Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor:
- Will Ultherapy tighten my skin?
- What areas of my face will respond to Ultherapy treatment?
- Is it OK to get other procedures after having Ultherapy?
Pre-procedure prep for Ultherapy: None.
On the day of treatment: There are no special instructions to follow on the day of your Ultherapy appointment.
What To Expect
A gel is first rubbed onto the surface of the skin, which creates a seal between the skin and the Ultherapy device. The hand piece looks a lot like a glue gun, but its real purpose is to project the underlying fat and tissues of the face and neck onto a monitor. A physician can then guide the Ultherapy device over the parts of the skin that show signs of aging.
Ultherapy uses low-level ultrasound energy to instantly tighten the skin, though because collagen growth is stimulated for months, the final results won't be seen until 16 weeks following treatment. Skin may be red during treatment and for a short time thereafter.
Who should do it: Ultherapy may be non-invasive, but you should nevertheless seek out a board-certified dermatologist or (facial) plastic surgeon who is trained in this particular ultrasound treatment.
Duration: Full facial Ultherapy takes between 30 and 45 minutes to complete.
How Painful Is It?
Ultherapy can be uncomfortable depending on the individual. It typically causes a prickly sensation that can be unpleasant. Your physician can discuss methods of minimizing the discomfort while the energy is being delivered.
Options for anesthesia: Anesthesia is not used for Ultherapy.