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No needles. No surgery. No Downtime.
Ultherapy® is a new non-surgical approach to non-invasive lifting and skin tightening. It has generated a lot of excitement among physicians and has recently been widely covered in the media as a new “no incision” alternative to facelifts including such shows as Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Rachel Ray, The View and others. We are very pleased to offer Ultherapy® along with our other tightening procedures such as Thermage CPT® , Accent, Fraxel® Erbium , Thulium® , IPL, GentleWaves® and a wide array of fillers and Botox® to allow a wide range of non-surgical options along with Dr. McDaniel’s 25 years of experience to help us individualize treatment to each patient’s specific needs, lifestyle and budget.
Ultherapy® was first FDA cleared for non-invasive lifting of the eyebrows but it is now widely used with success in an off-label fashion to gradually tighten the lower face and neck and other applications are also being evaluated. The Ultherapy® procedure uses ultrasound to allow us to first visually see the layers of the skin we wish to treat. Then, we focus ultrasound to deliver the energy precisely to where treatment is needed. So it is a great combination of science to control the delivery of the treatment while still allowing for the artistic component to individualize treatment to each patient’s anatomy.
Unlike traditional surgery, Ultherapy® treatments are performed in the office without general anesthesia. Procedures typically take about an hour or less though this may vary depending on the areas being treated and whether we are combining other treatments such as eyelid tightening using other devices in combination with Ultherapy®. There is minimal to no recovery period or down time after Ultherapy® treatment. Some discomfort occurs while the energy is being delivered, and some mild tenderness, redness or slight swelling are not uncommon, but typically patients return to their normal activities the same or next day. Results may be apparent at the conclusion of the treatment but will continue to improve for many months.
While Ultherapy® is not a replacement for surgery, it is a very exciting new option for people who for various reasons do not wish to have surgery or for younger patients who do not yet need surgery, but who wish to have some lifting and tightening as well as for patients who have had surgery in the past and who need a bit of a touch-up or refreshing. Ultherapy® uses focused ultrasound and the risks are typically minimal but some skin sensitivity or sensation of numbness or bruising are possible and these and other risks will be discussed in detail during your consultation with our team.
Ultherapy® does not lift or tighten the eyelid skin, however we also offer Thermage CPT® which has been FDA cleared for this application. Thermage® is also a non-surgical office procedure and requires no anesthesia. We also offer a wide array of other skin tightening, relaxing and volume filling procedures which are non-surgical as well as many laser and light therapies to address fine lines, wrinkles, uneven pigment, blood vessels, keratoses and other signs of aging to refresh the overall surface appearance of your skin on your face, neck, chest and other areas if needed. Dr. McDaniel and his staff will help to determine which noninvasive skin tightening treatment is best for you.
We look forward to helping discuss options with you and to advise you on an individualized treatment plan to help you look your best with a naturally refreshed appearance!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What is Ultherapy®?
- How does it work?
- What areas are treated?
- How many treatments will I need?
- Does it hurt?
- How long does the treatment take?
- How soon will I see results?
- Do I have to do anything special afterwards?
- How long do the results last?
- Can anyone have the treatment?
- Can men have it done?
- Is Ultherapy® safe?
Ultherapy® is an entirely new type of non-surgical treatment for the face and neck that uses ultrasound for lifting, tightening, and toning your skin without surgery, incisions or general anesthesia. It is performed in our center in a comfortable treatment room.
The ultrasound is used initially to visualize below the surface of your skin much like the diagnostic medical ultrasound we are all familiar with. After this then the device delivers low levels of energy focused on the desired depth and treatment area. The surface of your skin is undisturbed and as a result tightening and lifting as well as stimulation of collagen develop over time.
Ultherapy® is designed to treat your entire face and upper neck, but we can also treat the lower face and neck, or just the forehead and temples, or both. We will tailor a treatment plan specifically for you and your lifestyle and budget during your consultation.
Good clinical results typically require just one treatment. Some people who have a fair amount of laxity may benefit from more than one treatment, but that can be discussed during your consult.
Comfort thresholds vary from person-to-person. There can be some discomfort while the energy is being delivered, but we take measures to keep you comfortable.
It depends on the areas being treated, but typically less than an hour for the actual treatment part of your visit.
There can be some toning and firming immediately following the treatment, but the full lifting and tightening effect will build gradually over the course of two to four months or more.
You are usually able to return to your normal activities right away, and there are typically no special measures you need to take. Your skin may be a little red, but this usually disappears within an hour or so.
You still have fresh young collagen after a year’s time, but your skin continues to age.
A good candidate is someone with skin that has “relaxed” to the point of looking, and often feeling, less firm. We review this carefully during your consultation as it is important for us to understand your goals and make sure they are achievable. It is important to us that we properly select patients for this procedure who will benefit most and be pleased with their results.
Yes both women and men are receiving Ultherapy®.
Ultrasound has been used for over 50 years and the device we use for this particular treatment has been cleared by the FDA.
Ultherapy® Fees & Treatment Area Options
The Ultherapy® procedure needs to be individualized to each person’s unique facial structure, pattern of aging and treatment outcome goals. There is also an artistic component as well. Our goal is to provide the best, most natural result possible so that you get the most from your investment in Ultherapy®. These and other factors will be considered during your consultation and at that time we will give you an exact fee quotation.
Individual fees may vary due to your specific skin needs. We feature specials which may occasionally include Ultherapy® so check our website for specials or call our office to check at (757) 437-8900.
**SPECIAL NOTE: Eyelids (upper and/or lower) cannot currently be treated with Ultherapy®, however, we offer the newest version of Thermage CPT® which can be used for eyelids and can be performed at the same treatment time as Ultherapy®.
We have CareCredit available, but given the economy we encourage you to not incur debt or use credit unless you have a special situation. We have a wide array of other good non-surgical treatment options and if you need we can work with you and your budget to find other affordable treatments to refresh your appearance.