Wrinkles around the eyes and loose skin around the chin are adorable on a puppy… but if it’s what you see when you look in the mirror, you might not think it’s so cute. Rejuvé is pleased to offer a new noninvasive, nonsurgical treatment that can help gradually lift the skin around your eyebrows, tighten loose skin under the chin or on your neck, and smooth lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. Ultherapy is a safe, FDA-approved, non-surgical, non-invasive skin tightening treatment that uses focused sound waves (ultrasound) and your body’s own natural healing process to lift and tone loose, sagging skin. Ultherapy specifically targets the deep layers of tissue below the skin that are usually only addressed in a facelift, brow lift, or neck lift — but it reaches those layers without surgery. Following treatment, the skin will actually lift, tone, and tighten over time.
What makes Ultherapy different?
Ultherapy is the only non-invasive treatment cleared by the FDA that actually lifts skin, and is the only non-invasive procedure specifically indicated by the FDA for improving wrinkles and lines on the chest. Ultherapy uses ultrasound imagery, which allows Dr. Tang to actually see the layers of tissue being targeted during treatment. This helps to ensure the energy is being deposited where it will get you the best results. With Ultherapy, there’s no downtime and you’ll get natural but noticeable results from the inside out, with a healthy revitalization of tissue. Even better, you can go about your day after a single, 60-90 minute in-office Ultherapy treatment.
How does the Ultherapy treatment work?
Ultherapy uses sound energy, which has unique properties that allow it to bypass your skin’s surface and reach — and treat — depths that are unmatched by any other non-invasive cosmetic treatment. Ultherapy works by stimulating collagen production in your skin’s foundation, spurring your body to create new tissue. This results in a clinically significant lift of tissue over 2-3 months.
Ultherapy deposits focused ultrasound energy deep beneath your skin at the precise optimal temperature for collagen regeneration. It jumpstarts a natural process, neocollagenesis, where your body produces fresh, new collagen. There are no creams, fillers, or toxins — Ultherapy uses your body’s own collagen-building processes for a natural, noticeable result.
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What makes Ultherapy different from laser treatments?
While Ultherapy uses sound energy, lasers rely on light energy. Light energy cannot reach deeper skin layers at an optimal temperature, which is why laser treatments typically are used for issues on the surface of the skin. Lasers do not provide the “lift” that Ultherapy does. That said, Ultherapy and laser treatments are extremely compatible with one another, because they treat different kinds of skin issues.
How is Ultherapy different from Thermage?
Ultherapy and Thermage are quite different treatments. Thermage, which was used in the 1990s, uses monopolar radiofrequency energy to heat the skin. While some patients saw results from this, Thermage does not address the deeper, strong support layer of the face. Called the the superficial musculaponeurosis system or SMAS, this is the connective tissue layer that supports your facial muscles. Ultherapy is the only non-invasive treatment that can reach this deep SMAS level, which is the layer that plastic surgeons treat during surgery to provide additional tightening.
Can Ultherapy replace a facelift?
Ultherapy does treat the deep foundational layers of tissue that are addressed in cosmetic surgery, but it won’t duplicate the results of a surgical facelift. However, if you are unsure about surgery, looking to extend the results of a previous cosmetic surgery, or want to improve the contours of your face with a nonsurgical procedure that can lift, tighten, and tone your skin, Ultherapy may be an excellent solution.
Can you combine Ultherapy with injectables like Botox or dermal fillers?
Ultherapy can be combined with additional anti-aging interventions, including injectables like Botox and Dysport and fillers such as Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane, Sculptra, or Radiesse. It depends on what kind of results you hope for. During your Ultherapy consultation, Dr. Tang can discuss the value of adding different treatments and at the time the proper order in which these procedures should be done.
What does the Ultherapy treatment feel like? Is the procedure painful?
You will feel the energy being deposited in the depths of your tissue, indicating that the collagen-building process has been initiated. The sensation will only occur while the ultrasound energy is being delivered. That sensation, and the amount of discomfort from the Ultherapy procedure, can vary tremendously from patient to patient. Some patients may experience only mild discomfort, while other patients might note more significant discomfort. Initial studies with the treatment were performed with Tylenol alone for any discomfort, and this can work for some patients.
At Rejuvé, Dr. Tang’s previous specialty in pain management allows him to make the procedure as pleasant as possible for patients who require more pain control. We first apply a very strong topical anesthetic. Some patients may be given oral medications help with relaxation as well as pain relief during Ultherapy treatment. Others may be given an IM injection. If you are given these medications, you will still be awake for your Ultherapy treatment but a driver will be required to take you home. During your Ultherapy consultation with Dr. Tang, you can discuss which pain relief option is best for you.
How long does an Ultherapy treatment take?
The length of your procedure will vary depending upon the area being treated and your individual treatment plan. Facial and neck procedures typically take 60 to 90 minutes, while chest treatments average approximately 30 minutes. There’s no downtime after the procedure with Ultherapy. You will be able to head home or back to work after your treatment.
Is Ultherapy safe?
Ultrasound energy has been used in medicine for more than 50 years. Ultherapy has been cleared by the FDA, and has been used safely all over the world in more than 350,000 treatments. Dr. Tang has special training in using ultherapy, in addition to his general expertise in health and aesthetics.
What kind of side effects or downtime should I expect with Ultherapy?
Most side effects from Ultherapy are minor and do not last terribly long. The effects vary depending on what area you have treated. If you use Ultherapy for your face or neck, you might notice some minor swelling, tenderness, tingling, numbness, or redness right away (bruising also occurs, but it’s less common). Any swelling, redness, or bruising should go down after the first week, while other side effects may last as long as a month.
If you’re using Ultherapy to treat skin around the décolletage, swelling, slight tenderness, tingling, numbness, redness, and minor bruising can occur. Redness should diminish within days, while other side effects should go away after the first week or so.
What kind of results can I expect from Ultherapy?
You may see some initial effects beginning with your very first Ultherapy treatment, but your ultimate results will come after 60 to 90 days, as that’s how long your body needs to naturally regenerate collagen. How long the results last actually depends on you. Ultherapy stimulates your own collagen production on the inside, but the way your body ages will determine how long this production translates into visible results.
A one-on-one consultation with Dr. Tang will determine whether you are a good candidate for Ultherapy, but in general the patients who benefit the most are those who have mild to moderate skin laxity (in other words, skin that begins to look and/or feel less firm). Drooping eyebrows, loose skin under the neck, sagging under the chin, or vertical wrinkles on the chest are examples of issues that Ultherapy may be able to treat.
How many Ultherapy treatments will I need?
Dr. Tang will talk with you about the results that you hope to achieve, and how Ultherapy may be able to help alone or in conjunction with other treatments. In many cases, patients only need one treatment. Some patients need additional treatments, however, depending on the degree of skin laxity, their biological response to ultrasound energy, and their collagen-building process. Your skin will continue to age, and so future touch-up treatments can help you stay on top of your body’s natural aging process.
How much does Ultherapy cost?
The cost of treatment varies depending upon the area being treated and the extensiveness of the issue. Each treatment is highly personalized, and at your consultation with Dr. Tang you can get an idea of what your cost will be.
Does it sound like Ultherapy could be right for you? Call Rejuvé today at 408-740-5320 to set up an appointment to see Dr. Tang!
Ultherapy in the media:
Ultherapy on The Doctors
Ultherapy on Good Morning America
Ultherapy on 20/20 with Barbara Walters
Ultherapy on Entertainment Tonight
Testimonials from Ultherapy Patients
*The above pictures and testimonials are actual patients but individual results will vary and these results may not occur in all patients.
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