Ulthera, also known as High Intensity Focused Ultrasound facelift utilizes ultrasound energy to act on deep layers of your skin to produce a non-surgical facelift. Specifically, the high energy ultrasound waves work on superficial muscular aponeurotic (SMAS) layer to cause profound cellular collagen remodeling, which results in permanent contraction and tightening of subcutaneous layers. The patients we have treated showed effective reversal of aging, resulting in erasing of up to 5-7 years of age after just one session. While a single session is all that is needed for this fantastic result, doing more than one session leads to an even more pronounced and lasting rejuvenating effect.
Some of the common side effects include numbness, tingling, swelling and very rarely minimal bruising and may last up to 10 days after a 90 minutes procedure. You may resume normal activities immediately after the procedure without any limitations!
A few important considerations must be taken into account prior to committing to this treatment:
1. You should be have mild to moderate skin sagging, and this will be evaluated during complimentary consultation;
2. You should be able to withstand mild to moderate heating sensation during the treatment;
This revolutionary treatment has very important distinguishing characteristics compared to other treatment modalities, as there is no downtime, no effect on the superficial skin (e.g. no burn, discoloration, etc), and no limitations in activity after treatment. The only side effects include mild to moderate swelling and tingling/tenderness over the treatment areas lasting up to 7-10 days.
Treatment protocol is essential to overall success, and our rigorous protocol involves treating multiple skin layers simultaneously with multiple treatment applicators. This is an absolutely crucial distinction when compared to other providers, which may only treat their patients with inadequate amount of ultrasound shots and time.
The treatment takes approximately 1-2 hours depending on your anatomy and sensitivity. You will experience mild to moderate sensation of heat and tingling during the procedure. Taking NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen relieves most of the unpleasant symptoms.