Ultherapy is a non-surgical face treatment that uses ultrasound to actually lift and tone loose or sagging skin without any surgery or downtime. Ultherapy is the only non-invasive treatment that can specifically target the deep foundation tissue below the skin that is typically addressed in a face lift, without surgery. It is also the only procedure to use ultrasound imaging, which allows us to actually see the layers of tissue we target during the treatment and ensure that the energy is deposited precisely where it will be most effective. Ultherapy deposits focused ultrasound energy below the surface of the skin and in the connective tissue layers of the face in order to stimulate the body’s creation of new collagen. As a result, the skin will actually lift and tone over time. Collagen is a natural protein that give skin its youthfulness by keeping it firm, 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. In the skin, Ultherapy jump starts a repair process that produces fresh, new collagen. Additionally, the deep ultrasound treatment allows for tightening of the facial connective tissue which allows improvement of contours of the neck and jawline, such as early jowls and neck excess. Treatment of the upper face can have excellent effects on raising the brow, improving the upper lids, and opening the eye.

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FAQs: Ultherapy

  • Can Ultherapy replace a face lift?

    Patients undergoing Ultherapy treatment should notice an undeniable improvement in the skin tightening and rejuvenation of the contour of their face. The advantages to Ultherapy are the lack of surgery and particularly the lack of down time that are required with face lift procedures. Many patients find that Ultherapy treatment is an effective bridge when a face lift is not something that they want to do just yet. Such patients find the results from the Ultherapy procedure provide enough improvement that they can put off the more definitive facial surgery for years and still enjoy significant facial rejuvenation in the meantime.
  • 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 or sagging skin on the eyelids, for instance, is often the first sign of “maturing” skin. Typically, this in their thirties and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates. While Ultherapy is not a replacement for a surgical face lift there re 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 previous cosmetic surgery.
  • What problem areas does Ultherapy target?

    Ultherapy addresses mild to moderate loose or sagging skin, as well as the foundation tissue below the skin. Specifically, by renewing the tissue from within, Ultherapy will lift the brow which in turn reduces excess skin in the upper eyelid, opens the eyes, and gives a more refreshed look in the upper face. In the mid face, tightening of the SMAS can provide improvement of the nasolabial creases, the jowl, the cheek, and the jaw line. Ultherapy around the peri-oral region can improve fine lines and fine wrinkles around the mouth and lips. Treatment of the platysma muscle of the neck with the overlying skin can provide tightening of the neck with improvement of tissue excess below the chin and at the angle of the neck. Additionally, treatment of the upper chest in women can smooth out fine wrinkles and provide tightening of the décolleté region.
  • When will I see my results from Ultherapy?

    Some of our Montecito patients see an initial tightening, but most of your improvements will occur over the following 2-3 months, as your body builds new collagen and elastin.
  • What are the benefits of having Ultherapy?

    Ultherapy provides much of what can be achieved with a surgical facelift, without the surgery. While Ultherapy’s ultrasound energy can’t deliver the degree of rejuvenation and tissue firming that can be achieved with a surgical facelift, you also don’t have the pain, swelling, and lengthy recovery. Ultherapy is the only non-invasive treatment that the FDA has approved using ultrasound energy to lift the skin on the face, neck, under the chin, and even on the brows. Plus, since Ultherapy uses ultrasound as its energy source to trigger new collagen production, you know the procedure is safe and easily tolerated by the body. That’s because ultrasound energy has been used for over five decades in medical imaging.
  • Are there risks or downtime involved with Ultherapy?

    Ultrasound has been used in diagnostics for decades; the human body tolerates this sort of energy very well. After your session, your skin may appear flushed, but this will disappear within a few hours in most cases. Some patients experience slight swelling, tingling, or tenderness on the treated areas, but this also resolves quickly. There is no recovery with Ultherapy. Immediately after your session, you can go right back to work, exercise, or your other normal activities.
  • How long does an Ultherapy treatment take?

    A single Ultherapy procedure can last up to 90 minutes at our beautiful Santa Barbara offices, depending on the area being treated. Ultherapy treatment on the décolletage takes about 30 minutes compared to the face and neck areas, which take from 60 to 90 minutes.
  • How long will my results last?

    Ultherapy triggers new collagen production and this can be thought of as a new reset point for your connective tissue. Results tend to last for about one to three years. Then the natural decline of collagen comes back into play, so another Ultherapy session can be scheduled to maintain your results.
  • When is the best time to get Ultherapy?

    Ultherapy can be utilized in many different age groups, depending on the goals each patient has. Ultherapy for maintenance of a youthful appearance tends to work best when started at a relatively young age, usually in a patient’s 40s, when your ability to produce more collagen and elastin allows the body to make the best out of the Ultherapy treatment. Patients in this relatively young age group tend to see longer lasting results, and ongoing “upkeep” treatments provide excellent responses when repeated every 3 years or so. Older patients are usually trying to make a specific improvement in the jowls or neck or declote, and these patients will often see excellent improvements in these areas, but may need to repeat the treatment more often.
  • How many sessions will I need?

    Most Montecito Plastic Surgery patients only need one initial Ultherapy session to realize the results they seek. But your body’s natural collagen supply will continue to decrease, so additional treatments down the road will help maintain your results. Remember that our bodies produce one additional percentage point less collagen every year after our 20th birthday. That means by our 50th birthday our skin has one third less collagen to provide its structural support. That’s why our aging skin allows more and more wrinkles to form and other areas such as the cheeks flatten due to volume loss.
  • Is Ultherapy painful? What does this treatment feel like?

    Ultrasound energy easily penetrates the epidermis and enters the dermis, the skin’s second layer. When the ultrasound energy is delivered into the dermis, you’ll feel a mild warming sensation, sometimes accompanied by a slight prickly feeling. We recommend our patients take 800 mg of over-the-counter ibuprofen about 45 minutes before their Ultherapy session. Additionally, our expert Ultherapists utilize Pro-Nox, an on-demand laughing gas system that makes the Ultherapy session much more pleasant.

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