[fusion_dropcap class="fusion-content-tb-dropcap"]D[/fusion_dropcap]id you know that most of the changes you see as you age are due to exposure to ultraviolet light? Are you looking for a fresh new look without having to get a facelift?

In this article, explore the answer to what is ultherapy, and why are many choosing it? Sit back, relax, and read on as we dive into this incredible procedure that can restore your confidence, and make your skin look and feel young again.

What Is Ultherapy?

It’s a non-invasive procedure to tighten the skin of the neck, decolletage, and face. Ultrasound energy is used to help boost your body’s natural production of elastin and collagen for a natural look. You can also choose to have specific areas treated such as a jaw lift.

It can be used on the:

  • Neck
  • Eyebrows
  • Face
  • Under the chin
  • Decolletage

How Is It Different From Other Treatments?

Ultherapy is found to have more desirable outcomes thanks to using higher temperature on the skin. If you instead choose to have radiofrequency (regenerative lasers) treatment, then you’ll need a course of treatments. Ultherapy is one off-treatment.

How Does It Work?

You’ll receive a consultation with the team in St. Pete and an answer to all of your burning questions. You’ll learn what to expect, and how many sessions it’ll take.

Next, it’ll be determined if this treatment will be beneficial and safe for your skin. The procedure uses ultrasound scanning to find the best areas to target for collagen production.

In order to lift and rebuild the skin, you’ll receive an increase in collagen production. As you age, collagen production slows down.

Losing collagen is what can lead to wrinkles, creases, and lines. When you receive collagen, your skin will tighten to appear younger and healthier.

1. Reduced Aging

Many choose ultherapy because they want to reduce aging. After the procedure, you’ll notice tighter and smoother skin.

Since the procedure goes below your skin’s surface, you’ll also notice a facelift-like lifting. You’ll also notice fewer wrinkles and lines.

Ultherapy before and after ches

Some benefits are:

  • Tighten drooping eyelids
  • Reduce frown lines
  • Tighten sagging jawline
  • Tighten under-eye bags
  • Reduce nasolabial folds
  • Decrease forehead creases

2. Quick Effect

Many times, you’ll only need one session of ultherapy. Only some patients will need a 2nd session. Patients start to see results in only a few weeks and will continue to see improvement over the following year.

Each session is quick too, taking about 30-90 minutes. If you’re looking for just one part of the body, it can be completed in as little as 30 minutes.

3. Natural Effect

You won’t have to worry about a sudden and unnatural change to your skin. The changes are gradual and will be noticeable a couple of months after the procedure.

This is because ultrasound waves increase collagen production in order to give you natural results. You’ll often see the full results within 6 months. The results last long-term which means you won’t have to worry about coming back for a year for a touch-up.

What Is Collagen?

Collagen is one of the building blocks for your ligaments, skin, bones, tendons, and muscles. You can also find it in your teeth, corneas, and blood vessels.

There are 4 types of collagen in your body. Type 1 is the most common type you’ll find in your body. This is what provides structure to the different parts of your body.

Type 2 is made up of loosely packed fibers that cushion your joints. Type 3 is what supports your organs, muscles, and arteries. Type 4 is what helps with filtration, and can be found in the layers of the skin.

What Damages Collagen?

Too much sun, smoking, and eating too many refined carbs or sugar. Certain autoimmune disorders can also impact collagen.

What Increases Collagen?

In order to help increase collagen production, certain foods might help. For example, copper, Vitamin C, proline, and glycine are beneficial.

You’ll also want a high-quality protein that has amino acids. These include tofu, dairy, legumes, seafood, poultry, and meat.

Is It Safe?

Ultherapy is a safe treatment that you can find around the globe. It’s FDA approved and is a noninvasive procedure to reduce wrinkles and fine lines.

Does It Replace a Facelift?

While it doesn’t replace a facelift, it’s a great alternative if you’re looking to avoid one. It’s also great for those who are looking for more natural and gradual results than a facelift.

Why Is It Popular?

It’s gaining popularity, not just in St. Petersburg, but around the world, since it’s noninvasive and safe. Patients love the fact that the results are natural instead of a sudden change right away.

There’s also minimal preparation needed, and it’s highly effective. You won’t require anesthesia for it either.

The recovery time is short as well. You can go back to your normal schedule right after the procedure.

How Much Does Ultherapy Cost?

The price varies on multiple factors. If you have many areas treated, then it’ll cost more than just one section. It also depends on how many sessions you’ll need as well. Any other costs should be factored in such as traveling to and from treatment, and that the treatment might not be covered by insurance.

Does It Hurt?

During the procedure, you might feel the energy that targets your muscles. It can either feel like something warm on your face or an electrical charge.

The feeling lasts as long as the energy is being placed. It’s normally a quick feeling with some tingling in between.

Ultherapy vs Thermage

As you speak with your St. Petersburg specialist, you’ll learn the difference between thermage and ultherapy. First, they both increase collagen production.

The type of energy they use differs. Thermage uses radiofrequency, while ultherapy uses ultrasound energy.

While both can penetrate the surface for increased collagen production, ultrasound energy can go deeper into your dermal layer. This means more skin tightening.

Thermage originally was considered an uncomfortable procedure. Now, it’s not as uncomfortable because cooling the skin is used to reduce pain.

Ultherapy isn’t painful. While you might feel a burning or tingling, it’s not as much of a painful feeling.

Ultherapy vs Facelift

A facelift is a surgical procedure, while ultherapy is not. Ultherapy uses ultrasonic waves in order to rejuvenate your skin.

This process can lead to a result of lifting for the skin to look and feel firmer. While the results don’t last as long as a facelift, they last for about a year. You also don’t need to worry about a long recovery as you do with a facelift.

Is Ultherapy Worth It?

If you’re looking for a non-surgical alternative that’s effective in increasing collagen production, then this procedure might be a good fit. Whether you’re a male or female, have had plastic surgery or not, you can be a candidate.

The Stars Use It

Did you know that Christie Brinkley is known to use it for her ageless beauty? She uses ultherapy on her decolletage and neck, and Xeomin for her frown lines.

She’s quoted saying that she never wants to look different but wants something to make her look as good as she feels. She said that after watching Kathie Lee Gifford get it, it inspired her to try it for herself since it’s a quick procedure.

What Happens During Treatment?

During treatment, you’ll first receive an ultrasound conductive gel. Next, a handheld device will move across your skin to move the ultrasound energy into deeper skin layers.

Your specialist will be able to see where they’re treating, and how far they’ll need to go. They can adjust the treatment depth to ensure that you receive the energy to specific layers of tissue.

The depth varies from patient to patient. It depends on the thickness and quality of the skin.

Are There Side Effects?

Since it’s non-invasive and safe, any side effects are minimal. You might notice bruising, numbness, soreness, redness, swelling, or tingling after the procedure.

You might notice redness or flushing after the procedure. If you notice tenderness, swelling, or tingling, they’re short-term sensations that you’ll experience.

Numbness and bruising are rare side effects. If you do notice this, it goes away within a few days.

Exploring What Ultherapy Is

Now that you’ve explored what ultherapy is, you should have a better idea of why many are choosing it for younger and firmer skin. Are you in the Tampa Bay area and are looking for younger and firmer skin?

Contact us today and we’ll come up with an action plan that’ll meet your needs today. Say hello to younger, smoother skin, with reduced wrinkles from our specialists today!

About the Author: Cosette Saba Saliba, APRN

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Cosette Saba, ARNP, is the dedicated owner of Indulgence Medical Day Spa since 2012. With her expertise as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Cosette ensures personalized skincare and advanced medical aesthetics for every client. She is committed to health, wellness, and delivering transformative results as a premier destination for beauty and rejuvenation.

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