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Ultherapy 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. This means minimal to no downtime for you and that this device can be used on most skin types. By targeting the deep dermis the technology stimulates new growth of collagen. Descending brows, the relaxation of skin around the jowls and chin area, and looseness in the neck are all conditions that can be addressed with this device. This is most impactful along the jawline and immediately below the chin. This is a great treatment to maintain the youthful appearance of your face and neck or if you have had a facelift and are beginning to see relaxation of the skin of the face and neck.

The Ultherapy Procedure

The ideal candidates for Ultherapy are men and women who have noticed early signs of aging in the face and/or fullness of the neck and are interested in maintaining their youthful appearance. Many patients who choose Ultherapy have seen some loss of skin elasticity and would be candidates for a browlift, facelift, or necklift, but they would like to delay surgery until it is necessary. For some individuals, the reason for undergoing the procedure is relaxation of the skin after a facelift or necklift.

Ultherapy is performed in the privacy and comfort of Dr. Kessler’s office. Topical anesthetic and local anesthesia is administered during the procedure. Ultherapy is somewhat uncomfortable, 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 Ultherapy, 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 Dr. Kessler to view where the energy should be directed.

Video: Ulthera Explained by Dr. Rob Kessler

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Your Ulthera will be performed in Dr. Robert Kessler's surgery center located in Corona Del Mar.


Recovery After Ultherapy

Natural looking results are immediately noticeable after undergoing Ultherapy, and the treatment area will continue to show improvement in firmness and smoothness of the skin for up to 90 days.

Some tenderness may be felt, and an occasional bruise may be noticed but this is easy covered with make up. Such side effects are temporary and will fade soon after treatment. There is no downtime required following skin tightening with ultrasound. You may resume normal activity the following day, as well as strenuous activities.

  • 01 What is Ultherapy?

    Ultherapy 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.

  • 02 How does Ultherapy work?

    By focusing ultrasound energy to a specifically targeted area, Ultherapy 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.

  • 03 How is an Ultherapy 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.

  • 04 Who is a good candidate for an Ultherapy 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.

  • 05 Where is an Ultherapy procedure performed?

    Dr. Kessler performs his Ulthera procedure in his Newport Beach office.

  • 06 Is an Ultherapy 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.

  • 07 What type of anesthesia is used during an Ultherapy 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.

  • 08 How long does an Ultherapy 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.

  • 09 When will my Ultherapy 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.

  • 10 What can I expect from and Ultherapy 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.

  • 11 When can I return to work after an Ultherapy treatment?

    Patients are able to return to work the day after their Ulthera treatment. Exercise and strenuous activities can be resumed, as well.

  • 12 What are the risks of Ultherapy?

    Ulthera is considered a safe procedure. As the treatment is noninvasive, there is no risk of infection or scarring.

  • 13 Will an Ultherapy treatment result in visible scars?

    No, Ulthera will not result in scarring.

  • 14 Can I finance my Ultherapy procedure?

    Yes, patients are welcome to apply for healthcare financing through CareCredit. Kessler Plastic Surgery also accepts cash and all major credit cards.

Patient Testimonial

Dr. Kessler has my complete confidence. I selected him by doing the research; I am a new resident of NPB. He is exactly what I was looking for: a brilliant Dr. and surgeon, BUT, he is also a scholar of the human form. He sees what was and how it might be refreshed. He is beyond personable and friendly. I rely on him for Botox and had Ulthera. He will tell you what changes age is bringing and how, and how soon to refresh. His methods (again research) are the best. I previously had a consultation with an M.D, F.A.C.S. to the stars and fled quickly. I had Botox with a dermatologist and had a numb spot on my cheek for 90 days. I am going to the best for anything concerning my health, including Botox or any other “cosmetic” injectable. When the time comes, he can address anything more aggressive. I recommend Dr. Rob Kessler to friends and acquaintances regularly, and most recently after observing injectable “mishaps” received from other local providers.

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Dr. Kessler is not only one of the most caring and compassionate people I have ever met, he is also one of the finest highly skilled physicians around. He truly does care about every patient’s goals and will do whatever he can to help achieve those goals. I had a face/neck lift and...
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As both a patient and a professional, Dr. Kessler is the best surgeon I have ever had the pleasure of being treated by, he has amazing surgical skill, takes all the time in the world with you during your care and has the highest standard for his work I have seen for many years. I have...
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I am so happy. I am so glad I came to Newport Beach in search of Dr Kessler. You have all made me feel just so ‘relaxed & confident’ in all aspects of this ‘thing’. Dr Kessler is a wonderful person, who is ethical, informative, sincere and a surgical ‘artist’. As I...
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It has been 6 months since the date of my surgery and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. As you may recall, my previous breast implants became encapsulated resulting in hard, tender and poorly shaped breasts. I was ashamed of how they looked. When my husband and I met with...
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Markee F., Irvine, Ca,USA
Dr. Kessler is definitely a “Best in Class” surgeon. His enthusiasm and love for what he does is evident the first time you meet him. The compassion and care that he gives his patients is beyond measure.He took the time to not only explain the surgery procedure and potential problems...
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Lee W., Aliso Viejo, CA, USA
Dr. Kessler is the most caring doctor I have ever met. The minute he walked into the examination room for my initial consult I liked him and it continues EVERY time I see him. I had a lower body lift and my arms done. I am so happy with his work. He is a perfectionist and it shows....
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Glory E., Dayton, OH, USA
My experience with Dr Rob Kessler was extremely pleasant and has changed my life in the most positive ways. He has performed numeous surgeries on me after I had lost weight with having a gastric stomach bypass. He has perfomed the following surgeries on me: A breast lift, lower body...
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Stephen P., Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Incredible results. Surgical center was great–lots of special care, made you feel very special, spent the night with one to one nursing care with an ICU nurse. Nurse anesthetist was great. VERY postive experience.
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