Everything you need to know about non-invasive Ultherapy
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If you’re over the age of 25, you’re more than likely starting to see some signs of ageing on your face, such as sagging, fine lines and skin thinning. The root issue that causes these signs of ageing is a loss of collagen. Your skin needs it to stay plump, but as you age your body naturally loses collagen.
While there are multiple ways to improve collagen levels in your skin, one way that is proven to be effective is with Ultherapy, a non-invasive procedure that delivers micro-focused ultrasound energy into the deeper layers of your skin without disrupting the surface of your skin. This professional treatment encourages natural collagen production to lift and tighten the treated area. Best of all, results are natural-looking and improve over time. Just take a look at Ultherapy’s new ambassador, Natalie Bassingthwaighte. Her skin looks amazing and naturally plump – you wouldn’t guess she’s in her 40s!
Keep reading to get the lowdown on what the non-invasive treatment is like, potential side effects, and more.
What is the Ultherapy treatment like?
The Ulthera device works by using ultrasound to create micro-wounds beneath the surface of the skin to stimulate the production of new collagen without damaging the skin’s surface. Once your clinician has determined that you are a suitable candidate for Ultherapy, they will clean your skin, outline the treatment area, apply an ultrasound gel and determine treatment depth using Ulthera’s built-in ultrasound.
The treatment in total can take 15 to 90 minutes, depending on the area(s) being treated.
Is Ultherapy uncomfortable?
Ultherapy is associated with a degree of discomfort, similar to treatments like lasers and waxing. The level of discomfort varies between patients. Importantly, any discomfort experienced only lasts while the treatment is being delivered and people typically report that their skin feels great afterwards.
Where can Ultherapy be used?
Ultherapy can be safely used on the whole face, including around the eyes, the brow and chin, plus the neck and décolletage.
How long does Ultherapy take?
A single Ultherapy treatment will take anywhere from 15 to 90 minutes, depending on how many areas are being treated.
Who is the best candidate for Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is best suited to skin that has mild to moderate sagging on the face, neck or chest.
How do I prepare for an Ultherapy treatment?
You don’t need to do anything before your treatment – just turn up to your appointment and the clinician will do the rest.
How many Ultherapy treatments will I need to see results?
Most patients will see an improvement in skin quality and a reduction in skin laxity after just one treatment. It usually takes two to three months to see full results, and results can last around 12 to 18 months depending on the individual.
Is there any downtime associated with Ultherapy?
There is little to no downtime after therapy, so you can get back to your routine straight after treatment. However, some mild and short-lived side effects, like flushed skin, have been reported. Any redness should disappear within a few hours. Other potential side effects may include:
- Swelling, which should subside within three to 72 hours of treatment
- Mild bruising may occasionally occur, but typically subsides within two days to two weeks of treatment
- Soreness or tenderness that should ease within the weeks following your treatment.
Curious about the treatment? Here’s a before and after that shows the impressive results.
Ultherapy performed on the lower face (120 days after treatment):
Ultherapy performed on the neck (90 days after treatment):
*Individual results may vary
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Have you had Ultherapy before? What was your experience like? Tell us in the comments below.
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Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinot noir, she has a healthy obsession with fake tan smell, wispy false lashes and CND Shellac in the shade Romantique. Her words and styling can also be found in previous issues of SHOP Til You Drop, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health.