Ultherapy acts as a non-surgical alternative to a facelift. It is commonly used to treat sagging skin, as well as lines and wrinkles. Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen production within the body to leave patients with a more youthful, rejuvenation appearance. 

How Does Ultherapy Work?

Collagen is a protein found within the body. It is an essential building block of our skin that helps keep it firm and lifted. As we age, the amount of collagen we produce decreases, leading to sagging and creasing. Using ultrasound energy, Ultherapy is able to target areas beneath the skin to help boost collagen production. The heat energy can target three layers: superficial wrinkles, skin, and muscle to stimulate collagen and elastic tissue. 

The Treatment and Recovery

The Ultherapy procedure is simple and non-invasive. Treatment usually lasts between 30 and 90 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. The treatment areas will be cleaned and prepped for the device. The Ultherapy applicator is then applied, and the settings are adjusted accordingly. During your procedure, you will be comfortable but may experience some tingling or heat sensation. 

Once the treatment is over, you can immediately resume your regular activities and even return to work. The treated areas may be red or swollen, but this should subside within a few days. While the timeline of results varies from person to person, many can start to see results within a few days of their procedure. Results should continue for up to three months after your procedure. Depending on the outcome of the treatment, you may wish to have more. 

Treatment Areas

Ultherapy can be used to treat the following areas for creasing and sagging to restore a more youthful appearance.

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Brows
  • Beneath the chin

Your Consultation

During your consultation at Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery, you will be able to discuss your concerns and have all of your questions answered. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shim Ching will be able to examine the areas you would like treated to determine if you are a candidate for the procedure. He will also be able to discuss how many treatments may be required to help you achieve your goals. 

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Is Ultherapy safe?

Ultherapy is FDA-cleared to treat designated areas. Because the procedure is non-surgical and non-invasive, there are very few risks associated with the treatment. You may experience some tingling, swelling, or redness after your treatment, but these side effects should subside after a few days. The staff at Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery will also be available to answer any questions you may have before or after your treatment.

Who is an ideal candidate?

Ideal candidates are most often in their 30’s or older, with skin laxity or wrinkles. While it doesn’t replace a surgical facelift, it is a good option for those who may not be ready for surgery but wish to enhance their skin’s appearance.

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