Are you looking to lift sagging facial skin but apprehensive about surgery? Consider Ultherapy, the only FDA-approved ultrasound treatment designed to tighten the skin of the neck, chin and eyebrow.
Are You a Candidate?
If you’re over 30 and are experiencing “relaxed” skin laxity of the neck, under chin or eyebrows, you may be a good candidate for Ultherapy skin firming. If you are not ready for the invasive nature of facelift, but ready to do something about your naturally sagging skin, contact a local Ultherapy provider to setup a consultation to discuss your candidacy in more detail.
Ultherapy vs Facelift
While Ultherapy is a viable treatment for lifting sagging facial skin, it should not be considered as a comparable treatment to a more invasive treatment like facelift. Unlike facelift, Ultherapy does not disturb the surface of the skin. Rather, the ultrasound energy helps to stimulate collagen production in the support layers of the skin, boosting natural healing and helping to delay the sort of facial sagging that can be expected as we age.
Although Ultherapy does not offer the same sort of drastic results you can expect with facelift, it can offer significant facial rejuvenation.
Treatment Process: What you can Expect
First and foremost, Ultherapy is not a laser treatment (a common misconception). The reality is that treatment is not that different from the standard ultrasound imaging procedure typically used with pregnancy.
No pre-procedural measures are required on the part of the patient. When you arrive for your appointment, the skin will be cleansed and the ultrasound gel applied. The ultrasound hand piece is then placed on the treatment area of the skin to deliver focused blasts of ultrasound energy that stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen. The collagen in turn helps to tighten the skin in the treated areas, providing a more natural, youthful look than can often be achieved from more invasive cosmetic procedures. You should experience minimal discomfort during the 60 – 90 minute treatment.
Although your skin may appear somewhat red immediately after treatment (this is normal), you can expect no significant after effects of Ultherapy treatment and are able to resume normal activity. Minor swelling may be accompanied by some slight skin tenderness, but this should pass within a couple of hours. In rare occasions, patients may experience prolonged numbness in treatment areas or small patches of bruising.
What Does it Cost?
Like all cosmetic procedures, Ultherapy is not covered by medical insurance, meaning that you’re on the hook for the full price of treatment. This price can range significantly based on any number of factors, such as the specific Ultherapy treatment you undergo and the location of the treatment center.
In general, the cost of Ultherapy can range from $750 up to $5,000 (the high end of which would include full facial treatment). On average, the cost of Ultherapy is closer to $2,500, but you should set up a consultation with a specialist to get a better idea of what your treatment will cost.