Facelift without Surgery? Ultherapy Treatments Explained

Posted January 13, 2022
Have a facelift without surgery with ultherapy

One of the major drawbacks of getting a facelift is the recovery and downtime. It can take weeks to recover and definitely causes time away from work or your normal activities. So, how lucky are we that there is a non-surgical alternative for a facelift with Ultherapy treatment? 

Ultherapy is an energy-based procedure that uses ultrasound wavelengths to deliver controlled heat into the deepest layers of the skin’s tissue. The heat from the Ultherapy device stimulates the skin to lift and form firmer by inducing collagen production. 

You don’t have to go under or be sedated. You are awake for the entire procedure and then can go on with the rest of your day. Pretty amazing, right? 

So, what is Ultherapy treatment for the face, and how does it work? We share all the details you need to know about this non-invasive facial sculpting treatment. 

What is Ultherapy?

Ultherapy, also known as Ulthera, is a non-invasive FDA-approved facelift alternative by using ultrasound technology to “lift” and tighten the skin. This non-surgical procedure treats the neck, face, submental region (below the chin), chest, and eyebrows. The benefits of having an Ultherapy treatment performed on your skin are reducing facial lines and wrinkles by creating a firm and tighter skin surface without going through surgery. 

How can Ultherapy Help the Face?

As we age, our skin loses collagen causing skin laxity and developing fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen is the vital protein that creates a strong structure and forms the natural elasticity in the skin. It’s the main ingredient that you will find in most anti-wrinkle facial creams, but that only works on the top layer of the skin.

The ultrasound energy from an Ultherapy device goes beneath the skin’s surface to heat the tissue to form new collagen proteins. The FDA approved this technology to treat superficial wrinkles around the face, neck, chest, sagging jowls, and drooping eyebrows. 

How Does Ultherapy Work?

This non-surgical procedure uses ultrasound technology to heat the subcutaneous layers of the skin (where fat cells and connective tissue live). By reaching the deepest layers of the skin, the energy from the device proactively tightens the skin and stimulates new collagen production. 

The unique technology of Ultherapy allows the board-certified surgeon to see how deep the ultrasound energy is being delivered and control the heat, which causes the proteins to coagulate and form firmer tissue.

What Can I Expect from an Ultherapy Treatment?

Ultherapy procedure does not require any general anesthesia, meaning you will not have to go under. To help mitigate some slight discomfort, the plastic surgeon will apply some numbing cream to the skin after it is cleansed. 

During treatment, you may feel surges of energy or a tingling warming sensation beneath the skin’s surface. But that’s the indication of the ultrasound energy working and penetrating deep into the layers of the skin. 

The Ultherapy treatment typically takes 30-90 minutes (depends on how many areas are being treated) and is considered an outpatient doctor’s visit. After the procedure, patients can resume their daily activities and have experienced zero downtime.  

How Quickly Can I Expect Results from an Ultherapy Facelift?

Ultherapy treatment is designed to stimulate new collagen production and promote the natural healing process in the skin itself. It can take 3-6 months for patients to see overall results from the procedure.

Most patients only need Ultherapy treatment performed once, and the final results depend on any hormonal changes, weight gain or loss, and sun exposure to the sun. In general, the results can last up to 3 years.

Am I a Good Candidate for Ultherapy for the Face?

Ultherapy is an ideal alternative to a surgical facelift and is considered a preventive procedure against wrinkles on the face, neck, and chest. A good candidate for an Ultherapy Treatment would include:  

  • Patients with mild to moderate skin laxity
  • People experiencing the beginning stages of the aging process
  • A person with a fair amount of wrinkles and fine lines
  • Patients suffering from volume loss around the cheeks and eye area
  • A person with realistic expectations of cosmetic procedures
  • Patients afraid to go under general anesthesia or to have surgery performed on them

Patients that are NOT an ideal candidate include:

  • A person with severe skin laxity 
  • Patients with cheek or chin implants 

Final Takeaway- Ultherapy Treatment

It is pretty comforting knowing that you don’t have to have surgery to tighten the skin around your face and neck areas. With the advanced technology of ultrasound wave energy, your skin will lift and bounce back into a youthful appearance from the new collagen production created by an Ultherapy treatment.   

To find a board-certified cosmetic surgeon experienced with performing Ultherapy treatments, use our “Find a Doctor” navigation tool for a medical professional in your area. 

- VM


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