Over time, the effects of lifestyle choices, heredity, and various environmental factors often lead to the development of skin laxity and/or minor lines and wrinkles in the face and neck region. For men and women interested in addressing these subtle signs of aging through non-surgical means, our board-certified plastic surgeons—Daniel Y. Maman, MD and Stafford R. Broumand, MD—offer Ulthera®. Also referred to as Ultherapy®, this non-invasive treatment utilizes ultrasound energy to encourage the growth of new collagen within the skin, ultimately tightening the surface of the skin for a smoother, firmer appearance.
What Can Ultherapy® Do for Me?*
Depending on your particular aesthetic concerns, Ulthera® can be employed to help:
- Improve facial skin laxity
- Minimize fine facial lines and wrinkles
- Tighten sagging skin around the jawline (jowls)
- Tighten loose skin of the neck
- Lift a wilting brow
- Reduce puffiness around the eyes
*Results may vary
The Ulthera® Procedure
During treatment, the unique Ultherapy® device is gently guided across the targeted region as it directs ultrasonic waves deep into the subcutaneous layers of the skin. This ultrasound energy works to heat foundational tissues at specific depths, leading to the promotion of natural collagen growth within the skin. Once produced, newly developed collagen helps to gradually raise, tighten, and fortify the skin in the treatment area for a rejuvenated, revitalized aesthetic. The entire Ulthera® procedure generally takes anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour to complete, depending on the number of areas being addressed.
As a non-invasive procedure, there is typically little to no downtime following Ultherapy®, though some degree of redness and/or swelling may be present in the targeted region. These temporary side effects should be dissipate relatively quickly, and most individuals are able to resume their normal daily activities immediately after treatment. The skin tightening and rejuvenation results from Ulthera® tend to improve over the course of about two to three months as new collagen continues to be produced within the skin.
Combining Ultherapy® with Complementary KYBELLA®
For individuals who have both skin laxity and excess fat beneath the chin and jawline, a combination of Ultherapy® and KYBELLA® can often be an excellent option. KYBELLA® is a deoxycholic acid-based injectable uniquely formulated to break down and destroy targeted fat cells, which are then expelled from the body through natural processes. After a total of two to six treatment sessions, patients can generally expect a slimmer, more contoured under-chin profile with lasting results. When combined with the skin tightening effects of Ulthera®, KYBELLA® can help create a more comprehensive facial and neck enhancement.