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Ultrasound Skin Tightening (Ultherapy®)

Non invasive ultrasound skin tightening, commonly referred to as Ultherapy, is an effective method for firming the face and neck area for a younger, more rejuvenated appearance. Ultrasound waves penetrate the face at varying depths to encourage collagen and elastin production over time, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.

Ultrasound Skin Tightening

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

1 days

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Topical

Surgical

No

Cost

$175 - $5000

Before & After Images by Provider

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The Specifics


What is Ultherapy®?

Ultrasound skin tightening is a non-surgical procedure that is more commonly known as Ultherapy® (i.e. the only FDA-approved skin tightening treatment). This minimally invasive procedure sends ultrasound energy deep through layers of tissue into the dermis and SMAS layer to encourage new collagen and elastin production lifting skin and tightening sagging or loose skin. Ultrasound energy does not cause any damage to the skin surface, unlike radiofrequency or laser skin resurfacing.

What cosmetic concerns does Ultherapy® treat?

  1. Facial Skin Laxity: Ultrasound energy waves used in Ultherapy® promote increased new collagen and elastin for an enhanced skin protein matrix.
  2. Neck & Jawline Definition: By firming and tightening facial and neck skin, the contours of the lower face are refined and defined for a more desirable aesthetic.
  3. Chin Shape & Size: Similarly, the shape of the chin can be contoured with ultrasound skin tightening.

Who is the ideal candidate for an Ultherapy® procedure?

The ideal candidate for Ultherapy® is seeking tighter skin with the understanding the surface appearance will not change. Individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity or early signs of the aging process of any skin tone will benefit. Ultherapy® is not recommended for those with more severe facial skin laxity.

What is the average recovery associated with an Ultherapy® procedure?

There is no recovery time following an Ultherapy® procedure. Some minimal swelling and bruising may occur, but will resolve quickly. Almost all normal activities may be resumed immediately after the procedure.

What are the potential side effects of an Ultherapy® procedure?

Potential side effects from Ultherapy® are typically very mild and may include redness, swelling, tingling, tenderness, bruising, or numbness.

What can someone expect from the results of an Ultherapy® procedure?

The results of Ultherapy® are not immediately noticeable following the procedure. They will finalize within six months, and first become noticeable after two or three months. Maintenance treatments are recommended every six months, although the results from a session can last one to two years.

What is the average cost of an Ultherapy® procedure?

An Ultherapy® procedure can cost anywhere from $175 to $5,000. The actual cost of Ultherapy® is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery. Learn more in our complete guide to the cost of a Ultherapy®.

Pros

Skin tighteningNo downtimeNo injury to skin surfaceCan be used in any skin tone

Cons

Delayed resultsMild painDoes not address the skin surface

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


Ultrasound skin tightening uses ultrasound waves to penetrate the face at varying depths to encourage collagen and elastin production over time, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after an Ultherapy treatment.

The Takeaway


Ultherapy® (a.k.a. ultrasound skin tightening) is a non-invasive, FDA-approved method to tighten, tone, and define the skin of the lower face, jaw, chin, and neck for a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance.

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  1. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Skin Tightening americanboardofcosmeticsurgery.org
  2. Uwe Wollina Treatment of Facial Skin Laxity by a New Monopolar Radiofrequency Device PubMed.gov
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