Ultherapy

Ultherapy is a non-surgical procedure for skin tightening, utilizing high-intensity focused ultrasound energy to firm and lift the skin. This method gently heats the tissue, encouraging the natural production of collagen in the body, with noticeable outcomes achievable in just one session.

It’s cleared by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the brow and décolletage area (the neck, chin, and chest), but some doctors also use it off label, on other parts of the body with loose skin (such as the stomach and above the elbows or knees).

Ultherapy is offered in our Toronto, Markham and North York medi spa. 

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WHAT IS ULTHERAPY?

Ultherapy is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses ultrasound technology to lift, tighten, and rejuvenate the skin. It is FDA-approved and primarily used for non-surgical facelifts and neck lifts. During the Ultherapy procedure, focused ultrasound energy is delivered deep into the skin’s layers, stimulating collagen production and tightening the underlying tissues. 

This results in firmer, more lifted skin over time, with gradual improvements visible in the weeks and months following the treatment. Ultherapy is a popular option for individuals seeking to address mild to moderate skin laxity and achieve a more youthful appearance without the need for surgery or downtime.

CANDIDACY FOR ULTHERAPY

Ideal candidates for Ultherapy generally include:

  • Mild to Moderate Skin Laxity: Individuals with mild to moderate skin sagging or laxity in areas such as the face, neck, or chest may benefit from Ultherapy.
  • Aging Skin: Those experiencing signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and reduced skin firmness, may be suitable candidates for the procedure.
  • Good General Health: Candidates should be in overall good health, with no medical conditions that could interfere with the treatment or healing process.
  • Realistic Expectations: Having realistic expectations about the results is essential. Ultherapy can provide noticeable improvements, but it may not achieve the same level of lift as surgical facelifts.
  • Non-Surgical Preference: Individuals who prefer non-surgical alternatives to address skin laxity and achieve a more youthful appearance may consider Ultherapy.
  • No Recent Facial Treatments: Candidates should not have had recent facial treatments or surgeries in the treatment area, as this may affect the eligibility for Ultherapy.
  • Willingness to Wait for Results: While some immediate improvements may be visible, the full results of Ultherapy develop gradually over several weeks to months as collagen production increases.

It’s important to note that Ultherapy is not suitable for everyone. For individuals with more significant skin laxity or those seeking more dramatic results, surgical options like facelifts or neck lifts may be more appropriate. Consulting with a qualified provider will help determine the best treatment plan to achieve the desired aesthetic goals.

BENEFITS OF ULTHERAPY

Some reasons why individuals choose Ultherapy include:

  • Non-Invasive Skin Tightening: Ultherapy offers a non-surgical and non-invasive option for skin tightening, making it attractive to those who want to avoid surgery and its associated risks and downtime.
  • Mild to Moderate Skin Laxity: It is particularly effective for individuals with mild to moderate skin sagging or laxity in areas such as the face, neck, and décolletage.
  • Natural-Looking Results: Ultherapy stimulates the body’s natural collagen production, resulting in gradual and natural-looking improvements without a drastic change in appearance.
  • Long-Lasting Effects: The increased collagen production triggered by Ultherapy can provide long-lasting results, helping to maintain firmer and lifted skin over time.
  • Quick Procedure: Ultherapy treatments are relatively quick, with sessions typically lasting 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the treatment area.
  • Minimal Downtime: Unlike surgical procedures, there is minimal downtime with Ultherapy. Most individuals can resume their regular activities immediately after the treatment.
  • Versatile: Ultherapy can be used on various areas of the body, including the face, neck, chest, and brows, addressing multiple concerns in different regions.
  • FDA-Approved: Ultherapy is FDA-approved for non-surgical skin lifting and tightening, providing confidence in its safety and effectiveness.
  • Gradual Improvement: While some immediate results may be visible, the full benefits of Ultherapy develop gradually over several weeks to months, creating a natural and subtle enhancement.
  • Personalized Treatment: Each Ultherapy treatment plan can be tailored to an individual’s specific needs and desired outcomes, providing a customized approach to address their concerns.

PAIN MANAGEMENT FOR ULTHERAPY

It’s important to note that while some patients may experience mild discomfort during the procedure, others may find Ultherapy to be well-tolerated with minimal pain. The level of discomfort can also vary based on the treatment area and individual pain sensitivity. While individual pain tolerance may vary, here are some common approaches used to minimize discomfort during Ultherapy:

  • Topical Numbing Cream: Before the procedure, a topical numbing cream may be applied to the treatment area to help reduce sensitivity and discomfort during the treatment.
  • Cooling Gel: Some practitioners use a cooling gel or ultrasound gel during the procedure, which can provide a soothing and cooling sensation to the skin.
  • Oral pain relievers: Individuals may take over-the-counter Tylenol before the treatment to help manage any discomfort.
  • Laughing gas: Laughing gas may be used to help alleviate pain and anxiety during dermatological treatments

HOW LONG DOES ULTHERAPY RESULTS LAST?

The duration of Ultherapy results can vary from person to person due to individual factors such as skin type, age, and lifestyle. In general, Ultherapy results are long-lasting, but they are not permanent. The treatment stimulates the production of collagen, which helps lift and tighten the skin.

On average, patients can expect to see noticeable improvements immediately after the procedure, with the full effects becoming more apparent over the following two to three months. The skin continues to improve as collagen production continues.

Ultherapy results can last anywhere from 12 months to over two years. Some individuals may choose to undergo touch-up treatments after this period to maintain their desired results.

It’s important to note that while Ultherapy provides long-lasting effects, the natural aging process will continue, and additional treatments may be needed in the future to maintain the skin’s tightened and lifted appearance.

What to expect?

During Ultherapy, a non-invasive skin tightening procedure, here’s what you can generally expect:

  • Preparation: Before the procedure, the treatment area will be cleansed, and if needed, a topical numbing cream or cooling gel may be applied to reduce sensitivity and discomfort during the treatment.
  • Ultrasound Treatment: During the procedure, the healthcare professional will use a handheld device that emits focused ultrasound energy. The device will be applied to the skin, targeting specific depths to stimulate collagen production and tighten the underlying tissues.
  • Sensations: As the ultrasound energy is delivered, you may feel some warmth or tingling sensations, which are generally well-tolerated by most individuals.
  • Customized Treatment: The treatment will be tailored to address your specific concerns and targeted areas, such as the face, neck, or décolletage.
  • Duration: Ultherapy treatments typically last between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the treated area.
  • Immediate Results: While some immediate skin tightening effects may be visible, the full results develop gradually over several weeks to months as collagen production increases.
  • No Downtime: One of the significant advantages of Ultherapy is that there is no downtime, and most individuals can resume their regular activities immediately after the procedure.
  • Temporary Side Effects: Some individuals may experience mild side effects like redness, swelling, or tingling, but these effects usually subside within a few days.
  • Long-Lasting Results: The increased collagen production triggered by Ultherapy can provide long-lasting skin tightening effects, helping to maintain a firmer and lifted appearance.

DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATIONS

After undergoing Ultherapy, it is essential to follow these post-procedure recommendations for optimal results:

  • Healthy Lifestyle: Maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet. Reduce alcohol consumption and avoid smoking as these habits can contribute to collagen and elastin depletion, affecting the skin’s overall health.
  • Adequate Sleep: Ensure you get sufficient rest by aiming for at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Quality sleep supports the body’s natural healing processes, promoting better skin recovery.

Doctor's Order

Before and After ultherapy

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About DR. SHAWN SEIT, MD

Dr. Shawn Seit, MD is the founder and medical director of Rejuuv Medispa. He is a graduate of University of Toronto’s Medical School and trained with Dr. R. Stephen Mulholland who has been voted one of the top ten cosmetic plastic surgeons in Canada by Flare Magazine. Dr. Shawn Seit, MD is rated on RateMd and Verified Real Self Doctor. 

Dr. Shawn Seit, M.D.has extensive experience with cosmetic picoway laser use, injection rhinoplasty, Botox, dermal fillers, and facial sculpting. Dr. Shawn Seit, M.D. also performs a new non-surgical body sculpting technique to dissolve unwanted fat deposits on the body. Dr. Shawn Seit, M.D.’s techniques will result in attractive, natural-looking enhancements.