Fast Facts:

About: Ultherapy is a non-surgical and non-invasive treatment using focused ultrasound energy to cause controlled thermal micro-injury to deep layers of the skin, triggering the body’s own regenerative response to build collagen in the treated area to lift and tighten the skin. The procedure is quick and effective with zero downtime.

Safety: Ultherapy is FDA-approved and has undergone several clinical trials to confirm its safety and efficacy.

Convenience: One Ultherapy session can take as little as 30 minutes and comes with no downtime and minimal side effects. As such, this skin tightening method is convenient, particularly for those who cannot afford to spend two weeks of downtime at home.

Cost: The average Ultherapy price ranges $2000 – $4000 per 1 session.

Efficacy: Studies provide evidence that Ultherapy is able to create a clinically significant lift of loose skin over the course of 2 – 3 months.

WHAT IS ULTHERAPY?

Ultherapy is a high-tech laser that uses Ultrasound energy to cause controlled thermal micro-damage to the superficial muscular aponeurotic layer (SMAS layer) of the skin, triggering the body’s natural collagen production to thicken, tighten, and lift the skin. This non-invasive treatment is FDA approved and can provide an alternative to a surgical facelift on patients with mild to moderate signs of laxity in the lower face (chin and jawline area), eyebrows, neck, and decolletage. Because it is non-invasive, there are minimal side effects and zero downtime.

WHY IS ULTHERAPY SO POPULAR?

Ultherapy is currently marketed in over 75 countries and has been performed over 1.5 million times. Many of us suffer from beginning signs of aging, namely, skin laxity, fine lines, and wrinkles. While loose skin is a cause for concern in many patients, not everyone has the desire to go under the knife, and in most cases, the laxity is not severe enough to warrant surgical intervention.

Fortunately, Ultherapy allows for a nonsurgical and non-invasive method to tighten mild to moderate skin laxity in the most common areas including the lower face tightening and neck. This treatment is a wonderful option for patients who want to stay “ahead of the game” and address beginning signs of sagging before it becomes severe, allowing them to maintain their youthful appearance and reduce visible droopiness and smooth out lines and wrinkles in their tracks.

Ultherapy before after
ultherapy treatment procedure

HOW DOES ULTHERAPY WORK?

As we age our skin loses its elasticity, causing fine lines, wrinkles, and sagginess. While Botox works for fine lines and wrinkles, it will not address loose skin. Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to target deep layers of the skin, namely, the superficial muscular aponeurotic layer (also called SMAS layer) of the skin. During this process, it causes controlled heat damage and micro-scarring in the SMAS layer as the body uses neocollagenesis to repair itself by producing extra collagen in the targeted area. This in turn leads to tightening and tissue contraction, reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and loose dermal layers.

In short, Ultherapy uses the body’s regenerative response to safely and effectively tighten the skin in the treated area.

WHAT DOES ULTHERAPY DO? WHAT AREAS OF THE BODY CAN IT TREAT?

Ultherapy is FDA cleared to tighten and lift the eyebrow, jawline, and neck, as well as the decolletage for fine lines and wrinkles. It is sometimes also used on the thighs if approved by a medical professional. Body skin tightening stomach is not ideal with this treatment, though it is sometimes performed.

Ultherapy neck: The neck is one of the most common areas to suffer due to aging. Whether it be due to wrinkles, a double chin, turkey neck, or folds, Ultherapy has the power to tighten the skin on your neck.

Ultherapy eyes: Ultherapy may also be used to lift and smooth the skin around your eyes and reduce the appearance of crow’s feet.

Ultherapy for stretch marks: Since Ultherapy stimulates collagen production, it may also be used to rejuvenate your skin in areas where you notice stretch marks.

Ultherapy forehead: Ultherapy for forehead wrinkles is also a common procedure. Collagen production will help to fill in these lines for a lasting effect.

Ultherapy brow lift: It may also be used to lift drooping brows, which is another common sign of aging.

Ultherapy jawline: Ultherapy is the perfect option for you if you are looking for a tighter and more contoured jawline.

Ultherapy jowls: Jowls and chin fat may also be treated with the use of ultrasound therapy.

Ultherapy around the mouth: It is normal for people to notice fine lines and wrinkles near their mouth, especially in the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Ultherapy can smooth the skin in these areas for a more youthful effect.

Ultherapy chest: Many people experience wrinkles on their chest as they age, and Ultherapy has been approved to treat chest wrinkles and rejuvenate the decolletage.

Ultherapy for thighs: Ultherapy may also work to smooth sagging skin in the thigh area.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR ULTHERAPY TREATMENT?

The ideal candidate for this procedure is a patient with mild to moderate skin laxity in areas in which the skin is beginning to feel and look less firm. On average, someone who will benefit from an Ultherapy facelift is an overall healthy patient 30 years or older who is suffering from beginning signs of laxity in the jowls, jawline, chin, and neck area, or patients who are noticing a lowered eyebrow line or heavy-looking eyelids.

WHAT IS AN ULTHERAPY PROCEDURE LIKE?

Before you go in for your procedure, you will first have a consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg in which you will have the opportunity to discuss your questions, concerns, aesthetic goals, and medical history to confirm that you are a candidate for the treatment.

Once confirmed a candidate, the session itself will take 30 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on the gravity of your case and the treatment areas to be covered. Once properly sanitized, Dr. Schwarzburg will direct ultrasonic energy to the areas of concern using a handheld targeted Ultherapy device in which he will be able to see deeper skin tissues using advanced ultrasound imaging to customize energy levels geared towards your individual needs. During this time you may experience a stinging and burning sensation, which will only last for the duration of the treatment itself. Once complete, you will be able to return back to normal activities immediately with zero downtime or restrictions.

HOW LONG IS ULTHERAPY PROCEDURE?

On average an Ultherapy procedure may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the number of areas treated and the severity of each individual case.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS AND ULTHERAPY SIDE EFFECTS?

Side effects are incredibly rare with Ultherapy. Your skin may appear flushed immediately after your session, and you may experience slight swelling, tingling, or tenderness, though these side effects will subside within a few hours.

More serious side effects include skin deformities and scarring. However, these complications only occur if the treatment is poorly administered, which is why it is very important to get your Ulthera done by an experienced board-certified cosmetic physician, like Dr. Schwarzburg.

IS THERE DOWNTIME ASSOCIATED WITH ULTHERAPY? WHAT IS AFTERCARE?

There is usually no downtime involved with Ulthera therapy. You will be able to return to regular daily activities immediately after your session with zero restrictions or aftercare.

HOW MUCH DOES ULTHERAPY COST?

Ultherapy cost in NYC ranges depending on the treatment area and its size, and how many rounds are purchased. Some clinics offer package deals, while others have set session prices. Typically 1 session of Ultherapy skin tightening costs anywhere from $2000 to $4000 based on multiple factors including clinic location, the experience of your provider, the complexity of the anatomical landscape amongst many others. Natural skin tightening cost can also vary depending on how many sessions and which part of the body or face you get the treatment on.

CAN YOU COMBINE ULTHERAPY WITH OTHER TREATMENTS?

There are several minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that can address loose and sagging skin. Depending on how much loose skin there is, you can get either dermal treatments such as Forma facial, Fraxel laser treatment and Secret RF (radio frequency) facial, a radiofrequency skin tightening procedure used to tighten and firm the treated area, minimize the size of your pores, and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, both of which offer thermal damage to the skin, increasing the production of collagen and elastin and leaving you with firmer and tighter skin. Droopy areas can also sometimes be addressed with the use of fillers, particularly around the jawline. Ultherapy can also be combined with neurotoxins such as Botox or Dysport, which will target fine lines and wrinkles at a muscular level. Plasma fibroblasting is also common with the Ulthera laser, rather than Ultherapy under eyes.

An additional skin tightening treatment that can be combined or used interchangeably with Ultherapy is a PDO thread lift, which is particularly common to lift and firm the lower face and jowls, two areas that cannot be addressed with Ultherapy.

HOW MANY ULTHERAPY TREATMENTS DO I NEED?

Most patients see significant results after 2 – 3 sessions. However, depending on your skin laxity and your biological response to the ultrasound laser, more treatments may be required. Because this collagen building process does not stop you from aging in the future, Dr. Schwarzburg recommends yearly touch-up appointments to maintain results.

IS ULTHERAPY PAINFUL?

While the level of pain experienced varies depending on each individual’s pain tolerance, most patients tend to experience some level of discomfort during their Ultherapy treatments. The feeling is often described as a “stinging”, “burning”, or “tingling” sensation, which if preferred by the patient, can be reduced with a local anesthetic, sedative, or pain medication.

HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS FROM ULTHERAPY?

Because Ultherapy jawline works through induction of thermal injury and the subsequent production of collagen, it may take three or more months to see initial results. You will likely also need several sessions for optimal results as the collagen scaffold takes time to grow.

WHAT WILL MY ULTHERAPY BEFORE AND AFTER RESULTS LOOK LIKE?

Before your session you will have noticeable skin laxity around your neck and jawline or lowered eyebrows. After Ulthera, you will have skin lifting, a more defined jawline, and lifted eyebrows. Your neck and decolletage will look more youthful with a significant improvement in fine lines and wrinkles as well as an overall more refreshed appearance.

HOW LONG DOES IT LAST? IS IT PERMANENT?

While Ultherapy will help turn back the clock, it will not stop you from aging. On average results will last up to 2 or more years or more, as long as the area is maintained with routine follow-ups. Results can be maintained and enhanced with additional neck skin tightening treatments such as Secret RF skin tightening or Fraxel laser.

IS IT COVERED BY INSURANCE?

Ultherapy is a cosmetic saggy neck treatment and as such, is not covered by insurance.

IS ULTHERAPY WORTH IT?

Yes, Ultherapy is worth it and is a wonderful noninvasive option to tighten loose and sagging skin around the lower face, chin, and jawline. Everyone responds differently to the treatment, meaning that the number of sessions needed varies. Because it relies heavily on collagen production, results typically take 3 – 4 months to become evident, which does not make Ultherapy ideal for someone who is looking for immediate results.

For optimal results, Ultherapy is commonly combined with other skin tightening face treatments alongside quality skincare products.

HOW DOES ULTHERAPY DIFFER FROM OTHER LASER SKIN TIGHTENING?

Because Ultrasound skin tightening uses sound energy, it has unique properties that allow it to target deep layers of the skin that other laser treatments cannot. As such, it is able to stimulate collagen in the SMAS layer, resulting in a deeper lift than lasers that rely on light energy which only targets more superficial skin layers.

ULTHERAPY VS PDO THREAD LIFT

Finding the right treatment can be a challenge, especially when there are so many options to choose from. Two of the most popular non-surgical face lifting procedures are Ultherapy and PDO thread lifts, both of which have the same common goal, but work on very different bases.

Ultherapy is a purely non-invasive modality utilizing ultrasound energy to cause micro-scarring at the SMAS layer. In turn, collagen and elastin are produced tightening the SMAS as well as more superficial layers of the skin. One of the major drawbacks of Ultherapy is the inconsistent distribution of energy and the potential to damage surrounding tissues, which is why Ultherapy is not typically used in the face. It also takes 3 – 4 months to see Ultherapy results.

A PDO thread lift is a minimally invasive facelift that shows instantaneous results that continue to improve over the following months. With a PDO thread lift, the skin is manually lifted using barbed surgical threads which dissolve over time, leaving strong traces of collagen behind, allowing results to “settle”. The outcome is an instant lift in the midface, jowls, lower face, jawline, and neck. A PDO thread lift must be administered by a highly-skilled doctor.

HOW DOES ULTHERAPY STIMULATE THE CREATION OF COLLAGEN?

As the SMAS layer of the skin is targeted with micro-focused ultrasound energy, the body undergoes neocollagenesis, a natural process that causes the production of new collagen in the targeted region.

CAN ULTHEARPY TREAT TURKEY NECK?

Yes! Ultherapy is specifically designed to treat areas in which loose skin is present. One of the most common areas in which this occurs is around the jawline and neck. By stimulating collagen production, Ultherapy lifts and tightens your turkey neck at the beginning stages of laxity.

COULD ULTHERAPY REPLACE A FACELIFT?

While Ultherapy works well to treat mild to moderate skin laxity, it does not replace the dramatic effects achieved with a surgical facelift. In most cases, Ulthera is used to address beginning signs of loose skin in the jawline area, but is not ideal for the midface as it has the potential to eliminate the good fat in your face that keeps you looking youthful and plump.

IS ULTHERAPY SAFE?

Ultherapy is a non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment that has been FDA approved to treat and tighten loose skin in the lower face, under chin skin tightening, jawline, neck, and décolletage. It has been tested several times before FDA approval, confirming its safety and making it one of the safest skin tightening procedures available.

WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS?

Pros:

  • Non-invasive
  • Non surgical
  • FDA approved
  • No downtime

Cons:

  • Not permanent
  • Not instant
  • Requires several sessions for optimal results
  • Painful

TAKEAWAY

Ultherapy is a non-invasive skin tightening face treatment that utilizes ultrasound energy to target the SMAS layer of the skin, tightening the treated area from deeper tissue. The treatment takes 30 minutes to 2 hours and involves limited side effects and zero downtime. Results can be seen after 2 or more sessions and will last up to two years or longer if maintenance sessions are acquired.

HOW CAN I GET STARTED WITH MY ULTHERAPY TREATMENT?

If you are looking to get your Ulthera therapy then Skinly Aesthetics is the place to go. Owned and operated by Dr. Schwarzburg, a board-certified cosmetic physician with over a decade of experience, Skinly Aesthetics on the Upper East Side of Manhattan offers a variety of non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic treatments to help you achieve your aesthetic goals without the need to undergo invasive surgical procedures.

To schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg you can contact Skinly at (212) 774-4264 or email us at info@skinlyaesthetics.com.