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Ultherapy by Ulthera: Cost, Pain, Treatment Options, and Side Effects

Ultherapy by Ulthera is a relatively new skin tightening procedure that does not require the invasive, painful cuts and incisions that are associated with plastic surgery. It is one of several popular non-surgical facelift class of devices and skin practitioners providing Ultherapy in Sydney are growing in numbers. Unlike Thermage which used Radio-Frequency, this procedure uses high-frequency sound waves to boost collagen production and tighten skin far below the epidermal layer, where ageing of the skin truly begins. Ultherapy is most often used on the face and neck, as the treatment is designed to contour and firm the tissue there.

This “sonic” sound based facelift is a procedure that can be performed in less than an hour and requires minimal healing time, which may be an advantage for those who are looking for an anti ageing treatment that won’t interfere with their daily schedule. Ultherapy by Ulthera is generally approved for all skin types, but those who have skin problems such as chronic acne or Rosacea should consult their dermatologist before beginning treatment.

How Ultherapy Works

During the Ultherapy procedure the provider will use high-frequency sound waves to penetrate the epidermis of the skin, as well as the underlying soft tissue. These sound waves are meant to target specific areas, where the energy is focused and increased in order to firm muscle layers that laser treatments cannot reach. Ultherapy’s sound wave energy is thought to tighten skin by boosting collagen production as well.

This collagen production is thought to continue well after Ultherapy treatment takes place, smoothing and plumping the skin of the neck and the face to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines. Ultherapy treatments have been approved by the FDA, which may give patients peace of mind when they are considering this course of treatment for their wrinkles, but keep in mind that this does not mean that the procedure is safe in your specific situation. Also, keep in mind that since this is considered a cosmetic procedure, most insurance companies will not pay for treatment, which can be expensive.

What to Expect During Ultherapy Treatment

During Ultherapy, the dermatologist may use a topical numbing cream on your skin if you request it, or he or she may advise you to take an over-the-counter painkiller before your treatment in order to dull any discomfort you may experience during the procedure. The provider will then apply sonogram gel to your skin and use the Ultherapy wand to precisely deliver short, sonic bursts to your skin.

Depending on your sensitivity to pain, you may find the process mildly to moderately uncomfortable. In most cases, when the face and the neck are treated together, Ultherapy takes about an hour to complete. More focused sessions that target a specific area of the face may take as little as twenty to thirty minutes, but it’s important that you give yourself enough time both before and after the treatment to relax.

Once the Ultherapy procedure is complete, you will be allowed to go home unless there are unexpected complications. Since this is a non-invasive procedure, you should be able to resume normal activities right away and experience minimal side effects. According to dermatologists who perform the Ultherapy treatment, patients should see results within three to four weeks and then steady improvement over the following months.

Ultherapy Side Effects

Unfortunately, many people believe that just because a procedure is advertised by reputable doctors’ offices and skin care clinics, that the procedure is automatically safe for them. This is not the case. Different people have different biology and react differently to procedures. Just like one person may use a facial moisturizer with no problems while another develops an allergic reaction, treatments like Ultherapy, or any other treatment, can produce problems in certain individuals, especially those with sensitive skin.

With this particular treatment, some people have experienced mild to moderate swelling after the procedure, which usually goes away within 24 hours. Others have reported skin and muscle soreness, but this side effect is also temporary. Overall, there are thought to be few side effects associated with Ultherapy by Ulthera, but an open and honest discussion with your dermatologist is still the best way to figure out if this treatment option is right for you.

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25 replies
  1. Ali Gregory
    Ali Gregory says:

    Everyone who wants to know details should really rely on their specialist. Schedule a consultation, and find a doctor who will be really open about the whole thing. My doctor is professional and he introduced me to ultherapy, but he did tell me first about all of the pros and cons. It’s one of those skin treatments, where the results vary on the type of skin you have. I don’t really have damaged skin, but I do have less elastic skin, and it’s beginning to sag as each year goes buy. Of course, I use a skin tightening cream like everyone else, you know, but it’s just not enough. The ultherapy cost is worth it and you do get what you pay for, and fast. It is a bit uncomfortable, but you can get medicated before the whole process. And I love that you can just continue with your daily activities… In just three weeks, I began to notice a big difference…

  2. Vanessa
    Vanessa says:

    I’ve had ipl skin rejuvenation, and I wouldn’t even try going for it again. I really didn’t have a positive experience, I guess it was just pointless for me. Or, maybe I’m just too demanding. But if you’re going to pay for something, at least you want to look fabulous after it. I am really into the non surgical face lifts, and all that jazz, because I don’t think that plastic is fantastic like many of my girl friends do. But how is this sonic treatment going to work if lasers didn’t work. I kind of feel enthusiastic because my doctor definitely recommended it, because it is supposed to go deeper into my skin. I will give it a go, after all I got nothing to lose. Except the wrinkles, lines, and pores… that would be just fantastic. Wrinkles and lines are a no-no in today’s world, and there must be a therapy for me out there!

  3. Ann-Marriee
    Ann-Marriee says:

    Does it really work? Can the ultherapy help with loose skin? I have the so-called turkey neck, and to be honest, it’s been bothering me more and more. I’m considering less invasive and painful treatments before I go under the knife. I’m not afraid of surgery or anything, but I like to check everything there is out there. I’ve read several ultherapy reviews so far. Some were good, some not so much. Some people complain about side effects, but I know every beauty treatment has certain risks. What appeals to me the most is the sonic treatment which triggers the production of collagen.. If this is really true, I’d really like to know how long it will last, and are there any ladies who have had this procedure done? Looks awesome to me! I can take a little pain, I am a woman, but I take it like a man. Great article though, very informative.

  4. ultherapy vs thermage
    ultherapy vs thermage says:

    I’ve scrolled through the website, and found several great articles about treatments, but I’m so confused now. I’ve read about laser skin resurfacing, and I was quite enthusiastic about the procedure. But then I read about thermage and ultherapy and I was even more thrilled that the treatments have such little downtime, and basically mild discomfort during the process itself. I am a little bit spoiled, I can’t really handle pain. Plus sonar and radio frequency sound much more appealing and more safe than lasers. However, when it comes to the ultherapy vs thermage, which one takes the victory? From the article I assumed that the ultherapy has deeper effects on the skin, from the inside… That sounds revolutionary to me. But I do have really sensitive skin, that is prone to infections and irritations. I even get swelling when I touch my pimples. If anyone had an experience with the ultherapy, please share.

  5. Sophia
    Sophia says:

    I’ve started to notice that there are treatments like this more and more in clinic. I mean, natural treatments, less aggressive, more on the painless side. I personally love the ultherapy because it is one of those treatments that has minimal downtime, and I do mean minimal. And it doesn’t last for hours, it lasted less than an hour actually. Unlike the others, this one uses a different technique, not radio-frequency but sound waves. My doctor told me that the sound waves get more deeper in the skin, where the issues really come from, issues like skin acne, and aging. It’s just the perfect treatment for your face and neck! I would recommend it to anyone who doesn’t have severely sensitive skin, like I don’t. Otherwise, consult with a specialist, that’s the best thing to do. But, if you ask me, it is one of the best skin rejuvenation treatments I’ve had done.

    • Orathai
      Orathai says:

      I’m really really interesting about altherapy ….Can you please tell me ….How much for the cost?

  6. Sheila
    Sheila says:

    My name is Sheila, and I would like to say that the ultherapy reviews can sometimes be misleading. Not the articles, but the reviews that people leave below the articles. You never know what their skin is like, and what kind of a doctor they had, or whether they have had anything previously done. That affects the whole thing a lot. I haven’t ever had anything done, and my skin is fairly normal. A dry patch here and there, loose skin, droopy cheeks, lines around the mouth, not to mention the eyes and the forehead. It’s like google maps ladies :)

    I found ultherapy very successful and very pleasant. Not that it is painless, don’t get me wrong. With beauty comes a little pain, but it was pretty durable for someone who has never had any treatment done. This is my third one, and I already see great results and less visible lines. I look at myself in the mirror and I am amazed that something like this could affect my skin in such a positive way.

  7. Amy
    Amy says:

    So, yes, it is kind of painful, I had to take a pain killer because the pain wouldn’t go away. It’s not like your’re in and out, and you’re in no pain, enjoying, and walking around without a care in the world. It’s not like that, of course it hurts. It hurt me a lot, I felt my skin was burning, and if I didn’t take the medicine, I would feel sick. But it doesn’t work, it’s a great procedure, and I do believe it can even work as a neck lift. I had Ultherapy at my local Bondi Junction laser clinic. The treatment has been so popular, and it can work for people, but make sure to talk with a doctor first. It’s not a game, it’s your skin.

  8. Amber Fields
    Amber Fields says:

    I read about so many different things, injectables, liquid face lift, thread lifts… It’s all fine and dandy, but I am a fan of plastic surgery and there is nothing you can do or say to make me believe that these non aggressive treatments work better! Think about it logically, you’re doing something over and over again, you’re expecting it to work, on what basis?

  9. Cost altogether
    Cost altogether says:

    How much does Ultherapy in Sydney cost? Just wondering, probably clinics in cities charge more. I mean in bigger cities. I am extremely interested in a beauty procedure that is going to make my skin look young again, tight and bright, and to get skin tightening the easier way. Meaning, avoid scalpels and stiches, and still glow and look youthful. I was also wondering, is ultherapy something that people can go through even if they have already tried something else?

  10. Christa
    Christa says:

    My friend used the derma wand for some time, but it didn’t do anything so she switched to plastic surgery in Sydney. Not a good choice either. She has no luck with surgeons. The face looks fine, but the stiches behind her ears, so awful. It’s not even nice to look at, and it’s really visible. She had lots of acne scars, but they started to fade away, but her skin was saggy. She can’t fade that away, and I feel so sorry that she had to go through all of that, without any results. I also heard about ultherapy and refirme, what’s the major difference?

  11. Angie Catherine
    Angie Catherine says:

    I am thrilled with Ultherapy, I wouldn’t recommend any other procedure. It lifts your face and it gives you a neck lift too. So you don’t just cover one area, you can cover both of the critical areas. It’s wonderful, slightly painful, but with the right painkiller it’s worth it. I love the Ultherapy, Sydney really has great doctors and modern procedures.

  12. This vs Refirme?
    This vs Refirme? says:

    A Sydney plastic surgeon that is very well known around the world has recently spoke about a treatment called Refirme. Have you ever heard of that? It’s suppose to be even better than thermage or ultherapy. I had ultherapy, and I am pretty content with the results, but I want to try something new, and I don’t know about people who have seen or been to this Refirme treatment? If anyone has, it would be really helpful to share your experiences and maybe even compare ultherapy and refirme? Put it on a scale so we can get the feeling of what both are like. Thanks guys!

  13. Non invasive
    Non invasive says:

    It seems illogical to me that a Sydney plastic surgeon would recommend a non-invasive procedure like ultherapy, or refirme? Why would they do that, it’s like giving away their customers to someone else. Where are those doctors, I’d like to have a selfless doctor like that! Personally, I am going to a consultation with a specialist that is employed in a clinic, which have the non surgical face lifts, and neck lifts, thermage, and stuff like that. I am fascinated by that kind of stuff. Just don’t believe every little thing and recommendation doctors give you, they do work for money you know, so they probably say and recommend you different stuff, so you would at least do or try something. Works for them.

  14. Aria
    Aria says:

    I have had Ultherapy done on my face to tighten and firm it up. I am amazed at the results. I had taken some painkillers to help numb away the pain and also a cream was applied prior to treatment. The gel was then applied to my face. The treatment took less than an hour. It was slightly uncomfortable, but nothing that I could not handle. I had resumed my regular activities right after the treatment. Side effects for me was a bit of swelling after the treatment, but the next day you could not even see this. I did not have any of the muscle soreness. I would recommend this to a person that wants to do something to tighten up the face as this is a much better option then going in to have surgery. Less of a risk I feel and is much cheaper as well.

  15. Alexis
    Alexis says:

    I have a few questions regarding Ultherapy. I want to know if this skin tightening treatment is approved by the FDA. I am also interested in knowing how long it will be before I see results should I choose to go with this method. Are results seen in a short amount of time, or will it take a while for new collagen to regrow to tighten up my skin? And lastly, will I have to have more than one treatment done? Or are the results permanent?

  16. Gemma
    Gemma says:

    Ladies, Ultherapy was one of the best gifts that I could have given myself. I am proud of how I look now. I needed to have my skin rejuvenated, and Ultherapy was the method that my specialists in Sydney recommended. This treatment took about 45 minutes to complete, and within 3 months I saw the results that Ive always wanted. I only needed one treatment, however, my doctor told me that each person is different and some will benefit from having more treatments done. He also advised me that down the road I may need a touch up treatment. I have had Ultherapy done about 8 months ago and I still look amazing. My sister asked me if I would recommend to her to have this done and I did. I would not recommend things to my sister that did not truly work, but this method really did add some tightness to my skin that I really desired.

  17. Tania
    Tania says:

    I had Ultherapy done last year. I wanted to share what my specialist shared with me. He said that those with mild to moderate skin laxity were good candidates to have this skin tightening treatment done. Wrinkles on the chest, sagging under the chin, and a lowered eyebrow line ,sagging skin on the eyelids, and loose skin on the neck could benefit from having this procedure done. He said that often patients start to notice this when they are in their 30’s. I did have loose skin on my neck that I was very self conscious about so this is the area that I chose to have the treatment done on. I am pleased with the results. I would have to rate the procedure as an 8, as the results were fantastic on me and the pain was tolerable. I will not lie, it was uncomfortable, but to have a neck that is firmed up is a far better reward for going through the discomfort. After the treatment, my skin looked flushed, but this did not last for too long. Other than that I did not notice any side effects.

  18. Carol
    Carol says:

    In my opinion Ulthera is not the benign procedure the marketing blurb would have us believe. The FDA should put a moratorium on its use pending further studies. The official line is that the heat is targeted on pinprick areas of the SMAS. The experiences of a significant cohort of patients struggling to be heard however, suggest that this is may not be the case. There appears to be a dissipation of this energy into surrounding tissues, causing catastrophic tissue destruction. I experienced a marked inflammatory response involving periodontal tissue, cheek tissue and zygomatic arch. In the ensuing weeks I remember rubbing my gingiva as if I was teething. Subsequently I experienced melting and hollowing of the facial tissues especially on the left side. In addition, I now have big inter-dental spaces too wide for dental floss. At one point my cheek tissue on the left went down to a flaccid mm or so when palpated between thumb and forefinger. It is fibrosing up now and I am holding thumbs it does so in an organized way and does not end up lumpy as others have experienced. So far not too bad, but others have ended up like progeria sufferers.

    Have any studies been done on women who have undergone previous cosmetic surgery? what about the ability of peri-menopausal women whose DHEA levels may just have fallen off a cliff to form new collagen? We just don’t know. I still need to do a full literature search but so far I am baulking at paying $35 to read a study where the research grant came from….. Ulthera. I can see from the abstract it’s the same old mantra anyway.

  19. Dani
    Dani says:

    Im due for ultherapy next month. Ive read good and horrible results and now just dont know what to do?.

    I want to have it but dont want my face melting off as one review said

  20. Pat
    Pat says:

    I had ultherpay a couple months ago now, the results were not as dramatic or as much as I was hoping for or promised. Im not sure if its worth the expense.

  21. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    Amazing treatment with amazing results. I couldn’t recommend having the Ultherapy more. I’ve heard some bad stories but I had my treatment done by a experienced surgon in Brisbane and saw great results.

  22. Bella
    Bella says:

    I recently had Ultherapy treatment and I am extremely satisfied with the results. The procedure was quick and virtually painless, and the staff at the clinic were knowledgeable and professional. Within just a few days, I noticed a significant improvement in the firmness and tightness of my skin. Attended the Sydney clinic.


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