Ultrasound has safely been used for decades for medical uses but it is now being used for a new and unique beauty treatment. This new procedure used for beauty is called Ultherapy. Ultherapy is the only non-surgical cosmetic procedure to use ultrasound imaging making it possible to see the deep layers of tissue below the skin surface so that specific areas can be targeted during the treatment. It allows the trained physician to see precisely where the energy needs to be delivered in order to be most effective in helping to lift and tone loose or sagging skin directly in those targeted areas. There is no cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin so there is NO surgery and NO downtime!
The device they use for the procedure is called Ulthera. The Ulthera® System is the first and only device cleared by the FDA for use as a non-invasive treatment for the face with a specific indication for eyebrow lift, but that doesn’t mean you can’t target other areas. I decided to do Ultherapy when I noticed my neck not firming up the way I wanted it to after my weight loss from my 55 lb. weight gain during my pregnancy. I’m 42 years old, so I’m sure my age has something to do with my lack of elasticity. Elasticity is our skin’s ability to stretch and recoil. Ultherapy for the face and neck actually improves the skin from the inside out by repairing and strengthening existing collagen while naturally stimulating new collagen development, which can give your skin a more youthful look.
Collagen is a naturally occurring protein found in our bodies that gives the skin it’s strength and firmness. It’s practically the glue that holds our inner structures together. As we age, our collagen loses its strength while gravity pulls the skin downward, causing fine lines, wrinkles and sagging of the skin. Well, let’s just say, gravity took it’s toll on me. I was beginning to feel like Ponce de Leon seeking my “Fountain of Youth”.
I found there are great benefits to this treatment. I love that it does not require any downtime and it only takes about 30 to 60 minutes per area that is being treated. I have a very busy schedule from working, taking care of my family as well as our home, entertaining and the many appearances I do, so I get little to no downtime. That’s why I look for simple non-surgical procedures with a quick recovery time, like Ultherapy, to keep me looking my best without having to go under the knife. I’d like to avoid “going under the knife” for as long as possible but that doesn’t mean that I want to “grow old gracefully” either. Ultherapy is the perfect non-surgical procedure that I rate right up there along with Botox. Another great thing about Ultherapy is that can be used in conjunction with other treatments, like my Botox or laser resurfacing. Works for me!
The process is natural and the effects are gradual . The skin begins to natural lift and tone over time. The results build over 2-3 months, and the skin continues to improve for up to 6 months to a year following the treatment. The effects are so gradual that unless you tell people you have had the treatment done, they will not know you’ve had it done. They will, however, notice that you seem to be looking better and better every day. I think it’s obvious that I am never secretive or ashamed of the treatments I get done but there are a lot of women and/or men that prefer to remain private about these things. I’m just saying that if you want to just say that you have been using a new skin cream that works for you…go right ahead, nobody would know. For me, I just say that a good skin cream helps me to maintain my skin after I have taken steps to correct it.
Most people will only need just one treatment, but sometimes you may need two treatments to get the best results, depending on how much laxity you have in your skin or how your body biologically responds to the ultrasound and the collagen-building process. Depending on your body’s own ability to produce collagen and what the progression of your natural aging process is( which varies from individual to individual) you may need to do a touch up after a year or so. Your skin will still continue to naturally age but you can prolong the effects of aging by doing simple non-invasive procedures, such as Ultherapy.
Although Ultherapy is not a replacement for a surgical face lift, which is always an option, it is great to have Ultherapy as one option to put off surgical procedures as long as possible. In the past decade, the growth of non-surgical cosmetic procedures (228%) is three times that of surgical cosmetic procedures (71%). I believe that there are so many great non-surgical procedures out there already that, one day, plastic surgery will be a thing of the past. Non- surgical, non-invasive treatments are the way to go.
I wasn’t nervous about doing Ultherapy at all with Dr. Song at Omni Health SPA in Oakland,NJ, whom I go to for most of my non-invasive treatments, because I trust him. He introduced me to Ultherapy and explained to me very well, what to expect, ahead of time. He even showed me some amazing before and afters. It’s important to go to someone you trust or someone that you have seen others go to that have had good results.
Everyone’s comfort level or pain tolerance is different but I think that the discomfort that you may feel during the procedure is worth it because you will soon forget about it once you start to see the results, like I did! I experienced some discomfort while the ultrasound energy was being delivered but this was temporary, very tolerable, and Dr. Song was kind enough to take breaks in-between as often as I wanted. Some Doctors may offer you comfort management by pre-medicating or by using cooling fans, etc. Some over the Counter meds may take the edge off too. I chose to take nothing at all the first time I did Ultherapy on my brow line area. I kind of wished that I had. When I went in for the treatment on my neck, I chose to take a pain pill and it was MUCH better. I always think I’m so tough and I don’t normally put any kind of medication into my body. A helpful hint from me to you is to TAKE IT!
Your skin may be slightly red for up to an hour or so following the treatment because you have just stimulated that area. There is also a small percentage of patients may have slight swelling, tingling, numbness, or tenderness to touch, but these are mild symptoms and they are temporary. I went out to dinner with my husband right after my treatment and you would never know that I just had anything done. It felt great to know that secretly inside my skin, my collagen just received a jumpstart and was now working hard to allow me to reveal my new younger, tighter skin in as little as 3 months! I experienced an initial temporary numbing feeling then soreness for a few days after. My results were amazing after I compared pictures of my self before and after. It’s been about 3 months now since I’ve had the treatment done so it will only continue to look better as time goes on. It was totally worth the short amount of discomfort I felt during the treatment to get the long term results. I’m so happy with it!
Typically, a good candidate for Ultherapy is someone in their thirties and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity. Your skin may appear less firm than it used too and it’s bothering you. You might notice a lowered eyebrow or sagging skin on the eyelids. There are many people who want some lifting but are not ready for surgery, either mentally, financially or logistically. Ultherapy will lift the brow, which in turn reduces the excess skin on the lids, opens up the eyes and gives a more refreshed appearance. Hold off on the surgery for now and opt for the Ultherapy treatment instead.
It’s very easy to your dismiss your own needs when you have children, a spouse, and work to take care of, but I think it’s important to pencil in your “me” time to refresh and regroup so you can look and feel your best because that is when you will give your best. We deserve to get pampered once in a while. We work hard! Screw growing old gracefully when you don’t need to.
The cost of Ultherapy can vary depending on how many areas you are getting treated. It is usually around $1000 and $5000. It also depends on and can vary by geographic location and physician practice.
Ultherapy is offered to both men and women by physicians with expertise in facial cosmetic procedures. To find a practice offering the treatment in your area, check out the Ultherapy website at and follow them on Facebook and Twitter .
Make sure to fill me in on your Ultherapy experience!!!
Best wishes always! XOXO!