Ultherapy Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is the only non-invasive procedure approved by the FDA for lifting the skin on the chest, neck, chin and brow. Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound to lift and tighten loose skin over time. There is no downtime, so you can get back to your day-to-day activities quickly!
2. How is Ultherapy different from other cosmetic procedures?
Ultherapy is the only non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses focused ultrasound to stimulate the growth of new collagen deep within the skin. The production of new collagen occurs over time, so results will be more apparent over three to six months. Ultherapy treatment takes only about an hour for most patients. It also is the only procedure to use ultrasound imaging, which allows us to actually see the layers of tissue we target during the treatment and ensure the energy is deposited precisely to where it will be most effective.
The difference between lasers, radio frequency technology, Ultherapy, and actual surgery:
3. Does it hurt?
Patients report varying ranges of discomfort, since everyone is a little different. If and when any discomfort does occur, it happens while the ultrasound energy is being delivered only. This sensation is temporary and is a positive signal that the collagen-building process has started.
Our staff utilizes numbing cream and prescription medications to manage discomfort, if the patient desires.
4. How long does it last?
On average, an Ultherapy treatment will last 1-2 years. The collagen that you gain from the treatment does not go away, but of course, eventually the natural aging process takes over again.
5. Are there any side effects?
Some patients have a slight redness for about an hour after treatment. Although rare, you can have a small amount of swelling and tenderness on the area treated for a couple of weeks. Any side effects are temporary and do not generally affect daily living.
6. How much does it cost?
Dr. Brou’s patient’s average cost for the typical Ultherapy treatment is $1000-$2000, but can vary on customization.
7. Is Ultherapy safe?
Ultherapy has been cleared by the FDA after demonstrating safety in clinical studies, and over 100,000 treatments have been performed safely worldwide. Ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in medicine for more than 50 years. The unique ultrasound imaging we use during your treatment makes Ultherapy extra safe!
8. How many treatments does it take?
Most patients only need one treatment; however, some may benefit from more than one treatment depending on how much laxity they have and their body’s own biological response to the ultrasound and the collagen-building process.
9. Who is a good candidate for Ultherapy?
A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone that has some degree of skin laxity. A heavy eyebrow line or sagging skin on the eyelids, for instance, is often the first sign of “aging” skin. Loose skin under the neck and chin is also a common issue treated by Ultherapy. Typically, those in their thirties and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates. While Ultherapy is not a replacement for a surgical face lift, there are many people who want some lifting but are not ready for surgery, either mentally, physically or financially. There also are younger people who want to take preventative measures as well as those looking to prolong the effects of their face lift or neck lift done by Dr. Brou.
10. What does collagen do?
How does Ultherapy stimulate the creation of new collagen? Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firmed and toned. As we age, collagen loses its strength and its ability to stand up to the effects of gravity that pull the skin downward. Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound to generate a thermal affect under the skin. The thermal affect essentially jumpstarts a repair process that strengthens existing collagen and produces fresh, new collagen.
11. Can men have it done?
Yes, of course! Most male patients respond very effectively to Ultherapy.