Since patients are always looking for new ways to keep their skin looking fresh and healthy, one thing to consider is Ultherapy® treatment.  If you haven’t tried it yet, below are answers to some frequent questions to help you learn more about this innovative treatment procedure that is minimally invasive, highly effective for skin lifting, and easier on the wallet. While Botox and dermal fillers have their place in skin lifting, Ultherapy is a relatively new and extremely effective option.

What Does the Process Entail?

During an Ultherapy treatment, a device is used to deliver ultrasound energy that lifts and tightens the skin and its underlying tissues. Unlike lasers, the energy bypasses the topmost layers to target those closest to the muscles. The treated areas respond by producing healthy new collagen, which tightens the lowest layers and results in increased skin tightening and a more refreshed rejuvenated appearance.

Where is the Treatment Commonly Used?

Ultherapy is ideal for various locations on the body. However, it’s commonly used on the jowls, the part of the face near the lower cheek area that tends to sag with age. It’s been found most effective for treating facial areas where loose, sagging or drooping skin, and other signs of aging are most apparent.

How Many Treatments are Required to Achieve Results, and How Long do the Results Last?

Ultherapy is intended to be a one-time treatment, but some patients can benefit from repeated treatments. Facial plastic surgeons like Dr. Bradford Patt, will discuss this with patients during the initial consultation. The results are completely natural, and because of that, they’ll last until the aging process takes over again. Results aren’t immediate and, in many cases, they can continue to develop for about six months. Around that time, patients may consider the treatment again.

Downtime and Recovery

There’s little or no recovery time after a procedure because the ultrasound energy is delivered to the deepest tissues under the skin. Other treatments, such as fillers and Botox, are often performed afterward to give patients immediate results as they wait for the procedure to take full effect.

Who Can Get Treatment?

Almost anyone can have this non-surgical cosmetic procedure; however, an initial consultation with a cosmetic surgeon is vital to determine effectiveness and possible side effects. It’s beneficial to seasoned patients who have it for toning and tightening skin that has already sagged or is in the process of becoming visually apparent. There are few contraindications, and it is ideal for those who have already had surgery in the same area.

Interested? Take the 1st step and consult with Dr. Patt at the Houston Center for Facial Plastic Surgery for more information. Schedule your appointment by calling 281-351-8111.