Ultherapy, also known as Ulthera, is growing in popularity by the week and is one of the most significant skin tightening treatments in 2023 and will continue to be in 2024. Per a 2019 study, 85% of patients treated for sagging of the midface and lower face with Ultherapy were satisfied with their results. Skin Technique in Vancouver is one of the area’s most trusted sources for skin tightening procedures, and we love highlighting the importance of non-invasive treatments in today’s skincare landscape. Enjoy healthy skin inside and out by reading about the power of Ultherapy.
What is Ulthera or Ultherapy?
Ulthera is a treatment offered by Skin Technique that uses the body’s own regenerative process to lift the skin in the lower face, brow and neck. Ultherapy builds your collagen and elastin for a natural look. Ulthera is a safe, non-invasive lift that uses ultrasound technology to tighten the skin in its deeper layers naturally.
Ulthera treats the deep foundational layer of the skin that was previously only addressed with surgery. This treatment targets sagging and fine lines on your face, under-eye area, eyebrows, neck, and décolleté.
Why Ultherapy is the Best Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Treatment in 2024
While Ultherapy is not a replacement for a full facelift, it is the best non-surgical skin tightening treatment available for those who want a lifted look without using needles, knives, or anesthesia. The treatment is quick, can effectively target various areas of concern, and uses painless ultrasound technology for beautiful results that require minimal to no downtime.
Ultherapy is also extremely safe, easing your worries as it uses the body’s regenerative and healing processes to rejuvenate your skin. Your results will be long-lasting and can be maintained if you attend an appointment 1-2 times a year – youthful skin, simple as that!
How Ultherapy Works
Ultherapy involves using an applicator that delivers ultrasound waves to target your concern areas and stimulate your body’s natural collagen production to create new elastin fibers that leave your skin looking tight and youthful.
Who Can Benefit from Ultherapy?
You can benefit from Ultherapy if you have minimal to moderate skin sagging and wrinkling that you want to treat with a non-invasive, effective procedure. Candidates for Ultherapy should:
- Be in good health.
- Want to treat mild to moderate signs of facial aging.
- Have realistic expectations going into the procedure.
- Want natural-looking results.
Ultherapy can help the following concerns:
Early Signs of Aging
Ultherapy is effective for individuals in their 30s and 40s who want to address the early signs of skin laxity and sagging.
People with more mature skin can also benefit from Ultherapy to improve the appearance of moderate to severe sagging and wrinkles.
Sagging Jawline or Jowls
Ultherapy is ideal for those with a sagging jawline or jowls, helping to redefine the jaw and neck contours.
Loose Neck Skin
It’s an excellent option for individuals with loose skin on the neck, often called a “turkey neck.”
Brow and Eyelid Laxity
Ultherapy can lift and tighten the skin around the eyebrows and eyelids, providing a more youthful appearance. It can help with hooded eyes due to aging.
Sagging Skin on the Chest
Ultherapy effectively addresses décolletage wrinkles and sagging skin on the chest area.
Women who have experienced skin changes due to pregnancy and childbirth can benefit from Ultherapy to restore elasticity.
Benefits of Ultherapy
There are many benefits of an Ultherapy treatment, including skin tightening and collagen stimulation.
Ultherapy is a non-invasive procedure, meaning it does not require surgical incisions or anesthesia, reducing the associated risks and downtime.
Ultherapy effectively tightens loose and sagging skin, helping to lift and firm areas like the face, neck, and décolletage.
Stimulates Collagen Production
The treatment uses ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen production, improving skin texture and elasticity.
Ultherapy provides gradual and natural-looking results, avoiding an overly tight or “pulled” appearance.
Most patients can resume their normal activities immediately after an Ultherapy session, thanks to the minimal recovery time.
Treats Multiple Areas of the Body
Ultherapy is suitable for various body areas, including the face, neck, chest, and more.
While results may vary, the benefits of Ultherapy can last for several months to a year or more, making it a cost-effective choice.
Ultherapy treatments can be tailored to each patient’s specific needs and concerns for personalized results.
Although some patients may experience mild discomfort during the procedure, it is generally well-tolerated. Topical numbing creams can be applied for added comfort.
Safe for Different Skin Types
Ultherapy is safe and effective for individuals with various skin types and tones.
Improves Skin Texture
In addition to tightening, Ultherapy can improve skin texture, making it smoother and more youthful.
Over time, as collagen production continues, patients often see improved results, contributing to a more youthful appearance.
Ultherapy is backed by clinical studies and FDA approval, providing reassurance of its safety and efficacy.
Safety and Side Effects of Ultherapy
You should take some safety measures before, during, and after your Ultherapy treatment to ensure you are in good hands and enjoy optimal results. Thankfully, the Skin Technique team will give you the safest treatment possible with their decades of expertise, state-of-the-art technology, and comfortable clinic.
Ultherapy is typically administered by trained and certified medical professionals, such as dermatologists or plastic surgeons, who have undergone specific training to perform the procedure safely and effectively.
Ultherapy has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), indicating that it has met rigorous safety and efficacy standards.
Before undergoing Ultherapy, patients typically undergo a thorough evaluation by a healthcare provider. This assessment helps determine if the patient is suitable for the procedure and identifies any potential contraindications.
During the procedure, ultrasound imaging is used to visualize the layers of tissue being treated. This real-time imaging allows the practitioner to target the treatment area precisely, avoiding critical structures and ensuring safety.
Gradual Energy Delivery
Ultherapy delivers ultrasound energy in precise, controlled pulses. This gradual approach helps minimize discomfort and the risk of adverse effects.
Use of Topical Numbing Cream
A topical numbing cream is often applied to the treatment area before the procedure to enhance patient comfort. This helps reduce any discomfort associated with ultrasound energy.
Monitoring During Treatment
The practitioner continuously monitors the treatment process, ensuring the energy is applied correctly, and the patient is comfortable throughout the session.
Sometimes, patients have follow-up appointments to assess their progress and address concerns or questions.
Rare Side Effects
While side effects are minimal, some patients may experience temporary redness, swelling, tingling, or tenderness in the treated area. These side effects typically resolve on their own within a few days
Preparing for Ultherapy
To prepare for your Ultherapy treatment, book an initial consultation, stay hydrated, avoid prolonged sun exposure, plan ahead, and stop taking certain medications.
Schedule an initial consultation with a qualified Ultherapy provider. During this consultation, discuss your goals and expectations, and the practitioner will assess your suitability for the treatment.
Provide a detailed medical history, including any underlying health conditions, allergies, medications, and previous cosmetic procedures. Be honest about your medical history to help the practitioner plan a safe treatment.
Avoid Sun Exposure
Limit sun exposure to the treatment area for at least two weeks before your Ultherapy appointment. Sunburned or tanned skin can be more sensitive and may affect the procedure.
Discontinue Certain Medications
Your practitioner may recommend discontinuing the use of blood-thinning medications or supplements for a specified period before your treatment. This reduces the risk of bruising during the procedure.
Stay well-hydrated in the days leading up to your Ultherapy appointment. Proper hydration can help with recovery and overall skin health.
Plan for Transportation
If you’re receiving Ultherapy on your face or neck, consider arranging for someone to drive you home after the treatment. Although you should be able to resume your regular activities, you may experience mild discomfort or numbness immediately after the procedure.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing to your appointment, especially if you’re receiving treatment on your neck or chest. If you’re concerned about sun exposure, you may also want to bring a scarf or loose-fitting shirt to cover the treated area afterward.
Before your treatment, booking a consultation with the Skin Technique team is extremely important so you can receive personalized advice and a custom treatment plan catered to your needs and concerns.
What to Expect During and After Ultherapy
From arrival to post-treatment care, Skin Technique will ensure you have a successful Ultherapy experience.
Arrival at the Clinic
Arrive at the clinic on the scheduled day of your Ulthera treatment. You’ll be greeted by the receptionist and asked to complete any necessary paperwork, including medical history and consent forms
Consultation with the Practitioner
You’ll meet with your practitioner to review your medical history and discuss your treatment goals. During this consultation, you can ask questions or express any concerns about the procedure.
Preparation for the Procedure
You’ll be taken to a treatment room if you and your practitioner decide to proceed with Ulthera. Depending on the treatment area and your comfort level, a topical numbing cream or gel may be applied to the skin to minimize discomfort during the procedure.
Your practitioner will use ultrasound imaging to visualize the layers of tissue being treated. This real-time imaging ensures the ultrasound energy is directed precisely to the targeted areas.
The practitioner will use the Ulthera laser to deliver controlled ultrasound energy to the treatment area. You may feel mild to moderate heat and intermittent tingling sensations as the ultrasound energy penetrates the skin.
Monitoring and Adjustments
Throughout the procedure, the practitioner will monitor the ultrasound imaging to ensure the accurate delivery of energy. Adjustments may be made as needed to target specific areas of concern.
Duration of Treatment
The length of the Ultherapy treatment varies depending on the size and location of the treated area. Typically, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Ultherapy Post-Treatment Care
Apply Soothing Cream
Your practitioner may recommend applying a soothing cream or ointment to the treated area to reduce redness and inflammation. Follow their instructions regarding the use of these products.
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, as this can help with the healing process and overall skin health.
Avoid Sun Exposure
Protect the treated area from direct sunlight for several days after the procedure. If sun exposure is unavoidable, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
Avoid Intense Heat
Avoid saunas, hot tubs, and extremely hot showers for at least 48 hours post-treatment, as excessive heat can exacerbate skin redness and irritation.
Use a mild and gentle cleanser to wash your face or treated area. Avoid harsh scrubs or exfoliants for a few days.
It’s advisable to avoid wearing makeup on the treated area for at least 24 hours post-procedure to allow the skin to recover.
Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments with your practitioner to assess your progress and discuss any concerns or questions.
You may notice some immediate tightening and firmness in the treated area right after the procedure. This is due to the initial contraction of collagen fibers.
The full benefits of Ultherapy develop gradually over several weeks to months. As collagen production is stimulated, you’ll continue to see improvements in skin tightness and texture.
The extent of improvement varies depending on factors like the treatment area and individual response. Your practitioner will discuss realistic expectations during the consultation.
To maintain the results of Ultherapy, some patients choose to have periodic touch-up treatments as recommended by their practitioner.
Continue to follow a good skincare routine, including protection from sun exposure, to support and prolong the results of Ultherapy.
Why Choose Skin Technique for Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is the best non-surgical skin tightening treatment you can seek out this year, and Skin Technique always stays ahead of the curve by offering the latest technological advancements in Ulthera in Calgary. Our expertise is unmatched when it comes to administering Ulthera, and we always make sure our clients are comfortable, safe, and receiving a treatment completely customized to their concerns.
Book your consultation with Skin Technique to receive a fully rejuvenating skin-tightening Ultherapy treatment today!
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
- Are there any age restrictions for Ultherapy?
You must be over 18 to receive an Ultherapy treatment, and if you are over a certain age, your skin concerns may be too advanced for Ultherapy to treat. This will be determined during your Skin Technique consultation.
- Is Ultherapy as good as a facelift?
While Ultherapy does not provide the dramatic results that a facelift does, it is a great non-invasive option that provides skin lifting and tightening without the need for extensive downtime and pain.
- Are there different levels of Ultherapy?
Ultherapy delivers ultrasound waves at depths of 1.5, 3.0, and 4.5 millimetres to target different concerns and levels of the dermis.
- Can Ultherapy be combined with other cosmetic procedures?
Yes, we recommend combining your Ultherapy treatment with Microneedling to maximize your results!
- Can Ultherapy be used for skin tightening on darker skin tones?
Yes, Ultherapy is a suitable treatment for all skin tones and textures.
- Thermage Versus Ultherapy: What is the difference?
While Thermage and Ultherapy use heat energy to refresh the skin, Ultherapy uses ultrasound waves to stimulate collagen production. Thermage uses radiofrequency waves to only reach the superficial skin layers. In short, Ultherapy reaches deeper for longer-lasting results.
- Morpheus8 vs Ultherapy: What is the difference?
The biggest difference between Ultherapy and Morpheus8 is the treatment areas and how long your results last for. While Ultherapy is predominantly performed on the face and neck, Morpheus8 can be performed on all areas of the body, and your results can last for up to five years.
- How is Ultherapy different from RF microneedling?
Both treatments stimulate collagen production, but Microneedling uses thin needles during the treatment and can optimize your Ultherapy results.
- Is Ultherapy suitable for men as well as women?
Yes, Ultherapy is suitable for all genders!
- How soon after receiving dermal fillers or neuromodulators can I undergo Ultherapy?
You don’t have to wait any time at all – you can actually combine these treatments and have them performed in the same day to maximize your Ultherapy treatment results!