WHAT IS ULTHERAPY?
If you’ve thought about eliminating saggy skin around the neck or toning the skin on your face, but do not have the days to spare that accompany surgery, Dr. Longwill at the Miami Center For Dermatology offers her patients a perfect alternative, the Ultherapy treatment.
What To Expect From Ultherapy
Results unfold over the course of 2-3 months. Some patients have reported continued improvement for up to 6 months, including lifting and tightening of the skin on the neck, under the chin, along the jawline, and on the brow. While ultrasound does not duplicate the results of surgery, Ultherapy has proven to be an inviting alternative for those who are not yet ready for surgery.
FAQs About Ultherapy
What Is Ultherapy?
Our Miami Ultherapy Treatment is a non-surgical face and neck treatment utilizing ultrasound to lift and tone loose or sagging skin without any downtime.
What Is Unique About This Procedure?
Ultherapy is the only non-invasive treatment to specifically target the deep foundation below the skin addressed in cosmetic surgery without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin. It is also the only procedure utilizing ultrasound imaging. This allows us to actually see the layers of tissue we target during the Miami Ultherapy 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 to lift skin on the brow, neck, and under the chin.
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, the 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 stimulates a natural repair process that produces fresh, new collagen.
Is Ultherapy Surgery?
No. Unlike a facelift, Miami Ultherapy Treatment 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. It may be considered for a face tightening treatment.
Can Ultherapy Replace A Face Lift?
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). The Miami Ultherapy Treatment addresses the deep skin layer and the foundation layer addressed in cosmetic surgery that lifts and lends support to the skin. Therefore, the two technologies are quite complementary!
Is Ultherapy Safe?
Cleared by the FDA, the procedure demonstrated safety in clinical studies, and over 100,000 treatments 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. Sagging skin on the eyelids, on the neck or under the chin, for instance, are often the first signs 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 Ultrasound Treatment Take?
A full face and neck treatment takes 60-90 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 on the face and neck. 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. Ultherapy is additionally used to lift and tighten sagging skin on the neck and under the chin. This addresses the “turkey gobbler” and “double chin”, areas many patients are trying to eliminate.
How Long Until I See Results From Ultherapy?
Patients enjoy some initial effects but the ultimate lifting and toning takes 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 Ultherapy Results Last?
Patients treated with Ultherapy display fresh young collagen after a year’s time following procedures, 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 Ultherapy Treatment?
The majority of patients only need one treatment. However, some benefit from multiple treatments. This depends on how much laxity they have and their body’s biological response to the ultrasound and collagen-building process. Your physician will be able to recommend the right treatment plan for your needs.
Is There Any Downtime For Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is an entirely non-invasive procedure and as such, there is no downtime. You’re 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 Ultherapy Treatment?
Yes. What you feel during treatment is actually tiny amounts of focused ultrasound energy deposited below the surface of the skin.
What Does Ultherapy Treatment Feel Like?
Patients note there is often some discomfort while the ultrasound energy is being delivered. However, 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 is often some discomfort while the ultrasound energy is being delivered. Initiation of the collagen-building process delivers this temporary, and positive signal. Patients typically leave comfortable and excited about the benefits to come after our Miami Ultherapy Treatment!
Exciting advancements, including new-and-improved treatment approaches, show increased patient comfort during procedures without impacting efficacy. Your practitioner will consult with you prior to your skin treatment to make your experience as pleasant as possible.
Are There Any Side Effects With Ultherapy?
There may be slight redness for up to an hour or so following the treatment. Additionally, 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 your practitioner will review with you.