Ultherapy® is the brand name for an FDA-approved non-invasive facelift. It is the only FDA-approved cosmetic procedure of its kind. This procedure lifts the neck, chin, and brow and treats lines and wrinkles on the upper chest. It also stimulates the patient’s production of collagen and elastin, two of the skin’s key ingredients in fighting the effects of aging. It’s also known as high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). Studies have shown that Ultherapy® provides adequately good results for a patient with mild-to-moderate skin and soft tissue laxity.
Patients wanting to pursue Ultherapy® should schedule a consultation with Dr. Joshua Korman, or they may call 408-831-6229 for our San Jose office, 831-656-9331 for our Carmel-by-the-Sea office, or 650-254-1200 for our Mountain View office.
Continue reading to learn more about Ultherapy® and see if it’s the right solution for you.
- 1 About
- 2 Benefits
- 3 Candidates
- 4 Personal Consultation
- 5 Preparation
- 6 Procedure
- 7 Recovery
- 8 Results
- 9 Complementary Procedures
- 10 Cost
- 11 FAQ
- 11.1 What is Ultherapy®?
- 11.2 What makes Ultherapy® different from other facelifts?
- 11.3 What areas can Ultherapy® treat?
- 11.4 Who is an ideal candidate for Ultherapy®?
- 11.5 Is Ultherapy® safe?
- 11.6 What does Ultherapy® feel like?
- 11.7 How long does an Ultherapy® treatment take?
- 11.8 What is collagen?
- 11.9 How does Ultherapy® encourage the creation of collagen?
- 11.10 How long does Ultherapy® last?
- 11.11 Are there side effects to Ultherapy®?
- 11.12 Is there downtime with Ultherapy®?
- 11.13 How many treatments of Ultherapy® do I need?
- 11.14 Can I combine Ultherapy® with other procedures?
- 12 References
HIFU uses non-ionizing ultrasonic waves to heat and gradually remove tissue cells. Treatment is combined with focused imaging techniques to allow precise guidance and monitoring. Acoustic lenses (basically high-frequency loudspeakers) are used to achieve the proper intensity at the targeted area without damaging the surrounding tissue. Besides its cosmetic applications, HIFU can treat neurological disorders, cancers, enlarged prostates, palliative care, uterine adenomyosis, and fibroids.
- The FDA cleared Ultherapy® for facial applications in 2009.
- This treatment uses ultrasonic waves. No needles or incisions are necessary.
- Works on Dark Skin
- Unlike laser procedures, Ultherapy is safe for use on darker skin with no risk of discoloration.
- Ultrasound imaging techniques allow the doctor to see the lower layers of the skin, granting them the ability to target the areas that need the most improvement precisely.
- Treatment is non-invasive and does not require anesthesia or surgery, taking up to fifteen to twenty minutes to complete.
- No Downtime
- Patients can resume daily activities almost immediately following treatment.
- Natural-Looking Results
- Results from Ultherapy gradually come about within the first month following treatment. Outcomes usually emerge three to six months following treatment. The gradual results mean there’s no startling reveal that tells everyone the patient has had work done.
- Ultherapy® can leave visible improvements for up to a year or two before needing a refresh.
- Reduction of Aging Effects
- Because treatment jumpstarts the skin’s natural collagen-producing systems, it essentially pauses the skin’s aging process in treated areas.
The ideal candidate for Ultherapy® is somebody who has loose skin under the neck and chin and lines and wrinkles on the chest. Candidates are usually in their 30s or older and have mild to moderate skin looseness. Treatment is ideal for patients with sensitive skin who do not wish to undergo surgery.
If you’d like to address your questions, concerns, and comments with Dr. Korman, please contact us today for a free consultation. Consultations are offered at any of our three convenient locations serving the areas of San Jose, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Carmel, and Monterey, CA.
Patients will require minimal preparation for this process and can maintain regular eating, drinking, exercise, and work routines before their procedure.
Before treatment, patients should remove all makeup and skincare products from the areas to be treated. Patients may take pain-reducing or anti-inflammatory medications beforehand if instructed by their doctor.
First, Dr. Korman will clean the areas to be treated, and then he will apply an ultrasound gel. He will place the Ultherapy® wand against the skin and adjust the settings according to what he sees on the ultrasound viewer. Ultrasound energy is then directed at the area. Patients will experience occasional sensations of heat or tingling.
Treatments, in general, take about 90 minutes. Treatment of the chest can take 30 minutes, whereas the neck and face areas range from 60 to 90 minutes.
There is generally little to no downtime related to Ultherapy®. Daily activities and exercise can be resumed immediately afterward. Most side effects resolve spontaneously.
The skin may appear red or flushed at first, but that typically dissipates within a few hours. Depending on their collagen-producing capabilities, patients will start to notice results within a few days. Improvements will steadily continue for up to three months, with lasting effects as long as the patient’s body continues to produce new collagen until the aging process takes over again. From there, a patient can decide if additional treatments are necessary.
Studies have shown that combining aesthetic interventions targeting different instances of aging leads to better results. By combining treatments, physicians can tailor the treatment to satisfy specific patient concerns more effectively and efficiently.
Due to HIFU’s proven safety, patients can receive additional treatments such as:
- Laser skin resurfacing to help improve texture, elasticity, and color
- Microneedling to improve acne scars, fine lines, and texture
- Juvederm, fat injections, or Bellafill to improve volume
- CoolSculpting for stubborn fatty areas
The cost of this innovative procedure can vary depending on the size of the target area. To assess the cost of Ultherapy® treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Korman at his Mountain View facility.
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What is Ultherapy®?
Ultherapy® is an FDA-approved non-invasive facelift that can also be referred to as high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU).
What makes Ultherapy® different from other facelifts?
Unlike most treatments, which deal with the skin’s surface, Ultherapy® is the first and only treatment to reach the skin’s deep infrastructure without incisions.
What areas can Ultherapy® treat?
Ultherapy® can treat the face, eyebrows, neck, jowls, chest, and under the chin.
Who is an ideal candidate for Ultherapy®?
The ideal candidate for Ultherapy® has mild to moderate skin looseness and wrinkles around the face, neck, chin, or chest.
Is Ultherapy® safe?
Yes, Ultherapy® is safe. It is FDA-approved and has a proven, well-established track record.
What does Ultherapy® feel like?
Comfort levels vary from person to person, but patients may feel a tingling or mild burning sensation during treatment.
How long does an Ultherapy® treatment take?
A single Ultherapy® session can last up to 90 minutes.
What is collagen?
Collagen is an essential protein found in the body’s connective tissues of the tendons, ligaments, skin, and muscles. It keeps the skin firm and toned. As we age, we tend to lose our collagen, causing lines and wrinkles.
How does Ultherapy® encourage the creation of collagen?
Ultherapy® uses the high-intensity focused ultrasound to create a thermal reaction under the skin, which essentially fires up the body’s collagen-producing processes, creating fresh, new collagen.
How long does Ultherapy® last?
Results vary from person to person. The patient’s natural aging processes determine how long the effects will last. Generally, results appear over two to three months, and last up to a year or more.
Are there side effects to Ultherapy®?
Mild side effects can include swelling, redness, soreness, bruising, numbness, or tingling. Treated areas might become flushed or red in the hours following the procedure.
Is there downtime with Ultherapy®?
No. Ultherapy® is non-invasive and requires no downtime or post-treatment care. Patients can resume daily activities immediately. Treatment offers a lot of flexibility for patients with busy schedules.
How many treatments of Ultherapy® do I need?
Most patients need only one treatment. However, depending on the patient’s skin elasticity, they may need more than one session. Some patients schedule annual treatments to sustain their results.
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