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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