Ultherapy®, also known as Ulthera®, utilizes ultrasound technology to non-surgically tighten skin and treat mild to moderate signs of aging in the face and neck (as well as off-label uses in other body areas like the abdomen and arms). It is the only non-invasive procedure that is cleared by the FDA to provide a lifting effect to the eyebrow, neck, and chin area. At Fremont Plastic Surgery, patients interested in facial rejuvenation, but who do not want to undergo surgery or do not need surgery, can take advantage of this procedure for subtle lifting.
Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Eric Okamoto, offers Ultherapy® for the face and neck to help patients achieve a more youthful appearance without the downtime that is required following surgical procedures like the facelift. He encourages anyone interested in Ultherapy® to schedule a consultation to learn how the procedure can help them reach their goals.
The Ultherapy® Procedure
The entire Ultherapy® process takes approximately one to one and half hours to complete. Dr. Okamoto begins the procedure by guiding the device to the target areas, where ultrasonic energy is delivered to deep tissue layers – the same tissue that is treated with a facelift (called SMAS). This energy heats the tissues beneath the skin, stimulating the body’s natural healing process. As a result, collagen and elastin will begin to proliferate over time, resulting in a lifting effect. With the ultrasound imaging technology, Dr. Okamoto can view deep into the skin, allowing him to fully customize the energy level for a more comfortable and effective procedure.
The Recovery Process
Ultherapy® requires little to no downtime, and most patients can return to work right after their treatment. Some improvement might be seen immediately, but gradual tigethening will take three to six months for maximal effect. This allows for subtle rejuvenation without the face looking overdone. Patients can expect a tightened yet natural-looking outcome.
If you are interested in achieving healthy, youthful skin, consider non-surgical Ultherapy®. Schedule your consultation with our plastic surgeon to learn if the procedure is right for you.