Goodskin Dermatology

Ultherapy Treatment: What Is It, What To Expect, Benefits, and More

You look in the mirror and don’t love what you see staring back at you. What was once a young girl with bright, tight, and fresh skin is now an older woman with wrinkles, sagging skin, and fine lines across her face and down her neck.

Attempting a procedure that requires anesthesia and incisions doesn’t seem worth it, but it’d be nice to rid your face of these unwanted sights. 

Learn how a non-invasive treatment option can help tighten the skin, give a firmer appearance, and smooth wrinkles with a quick appointment, little to no downtime, and many benefits.

What Is Ultherapy?

Also known as Ulthera, Ultherapy is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment used to tighten the skin of the face and the neck. Ultherapy is an FDA-approved ultrasound therapy that treats the superficial layers of the skin using a micro-focused, lower level of ultrasound energy. 

During an Ultherapy treatment, the skin on your neck, chin, and brow is gradually lifted, minimizing any fine lines and wrinkles in those areas.

Goodskin Dermatology provides a wide range of dermatology services to the Portland Metro Area, including cosmetic dermatology treatments in both Clackamas and Troutdale. Contact us today for an appointment.

How Ultherapy Works

Ultherapy skin treatment utilizes micro-focused ultrasound (similar to one used during pregnancy or other medical imaging) to emit various frequencies of ultrasound energy through the skin. These frequencies ultimately lift and tighten the skin at its superficial layers.

By using a smooth applicator with ultrasound technology, providers can target the body’s natural collagen and stimulate production while leveraging ultrasound imaging to help them see the layers of tissue they’re treating. This helps ensure the ultrasound energy is being delivered where it will benefit you the most.

Ultherapy is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive way to treat loose skin without surgery and see natural-looking results that continue to improve over time. 

Areas Where Ultherapy Can Be Used

Ultherapy is most often used as a facial treatment, treating areas like the chin, neck, and brows. However, it can also be used to tighten skin and improve the appearance of fine lines on other areas of your body that might need firming and tightening, like:

  • Chest
  • Stomach
  • Thighs 

Please note that treatments may vary depending on the condition and individual patient. Always consult with your healthcare provider to see which treatment is recommended.

Ideal Candidates for Ultherapy

For best Ultherapy treatment results, an ideal candidate is typically in their 30s or older and has skin that is mild to moderately loose. 

If your skin is too loose, Ultherapy treatment might not be a good option, and surgery may be better. 

Although Ultherapy is generally simple and safe, it may not be the best option for everyone. You might not be considered suitable for Ultherapy treatment if you have certain health conditions, extremely lax skin, or significant sun damage.

Receiving Ultherapy treatment if you have an autoimmune disease or connective tissue disorders, like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, could cause a flare-up of your disorder. 

You should also wait for any infections or open wounds to clear before receiving Ultherapy treatment, including cystic acne, and should avoid Ultherapy in any area where you have implants.

If you’re unsure if Ultherapy is a good skin-tightening treatment for you, contact Goodskin Dermatology to talk with a professional before scheduling an appointment. 

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What to Expect During Your Ultherapy

Ultherapy treatment is non-invasive and works from the inside out. No needles or lasers are used. Instead, Ultherapy utilizes only sound energy to penetrate beneath the skin to stimulate collagen and treat tissues at specific depths, helping to revitalize and lift the skin. 

To prepare for your treatment, you’ll first have a consultation to talk about the areas you hope to have treated. You’ll disclose any medications and supplements you use to determine if they should be stopped prior to your treatment. 

Leading up to your Ultherapy treatment, you can maintain all usual habits, including: 

  • Sleep
  • Work
  • Exercise
  • Eating
  • Drinking

On the day of your treatment, remove all makeup and skincare products before your appointment. Your provider will clean the areas of your skin being treated before applying ultrasound gel. They will then place the ultrasound device against your skin and use the viewer to precisely target the underlying muscles and skin that need treatment. 

Once everything is in place, the provider will deliver micro-focused ultrasound energy to the exact area to stimulate collagen production. When the treatment is done, the ultrasound device is removed and our skin is wiped clean of the gel.

At Goodskin Dermatology, we offer patient-based care. With patient comfort as our #1 priority, we want all our patients to feel equipped with the knowledge and information regarding their treatment and experience before we begin. Have questions or concerns? Contact us.

How Long Does Ultherapy Take?

Depending on the areas being treated, Ultherapy takes about an hour from start to finish. Sometimes, areas like the chest are quicker, taking about thirty minutes. The face and neck can often be longer — anywhere between 60 and 90 minutes.

How Long Do Ultherapy Results Last?

It might take a few days following Ultherapy treatment to begin to see results as increased collagen production continues to build. This could take between two and six months before you notice great results. 

Sometimes, patients see results last for up to five years. A good skincare routine and protection from the sun can help prolong your results. A touch-up treatment every one to two years may also prove to be beneficial for results. Talk with your provider to see if more sessions would be helpful.

Please note that results may vary depending on the condition and individual patient. Always consult with your healthcare provider before beginning treatment.

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FAQs About Ultherapy

Does Ultherapy Treatment Hurt?

There is little to no pain associated with Ultherapy, a non-invasive skin treatment.

However, some patients might experience tingling sensations or a feeling of heat during the treatment. This is often a pleasant sensation, not painful. 

Is There Any Downtime for Ultherapy Treatment?

There should not be any downtime following an Ultherapy treatment. You can expect to return to normal daily activities including work, exercise, and socializing immediately following your treatment.

Utilizing a skincare routine and protection from the sun is advised.

How Do I Know If Ultherapy Treatment Is Right for Me?

If you have loose skin around your chin, neck, brows, or chest and want to avoid surgical procedures, Ultherapy could be a great non-invasive treatment option to help create firmer and tighter skin.

Maybe you want to avoid lasers or needles, or maybe your loose skin is lax and doesn’t require a bigger procedure.

If this sounds like you, Ultherapy treatment can help. Contact Goodskin Dermatology to talk through an Ultherapy treatment or other cosmetic dermatology options before scheduling an appointment.

How Many Sessions Does Ultherapy Take?

Typically, one Ultherapy session will yield results within a few days to months as collagen production continues to build over time. Many people are happy with their results one to two years after treatment. However, if your skin is particularly loose or you have a stubborn treatment spot, your provider might recommend multiple sessions. 

If you’re hoping to maintain results year after year, a touch-up treatment every one to two years is often helpful. Patients sometimes experience longer-lasting results and don’t require sessions as frequently. 

Because everyone’s skin and affected areas are different, talking with your provider to get a professional opinion on how many sessions you might require is your best bet.

Are Ultherapy Treatment Results Permanent?

No, although Ultherapy treatment provides long-lasting results, they are not permanent. Ultherapy cannot stop the aging process, so at some point, collagen production will slow and skin will begin to loosen and sag. 

For the most-effective treatment with long-lasting results:

  • Utilize a skincare routine
  • Avoid the sun
  • Consider touch-up treatments

How Much Does Ultherapy Treatment Cost?

The cost of Ultherapy treatment can vary depending on the location of treatment and factors like:

  • The severity of the skin
  • How many sessions are required
  • Where you choose to go for treatment
  • And more

Goodskin Dermatology is happy to set up a consultation and talk through your potential treatment before offering pricing and setting up your appointment(s). Contact us today.

What Are the Benefits of Ultherapy Treatment?

Ultherapy treatments have many benefits, including:

  • It is a non-invasive procedure with no anesthesia or incisions.
  • It’s safe for all skin types because it doesn’t target melanin.
  • Little to no downtime is required following the treatment.
  • The tissue layer is targeted precisely in real-time.
  • Major areas like bone and blood vessels are easily avoided.
  • Natural results may be seen after just one treatment.
  • It’s a safe, effective, and long-lasting option for fine lines, loose skin, and wrinkles.
  • There is currently no other FDA-cleared nonsurgical device on the market with the same capabilities.

Contact Goodskin Dermatology for Your Ultherapy Treatment Needs

Are you tired of looking in the mirror only to find fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, loose skin around your neck, or wrinkles across your chest? Ultherapy skin treatment is a simple, non-invasive, and FDA-approved way to slim, tighten, and lift the skin in those unsightly areas. 

At Goodskin Dermatology, we offer cosmetic dermatology services — including Ultherapy treatment — in two locations, Clackamas and Troutdale. Our team of professional providers prides itself on offering patient-based care where our patient’s comfort is our top priority. 

We work to ensure every potential patient is equipped with all the necessary knowledge and information regarding treatment before we begin and that they feel safe and comfortable while in our offices. 

Are you ready to tighten up that loose skin? Contact Goodskin Dermatology to schedule a consultation and/or appointment for Ultherapy today.

The content in this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.