: $2,700
Ulthera causes a natural tightening and lifting of skin by building the body's own
Because Ulthera works by stimulating the body’s healing and restorative properties, it is true that the final
result is usually seen after 3 months. This is the amount of time that the new collagen growth occurs after the
procedure. Patients do report early changes ranging from actual brow elevation, mid face fullness, or simply
a firmer feel to the skin.
Ultherapy does work
Ultherapy works in almost everyone. In many patients the improvement becomes more visible in the lower
face 4-5 months after treatment, so be patient. It is also very important that appropriate photography was
used for the before and after pictures. Because it takes months for the results to slowly be visible, the patient
seldom notices significant changes by looking in the mirror. You really have to compare your appearance to
the before photographs. We really do forget what we used to look like. Overall, most are very happy with the
results we can acheive with this no downtime, non-surgical facial lifting device.
Should Ulthera Be Painful?
Ulthera treatment hurts
We recommend medications. It seems to take the edge off. The results take time but are worth it. It is
recommend you take pain medication before the procedure.
What Risks Are Involved with Ultherapy?
Risks with Ultherapy
The Ulthera company has strived to create a safe treatment above all else since the beginning. It uses the
same ultrasound that pregnant women use to visualize the levels of skin and muscle. In experienced hands,
risks are minimal. The most common things that can happen are mild bruising and swelling after the
treatment. Another thing that can happen are small areas of swelling under the skin or welts can be seen if
the patient or the practicioner moves during the treatment. Rarely, the patient can experience numbness,
particularly of the ear, or a weakness in the lower lip.
Long Term Effects of Ulthera Tightening on the Skin
We know that with up to 4 years of clinical use Ulthera has had no adverse effects reported on
how it affects the skin. It has been shown histologically that Ulthera promotes natural collagen
Some patients are reporting that their skin tone, texture, and brown spots are improved a few
months after their Ulthera treatment.
There are no long term adverse effects on the skin after Ulthera that we need to be concerned
Age is not an issue, it is the degree of sagging that is a good indicator!
If you have so much skin laxity that you need a facelift, then you need a face lift. Ulthera is more effectivve in
mild to modertae skin laxity. If you have sever skin laxity regardless of age, Ulthera is not the right answer
Ulthera results are long-term
While Ulthera is a relatively new device, clinical experience so far indicates results are long-lasting. Some
patients have continued to show improvement for as long as six months. Since the treatment stimulates
collagen formation and creates tissue tightening in this fashion, expectations for long term results are high.
You will continue to age, however, and eventually the aging process will overcome the improvements gained
through the treatment. There is no reason a secondary treatment, either Ulthera or sugical, couldn't be done
at that time.
Ulthera is OK with dermal fillers but not same areas
The effects of Ulthera when applied directly on top of fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm are not completely
known but there isn't any reason to believe that adjacent areas could not be done. For example, if fillers are
placed in the nasolabial lines (the furrows extending downward from the sides of the nose towards the
corners of the mouth) the cheeks could still be done with Ulthera for a nice combined effect.
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