Is a case of the sags dragging you down? Okay, so you’re not sporting a full blown turkey neck yet, but maybe your neck is not as firm as it once was, or maybe your cheeks are drooping? Sigh. It happens to the best of us. The good news is there’s a non-surgical, non-injectable procedure that can lift both your skin and your spirits. It’s called Ultherapy.
Ultherapy is an FDA-cleared procedure that uses ultrasound technology to visualize and then treat the skin’s deep support structures. Yep, it’s the same ultrasound viewing technology as a doctor would use on a pregnant woman. Ultherapy enables your doc to see your skin’s structure and direct sound waves not only into the skin … but deep under the skin to the same tissue addressed in surgery. With no cutting.
The ultrasound gently heats the tissue to lift and tighten loose skin without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin. Besides the visible effects of lifting and tightening, Ultherapy helps with the creation of new collagen, so the ultimate lifting happens 2-3 months after the procedure, as the new collagen kicks in. Typically, you only need one treatment to see results and there’s no down time.
The procedure is 30-60 minutes. Again, it’s not lasers, it’s ultrasound. And it can deliver DRAMATIC results for turkey neck and lifting brows. In fact, the FDA calls this device a brow lift. How bout a 1/2 inch lift on your brows with no down time?
The non-invasive Ultherapy® procedure is U.S. FDA-cleared to lift skin on the neck, on the eyebrow and under the chin as well as to improve lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. The most common side effects reported in clinical trials were redness, swelling, pain, and transient nerve effects.
The Cons of Ultherapy
The only cons of Ultherapy would be the price and some say this procedure is painful. Ulthera is boasting 89% satisfaction from users on www.realself.com, with users saying they would do it again. Ask your doctor if it’s okay for you to take medication for pain and be aware your face might be painful to the touch after the procedure as well. I haven’t had the luxury of trying Ultherapy yet, but sadly, my neck is looking like it can benefit. I did try just a couple pulses right under the chin and I get the drift how 30 minutes in one spot can be painful, but ideally they are going around your face and neck, so be a trooper! (It’s comparable to a laser treatment pain-wise.) Look at the amazing results in the chin and neck area:
Some women who got this procedure done have commented that they did NOT have significant lifting results. So, it’s absolutely essential you talk about this procedure with your doc and take a look at his/her before and after photos. Be sure you go to a medical facility that has had this ULTHERA machine for a while and has performed the procedure SEVERAL times, versus going to a facility who just bought their machine, or going to someone who rents it and doesn’t perform it often. And talk frankly, “Hey what happens if I don’t see significant or satisfactory results?”
Ulthera may lift your face but it will definitely lift from your wallet. The average cost is $3500 for full face/neck – some docs will charge up to $5,000, but you can just do your neck alone, or your face alone to save some cash.
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