December 4, 2019
Gravity is one of those things we don’t think about much in our daily lives. We’re just used to it. That all changes when you start seeing the effect it has on your skin, though.
As you age, your skin gets thinner and less able to withstand the effects of gravity. Some people think all they can do is watch their skin droop further and further each year.
Thanks to the modern technology of Ultherapy, there is something you can do and you don’t need surgery. If you’re thinking about getting an Ultherapy treatment for non-invasive skin tightening, here’s what you can expect.
Before Your Ultherapy Treatment
For any cosmetic treatment, the first step toward getting the best results is making sure you’re choosing the right procedure. That’s why we always start our patients with a free consultation.
At your consultation, your provider will examine your skin and the areas you want to treat. We’ll find out what your goals are and determine if Ultherapy is the best way for you to meet them.
During your consultation, we can also talk about any other cosmetic concerns you have. While Ultherapy is fantastic for skin tightening, many patients also have surface imperfections they want to treat like age spots or acne scars.
If that’s the case for you, we can design the perfect treatment plan by combining Ultherapy with another procedure.
After your consultation, all you need to do is show up for your procedure. There is no skin preparation you need to follow. However, some patients choose to take an over-the-counter pain reliever before their treatment so they can be as comfortable as possible.
During Your Ultherapy Treatment
When your treatment day arrives, you’ll return to our office for your appointment. We’ll begin by cleansing your skin and then applying an ultrasound gel.
Next, your provider will use the ultrasound technology to map out and customize your procedure.
In the same way that ultrasounds work for medical purposes, we use the ultrasound to evaluate the deeper layers of your skin. This tells us how and where to apply the treatment to produce the results you want.
With that information in mind, we use the ultrasound applicator to send precise energy into your skin. That energy activates the process for your body to build new skin-firming collagen in the treatment areas.
When it comes to comfort during the procedure, every patient is unique. However, most patients tolerate the treatment well without topical numbing.
Depending on the size of your treatment area, your Ultherapy procedure could last anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes.
After Your Ultherapy Treatment
One of the aspects of Ultherapy that patients enjoy the most is the post-procedure experience. Because there are no incisions or injections during this treatment, you don’t need to take any time off work to recover.
It’s likely that your skin will be pink after your treatment. It may have slight swelling and a tingling sensation, though each patient’s skin reacts differently. Those side effects are mild and typically fade within a few hours.
Regardless of your skin’s appearance, you will have no activity restrictions after your Ultherapy treatment. You’ll be able to get back to work, exercising, and other activities as soon as you choose to.
When You’ll See Results
Of course, the results are the part of Ultherapy that people look forward to the most.
Ultherapy works by stimulating your body’s natural collagen growth process. That means it takes time for the results to develop.
Unlike many procedures, though, Ultherapy’s results can start appearing within a few days or a week. Your skin will continue to tighten and lift even further for several months.
That’s important information to keep in mind if you want to improve your skin for a specific event. It’s best to schedule your Ultherapy appointment for about three months before the big day.
After your results have reached their peak, you can assess them and decide if you want a second treatment for even better results. In many cases, we’ll be able to estimate at your consultation whether you’ll need one or two sessions.
Most patients, however, achieve the results they want with a single treatment.
Your Results for the Long-Term
Some facial rejuvenation treatments like filler injections are temporary because the material breaks down over time. Ultherapy, on the other hand, uses your body’s natural collagen, so that isn’t the case here.
However, it’s important to recognize that Ultherapy can’t prevent future aging from happening. Let’s say you received Ultherapy at 50 and it made you look 45. You’re likely to always look five years younger than you are, but you won’t look 45 forever.
For this reason, it’s a good idea to have maintenance treatments with Ultherapy. The frequency will depend on how quickly you’re aging, but our providers can give you guidance.
Regardless of how you proceed in the future, you’ll enjoy your Ultherapy results longer if you take steps to limit your skin’s aging. That includes sun protection and giving your body the nutrients, water, and sleep it needs.
Enjoying the Benefits of Ultherapy for Yourself
Ultherapy is a popular skin treatment, and after working with it for so long at our medical spa, we understand why. It has the unique ability to deliver long-lasting, natural-looking results with a single treatment session.
As with any cosmetic treatment, of course, Ultherapy can be intimidating the first time. Now that you understand what to expect before, during, and after your Ultherapy treatment, you can stroll in with confidence and look forward to reaping the rewards.
If you’re ready to begin the process toward a younger look today, schedule an appointment at our medical spa.