Certain changes to the appearance of the face are unavoidable with age, especially when genetics and simple gravity are against you. Descending brows, the formation of sagging skin around the jowls and chin area, and looseness in the neck are often the result of weakening collagen bonds.
Sun exposure, gravity, nutrition, and other factors can also play a role. Restoring firmness to the skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles can be challenging without surgical intervention. Ulthera is a non-invasive alternative to surgery that has demonstrated improvement of wrinkles and poor skin laxity.
Ulthera is a procedure which uses focused ultrasound energy to lift and tighten the deep tissues of the face, brow, and neck regions in only one treatment session. The appearance of loose tissues in these areas is improved through the ultrasound technology’s ability to penetrate the outermost layers and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which are essential for supporting firm, healthy skin.
The Ulthera Procedure
The ideal candidates for Ulthera are men and women who have noticed early signs of aging in the face and/or fullness of the neck. Many patients who choose Ulthera have decreasing skin elasticity and would be candidates for a browlift, facelift, or necklift, but they would like to delay surgery until it is necessary or avoid using invasive techniques altogether. For some individuals, the reason for undergoing the procedure is because of irregularity in skin laxity after a facelift or necklift.
Ulthera is performed in privacy in the comfort of Dr. Kessler’s office. Topical anesthetic and light oral sedation is administered during the procedure. Occasionally, local anesthesia injections may be used. Ulthera is not considered particularly painful, but the threshold for discomfort as the energy is being emitted can vary among patients, which is why options to maximize comfort are given. The length of time the treatment takes will depend on the number of regions undergoing treatment with Ulthera, but is generally completed in 1 to 1 ½ hours.
During the procedure a smooth handheld device is placed on the skin. While ultrasound energy is being delivered to the deeper tissues of the face and neck, the surface of the skin remains unharmed. The same applicator also projects an image onto a screen to allow the physician to view where the energy should be directed.
Recovery after Ulthera
Natural looking results are immediately noticeable after undergoing Ulthera, and the treatment area will continue to show improvement in firmness and smoothness of the skin for up to 90 days. Care for the treatment site is fairly simple since the procedure is non-surgical and there are no incisions.
Some tenderness may be felt, as well as minor bruising. Such side effects are temporary and will fade soon after treatment. There is no downtime required following skin tightening with ultrasound. Patients may return to work the next day, as well as strenuous activities.
Find out more about additional face treatments we offer here at Dr. Kessler’s office.
What is Ulthera?
Ulthera is a noninvasive treatment designed to improve a loss of elasticity in the skin, sagging jowls, and fullness in the neck and brow ptosis. The treatment is extremely effective to combat the early signs of aging.
How does Ulthera work?
By focusing ultrasound energy to a specifically targeted area, Ulthera will lift and tighten the deep tissue layers of the face, neck and brow. Lifting and contouring results can be seen immediately, and the treatment will stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.
How is an Ulthera treatment performed?
Once the target area has been determined, a smooth, handheld device will be placed on the surface of the skin. Ultrasound energy is then emitted to the deep tissue layers, without causing any damage to the surface area of the skin. During the Ulthera treatment, the handheld applicator projects an image of the tissue onto a screen; the physican can use this to view exactly where the energy needs to be directed.
Who is a good candidate for an Ulthera treatment?
Both men and women, experiencing the early signs of aging, can make an excellent candidate for Ulthera. Those patients frustrated with a skin laxity and fullness in the neck area, can expect exceptional results.
Where is an Ulthera procedure performed?
Dr. Kessler performs his Ulthera procedure in his Newport Beach office.
Is an Ulthera treatment painful?
The Ulthera treatment causes only moderate discomfort, though some considered it painful. For this reason, a variety of anesthetic options are available to increase comfort.
What type of anesthesia is used during an Ulthera treatment?
A topical anesthetic and light oral sedation is used to increase a patient’s comfort level during an Ulthera treatment. Dr. Kessler may also utilize local anesthetic injections, as well.
How long does an Ulthera treatment take to perform?
On average, an Ulthera treatment will take between 60 to 90 minutes. Depending on an individual’s toleration of the treatment, the length of a single treatment can be adjusted.
When will my Ulthera results be visible?
Patients will notice an immediate improvement in the skin. Over the following 90 days, the results from an Ulthera treatment will continue to improve.
What can I expect from and Ulthera procedure’s recovery time?
The recovery from an Ulthera treatment is extremely short, and there is no downtime involved. Initially, patients may note some tenderness in the targeted area, as well as minor bruising. These will fade over first few days.
When can I return to work after an Ulthera treatment?
Patients are able to return to work the day after their Ulthera treatment. Exercise and strenuous activities can be resumed, as well.
What are the risks of Ulthera?
Ulthera is considered a safe procedure. As the treatment is noninvasive, there is no risk of infection or scarring.
Will an Ulthera treatment result in visible scars?
No, Ulthera will not result in scarring.
Can I finance my Ulthera procedure?
Yes, patients are welcome to apply for healthcare financing through CareCredit. Kessler Plastic Surgery also accepts cash and all major credit cards.