If you have been researching ways to address skin laxity or other signs of aging on your face and neck, you might have come across Ultherapy. You may be wondering if it will be an effective solution for you. Our team at Finesse Cosmetic Laser & Lipo Center of Waltham, MA is here to help you better understand the benefits of this unique treatment and how effective it can be.
Does Ultherapy Really Work? 10 Main Benefits
1. There’s No Downtime
One of the best benefits of Ultherapy treatment is how easy it is to fit it into your busy schedule. With many skin treatments, you can expect at least some downtime. This treatment, however, doesn’t include any injections or incisions. If you’re looking for a partial face treatment to address certain areas of your face, you could be done and out the door in 30 to 45 minutes.
A treatment that allows you to get back to your daily life right after completion is ideal for modern life. This is a treatment that could potentially be fit in before work without messing up your workday. Or, if you receive treatment on the weekend, you’ll know you won’t have to sacrifice your days off to recover. As soon as you’re done, you can get back to whatever you want to do with the rest of your day.
2. It Uses the Body’s Healing Response to Work
Rather than fighting the body, why not put your body’s natural regeneration to work? The therapeutic ultrasound technology reaches through the layers of your skin and stimulates the production of collagen. This will produce a tightening and lifting effect throughout the treated skin.
3. Treatment Is Precise
The ultrasound machine used in treatment is specialized and able to pin-point the exact locations on your face or neck that you’d like addressed. In some cases, certain injectable wrinkle treatments have been known to migrate slightly from their injection site. This isn’t a problem when the Ulthera System is used, as only the exact treated areas will be affected.
4. The Ulthera System Is FDA Approved
While looking at effective solutions for aging skin, safety is a pressing concern and priority. The Ulthera System used for treatment comes with the peace of mind of being FDA approved. The Ulthera System had to prove itself through clinical safety demonstrations and studies. Since then, it has been used as a treatment all around the world, with copious success stories to its name.
In addition, The Ulthera System boils down to ultrasound technology, which has been used for over 50 years in the medicinal field. Ultrasounds are routinely conducted and known for their safety.
5. It Works Through Multiple Layers of the Skin
This treatment applies to multiple layers of the skin, which means the effects are deeper and stronger than many of its alternatives. It targets the dermal skin layer, but it also reaches through to the Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System, also known as the SMAS membrane.
The SMAS membrane is the prime target for Surgical facelifts. This makes an Ulthera treatment even more impressive, as it can offer some of the same benefits and results that a facelift does without putting you through surgery.
6. Results Are Lasting
A quick treatment with lasting results may sound too good to be true, but that’s exactly what this treatment is known for. Immediately following treatment, patients may begin to notice their skin gradually lifting and tightening over time. This will correlate to the timeline of new collagen replacing the old as the multiple layers of your skin are rejuvenated. In about two to three months, the results from your treatment will be at their best.
Your skin may continue to improve for up to six months after treatment. Some patients who have received this treatment have claimed results that last even longer.
What Can Affect How Long the Treatment Lasts?
Several factors can affect how long your treatment will give you the results you want. Skin loses elasticity over time, so more senior patients may find treatment every six months is just about right to keep their face looking and feeling fuller. This may also be true of patients with deeper lines in their skin, or sagging skin in their neck or jawline.
Some patients may find they can go longer between treatments, depending on their age and their skin’s individual reaction to the therapy. Younger patients may seek out treatment to help slow down the signs of aging skin.
7. It Can Address Both the Face and the Neck
The Ulthera System can treat many areas of the face, but it is also specialized for the neck. Many patients find it convenient that the face, jawline, and neck areas can all be covered by one treatment. A full treatment will take between 45 to 60 minutes.
8. One Treatment Is Usually Enough
While some patients may find they want multiple treatments to achieve the results they want, in most cases one treatment is all that is needed. A single treatment that, depending on your needs, only takes 30 to 60 minutes, has no downtime, can address the face and the neck, and lasts for months? It’s no wonder that this makes a very appealing choice for many individuals.
How Will I Know if One Treatment Will Be Enough?
Each patient’s body and skin is unique to them. While one treatment is usually sufficient, this will also depend on your skin laxity, and how your skin responds to the treatment.
To better understand what your individual needs may be, you may want to request a free consultation. Our skilled team of experts can meet with you, and together we can determine what your timeline may be and what you can expect from treatment.
9. Almost Anyone Can Be a Good Candidate
The skin usually begins to lose some of its fullness and elasticity when we’re in our 30s. The first signs of aging skin are often that skin will feel less firm against your face. Your brow line may begin to lower, or the skin of the eyelids may begin to sag slightly.
Some clients will schedule their first treatment when they first begin to experience a loss of skin tone, to help their skin stay firm and age as gracefully as possible.
Clients who already are experiencing more pronounced skin laxity are also excellent candidates. At almost any age, treatment will help to gently correct loose skin, and allow you to enjoy your face at its radiant best.
10. It Can Be a Good Alternative to Surgery, Injections, or Other Laser Treatments
For those who are unsure about injections and unready for surgery, this can be an excellent alternative to either option. In addition to being used in place of surgery or injections, it can also be used in conjunction with other skin treatments. For instance, if you have already undergone cosmetic surgery, you may be hoping to lengthen the outcome of your surgery.
Before we compare it to other skin treatments, it can be helpful to understand exactly how it works. We mentioned previously that this treatment utilizes ultrasound technology, and that the positive results are due to the body’s production of new collagen. But you may be wondering why the body produces collagen as a response to this treatment.
Basically, the treatment works by delivering pulses of heat underneath the surface of the skin, to the foundational skin layers. The body reacts to this by assuming these skin layers need healing. This response is known as Neocollagenesis, and it will trigger new collagen growth, strengthening and tightening the affected layers of skin. Thanks to its ultrasound technology, we can actually see under the skin during treatment. This gives us the benefit of knowing exactly what areas to target.
Comparing It to Surgery
There’s no denying the positive effects of cosmetic surgery, such as a facelift. However, for those who aren’t ready for the mental or financial commitment a surgery requires, having a non-surgical treatment with comparable results can be appealing. It can also help you determine whether or not to consider surgery down the line.
During facelift surgery, excess skin is removed and the tissues underneath the skin are lifted. This can achieve great results, but it does have its downsides. You will need to know that your body can handle surgery, and you’ll need to be able to dedicate time to recover after the surgery. By using ultrasound technology on the skin, the need for cutting into the skin is bypassed.
Comparing It to Injections
The thought of injections can be intimidating. Many patients who are afraid of needles may find the thought of facial injections nearly impossible. For clients who don’t want to use injections, an alternative treatment that doesn’t require any poking can empower them to seek out the facial treatment they’ve previously felt barred from.
To compare timelines, with Botox you can generally expect to see results within seven days, and it is considered effective for 3 to 4 months. With Ultherapy, it may take a little longer to see results, but the treatment can be effective for up to 6 months. Some clients prefer to use both treatments together, with Botox handling some of the deeper wrinkles and forehead lines and Ultherapy naturally firming up the skin of the neck and face.
Comparing It to Laser Skin Treatment
Of all the different treatment options, laser technology is the most similar to ultrasound technology. Laser technology works through radiofrequency. It does offer some similar results to ultrasound technology, but the two treatments still do have their slight differences. Laser skin treatment tends to be used more in the superficial layers of the skin. It can specifically address concerns such as pigment changes, fine lines, or wrinkles.
Both technologies work by triggering Neocollagenesis, but ultrasound technology is considered more capable of reaching deeper into the skin layers than radiofrequency technology does. This can make it a preferable choice, depending on your needs and the recommendation of a specialist.
What to Expect From a Consultation
At Finesse Cosmetic Laser & Lipo Center, we make it our goal to have the process of requesting a consultation as stress-free as possible. On our website, you can easily access our “Contact Us” page, and from there can request a free consultation. You can also call or email us directly.
During your consultation, our highly accredited and specialized team will walk you through all of your questions and concerns.
Are You Ready to Take Your Skin Back?
If you’re ready to learn more about renewing your skin, contact Finesse Cosmetic Laser & Lipo Center of Waltham, MA today. Our team not only has experience you can rely on, we also have access to the best available technology. We can’t wait to work together with you and help you achieve a new sense of confidence and vitality.