What is Ultherapy®? A Non Invasive Treatment

What is Ultherapy®? A Non Invasive Treatment

A picture containing text in a circle describing Ultherapy as the Gold Standard for nonsurgical lifting and skin tightening

Non-invasive skin care treatments have been increasing in popularity over the last few decades. Where people used to turn to more involved methods of improving their skin and looking more youthful, things like facelifts and Botox injections, they are now trying to get the same results without all the needles.

With newer options like Miami Skin Ultherapy® at Miami Skin Institute, you can get the skin you want without the recovery time that comes with many of the other options out there.

Let’s Talk Ultherapy®

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Ultherapy® is often considered the gold standard when it comes to non-surgical lifting and skin tightening technology. In fact, it is the only FDA-cleared, non-invasive procedure that claims to lift the skin on the neck, chin, and brow. It can also improve fine lines and wrinkles on the decolletage (upper chest area).

With its unique technology, Ultherapy® uses ultrasound imaging to deliver energy specifically to the place or places that will benefit your appearance the most. This energy directed at these specific depths of skin, muscle, and fat cause collagen fibers to contract, creating the tightening and lifting look for which Ulthera® is known. You’re left with natural-looking results that can also improve over time, and final results can take effect between 1 and 3 months.

The combination of ultrasound imaging and ultrasound technology works together live during the procedure, allowing the providers to actually see through the multiple layers of the skin to find the precise tissue that needs the most treatment and care. That means that it actually bypasses the top layer of the skin entirely, unlike so many of the other treatments out there. This is the reason Ultherapy® patients experience virtually no recovery time!

One of the drawbacks to having Ultherapy® performed is the financial cost. While that varies depending on where you are having it done and how many treatments you need, it is estimated that it costs around $1000 dollars (on the low end) on average.

How Exactly Does Ultherapy® Work?

Dr. Jegasothy of Miami Skin Institute holding the Ultherapy Laser

So we know that Ultherapy® uses ultrasound to be able to target and improve the skin, but how does it actually do that?

When that microfocused ultrasound is directed to certain parts of your face and neck, it triggers a thermal effect. As the heat is released, it begins to actually trigger the body to be able to produce more of its own collagen. Collagen, as you likely already know, is one of the most important components that helps the skin stay firm and youthful. It’s a supportive protein which naturally starts to slow down when we hit our mid to late twenties. The less collagen that we have in our face, the more it will start to thin and sag, leading to an increase in wrinkles, dark circles, and firmness.

What is Involved in the Ultherapy® Process?

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If you’re interested in pursuing Ultherapy®, the first step is to make sure that there is a experienced aesthetic dermatologist near you. Once you’ve found one, schedule a one-on-one appointment with them to discuss your goals. They’ll also be able to evaluate your unique skin concerns, and let you know if you really are a candidate.

Once it’s time for your treatment, there really isn’t anything that needs to be done to prepare for it. Generally, your skin will be cleansed just prior so that it is easier to get through the skin and target the areas that need it. Ultrasound gel will be put on those areas, followed by the treatment applicator. The treatment will go on from there, adjusting as needed to find other areas that need targeting. The entire process takes anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes in total.

After treatment is finished, most people experience only slight redness or flushing. Occasionally, some complain about tenderness, tingling, or swelling of the skin, but those symptoms are mild and temporary. In a vast majority of cases, optimal results appear in between 3 – 6 months. Unlike Botox® Cosmetic or fillers, Ultherapy® results don’t “wear off,” your skin simply starts to loosen and/or sag again as you continue to age and gravity takes its toll.

Ultherapy® has been used by half a million people all across the globe, and has gone through clinical testing to prove its safety and efficacy.

Is There Anything Else That I Can Do?

An elderly woman applying sunscreen

While taking care of your skin with the right treatments and skin care products is important to helping decrease and even sometimes reverse the signs of visible aging, there is one other thing that most dermatologists cite as important.

Sunscreen is something that many people know is important but don’t use as frequently as they should. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (or AAD) recommends that everyone use sunscreen any time that there is sun exposure. With an estimate that one in every five people will develop skin cancer during their lifetime, there really is nothing to lose.

It is recommended that you seek out broad-spectrum sunscreen (meaning that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays) that is water resistant and has an SPF of at least 35. You can apply it part of your skin care routine, or as the very last thing you do before heading out the door. Just that one small, simple step can keep you safe and keep your skin looking its best as long as possible.

In Summary

With so many different treatments out there, choosing one can be difficult and overwhelming. If you can take a step back and take a look at your goals, you can sort out the ones that wouldn’t necessarily be helpful or those that may be out of your budget. With a variety of different procedures that can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Miami Skin Institute is here for you to boost the natural radiance of your skin through Miami Skin Ultherapy® .